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Road Avenger -- Renovation

A racing video masterpiece, Road Avenger displays excellent graphics and full stereo sound. Fast reactions are needed in this title that's definitely not for the timid. Digitized from actual animated footage, Road Avenger is now available for the Sega CD.

Ferrari Man
NOOOO! I've fallen into hell! That is the only way that a racing game could be so butchered. As a cartoon, R.A. was neat, entertaining and graphically intense. As a game it was non-existent. There was no control, nor "fun" to it. Even in the manual they suggest video taping the game and watching it. Believe me watching it is more fun. As a racing enthusiast, both in video games and on the track, I long to see a Sega CD racing game using scaling and rotation to create a truly awesome INTERACTIVE game.

Another "watch the game" and think that your actually doing something worthwhile, like driving a car. I never thought a driving game could be so much like all the other previous Sega CD games. I'm getting sick of watching and not playing these games. Graphics were pretty good, and the sound was enough to keep you awake. And the gameplay, HAH, doesn't even apply. Well, how long can you watch a game and not even participate? It took me 5 minutes to realize this game may be the best they have, but is that good enough?

Don't get me wrong, I thought Dragon's Lair was a great game, but interaction wasn't the best... Well, Road Avenger has even less interaction. You have no choices in this game; you either push the right direction on the controller when it tells you, or you lose a man. While the animation is nice to watch, I recommend you rent this game and just record it on your VCR while you play. Then if you ever wish to play it again, just start the tape and pretend to use the controller... same thing.

What the heck is this? I've had more fun playing with the buttons on my VCR remote... The gameplay level is about the same! The sound and graphics were really cool, but the game itself was lame. The game didn't give you any choices! In other games of the laser disc-cartoon genre, you at least have the option to go left or right. In Road Avenger, you either pushed the button on time or you didn't. Blech.

>>>>> 42.5/100 <<<<< Ferrari Man ???? R.I.P. Salamander
Graphics 4.0 4.5 4.5 4.5
Sound 3.0 2.5 3.0 4.0
Gameplay/Control 1.0 0.5 1.0 1.0
Longevity/Playability 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.5
Overall 2.0 1.5 1.5 2.0
Total 11.0 9.5 10.0 12.0

Originally appeared Vol 2, Iss 1 (04-05/93)