3. Road Rash (Sega Genesis, Electronic Arts 1991)
I grow bored of racing games pretty quickly. If the vehicle I’m maneuvering can’t be flipped, smashed, or blown up, I just don’t want anything to do with it. Driving a car or motorcycle around in what seems like hundreds of circles just seems like a chore to me and video games are supposed to be fun. Sure, you can drive backwards and cause as much mayhem as possible but eventually you’ll figure out the race just isn’t going to end unless you turn off your console. I need a game that will feed my need for violence but also push me to be the first pass the finish line. My opinion of racing games changed the day I played Road Rash.
Road Rash fits perfectly on Sega’s console. It was fast, edgy, and had enough violence to please the typical rebellious teen of the 90’s. Jump on a motorcycle and speed throughout California to finish first in a number of races all while punching and kicking your opponent to knock them off their bike. If you’re not satisfied with hand-to-hand combat, try to steal weapons that racers are trying to use against you and turn the tide in your favor. Beware of oncoming traffic or use it to your advantage and knock your opponents onto the wrong side of the freeway. It’s all up to you on how you will cross the finish line! Just watch out for the cops.