Road Redemption Articles RSS Feed | Road Redemption RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Road Redemption Review: A Fun Highway to Hell Mon, 19 Nov 2018 12:31:22 -0500 David Jagneaux

Anyone that grew up with the Sega Genesis likely remembers a little game series from Electronic Arts called Road Rash. In those games, you raced motorcycles and fought your way across the track using all manner of weapons to beat your opponents into a bloody pulp.

The same is true with Road Redemption from developers Pixel Dash Studios and EQ Games, and publisher Tripwire Interactive. It's a game that feels decidedly old-school in ways both good and bad.

Bad to the Bone

Road Redemption valiantly attempts to tell a story that you care about, but fails to muster so much as a passing subtitle skim. NPCs mumble over the top of the action during missions about cartels and gang members, but that's honestly about all I can remember. The attempt at establishing any sort of compelling narrative was a total waste here.

Instead, I imagined my own Mad Max-style post-apocalyptic world where the only way to get what you wanted is to decapitate and murder people on the highway while driving hundreds of miles per hour. Honestly, it just made a lot more sense that way.

Road Redemption is a simple game, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily easy. While racing you can swing your weapons on either side of you, grab enemies, kick other motorcycles, and block attacks all using the face and shoulder buttons. Cycling through the d-pad lets you swap out weapons once you find or buy new ones.

Road Redemption Gameplay Combat

Interestingly, Road Redemption is sort of split up a bit like a roguelike in some ways. You'll play through a series of missions, each of which have different layouts and enemy spawns, while you focus on completing objectives. Sometimes you just need to not die or finish high enough in the race, while other times things get more dangerous as you're sometimes required to kill enemies on the road.

The way the game dynamically mixes up missions and objectives really helps keep things fresh.

Your strategy changes dramatically depending on whether or not you're trying to place high in a race or if you need to take out seven marked enemies before hitting the finish line. In this way, some missions are more like races against the shrinking road than they are races against actual opponents. 

Plus, after each successful mission, you get an influx of cash that can be used to buy temporary upgrades such as more health for the rest of the campaign or increased damage. Then, after you eventually die (which you will a lot), you pick from an assortment of permanent skill upgrades.

Road Redemption Airborne Gameplay

Highway to Hell

Everything feels and looks a bit cheap in Road Redemption. The original Kickstarter for the game concluded its campaign back in 2013 and the game was originally slated to release in late 2014 but didn't hit PC until 2017 and just now released on consoles a week ago. Textures are muddy at times; I noticed some pretty bad pop-in issues, animations for crashes are laughable, and overall, it just feels like an Xbox 360-era game that got the remastered treatment before it ever even launched in the first place.

Actually using your weapons has great weight and impact behind every swing.

Your character has to really wind up before making contact and most riders can be taken out in just one or two swings. And if you don't block well, you can get thrashed really quickly as well. Combat has a deliciously violent speed as you zig and zag around corners, slam pipes and shovels into enemy torsos, and lop off heads for those without helmets.

Juggling various weapon types (short and long range, blunt and sharp, explosives, and even guns) is a big part of what makes everything work so well. It's far from a perfect system, hit detection isn't always the best, and it gets awfully repetitive quite quickly, but it's certainly fun once you get the training wheels off.

Road Redemption Ruined Highway

But one big problem with Road Redemption is a lack of explanation. A lot of the most interesting parts of the game -- like how repeatable it all is, how and when you should buy items, and what the general flow of gameplay is supposed to be -- are just overlooked. I just kind of figured out all that through trial and error because I was reviewing it; if I'd bought the game on a whim or got it for a gift I'm not sure I'd have had the patience to wait for things to click.

It also needs to be mentioned that the soundtrack selection is awful. Most of the music tracks sound like generic stock songs you might find built into YouTube or something else equally bad.

But despite all of those things, Road Redemption really surprised me with just how fun its core gameplay loop of speeding down the road and chopping away at enemies could continue to be even after dozens of races.

And in the end, all that really matters is if a game is fun or not. 

[Note: The publisher provided the copy of Road Redemption used in this review.]

Tripwire's Road Redemption Comes To Nintendo Switch And PlayStation 4 Tue, 06 Nov 2018 14:20:55 -0500 QuintLyn

Tripwire Interactive, publisher of Road Redemption, announced the launch of the spiritual successor to Road Rash on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch today -- just a bit over a year since it originally released on Steam. 

Now, console players can enjoy all the insanity of Road Redemption's motorcycle combat, leading a biker gang on a journey across the U.S., earning money from races, robberies, and assassinations, and more.

The game comes with a single-player campaign, as well as both online and local multiplayer and co-op. Players can even play together on the couch using the splitscreen option.

The game is available for purchase via the launch day microsite, or on console shops for $19.99. Xbox One owners can expect the game to arrive on their system of choice shortly.

