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Roadkill – Consumer Guide

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According to ESRB, this game contains: Intense Violence, Mature Sexual Themes, Strong Language

Parents: keep your kids, and possibly yourselves, far away from RoadKill. It's violent, sexist, misogynistic, racist, homophobic-the list is endless. The game purports to be "adult," but it's actually anything but, filled with innuendoes and jokes that would fail to make any half-savvy teen groan. The game rewards players for striking pedestrians with their vehicles, and in general, causing as much mayhem as possible. The talk-radio portion of the game, while providing some of the most inspired moments in the game (particularly "Gear Talk" with Frank and Vinny), is also full of insidiously dangerous information. During one of the call-in shows, a listener asks the host if she can get pregnant if she has sex in a hot tub. The host tells her that she cannot get pregnant if she has sex in a hot tub. It's supposed to be tongue-in-cheek, but it's not quite tongue-in-cheek enough, and more impressionable gamers might get the wrong idea.

Fans of Grand Theft Auto III and Twisted Metal: Black will likely enjoy the familiar mission structure and car-combat elements in the game.

Fans of heavy metal music will appreciate the soundtrack which features Judas Priest, Foreigner, Foghat, and Blue Oyster Cult.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers will have a difficult time with RoadKill since the cut-scenes feature no subtitles, and many of the in-game cues during missions are often spoken and only intermittently appear on-screen.

Category Tags
Platform(s): Xbox   PS2   GameCube  
Developer(s): Terminal Reality  
Publisher: Midway  
Genre(s): Driving   Shooting  
ESRB Rating: Mature (17+)  
Articles: Game Reviews  

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