Road Rash features violent illegal street racing, with police following sometimes, and the player can choose from up to eight different bikes. All the tracks are from the United States and California on long two-lane roads. The multiplayer engine only allowed two players to play in turns. There are different levels through each player has to pass, starting with Sierra Nevada (CA 89), Pacific Coast (CA 1), Redwood Forest (no highway), Palm Desert (CA 74) and Grass Valley (CA 49). The tracks depict California States Routes or highway shields.
There are also two weapons to choose from: clubs and chains. Players can win races by being placed on first, second, third or fourth in each of the tracks, which is a bit weird, because all the racing games nowadays request players to get the first place to advance. After the player gets past all tracks, they become longer, the opponents faster and better, and the stake is much higher.
The game was played in third-person and, by placing in the first three on each track, the player earned money which could have been used for buying faster and better bikes. Unfortunately the game was over if the player didn't have enough money to repair the wrecked motorcycle or to pay for being arrested.
The game was made available for Game Gear, Sega Master System, Nintendo Game Boy and Commodore AMIGA later on, but Road Rash, the original game, was the only one to have been distributed onto other consoles and computer.
The original came was received very well by critics and players. It received very favorable reviews in Mean Machines magazine, and an overall score of 91% for the music, graphics and gameplay. The game released on Commodore AMIGA received an overall rating of 84%. Road Rash won several awards over the time, with the Electronic Gaming Monthly giving three awards in 1994. The Best Driving Game, Best Music in a CD-Based Game and the Best 3DO Game in 1994 were offered to this production by the publication.
Electronic Arts released a statement two years ago, saying they are working on the next generation Road Rash, but nothing more has been heard yet.