Reviews for Streets of Rage™ 2

92

My first, and favorite beat-em-up of all time.

lucaswrite | Aug. 3, 2013 | See all lucaswrite's reviews »

Streets of Rage 2 can be described as a game in which you pick one out of four very cool characters, and take it to the streets to beat some people up. All characters have their unique special moves, and each of my friends has their own personal favorite. The art style of the game is beautiful, and the environment constantly changes. Enemies vary from goons to fatties to scientists to muscle men, and each one is fun to take out. The game gets even better with a friend, but is still definitely playable alone. The whole game is a thrill ride, and right up to the final boss, you'll be having fun pummeling the baddies. If you like beat-em-ups, definitely get this game, and if you're looking to try one out, start here.

90

Eat Chicken and Fight the Mafia's Colorful Thugs

CrimsonWizard | Jan. 29, 2013 | See all CrimsonWizard's reviews »

Streets of Rage 2 is the much improved sequel in Sega's classic beat 'em up series. The story of mafia boss Mr. X taking over the city is a rehash of the first game, but everything else was improved from previous installment.

Graphics in this game are bigger, more detailed, and animate fairly well, whether you're just walking, beating the crap out of a minion with flips and throws, or swinging a weapon at the hordes. More colors are used as well to help with the detail, and SoR2 uses the Mega Drive's background effects nicely such as the in haunted fun house section in the amusement park level.

Speaking of the levels, SEGA really tried to give each a unique feel. While you do fight in some familiar places like the opening street level and the bridge level, you're also treated some exotic locations not usually used for brawlers such as the amusement park level, the baseball stadium stage (with underground illegal cage fights), and the jungle base stage.

The music shares in the improvement, holding some of the series' best tunes of all. It's very easy to jam to tracks such as Go Straight or Dreamer which fit the tone of rough action mixed with a bit of techno.

As for actual gameplay, Streets of Rage 2 uses the base formula from the first game, and while not much has changed, it's pretty hard to justify changing the satisfying system of punching, grabbing, and throwing mixed with occasional weapons that was already established in the first game. That said, you now have special moves you can use where you can pay a small bit of life to execute a strong hit against an enemy which usually has priority over their move. A nice addition and counter if you know you're going to be hit, since it's better to take an enemy down than take a blow yourself. However, considering you don't recover life frequently, some may be reluctant to use them at all which is a bit of a downside. The real improvement to the gameplay though is along with all the colorful locations, the game offers up more varieties of enemies along with a few classics from the first game. While you're fight many common schmucks along the way, this is also a game where you'll do battle with ninjas, robots, berserk bikers, and guys on jetpacks. Absolutely ridiculous, but also shows how committed the game is to pure fun.

Streets of Rage 2 is one of the best experiences you can find on Genesis, let alone one of the best two player games you can find out there. For a very reasonable price, you have a game that is very re-playable and memorable, offering some of the best parts of the arcade experience on a game console and now your PC.

80

An Improvement Over It's Predecessor

AkaRai | Jan. 6, 2013 | See all AkaRai's reviews »

Streets of Rage 2 is very similar to the original, but improved in every way. The graphics are improved, the combat has improved, all of the enemies are named and have visible health bars and the number of playable characters has gone from three to four.

Mr. X is back, and this time he's kidnapped Adam from the first game. Axel and Blaze return from the first game to rescue him, along with Adam's brother "Skate" and Axel's new wrestler friend Max Thunder.

If you enjoy beat 'em ups, and you enjoyed the first Streets of Rage, there's absolutely no reason not to pick this one up.

85

Arguiably the best of the franchise

Micepudding | Dec. 27, 2012 | See all Micepudding's reviews »

Streets of Rage 2 improves over the original in many ways, mostly by adding more variety to anything. The four characters (two new, two returning) all play significantly differently, with more moves available to each one. The enemies are also significantly improved. The game itself is much easier, which may be a strength or a weakness, depending on your familiarity with the genre. Personally I didn't find the music to be as strong as the first game, but that's a minor flaw.

75

Essential part of any Retro gamer's collection

schroff | Sept. 14, 2012 | See all schroff's reviews »

I've fond memories of this sequel to Streets of Rage on the Sega Genesis. The story is simplistic but hey, the gameplay is fun! Double that when you have a partner with you! The gameplay is refined over the first game and the graphics also had been improved. For sprites, the graphics have aged really well. A few bosses were annoying and I remember the ninjas weren't as irritating as in the first game. The sound fit the game and blended in, it didn't stick with you after playing but it didn't compel you to reduce the volume either. Would be awesome to see this remade in HD, SEGA are you listening? :P

95

One of the best beat n' ups ever

Bozorov | June 25, 2012 | See all Bozorov's reviews »

Once upon a time, a game named Final Fight turned into one of the biggest hits of the Arcade era. Streets of Rage was supposed to be the anwser to the FF franchise, but is still pretty original with new mechanics, despite having inferior graphics to the SNES port of Final Fight. Now, SoR2 expanded the SoR formula, adding beautiful new sprites and a killer soundtrack, composed with by Yuzo Koshiro and still is considered by many the best game of the series. Was a great game in Mega Drive/Genesis and still is a great game now.

