GC 2008: Ride to Hell First Look

We climb on our hog and check out this open-world adventure game set in 1960s California.

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Take one part Easy Rider, throw in a little Hunter S. Thompson, and add plenty of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, and you just might come up with something like Deep Silver's upcoming open-world adventure game, Ride to Hell. Set in the 1960s at the height of the counterculture movement, you'll hop on your bike and explore a world full of bikers, hippies, cops, and more.

Set in California, Ride to Hell will have you play as a recently returned Vietnam vet trying to find his place in the world again. As the game begins, you'll be recruited to join a biker gang known as the Devil's Hand and, from there, your adventures will begin. You'll eventually work your way up in status in the gang and will encounter rival gangs and even the police during your adventures. The game will have an open-world, nonlinear format, and you'll be able to take missions as you see fit.

Beyond a few screens, character art, and a trailer, we don't know a lot about Ride to Hell's gameplay. We do know that motorcycles will play a huge role in the game--which makes sense, considering the setting--and it sounds as if there will be a ton of customization options for your bikes, which can be built from the ground up. Everything, including frames, engines, wheels, handlebars, and more, can be customized, and you'll always be earning new engine parts that you can use to make your bike more a reflection of your personality. As the developers explained, the cooler your bike, the more respect you'll earn from non-player characters, and the more attention you'll receive from the ladies (or the guys, if that's your thing).

As for the sex, drugs, and rock and roll part of the game, the developers told us that they were not going to ignore any of the counter-cultural things that were happening in the 1960s in America; at the same time, we'd be surprised if there was anything too explicit happening, given that the developers are still aiming to get this rated in the U.S. Nevertheless, there seems to be a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor about the whole thing. Consider "cruise mode," which will let you quickly cross large areas of the game's map by getting on your bike and heading down the highway. Eventually, as your rider settles into a groove, the game will take on a psychedelic look and you'll be able to quickly get from one point to the next. In other words, you'll be tripping out.

It's still very early in the development timeline for Ride to Hell, and we hope to get a better look at the game in the coming months. The game's setting and its open-world nature is enough to have us intrigued; here's hoping they deliver on the sex, drugs, and rock and roll part of the equation as well. Ride to Hell is currently scheduled for release in the first half of 2009 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Discussion

45 comments
darkmask1991
darkmask1991

This game looked so promising in those days..

Hellavation
Hellavation

This is a cool concept I mean nothing too special from most Sandboxes but I love a game where customization or a create a character/object feature is implemented.

fifa1296
fifa1296

Why dont people just get GTA lost and damned.

daftpunk7
daftpunk7

I don't want to be pessimistic, but it's already Summer 2011 at this moment, and there has been no word. No video, no E3, nothing. Hopefully it won't be thrown away, because it looks awesome. But at this point, there's a really big chance it's dead. RIP :(

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

hey guys I first heard about this game on ign.com, if I remember they might have vid for this game, and I was wondering why gamespot calling the description of this game a motocross racing, when it's suppost to be an open world action adventure game like gta, oh yeah ign has some more info on the game has well.

Serpentes420
Serpentes420

I just saw this game listed as coming soon at target.com. They had its release date listed as Dec. 31st, 2011. I have know idea how reliable a source that is though. I hope it does come out though, I got bored with the whole GTA thing after Vice City I'd like to see a little somethng different in the "sandbox" genre

SLRMC93
SLRMC93

I still have hope for it

mca820
mca820

guys the game is done for

apennismightier
apennismightier

Deep Silver produces nothing but pure trash. Probably got canned. They're a sub-par developer with beyond bad titles. Cool concept, but I'd rather see FX make a Sons of Anarchy type game, or even Rockstar continue to make a full length biker game like they Lost and Damned Addon for GTA4.

Ruslan2993
Ruslan2993

Well, it seems to me they are getting a bit late :) But i think this game is gonna be cool so i'll wait...

AbandonedFish
AbandonedFish

Unfortunately since it's almost mid 2010, I get the feeling this game got canned :(

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

oh man sounds good can't wait to see some videos

Aletunda
Aletunda

i knew this would happen, this game is going to knock lost and damned out of the water.

fero4real
fero4real

i have always been a fan of open world adventure games and this looks great it reminds me alot of full throttle i hope it turns out to be amazing

diego02
diego02

An open world biker gang game? Whoah, that sounds great! I hope this turns out alright.

rpgnutt
rpgnutt

we will see if this gets past without it being tampered with i doubt it.somethings are going to be pulled i bet.it is some things that happen in the 60s that should not be in the game.but u gotta love GAMING!!!!!

grungeman91
grungeman91

When I get this I'm gonna put on some Hendrix and The Doors and play this game

starmanuk50
starmanuk50

this game missed my game radar, only just found out about it and it actually looks rather promising, nice screenshots so far. lets hope the censors dont go hack it to bits. games like this prob best to just get a mature rating because anything less i doubt would truly reflect what was actually happening in the 60s, it was flower power and free love after all :)

bredeyabo
bredeyabo

now this is a game i could chill out with :)

otanikun
otanikun

I'm gonna need more info on the game and more story news before I think about this game, seems nice though

samremnant
samremnant

i cant wait to play this, cruising around and cracking hippy skulls

stinton16
stinton16

cant wait to get dis, gna just go in my room turn on my ps3 n 32" sony hd t.v n just play till my balls drop off!

Charger73
Charger73

Doesn't sound to me as much like Easy Rider as it does Corman's "Wild Angels" although people are more familiar with the first than the second. Anyone wanting this game should try and see that movie, though, it's worth it.

tevic
tevic

Interested, too.

raven28690
raven28690

Hell yeah, a free roaming biker game. im very interested in this game. kudos to deep silver

peterlongo
peterlongo

Full Throttle for adults? Sounds Awesome!!

Sodod
Sodod

lol the writer of this is "SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THE SEX,drugs and RnR" lol whats with him??!!! :P

WizardAssassin7
WizardAssassin7

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WizardAssassin7
WizardAssassin7

i second the whole "free-thinking adult game" notion. damn bureaucrats gotta start leaving these games with good potential alone...

wesle
wesle

You are perfectly right on that lowenergycycle. We need this game to really push the "censorship" and start allowing more "mature" games for "mature" games. They need to really push it as far as possible because we are not kids like when videogames were first developed. Hopefully it will be a Ride to Hell for the ESRB.

oneofthefall
oneofthefall

Cool, i like the sound of free roaming on your customized chopper 60s Style, hopefully they might add "Multiplayer free roam" abit like testdrive Unlimited & add a 1st person perspective option (so you can see your handlebars),it would be in my top list of Motorcycle games! but so far i like what i see and hear & could go down extremely well ..

king_bobo
king_bobo

Sounds like jokes. Definately worth looking out for...

lowenergycycle
lowenergycycle

This sounds absolutely awesome. I sincerely hope that the politically correct dimbos in power don't stop this from being exactly what it should be. Screw the stupid censors: As a free-thinking adult, I want a free-thinking adult game like this, as is my right, and I figure I'm not the only one either. Jack Thompson: keep your beaky old face out!

IcanSpel
IcanSpel

Sex, drugs and rock and roll...I like it already!

POPEYE1716
POPEYE1716

interesting yes i have seen easy rider great movie

-Demon01-
-Demon01-

This sounds a bit strange. We'll see

hywel777
hywel777

i WILL buy this game PS anyone here seen easy rider?

sevenrains
sevenrains

sounds really cool. I think I'll keep my on this one...

dark_being
dark_being

It's Full Throttle all over again. Good :)

guy_cocker
guy_cocker

Man, they could make an awesome bag from this game.