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  1. Road Rash Returns! Motorcycles, speed, police, crashes and violence. This is Road Rash and it is one of the best games I have ever had the joy to play. Race on your bike through the pack while avoiding all manners of hazards from other riders, traffic cars, pursuing police and other obstacles. Punch, kick and bash your way past your opponents and the motorcycle cops trying to stop you as you hurtle towards the finish line, preferably at the front of the pack, and in one piece, in the aim to become the outright champion! Watch as your rider flips and tumbles when you collide with the static and moving dangers that litter the sides and occupy the roads you travel. Laugh (and get annoyed?) as your bike gets knocked further away from your rider by another vehicle and they have to chase after it, eager to hop back on and return to the race. Oh yes, this game was (is?) so much fun to play and despite it looking sooooo old and blocky compared to the technical and gorgeous marvels of today, there is still something about its gameplay, even now. If you’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing any of this for yourself or want to revisit old bash-your-face-in-ful, then thanks to this new thing they call the internet you can go and do so, in fact you can play Road Rash and its sequels and judge if I am merely looking through rose-tinted spectacles. No matter what platform you played this on, it was always the same simple formula: racing, fighting and crashing. And at a time when car games were flooding onto the scene it was good to be able to try something else. Throw into the mix the ability to cause some hurt, and it's no wonder these games became so popular! And if after giving it a go you too want more and are wondering why there is no modern-day equivalent, then worry not, as there is an indie title currently in development called Road Redemption that is available for PC on Steam 'Early Access', that aims to bring the motorcycle-racing-beating-up-opponents genre back! Gamespot recently took a look at it, and despite it being a bit rough around the edges, it's very much full of the qualities we would expect from one that wishes to emulate this icon. And until EA find the will to actually set it loose again, this is as close as we can get to a new version.
  2. Mario Kart Was Super In this new series I have decided to start, I will talk about the games I have been fortunate enough to play in my time spent on this planet, the memories associated with them and the epic, annoying and downright did that just happen! moments experienced with them. One such game I will always favour and keep in my heart is Mario Kart, or more so Super Mario Kart. I never had a Super Nintendo (or Famicon) myself but my cousins did and when we would visit and were not outside having a kick-about we would be on this. Annoyingly my cousins were quite amazing with the game and were also very competitive, and I mean very competitive. They would get angry if it was looking like they would lose and sometimes the temper tantrums they would exact would be a reason alone to want to finish before them. Despite this, the best times were always the split-screen races with them. When you were watching for the wee dude hovering on the cloud with the lights ready to signal GO, this was always a nudging each other in the ribs and putting your hand over the other person's eyes moment - yes, sportsmanship went out of the window when it came to Mario Kart races. During the race itself it was of course always frantic - whether it was watching for those damn banana skins, avoiding getting squashed when hit by a lightning bolt, trying not to collect yourself with that green shell you fired earlier (that has been ricocheting back-and-forth ever since), revelling in the glory of a red shell hit or feeling invincible when you had found a 'Star'. The game was a purely joyous affair, excelling in just raw Nintendo fun for those who were playing and providing challenges due to not only what your opponents could do to you, but also how the environments were designed. Shortcuts for example were great if executed properly, but a lot of the time they were difficult to carry out and would have you losing places or even the race itself, due to a small oversight or too much speed that resulted in sending you over the edge or too far out (damn you Ghost Valley jump!). Environments as you would expect came in many flavours, some of the more memorable for myself was the: Mario Circuits, Ghost Valleys (hated these), Bowser Castles, Koopa Beaches and no way could I forget Rainbow Road. The others I didn't really care for or were not fond of my remembering but if you happened to like them then good for you, we all have our own preferences and if they are special to you then by all means take my dismissal of them not to heart. If anything, I just sucked at them so you were no doubt better than me. Another aspect that made the game one of my all-time favourites was the music and sound effects. Mario has always been known for its great selection of music that accompanies the different areas of its worlds and this spin-off was no different - you knew what the environment was without even needing to see it, as they all had their own theme. It got you pumped up during the action too, especially when it came to the last lap and intensified by speeding up and in doing so putting the pressure on you to make up places or keep your lead. If you were a nervous player this alone was enough to force you to make a mistake, never mind all that was going on behind you. Then there was the sound effects, I can still hear some of them in my head now as I reminisce about those days. That random spinning sound before the little 'ding-ding-ding' that signified what you had been given as a mystery item to help you progress through the grid, the spun on a banana identifier, the little 'boing' noise when hopping your kart through turns or trying to cut corners and the whistle when you crossed the finish line. It was all so well done. Put all that together and you had a complete Princess Peach of a game. If you want to see if I am nuts about this game for the right reasons then go and find yourself an old Super Nintendo/Famicon and a copy of the game for yourself. Alternatively, one of the great things about the internet is that a lot of these titles are now available to play in your web browser. I leave the decision of which flashing rainbow coloured road you go down, to you. Feel free to share your own rose-tinted gaming moments with us on our forums.
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