Race. Fight. Yawn. Road Rage (Steam) Review


So you like Road Rash, huh? How about Road Redemption? If so, then you might want to check out Road Rage from developer Team6 which was recently released on Steam. But be warned… although Road Rage is similar in style, the obvious flaws and lack of polish make this Road Rash wannabe less desirable than it could be.

This over the top motorcycle combat game has you fighting and racing your way through 42 story-driven missions ranging from delivery and escort to all-out gang brawls. The game is loaded with features that certainly sound good on paper, but once you choose to start tearing up rubber on the pavement, the action halts to a grinding stop. It isn’t because the racing action is bad, it’s just not that great. If I had to describe the gameplay with two words, it would be ‘generic’ and ‘boring’.

“While the game sports a good assortment of details to the racing environment, the ordinary looking backgrounds certainly won’t rev your engine”

The biggest flaw with Road Rage is that everything feels so lifeless. You race around a so-called open world that’s is so restricted that it gives off an impression that you’re riding through a ghost town. Unlike Road Rash or Road Redemption, where the environment felt alive and spirited, Road Rage feels dull and monotonous by comparison.

The graphical glitches also keep this game in low gear. It’s frustrating to be racing down a straightaway only to have your bike explode because you slightly nudged a guardrail or attempted to jump off a steep incline. The jerky controls make you feel like you’re racing on ice rather than on pavement. With the gameplay geared toward high-speed combat racing, you would think that the developers would at least polish up on the controls a bit before release.

“I still can’t fathom how a game with good potential could be released so early in such an unfinished state”

The graphics likewise suffer a yellow flag. While the game sports a good assortment of details to the racing environment, the ordinary looking backgrounds certainly won’t rev your engine. Although the game was just recently released, Road Rage looks like something out of the PlayStation 2 era.

Thankfully, the sounds are above average. The engines roar as you maneuver the tracks is pretty realistic and the music fits pretty well with the carnage on the screen.

Overall, the Road Rage definitely needs some work. I still can’t fathom how a game with a solid premise could be released so early in such an unfinished state. If this game were in Early Access, I would probably recommend giving it a try knowing that Team6 would be continuously working on it to get it to where it should be. But as a final release, and in its current state, I would advocate waiting until more improvements are done before handing out your gaming dollars.


 

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