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Road Rash Jailbreak

video game review video game review Video Game Review: Road Rash Jailbreak Publisher: Electronic Arts
Category: Driving
Platform: PS1
ESRB Rating: Teen    Release Date: December 1999

Overall Rating: 1.5 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
1½ Stars out of 4

Anything odd will over-amuse gamers these days, precisely because most games are so derivative. 5% of uniqueness can go a long way… sometimes too far to be justified.

That's how I feel about Road Rash Jailbreak. In the two-player mode, one person drives while the other one throws punches at other drivers from his perch in the sidecar. Okay, this is funny… for a few minutes.

Okay, when my own teammate accidentally knocks me off the bike, that's funny… for a minute. Then I have to walk all the way back to my bike and get back on. It would be funny if my friend could get in the driver's seat and keep going without me.

It would be funny if I could keep walking on a split screen, punch someone off his bike, and pursue my friend… or I could walk off-road and find a Road Runner power-up…

The rogue violence is amusing, but the game play suffers. It's too hard to fight drivers when they can vary their speeds so easily.

Analog control is well-executed. The right stick is for acceleration (up and down); the left stick is for steering (left and right). However, there seems to be a strange bug where the analog indicator light shuts off after the slightest bump, forcing you to press the button again (and again and again) or settle with the D-pad.

Solo modes include Jailbreak, Time Trial, and Five-O. In Five-O, you play as the cops, just like EA's other recent racer, Need for Speed: High Stakes.

Multiplayer modes include skull-to-skull, cops and robbers, sidecar co-op, sidecar versus, and time trials again.

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