• Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: Oct 13, 2003
Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Roadkill is the s---. Its combination of vehicular-action and mission-based gameplay make it one of the most well designed cross-genre titles of the year.
  2. 83
    There’s a huge arsenal of weapons available for you to maul your enemies with and running over pedestrians to see the fantastic rag doll physics and, of course, the huge splatters of blood, is great fun.
  3. Doubts aside, if you're after a quality shoot-'em-up that's as filthy as you like then Roadkill is for you.
  4. This game isn't innovation in any way but instead takes what it considers to be some of the best elements of other games and rolls it into one package - basically the same way Quentin Tarentino patches together his movies.
  5. 80
    Detailed textures and a fast frame rate let you savor the disturbing damage, and the precise controls never fail.
  6. The blue language may be a bit sophmoric and the gameplay a little repetitive, but the game features high production values: a solid vehicular combat engine, well produced cutscenes and excellent music.
  7. A deep, well written, good-looking and designed game that comes close to the greatness of any of the games it imitates.
  8. I'm no prude, but the thing that spoiled Road Kill for me was the fact that it tries too hard with the adult content. I'm fine with swearing in games, but here, it seems gratuitous. [Nov 2003, p.138]
  9. Good mindless fun, but don’t expect an incredibly deep game. Also, it is VERY mature, so beware.
  10. 77
    The game is wide-open, the areas are fun to explore, and there are some truly funny moments along the way. One thing to note, though: this game earns all of its M-rating. It's a capital M. There is more gore, rough language, and general disrespect for humanity in this game than in most prisons.
  11. Average graphics and an almost synthetic boost to be more mature than "Grand Theft Auto III/Vice City" has made this game something people may not want to pick up. That's not to say the game is horrid, but if it had something original to give the player I might be a bit more lenient on it.
  12. If you think the idea of a game about driving around in a machine-gun-toting car while completely ignoring traffic laws and blowing away anything in your path sounds like fun, then you'll get it out of RoadKill.
  13. The overly simplistic gameplay, re-hashed visuals, unbalanced level design, and generic storyline all factor in to make this hybrid of yesteryears best selling, finest games, a low rent middle class knock off. Nevertheless, the sheer visceral excitement of blowing stuff up and witnessing ultra-violent, unapologetically brutal cut-scenes and road rage is hard to deny.
  14. It's not going to win any awards, but what's there is good, though unclean, fun. [Dec 2003, p.72]
  15. Gamers who liked the idea of, say, "Twisted Metal Black," but found the execution too quick and snappy to be satisfying, should check out Road Kill, a decidedly more kinetic follower.
  16. I enjoyed the game far more than I thought I would; enjoyed it far more than I probably should have.
  17. Between its immature "Mature-rated" content (naughty language is prevalent) and rough gameplay, RoadKill narrowly misses excellence. [Nov 2003, p.81]
  18. Probably the first real unabashed "GTA" clone that manages to still work well on its own merits. Definitely worth a rental, and for those that really dig the motif, probably not a bad buy either.
  19. It's not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but for good old fashioned blasting fun with some friends or on your own, it's hard to beat. I'm lovin' it.
  20. If you live with your mother, smoke pot, watch wrestling, can’t vote, and love The Cramps or have a big brother who does, you will likely have a blast with this game. Not only can you get your violence fix by yourself on a Wednesday night, but you and your friends can have fun wrecking each other in the 4-player split-screen.
  21. As a car-combat game, it's passable but not exceptional. As a postacopalyptic "GTA" clone, it falls well short of the mark in terms of story, mission diversity, and replay value. [Nov 2003, p.171]
  22. 60
    It's incredible how nasty and trashy this gameplay looks, when something very similar looked so great. There are a lot of really nice touches here, but they're wasted on a game that feels like a high school talent show version of a great movie.
  23. All of the spoken dialogue is loaded with swearing, prostitutes are everywhere, and the talk radio stations may contain the most sexually explicit content in any video game to date. The result is an immature and offensive clone of a far superior game ["GTA III"]. [Oct 2003, p.118]
  24. 50
    This game does nothing new except offer a ton of foul language to get you in trouble with the 'rents. Next, please.
  25. Roadkill's impression of Grand Theft Auto is almost as cringeworthy. Most of the ingredients that made Rockstar's crime 'em up so successful are here but, like your dad's Pound Shop Ali G, it lacks the special something that made GTA so amazing.
  26. Take one part "Grand Theft Auto" and one part car combat game "Twisted Metal Black." Mix, ingest, and vomit. Stare wistfully into bowl. What could have been a great game—car carnage with heavy artillery against gangs in cities devastated by a mysterious plague—is only mediocre.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. MikeC.
    Dec 15, 2005
    8
    "Roadkill" is surprisingly fun, despite being one of the most unoriginal games ever. The combat is pure "Twisted Metal" (although not nearly "Roadkill" is surprisingly fun, despite being one of the most unoriginal games ever. The combat is pure "Twisted Metal" (although not nearly as good), while the presentation- the soundtrack, the characters, even the text boxes- SCREAM "GTA." In fact, this game is the biggest "GTA" rip-off I've ever played, and that includes "True Crime." With that said, "Roadkill" is very engaging and, as I said, very fun. The main missions are good (although the story is "eh" at best), but the sidemissions really make the game great. I got it about a year ago for $8 or so on eBay, and you should get it, too. It's actually quite worth it. Full Review »
  2. SamaelH.
    Jan 16, 2005
    4
    Something needs to be said up front - this game isn't mature. If you've often thought videogame women needed to be more expedable, Something needs to be said up front - this game isn't mature. If you've often thought videogame women needed to be more expedable, and were confused by the twists and turns of any given Grand Theft Auto plot, then welcome aboard. Crank up the music, skip past the cinemas (you won't miss a thing), and make the hero drive through hookers like you're satan's lawnmower - there are no consequences. For those who can look past the 12 year old serial killer in training mentality, the gameplay is vintage car combat jousting. Rogue Trip vets may have more than a few flashbacks. Full Review »
  3. MarkO.
    Apr 19, 2004
    10
    Funniest game ever!