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Action racing game 'Road Redemption' updated with improved physics

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Road Redemption, the motorbike action racing game inspired by Road Rash just had a small but mighty update.

The changelog for it is quite small:

  • Easier to navigate around walls and other obstacles, leading to overall faster and smoother gameplay
  • Online Multiplayer Player vs Player combat more fulfilling with better physics, adjusted nitro and ammo pick-ups, and adjusted number of cops on the scene!

Annoyingly, they messed up the executable naming for the Linux & Mac versions. You can launch it directly from the installed folder, but not from Steam directly until they fix this. Sadly, that means the Steam Controller doesn't work as a gamepad, even when using SC Controller the buttons were all messed up so it's keyboard only until they fix it up.

We've let them know and there's posts about it on Steam, so hopefully such a simple issue will be fixed shortly. Even so, it's frustrating as clearly it wasn't tested even once. Update: They fixed it, works fine now.

You can grab it from Humble Store and Steam (50% off).

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Doktor_Mandrake 12 July 2018 at 8:25 pm UTC
Shmerl
Doktor_MandrakeWhile the Steam version is the only version available, it IS actually DRM-free and can run without the steam client just fine (last time I checked, anyway)

Then they should have no problems releasing it in other stores.

Well I guess when I saw you say "or any other drm-free store release" .. That your main priority was being able to play the game without being dependant on any form of DRM.. Which is what the Steam version does, just as DRM-free as any other drm-free game
Shmerl 12 July 2018 at 8:27 pm UTC
Doktor_MandrakeWhich is what the Steam version does, just as DRM-free as any other drm-free game

We already had this discussion, Steam itself is not a DRM-free store. So when I say DRM-free store, I don't mean Steam.
Doktor_Mandrake 12 July 2018 at 8:31 pm UTC
Shmerl
Doktor_MandrakeWhich is what the Steam version does, just as DRM-free as any other drm-free game

We already had this discussion, Steam itself is not a DRM-free store. So when I say DRM-free store, I don't mean Steam.

So where does the whole DRM thing come into it? You're looking for another store front to buy from other then steam, but asking for a "drm-free" version, why am I suddenly to blame for mentioning that the steam version IS drm-free?

In-fact I only had to look on the forums for the game briefly to come up with this answer for you

https://steamcommunity.com/app/300380/discussions/0/594820656446492106/#c1726450077693030986

A moderator on the forum replies to someone else asking for GOG or other store fronts

"So I expect you're wondering what happened to the DRM-free version. Simply, the Steam version is the DRM-free version. As a small studio it's so much easier to have one point of distribution for each platform and for PC there's only one sensible choice, Steam. So it's only distributed through Steam but the version you're getting is 100% DRM-free nonetheless."

Which seems fair enough to me, selling the game on GOG is not as easy as just pressing a button, yaknow?


Last edited by Doktor_Mandrake at 12 July 2018 at 8:32 pm UTC
Shmerl 12 July 2018 at 8:40 pm UTC
Doktor_Mandrake"So I expect you're wondering what happened to the DRM-free version. Simply, the Steam version is the DRM-free version. As a small studio it's so much easier to have one point of distribution for each platform and for PC there's only one sensible choice, Steam. So it's only distributed through Steam but the version you're getting is 100% DRM-free nonetheless."

That's not a satisfactory answer, and a pity that developers took that route to handle their DRM-free promise where they explicitly mentioned non Steam users (see quote above). As I said, many DRM-free users view Steam itself as DRM and therefore saying that "the game is DRM-free on Steam" isn't the way to address it.

I can understand that they don't want to deal with many distributors because it's time consuming, but I don't agree that "Steam is the only sensible choice for PC". This kind of approach is quite unhealthy.


Last edited by Shmerl at 12 July 2018 at 8:42 pm UTC. Edited 2 times.
Doktor_Mandrake 12 July 2018 at 8:46 pm UTC
Shmerl
Doktor_Mandrake"So I expect you're wondering what happened to the DRM-free version. Simply, the Steam version is the DRM-free version. As a small studio it's so much easier to have one point of distribution for each platform and for PC there's only one sensible choice, Steam. So it's only distributed through Steam but the version you're getting is 100% DRM-free nonetheless."

That's not a satisfactory answer, and a pity that developers took that route to handle their DRM-free promise where they explicitly mentioned non Steam users (see quote above). As I said, many DRM-free users view Steam itself as DRM and therefore saying that "the game is DRM-free on Steam" isn't a way to address it.

Fair enough, and I too would love to see a GOG release for the game, just wanted to make it clear that the steam version does run fine without the client last time I checked, since some people reading this article will already use steam anyway

The game itself is nothing I'd say is special anyway, if you're looking for some road rash nostalgia it isn't the game and quite different from Road Rash, still quite fun mind, very combat focused and still some good simple fun.. I just don't feel it's really anything special and one of those "throw away" games if you will

Though I am interested in the sound of new physics improvements, assuming that includes single player but I think the disappointing aspect to me with road redemption was the "feel", hard to put into words.. decapitating the AI with a sword feels great but the way the bikes feel isn't particularly engaging
Doktor_Mandrake 12 July 2018 at 8:49 pm UTC
ShmerlI can understand that they don't want to deal with many distributors because it's time consuming, but I don't agree that "Steam is the only sensible choice for PC". This kind of approach is quite unhealthy.

I agree with this sentiment too, it could even be comparable to windows somewhat and why I even started using linux, I don't want to be tied down to some goliath company and totally understand you wanting to buy from other distributors

I'd love to see more games on GOG, especially some good linux racing games, really want some feral ports to make it on GOG like dirt rally
M@GOid 12 July 2018 at 11:06 pm UTC
They fixed it. Now it runs just fine from inside Steam.
liamdawe 13 July 2018 at 8:12 pm UTC
M@GOidThey fixed it. Now it runs just fine from inside Steam.
Yup, can confirm they did fix as promised
inlinuxdude 16 July 2018 at 11:54 pm UTC
liamdawe
M@GOidThey fixed it. Now it runs just fine from inside Steam.
Yup, can confirm they did fix as promised

I'm glad I've been on a motorcycle vacation and didn't see this until I got back and the glitch already fixed!
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