Streets of Rage™ 2
To celebrate their defeat of the Syndicate exactly one year before, Blaze, Adam and Axel met for drinks. The next morning, Axel received a frantic phone call from Eddie "Skate" Hunter, Adam's younger brother, whom he was living with on the edge of the city. Blaze and Axel found Adam and Skate's house wrecked, and a picture showing Adam chained up at the feet of Mr. X. The city then once again returned to its nightmarish state as criminals ran rampant. Unable to contact their old friend in artillery, Axel and Blaze team up with Skate and Max Thunder to free the city and rescue Adam from the Syndicate. It is up to you to take down Mr. X once and for all.
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.
Eat Chicken and Fight the Mafia's Colorful ThugsCrimsonWizard | 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.
An Improvement Over It's PredecessorAkaRai | 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.
Arguiably the best of the franchiseMicepudding | 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.
Essential part of any Retro gamer's collectionschroff | 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