Road Rash II

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Road Rash II
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Electronic Arts (US, Europe), Electronic Arts Victor (Japan)
Developer:
Distributor: Majesco Sales (US re-release)
Sound driver: Electronic Arts/Rob Hubbard
Genre: Racing[1][2]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,9008,900 EM20014
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.9549.95[5] 714601
Sega Mega Drive
EU
E160SMX1
Sega Mega Drive
EU
(EA Classics)
EAX02401039I
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Mega Drive
EU
(EA Classics; ELSPA sticker)
EAX02401039I
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Mega Drive
DE
(EA Classics)
EAX02401039I
USK: 0
Sega Mega Drive
PT
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[7][6] E160SMX1
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Non-Sega versions

Road Rash II (ロードラッシュII) is a sequel to Road Rash and was released exclusively for the Sega Mega Drive in 1992.

A Sega Game Gear version was planned for December 1994[9] and even reviewed by some gaming magazines, but was cancelled for unknown reasons. There is a suggestion that this version was reworked to become the Game Gear version of Kawasaki Superbike Challenge.

Gameplay

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Two-player split screen

The game is a motorcycle racing game taking place in a number of settings across the United States, consisting of Hawaii, Arizona, Tennessee, Alaska, and Vermont. 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 attack neighboring opponents with C. Some opponents wield weapons such as clubs and chains, which can be taken and used by the racer if the opponent is attacked as they are holding the club out to strike. The racer can backhand opponents with Up+C or kick them with Down+C.

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 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. If the racer lacks the funds to cover either a repair bill or a fine, the game ends.

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.

Ultra Light

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Shuriken 400

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Panda 900

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Panda 500

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Banzai 7.11

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Shuriken TT 250

Super Bikes

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Panda 600

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Shuriken 1000

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Banzai 600

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Diablo 1000

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Banzai 750

Nitro Class

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Banzai 600 N

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Banzai 7.11 N

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Banzai 750 N

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Diablo 1000 N

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Shuriken 1000 N

Courses

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

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Gold Rush, Alaska

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Smokin' Mountain, Tennessee

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Maple Run, Vermont

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Molokai Express, Hawaii

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Hoodoo's Revenge, Arizona

History

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. It was also included in the Mega Drive Mini, released in 2019.

Production credits

  • Programming: Dan Geisler, Matthew Hubbard
  • Art: Arthur Koch, Matthew Sarconi, Keith Bullen, Peggy Brennan
  • Sound and Music: Rob Hubbard, Don Veca, Tony Berkeley
  • Production: Randy Breen
  • Technical Direction: Kevin McGrath
  • Production Assistant: Steve Murray
Source:
In-game credits (title screen)
Road Rash II MD credits.pdf
[10]


Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Road Rash II/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Road Rash II/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
70
[11]
Bad Influence! (UK) PAL
92
[12]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
63
[13]
Consoles + (FR)
94
[14]
Cool Gamer (RU)
70
[15]
Dengeki Mega Drive (JP) NTSC-J
57
[16]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
78
[17]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 10 (RU)
80
[18]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
93
[19]
GameFan (US)
93
[20]
Game Mania (UK)
88
[21]
Game Power (IT)
82
[22]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
93
[23]
Gamers (DE)
73
[24]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
75
[25]
Joypad (FR) PAL
82
[26]
Joystick (FR) PAL
85
[27]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
84
[28]
Mega (UK) PAL
91
[29]
Mega Action (UK)
90
[30]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-U
72
[31]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
88
[32]
Megazin (SI)
76
[33]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
83
[34]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
93
[7]
Player One (FR)
97
[35]
Play Time (DE)
79
[36]
Power Play (DE)
59
[37]
Score (CZ)
60
[38]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
94
[39]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
92
[40]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
92
[41]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
93
[42]
Sega Force (SE)
91
[43]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
85
[44]
Sega Mega Drive Review (RU)
86
[45]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
80
[46]
Supersonic (FR)
83
[47]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
88
[48]
Video Games (DE) PAL
73
[49]
Sega Mega Drive
82
Based on
40 reviews

Road Rash II

Mega Drive, JP
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Cart
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Mega Drive, PT
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Cover
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Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega Drive, AU
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 7b29c209
MD5 c04a309f607aaf59f55eb8dad6affa73
SHA-1 6fa6420a2abcf5c2c4620c19b1f2a831996af481
1MB 1992-12 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 876e992
MD5 062ed2f4e698bd8c61ebb1ee74a08d2b
SHA-1 9afea43ed627671b50dd4a2abdd043b235414b91
1MB 1992-12 Cartridge (US/EU) v1.2
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 9a5723b6
MD5 98196408705f4520213ba1e43bef67f2
SHA-1 d89d7707cd4f30eef1fd2fd7e322d760ba8d6786
1MB 1993-07 Cartridge (JP)

References

  1. File:RoadRash2 MD JP Box.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  3. Sega Visions, "November/December 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 93
  4. GamePro, "December 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 60
  5. GamePro, "January 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 57
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Sega Zone, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-28), page 39
  7. 7.0 7.1 Mean Machines Sega, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-xx), page 20
  8. GamesMaster, "October 1996" (UK; 1996-08-29), page 11
  9. Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 12 December 1994" (US; 1994-1x-xx), page 12
  10. File:Road Rash II MD credits.pdf
  11. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 191
  12. Bad Influence!, "Christmas 1992" (UK; 1992-11-19), page 60
  13. Beep! MegaDrive, "August 1993" (JP; 1993-07-08), page 20
  14. Consoles +, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 76
  15. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 172
  16. Dengeki Mega Drive, "August 1993" (JP; 1993-07-08), page 35
  17. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 30
  18. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 10, "" (RU; 2003-10-08), page 150
  19. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 85
  20. GameFan, "Volume 1, Issue 2: December 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 9
  21. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 80
  22. Game Power, "Febbraio 1993" (IT; 1993-0x-xx), page 60
  23. GamePro, "January 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 56
  24. Gamers, "Dezember/Januar 1993" (DE; 1992-11-19), page 34
  25. Hippon Super, "August 1993" (JP; 1993-07-03), page 42
  26. Joypad, "Décembre 1992" (FR; 1992-1x-xx), page 96
  27. Joystick, "Janvier 1993" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 237
  28. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 28
  29. Mega, "January 1993" (UK; 1992-12-17), page 48
  30. Mega Action, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 64
  31. Mega Fun, "02/93" (DE; 1993-0x-xx), page 36
  32. MegaTech, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-11-20), page 54
  33. Megazin, "Letnik 2, Številka 7, Marec 1994" (SI; 1994-xx-xx), page 36
  34. Micromanía (segunda época), "Marzo 1993" (ES; 1993-0x-xx), page 47
  35. Player One, "Décembre 1992" (FR; 1992-12-10), page 56
  36. Play Time, "4/93" (DE; 1993-03-10), page 115
  37. Power Play, "2/93" (DE; 1993-01-xx), page 140
  38. Score, "Duben 1994" (CZ; 1994-04-01), page 46
  39. Sega Power, "January 1993" (UK; 1992-12-03), page 30
  40. Sega Pro, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-14), page 30
  41. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 67
  42. Sega Zone, "January 1993" (UK; 1992-12-xx), page 22
  43. Sega Force, "2/93" (SE; 1993-03-18), page 12
  44. Sega Force, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-14), page 48
  45. Sega Mega Drive Review, "1" (RU; 1995-04-03), page 127
  46. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85
  47. Supersonic, "Mars 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 14
  48. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 144
  49. Video Games, "2/93" (DE; 1993-01-27), page 94


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