Road Rash 3: Tour De Force

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Road Rash 3: Tour De Force
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer:
Distributor: SF Interactive Media (SE rental)
Sound driver: Electronic Arts/Don Veca
Genre: Racing

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
734701
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Mega Drive
EU
E306SMXI
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Mega Drive
DE
E306SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
PT
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£44.9944.99[2] E306SMXI
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
CZ
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
BR
046850
Tectoy: 13+

Road Rash 3: Tour De Force is the sequel to Road Rash II, released exclusively for the Sega Mega Drive in 1995.

Road Rash 3 makes several changes over its predecessor. Instead of being set across California (Road Rash) or the whole of the United States (Road Rash II), Road Rash 3 takes place across the world. It also makes use of digitized graphics similar to Mortal Kombat.

Gameplay

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Two-player split screen

The game is a motorcycle racing game taking place in a number of settings around the world, consisting of Australia, Kenya, Japan, Italy, Brazil, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The player can choose from five courses and must finish in fourth place or higher among fourteen other racers. The bike steers with Left and Right. It accelerates with B and brakes with A. Higher-end bikes are equipped with nitrous oxide charges, which can provide a burst of speed if the player quickly taps B twice.

The racer can punch neighboring opponents with C. The racer can backhand opponents with Up+C or kick them with Down+C. Some opponents wield weapons such as clubs, chains, nunchaku, crowbars, mace, cattle prods, and oil cans, which can be taken and used by the racer if the opponent is attacked as they are holding the weapon out to strike. The racer can carry multiple weapons at once and cycle through them with Up+ START  to select a weapon for use. The mace, cattle prod and oil can are limited to ten charges each.

The racer begins the game with $1,000 and earns cash prizes for each successful race. The player can access a shop from the game's main menu, from which prize winnings can be used to purchase several bikes of differing weights, speeds, and steering capabilities. The player can also upgrade their current bike in four areas: engine performance, chassis endurance, tires and suspension. A bike can only be upgraded once in each area. The player receives a password at the end of a successful race for continuing. The player advances to the next level after winning a race on all five courses. With each subsequent level, the cash prizes become higher, the courses become longer, and the opponents become more aggressive. The player wins the game by winning a race on each course in all five levels.

Race courses are littered with everything from hills to traffic to roadside obstacles that can hurt a competitor or the player, and since the races run in real time, crashing is costly. The racer is ejected from the bike after a crash or if the racer runs out of stamina (shown in the bottom-left corner of the screen) from fights with opponents. In this event, the racer automatically runs back toward the bike, though the player can alter their course and avoid incoming traffic with Left and Right or stand still by holding A. Stamina recovers over time. Opponents are likewise ejected from their bikes if their own stamina is depleted (shown in the bottom-right corner of the screen).

The bike has its own "damage meter" between the racer's and opponents' stamina meters, which decreases every time the racer suffers a crash. The bike is wrecked if the meter fully depletes, which ends the player's participation in the current race and deducts the cost of a repair bill from the racer's balance. Motor officers make sporadic appearances throughout the game's tracks, which can also end the player's participation if they apprehend the racer following a crash, also deducting the cost of a fine from their balance. The appearance of a police helicopter signifies the nearby presence of a motor officer, and the helicopter attempts to strike the racer with its landing rails to make them vulnerable to the upcoming officer. If the racer lacks the funds to cover either a repair bill or a fine, they are respectively asked to continue as a repo man for the shop or a snitch for the police. In either case, the racer is given the task of apprehending a wanted opponent by making them crash and pulling over next to them. To aid in this mission, the shop owner provides the racer with a crowbar, while the police provide a club. The wanted opponent stands out from the others by wearing differently colored leathers. Successful apprehension of the wanted opponent results in the racer's repair bill or fine being waived, while failure ends the game.

The game features a two-player mode that can either be played intermittently between players or simultaneously with a split screen. Two players can either race against each other along with other computer-controlled racers (Split Screen) or compete as the only two racers on the track (Mano a Mano). In this mode, the players can select a weapon to wield prior to the start of the race, and no money is won or lost, though officers still appear as an obstacle and can end the race if they apprehend one of the players.

Bikes

Bikes are divided into three classes, each progressively faster than the last.

Rat Bikes

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Perro 125
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Banzai 450
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Corsair 400
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Ratzo 500
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Kamakazi 250
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Sport Bikes

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Stiletto 600
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Diablo 750
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Perro 250
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DMG 1000
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Kamakazi 750
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Super Bikes

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Corsair 600 N
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Stiletto 900 N
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Kamakazi 750 N
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Diablo 1000 N
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Banzai 750 1100
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Courses

The game has five levels, each containing longer and more dangerous versions of the same courses.

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Brazil

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Germany

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Kenya

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U.K.

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Italy

History

Development

During development, the game was known as Road Rash 3: World Warriors.

Legacy

The game re-released for the PlayStation Portable as part of the compilation EA Replay in 2006, along with the two other Mega Drive Road Rash games.

