18, 1992 (Japan)
/ Digital Comic
> Back in the early days of Sega CD, Telenet/Renovation
brought gamers to the next level by porting full motion video (FMV) arcade
games to the fledgeling console. Road Blaster FX (Japan)
/ Road Avenger (America) was originally developed by Data
East, and played similar to the ever-popular Dragon's Lair.
> In the case of Road Avenger, you drive down treacherous
roads within a "Road Warrior" setting. There's a familiar storyline
of the bad guys killing your babe, and now it's your intention to avenge
said death. You're a veteran cop from an elite force with over 10
years of high speed chase experience under your belt.
> Importing Road Blaster FX is no problem, as the Japanese
and American versions are essentially identical. Aside from the game
(duh), the only thing you will need is a conversion cartridge or a Japanese
> For it's time the graphics in Road Avenger were great,
as there wasn't much competition in the FMV console scene. Wolf
Team did a fine job of converting this game to the Mega/Sega
CD format. It basically looks like a Japanese anime movie
that you actually get to interact with.
> Like all FMV games, Road Avenger's gameplay is simple yet
effective in creating interaction with the video scenes. At the proper
times, you can steer left/right, turbo boost or slam on the brakes.
If you don't input the proper action for the given moment, then you're
treated to one of many stylistic crash scenes. The object is to get
through the whole level without pressing the wrong button.
> Road Avenger's intro tune is addictive and memorable, but
the rest of the game features background music that's largely forgettable.
Although they get the job done, the sounds effects are few and mainly cheesy.
> It's very simple: if you like FMV games, then you'll have fun playing
through Road Avenger and trying to memorize the correct moves.
Otherwise, don't spend any money trying to acquire a taste for this genre.
> If you enjoy FMV games, then Road Avenger's driving scenes
in a Road Warrior setting will surely please. If you don't like the
simplistic gameplay inherent in this type of game, then Road Avenger
most likely won't change your mind. It's definitely a classic that
can easily be played on PC via an emulator as well.
7.9 | Graphics: 8.0 | Control: 7.5 | Sound: 7.5 | Fun: 8.5