Good morning Painkillers, and welcome to another addition of Grab A Buddy Monday. Today we are going to talk about a game that didn’t get high ratings when it first came out, but it’s a lot of fun to play. It is very similar to Road Rash 2, a game that I told you about before, so if you enjoyed that game, then you should enjoy this game as well. So now, you guys know what to do. Grab your buddy, hook up your Genesis/Master System, and it’s time to play Skitchin.
Skitchin came out in 1994, and was made by Electronic Arts. What!? EA making a game that people enjoyed, what the hell happened? Oooo, oh Chairman. Anyway, as I said earlier this game came out to negative press. Mostly because they said that if you played one race, you played the entire game. But can’t you say that about most racing games that come out, including the Road Rash games that came out during this time? Well, I’ll discuss the game and let you guys decide.
In this game you play as a rollerblader that is trying to win races across the US and Canada. You race against seven other racers, in a pretty much anything goes style race. Races happen on busy streets in whatever city they are in. There are cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles that have no issues with running you down, to get to their destination. Luckily for you and the other racers, you can use those vehicles to help you get to the finish line faster. You can either hold onto the back of a car, and just ride all the way to the end of the race, or you can grab one car, and either slingshot yourself forward to grab another car, or just move forward and use that speed to help win the race.
Combat is also a big part of this game. You can beat up other racers, but if you are not careful, you will be the one getting beat down and ending up in last place. Most combat is mostly done unarmed, either by getting near a racer and throwing some punches and kicks, or while hanging on the back of a vehicle trying to knock each other off. If you are lucky enough, you can bend down and grab a weapon off the ground, as you skate over it. Weapons are normally chains, bats, and nunchucks. They cause more damage and you need less attempts to beat up the other weapons. Besides dealing with cars, weapons, other racers, and shit all over the road, there are also ramps that you can try to pull off stunts. The harder the stunts, the more money you can make off of them, that is if you land them.
This game is very fun, and it brings it to a different level when you are playing with a buddy on split screen. I don’t know why it got such bad reviews. Maybe it had something to do with the possibility of people going out and trying to hitch on the back of a moving car, while on blades, bikes, or skateboards. So giving the game bad reviews, to prevent high sell volume, so that young people wouldn’t be out trying this in real life, sounds plausible, since people have tried this in the past, and were injured and some killed doing it, but I couldn be completely wrong. Maybe only a few people liked this game, including myself, and we just can’t see the flaws. Oh well! Until next time Painkillers.
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