Road Rash - Sega Genesis

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Road Rash is a 1991 racing and vehicular combat video game originally developed and published by Electronic Arts (EA) for the Sega Genesis. It was subsequently ported to a variety of contemporary systems by differing companies. The game is centered around a series of motorcycle races throughout California that the player must win to advance to higher-difficulty races, while engaging in unarmed and armed combat to hinder the other racers. Road Rash was one of the first games conceived by EA following the company’s decision to begin developing games internally. The game’s programmers Dan Geisler and Carl Mey were hired by EA to create a banked road effect for Mario Andretti Racing, then being developed as an NES title. When the NES hardware proved incapable of rendering the desired effect, focus shifted to a motorcycle racing game for the more powerful Sega Genesis. The game includes combat elements that were inspired by the violent behavior of Grand Prix motorcyclists during races, and the resulting uncertainty surrounding the game’s genre created conflict between EA’s development team and management. Road Rash was released to critical and commercial success, and was EA’s most profitable title to date. The original version for the Sega Genesis was particularly acclaimed for its violent and aggressive gameplay and the convincing sense of speed in its graphics. The game is the debut installment of the Road Rash series, and was followed by a number of sequels made for various consoles.
Road Rash puts the player in control of a motorcycle racer who must finish in fourth place or higher among fourteen other racers; the player advances throughout the game’s five levels by winning five races on each level. The game is primarily single-player, but allows for two players to play intermittently against each other.
The game’s races take place in a number of Californian settings, including Grass Valley, the Sierra Nevada, Napa Valley and the Pacific Coast Highway.
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