Road Rash: Jailbreak


Review by Matt Paprocki

Electronic Arts


Graphics: 6

Sound: 7

Gameplay: 8

Overall: 7.5

roadrashjailbreak1ps1.bmp (589878 bytes)Road Rash 3D was a pitiful attempt to cash in on a 10 year old franchise. The series has been on a downward trend for some time, but thankfully, EA has resurrected this beloved franchise with Road Rash: Jailbreak. While still not the classic that the Genesis versions were, it still manages to provide enough new features to keep even the most jaded gamers happy.

Storylines have never been a major part of the franchise as the violence serves as the games main purpose. This latest edition allows gamers to join one of two rival gangs plus an alias to head out onto the streets. Players can then begin to rise up in the ranks to come closer to leading the gang. Another (and very welcome) feature allows players to take control of the other side of the law. Playing as the cops challenges players to take out gang leaders while the henchman hack away.

The soundtrack is provided by some small indie bands and these suit the on-screen action well enough. Voiceovers allow players to taunt each other, but these are too few in number to be of any major influence. The usual assortment of engine sounds round out this category with unspectacular results.

roadrashjailbreak2ps1.bmp (589878 bytes)While the graphics are not spectacular by any means, their just tolerable enough to make the game playable. Low resolution, pop-up, and limited polygon counts fill most of the screen, but these are off set by a constant steady frame rate. The camera switching to show the excruciatingly painful results of a wipeout are commendable and this is one of the games better features (in a sick, sadistic sort of way).

Even with age, the series still remains as enjoyable as it was over 10 years ago. This excellent addition brings the series back to it's 16-bit roots unlike it predecessor, Road Rash 3D. Once you get past the outdated graphics, players will realize that gameplay is what really matters. With up to 20 other riders to worry about, there is always something going on to keep gamers occupied. Any fan of the series will find enough enjoyment with this game that a purchase is recommended. Those looking for aesthetics should stay away however.


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Last updated: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 12:13 AM