In addition to the console launch, a special Road Redemption/Killing Floor 2 crossover was announced recently for Steam players. Those who own both titles were gifted a special melee weapon -- the Road Redeemer in Killing Floor 2, and two new riders from the Killing Floor 2 universe in Road Redemption.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Tripwire Interactive. 





Road Redemption Review: Road Rash is Back! Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:25:17 -0400 Sergey_3847

It's no secret that Kickstarter gave birth to many sequels of classic video games that would have never seen the light of the day otherwise -- such as Wasteland 2, Broken Sword 5, Shroud of the Avatar, and many others.

In the early 90s, Electronic Arts released a racing combat game titled "Road Rash," for SEGA Genesis. Road Rash turned out to be so popular that it spawned five more sequels in the following ten years.

Now, the developers from Pixel Dash Studios and EQ Games made the spiritual successor to Road Rash possible with the help of Kickstarter and Steam Early Access, titled Road Redemption. The new game has a release date of October 4, 2017 on PC, and 2018 for PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U.

If you were a fan of Road Rash in the past, or just like adrenaline-packed racing games, and would like to know more about Road Redemption, then read our review of this fantastic new game from Pixel Dash.

Competition, Fury, and Redemption

The concept of the game is really simple. First, you choose a bike and a rider that differ in terms of speed, acceleration, steering, and the types of weapons you can wield that will be used against other bikers on the highway.

Each rider has their own unique design and personality, including such seminal characters like Jack-o-Lantern and Shovel Knight. Their bikes can be upgraded with the the help of skill tree and purchasable perks from the in-game store.

After you've chosen your hero, the game immediately puts you on a highway across the desert, where you need to race against ten other opponents. The terrain on each map is randomized, so you won't see exactly the same rocks, trees, and other objects each time you race.

Some missions in Road Redemption will require you to finish in the top 3, while others will ask you to chase and kill a certain number of target opponents. In either case, you will have to overtake other bikers on the highway and fight them using melee weapons and firearms.

Melee weapons such as gas pipes, baseball bats, machetes, shovels, etc. are far more effective than things like automatic weapons. But if you unlock a shotgun, then you can do some serious damage from a distance -- especially if you can buy a corresponding weapon perk.

If you have no weapon in your hands, then you can just get close to your opponents, grab them with your hands, and pull them off their bikes. However, this is a dangerous trick, and if you're not careful, you yourself can get easily dragged out of the race.

Additionally, you get to throw some explosives and quickly get rid of the most annoying bikers on the road. So there's a ton of action going on in the span of just a few minutes before you arrive at the finish line.

Level of Difficulty and Multiplayer

Since Road Redemption follows the arcade style of the Road Rash series, you will only have one life for making it through the entire campaign. If you die in the process and can't afford to buy health gain perks, then you will have to start from the very beginning.

This puts Road Redemption into the category of the most difficult games in the genre. If you're used to saving a lot or making a lot of mistakes, then this game will make you scream in agony -- it is that unforgiving.

But there is a bright side to all this, because every time you die, you get to spend your hard-earned XP points on permanent upgrades that will be active during your next playthroughs. So in that regard, Road Redemption does become easier the more you play it.

Concerning multiplayer mode, RR offers a 4-player co-op mode with an option of a split-screen in case you and your friends decide to play on the same screen. Unfortunately, there is no full-fledged multiplayer mode implemented, where you could play with other people online. But that is something the developers are currently actively discussing with their community.

Apart from the online racing mode, there are a few other things that could be improved in Road Redemption.

Wishlist and Final Verdict

Optimization, of course, is a huge matter for any racing game, including RR. The smoothness of the gameplay is crucial for maintaining a stable progress throughout the campaign -- but when your frames are dropping like crazy, at times you just don't want to try anymore. This happens more and more rarely in RR, again due to constant updates, but it is still an open case.

As for the gameplay, RR definitely needs more tracks, weapons, bikes, and other cool things to make it even more fun. This is definitely improving already, let's just hope that developers won't drop the ball on Road Redemption after the realease and give us something really good.

Despite a few minor drawbacks, RR has an absolutely fantastic soundtrack and excellent physics. But the main advantage of the game is the action -- it is undoubtedly one of the most fun games you will ever play.

On the modern video game market there is no other game like Road Redemption, so there is a big chance that more gamers will pay attention to it, and this will inspire Pixel Dash and EQ to further invest ideas into this unique and extremely fun ride.

[Note: A copy of Road Redemption was provided by Pixel Dash Studios for the purpose of this review.]

Road Redemption Guide: Best Perks to Buy in the Store Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:27:21 -0400 Sergey_3847

Road Redemption sets you on the road with just a few items attached to your rider, so it's very important to spend your hard-earned cash on some really useful perks at the in-game store.

Typically, you will have to choose and spend your money on one perk, but there are a few that may come in really handy in certain situations. If you want to know which perks are worthy to purchase, then follow our instructions below.