Production credits

  • Software Engineers: Dan Geisler, Warrick Holfeld
  • Additional Programming: Jim Sproul, Walter Stein
  • Art: Michael Hulme, Michael Shirley, Laura Bowen, Peggy Brennan, Sung Moon Kwon, Barbara Meyers, Irene Pena, Jeff Stokol
  • Sound and Music: Don Veca
  • Production: Randy Breen
  • Project Management: Nana Chambers
  • Production Associate: Steve Murray
  • Production Assistant: Mike Lopez
  • Course Design: Steve Murray, Mike Lopez, Aaron McClay, David Costa, Mike Hensley
  • Testing: Matt Vella, Rich Rogers, Mike Yasko, Ivan Foong, Brian Reed, Anji Mayfield, Randy Eckhardt
Source:
In-game credits
Road Rash 3 MD credits.pdf
[3]

  • Programming: Dan Geisler, Warrick Holfeld
  • Additional Programming: Jim Sproul, Walter Stein
  • Producer: Randy Breen
  • Associate Producer: Steve Murray
  • Assistant Producer: Mike Lopez
  • Graphics: Michael Shirley, Michael Hulme, Lora Bowen, Peggy Brennan, Sung Moon Kwon, Barbara Meyers, Irene Pena, Jeffery Stokol
  • Sound and Music: Don Vecu
  • Course Design Tool: Thom Phillabaum
  • Course Design: Steve Murray, Mike Lopez, Dave Costa, Aaron McClay, Mike Hensley
  • Script: David Luoto
  • Project Manager: Nana Chambers
  • Product Manager: Lisa Higgins
  • Character Text: Jamie Poolos, Bill Scheppler, Marti McKenna, David Lee, Valerie Hansom, Paul Armatta
  • Documentation: Bill Scheppler
  • Documentation Layout: Tom Peters
  • Package Design: Corey Higgins
  • Product Testing: Matt Vela, Rich Rogers, Anji Mayfield, Ivan Foong, Randy Eckhardt, Brian Reed
  • Quality Assurance: Stewart Putney, Paul Warner
Source:
US manual
Road Rash 3 MD US Manual.pdf
[4]

Magazine articles

Main article: Road Rash 3: Tour De Force/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in GamePro (US) #66: "January 1995" (199x-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Game Players (US) #0802: "Vol. 8 No. 2 February 1995" (1995-0x-xx)
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Print advert in GamePro (US) #68: "March 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Mean Machines Sega (UK) #31: "May 1995" (1995-03-28)
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Print advert in Gamestar (AU) #9: "February 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Sega News (CZ) #1: "Říjen 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
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Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 [9]
80 №79
Sega Mega Drive
80
Based on
2 reviews
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
80
[10]
Alaab Alcomputtar (SA)
82
[11]
Consoles + (FR)
89
[12]
Cool Gamer (RU)
80
[13]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
83
[14]
Digitiser (UK)
87
[15]
Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) NTSC-U
100
[16]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
80
[17]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 10 (RU)
80
[18]
FLUX (US) NTSC-U
91
[19]
Game Players (US) NTSC-U
77
[20]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
93
[21]
Games World: The Magazine (UK) PAL
65
[2]
Joypad (FR)
75
[22]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
73
[23]
Mega (UK) PAL
86
[24]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
79
[25]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
82
[26]
Next Generation (US) NTSC-U
50
[27]
Player One (FR)
92
[28]
Players (BR)
56
[29]
Power Up! (UK)
80
[30]
Score (CZ)
65
[31]
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
87
[32]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
78
[33]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
82
[34]
Sega Force (SE)
85
[35]
Sega Mega Drive Review (RU)
88
[36]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
88
[37]
Video Games (DE) PAL
70
[38]
VideoGames (US)
70
[39]
Sega Mega Drive
80
Based on
31 reviews

Road Rash 3: Tour De Force

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Technical information

Main article: Road Rash 3: Tour De Force/Technical information.

References

  1. GamePro, "March 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 150
  2. 2.0 2.1 Games World: The Magazine, "April 1995" (UK; 1995-0x-xx), page 13
  3. File:Road Rash 3 MD credits.pdf
  4. File:Road Rash 3 MD US Manual.pdf, page 9
  5. Sega Visions, "May 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 46
  6. Sega News, "Listopad 1996" (CZ; 1996-1x-xx), page 43
  7. Sega News, "Prosinec 1996" (CZ; 1996-1x-xx), page 43
  8. Sega News, "Leden 1997" (CZ; 1997-xx-xx), page 2
  9. GamesMaster, "March 1995" (UK; 1995-02-16), page 61
  10. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 192
  11. Alaab Alcomputtar, "" (SA; 1995-06-xx), page 16
  12. Consoles +, "Avril 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 98
  13. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 173
  14. Computer & Video Games, "March 1995" (UK; 1995-02-15), page 87
  15. Digitiser (UK) (1995-03-20)
  16. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "April 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 78
  17. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 353
  18. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 10, "" (RU; 2003-10-08), page 152
  19. FLUX, "Issue #4" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 42
  20. Game Players, "Vol. 8 No. 4 April 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 34
  21. GamePro, "April 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 42
  22. Joypad, "Avril 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 54
  23. MAN!AC, "03/95" (DE; 1995-02-08), page 58
  24. Mega, "February 1995" (UK; 1995-01-xx), page 42
  25. Mega Fun, "03/95" (DE; 1995-02-22), page 78
  26. Mean Machines Sega, "March 1995" (UK; 1995-01-30), page 70
  27. Next Generation, "April 1995" (US; 1995-03-21), page 96
  28. Player One, "Avril 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 100
  29. Players, "Nov 95" (BR; 1995-xx-xx), page 41
  30. Power Up!, "Saturday, April 01, 1995" (UK; 1995-04-01), page 1
  31. Score, "Duben 1995" (CZ; 1995-04-01), page 40
  32. Sega Magazine, "March 1995" (UK; 1995-02-15), page 80
  33. Sega Power, "April 1995" (UK; 1995-02-16), page 40
  34. Sega Pro, "April 1995" (UK; 1995-02-23), page 42
  35. Sega Force, "3/95" (SE; 1995-06-20), page 14
  36. Sega Mega Drive Review, "2" (RU; 1996-01-03), page 112
  37. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 145
  38. Video Games, "3/95" (DE; 1995-02-23), page 90
  39. VideoGames, "April 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 68


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Sega Mega Drive
Prototypes: 1994-11-19



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