100

Favorite Genesis Fighter Series

xorn000 | Aug. 22, 2011 | See all xorn000's reviews »

This game is a must for anyone that played Genesis. For being a ported copy having coop, the game is an instant need. Go around with friends smashing in faces and beating down the baddies with pipes. This was one of the first games I played when I had a Genesis. I liked it so much I kept it even after I got rid of the Genesis. I thought it was good enough to own just as a cartridge. No, not crazy. The game was just that good.

87

Don't think, just buy!

pauljebe | Aug. 10, 2011 | See all pauljebe's reviews »

All of the action that the original Streets of Rage brought to the table was perfected in this classic sequel. You still get the story driven side scrolling beat-em-up action, but with new playable characters and new moves to help you slam your way to victory. The game has held up well over time and still provides hours of action with plenty of replay. This edition allows you to save your game state, so playing on the go (or sneaking in a little action at work) is easy to do. Play with a friend or all alone, either way this game delivers bang for the buck!

100

You HAVE to play this

t20k | Aug. 9, 2011 | See all t20k's reviews »

Streets of Rage II is just fantastic. It's perfect. And it's 3 bucks? Woah. Side-scrolling beat 'em ups just don't get better than this. Beat all the thugs and push forward, it's that simple. You'll have a blast playing this with friends.

88

Bigger and better.

GAMERamble | June 9, 2011 | See all GAMERamble's reviews »

It’s been one year since three vigilante cops reclaimed their city from the criminal gang that ruled it. Everything is safe and peaceful until a shocking discovery is made. Mr. X the big boss of the syndicate though to be defeated is alive and stronger than ever. Yearning for revenge he has kidnapped one of the heroes of the first game Adam and is using him to lure Axel And Blaze into a trap of this making. Joined by Max a wrestler and friend of Axel plus Skate, Adam’s kid brother the fight must once again be taken to the streets and Mr. stopped for good. Streets Of Rage 2 is a very cool game which I’m sure won’t disappoint and fans of the original. The game has been improved in almost all areas and is a lot of fun to play. With a couple of skill levels and the addition Duel mode you won’t tire of it as fast as the original either. A sequel worth getting.

100

the best the gensis has to offer.

kuevyubh | May 26, 2011 | See all kuevyubh's reviews »

this is by far the best beat 'em up that i have ever played, in SOR2(streets of rage 2), you get to choose from 4 characters, axel, blaze, skate and max(with 1 extra secret character), the game plays like a standard beat 'em up, but it does everything extremely well.

the gameplay is fluid, there are lots of enemy types, the combat is fast paced, there are a lot of cool bosses, and a pretty good combo range for a beat 'em up. now, combine that with one of the best soundtracks ever made(if your an electro music fan, your in for a threat), and a fantastic art design, along with a good difficulty level, and you got what is in my opinion the best beat 'em up ever, it plays very well even today, i really cant think of any better game in this category, really a must buy for any nostalgic fan, beat 'em up fan, or any oldschool gamer who might have missed it.

90

Its bigger, badder and maybe better?!

Truegamer | April 9, 2011 | See all Truegamer's reviews »

Streets of rage returns! And i for one am very glad it did, this time the mysterious MR X has returned from the dead and kidnapped Adam, one of the young heroes from the original game (in which i for one was most upset with as he was my favourite character) so this time Adam's little brother Skate, his friend Max (the wrestler) Blaze and Axel are back to kick even more bad guys butts in an attempt to rescue our young hero! This game is pretty much the same scroll along adventure as the first with a face lift and more funky music that i just can't get enough of, this is all the fun and adventure of the first with more of it and some fancy new moves and bad-arse bosses, Skate and max are lovely additions as well as the new vs. mode to fight with a friend, this is well worth a few quid if not more as it is without a doubt an amazing scroll along game, do the right thing and buy this game, you wont regret it! Is it as good as the first, i will let you decide!

100

The best side-scrolling Beat 'em up!

shisho | April 5, 2011 | See all shisho's reviews »

Streets of Rage 2 is a side-scrolling beat 'em up. There are eight (if i have good memory ;) )stages in total, each with a unique theme. To progress through a stage you move left or right and you need to defeat all the enemies on the screen before ends of time. You pick one of the characters and the have their unique attacks and special moves. There are a variety of weapons you can use to attack enemies- like knives. Graphic is good, each stage is full of colours and detail. and characters look also good. If you likes games like this, you need to play SOR2.