The Best Perks in Road Redemption

There are two types of perks in Road Redemption: perks that can be bought several times per game, and powerful ones that can be bought only once.

Most Useful Perks (Up to 5 Purchases):
  • Experience Gain: Increases all of your experience gain by 15%
  • Cash Gain: Increases all of your cash gain by 10%
  • Critical Damage: Increases melee damage and critical hit chance by 20%
  • Medical Toolkit: Increases health gain for each kill by 20%.
  • Upgrade Automatic Weapon/Shotgun: If you've unlocked firearms, then this type of perk is a must-have.

Buy as many of these perks as you can, because they'll be the most useful during any racing match. Other perks, such as Durability and Nitro, are optional -- so invest in them only when you have extra cash.

Powerful-But-Dangerous Perks:
  • Razor Blade: Increases your attack damage by 125%, but in the process your rider receives damage. So use this only on bosses or other opponents that are hard to eliminate. If you have no Health Gain perk, then do not even consider Razor Blade, it'll kill you sooner than your enemies.
  • Midas Vest: Increases all of your experience and cash gain by 150%, which is huge -- but again, your rider becomes more vulnerable to damage.
  • This Time's the Charm: Decreases your life total by 60% in exchange for extra three lives. This perk is only useful if you already have a huge health pool. Otherwise, don't bother buying it -- especially if you've already purchased Midas Vest.
  • Mushrooms: A resurrection perk that brings you back to life with full HP restored.


That is all for the best perks in Road Redemption. But if you are a completely new player, and you have no idea where to start, then check out the guide below:

Road Redemption Beginner Tips and Tricks Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:16:36 -0400 Sergey_3847

Road Redemption is the spiritual successor of a once extremely popular arcade-style racing combat game called Road Rash. There are some minor differences in the presentation of these two games, but the core gameplay remains the same.

If you've never played Road Rash before, don't worry! We've got you covered with the most essential tips you need to consider when you sit down to play Road Redemption for the first time.

Choose the Best Bike and Rider for Your Playstyle

Currently, there are 9 bikes and 17 riders available in Road Redemption. Six of these bikes are locked for now, and only one rider is open in the beginning. But as you progress through the game and earn your XP points, you will unlock more of them.

Handling a bike is crucial for your campaign progress, so picking the right bike will guarantee you a spot in the top 3 at the finish -- which is the game's requirement for further progression.

In the beginning you will have access to three bikes -- so try each of them, and find out which one you can ride the best:

  • Hundo CBD: Has a solid acceleration and steering, but it lacks in the Nitro department -- which is important in case you get sidetracked and need to quickly get back on the highway to reach your opponents.
  • BMG R695: The weakest bike on this list. Although it is very similar to Hundo, it has problematic acceleration.
  • Hardley Davidson: The fastest of all three initial bikes. But if you can't handle high speed, then make Hundo your first choice.

Stick to the Road and Hit Your Opponents

When you set out on your journey through the first map, you will be placed against other ten riders that will not tolerate a competitor. So as soon as you get closer to your first opponents, use your LMB and RMB to hit them, or else they'll hit you first and immediately send you off the highway. You can also deflect their hits by pressing Shift.

At the same time, you need to pay close attention to all the curves and obstacles on the road, such as poles, fences, roadsigns and civilian cars. One miss and you're gone!

On your way you will see many bridges, but don't try to cheat the system and ride underneath them -- the game will throw you out of the competition, and you will lose your position.

If you find yourself back in the race, use the double-W combo to activate Nitro that will accelerate you significantly -- but its capacity is limited, so use it sparingly.

Learn the Skill Tree and Invest XP Wisely

After each racing match you'll be rewarded with a certain amount of XP points depending on your performance in the match. You can then invest those points into the permanent upgrades that can significantly boost your gameplay.

There are 36 upgardes in total that are divided into four main branches. Investing in each branch will give you the following benefits:

  • Health: Increases your health pool
  • Nitro: Gives you a bigger chance of unlocking new bikes
  • Damage: Unlocks new types of weapons
  • Find: Lets you start your game from a higher level

Later in the game, when you have enough XP points, you can reach the maximum potential of your skills and gain top tier skills, such as:

  • +50% Maximum Health
  • Gain 35% Nitro after each mission
  • Start with C4 explosives
  • Cash Find +20%

Practice, practice, practice!

Road Redemption has a really high difficulty cap, so don't expect to take first place or hit all the targets from your first attempt. It may take you as many as a dozen tries before you will learn the tracks and will be able to identify all the dangerous spots.

Learn to switch your weapons on the fly, since some of your opponents will carry shields, which can be broken only by using swords. So arrange your weapons with hotkeys in such a way that you could smash to smithereens any other rider that is blocking your way.

That is all you need to know to be able to start playing this great game, and remember that constant practice is the only real way to master Road Redemption.


That's all you need to know when you're first starting out. But if you're having trouble deciding which perks to buy from an in-game store, then check out the following guide: