We’ve had our eye on Road Redemption for years now, and we can finally pick up the release version after a launch yesterday.

If you’ve never heard of the game before it’s often billed as a unofficial successor to Road Rash where the standard bike racing is mixed in with both melee and shooting.

You can pick up the game on Steam right now with a 10% discount until 11th October. After that it goes back to the standard price of $20, or R219 locally.

We bought ourselves a copy last night after having it on our Steam wishlist for so long, and we really like what we played.

The bikes handle just fine, but the combat packs a lot of weight and knocking a guy off of his superbike with a monkey wrench is endlessly entertaining.

In our first hour or so the game came across a bit on the difficult side as your health and other stats carry between races, and you’ll need to use currency earned in those races to patch yourself up and buy buffs. If you have a few bad races you can’t heal up, and you’ll eventually die and the campaign will reset.

We assume this is because there are some light RPG mechanics where you can buy perks, so this may just be an early game problem. We’re definitely interested in playing more.

Strangely enough, this isn’t the only game of its kind coming out this year. The similarly-named Road Rage is planned for a November release. The vehicle combat genre is one that doesn’t get that much attention, so we’re glad to see more developers getting in on it.