Streets of Rage
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The city was once a happy, peaceful place...until one day, a powerful secret criminal organization took over. This vicious syndicate soon had control of the government and even the police force. The city has become a center of violence and crime where no one is safe. Amid this turmoil, a group of determined young police officers has sworn to clean up the city. Among them are Adam Hunter, Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding. They've decided to put their lives on the line and take back their city through their special hand-to-hand combat abilities. They are willing to risk anything, even their lives, on the Streets of Rage.
Good Nostalgic FunSimao20 | Oct. 10, 2013 | See all Simao20's reviews »
One of the all time best side scrolling beat em up games around. Very fun to play with a partner , thats probably the best experience you'll have during this game. Its an older game so theres that level of punishment and difficulty that aren't seen around anymore. However, thats where having a good partner comes in handy because you'll survive and get through levels easier. It's your basic beat em up game, kick, punch, throw buttons etc are all there and easy to pull off. Can even do double team moves as well. Its a fun game, to go back to play with a friend and you'll enjoy beating up enemies
Fairly DecentDanielZo0 | June 11, 2013 | See all DanielZo0's reviews »
It's got a decent length for a game of its time and it certainly worth playing more than once. The visuals are surprisingly vibrant. Most importantly, it's fun. But the online portion of SOR2 is executed poorly. And, once again, Backbone Entertainment presents a classic SEGA title with absolutely no extras.
Who needs some new socks and belts?DeltaBladeX | May 26, 2013 | See all DeltaBladeX's reviews »
Back in the late 80s and early 90s, the beat em up genre was highly popular with Sega bringing out arcade games like Golden Axe and Alien Storm to compete with others like Final Fight and Double Dragon. While they ported their games to the consoles, it seems they decided they also needed a game just for the home systems, and so Bare Knuckle / Streets of Rage was born. This trilogy of games was highly popular on the Mega Drive and is considered great even now. The games did receive a fair bit of censorship when coming to the west, with the 3rd game losing a boss and secret playable character, as well as receiving a much different story. While Sega never made a 4th game for the series, fans have created a fan game called Streets of Rage Remake which is worth checking out. Well, enough history, time to talk about how it all started.
Gangs own the city. Corrupt officials and cowards prevent the problem from being solved. Three officers quit the force, go vigilante and move forth to beat up some punks. Sound familiar? It should do, most games in the genre had a story just like this.
Graphically, this game is okay. However, if you have already played the later games in the series, you will notice that the art style in this game was different, with both player characters and enemies looking different. The style in this game is fine, but I prefer the later designs.
Now the music, that is damn awesome, as should be expected from the series. Some truly memorable tunes during the levels, that helped cement this series as proof that the Mega Dive can output some good music with its hardware.
The sound effects however, aren't so great. Some basics yells, screams, thumps and dings. Rather uninspiring.
The emulator used for this and other games in the Sega Mega Drive Classics supports use of a keyboard, but I highly recommend a gamepad if you own one. Easier to control that way.
Anyway, the game controls well, not going to have any difficulties performing the attacks and moving around.
When starting the game, you have the choice of three characters. Adam, who moves slower than the other two, Blaze, the weakest of the trio, and Axel, who just can't do a decent jump kick. Minor differences between the three, really.
When it comes to the combat, there isn't much to say. Walk right, punch everyone a few times, then move on. Much as with the story, you will already know what to expect. This game is all about beating up the nameless thugs that get in your way. Your character was unable to perform any special move themselves in this game, but you are able to call in support from a police officer who will fire a weapon to take down any enemies currently surrounding you. This has a limit of one use per level though unless you find a pickup for more. Outside of that, you have all the genre standards to take down your enemies, punching, kicking, knives, baseball bats and metal pipes.
Other than replaying this on a higher difficulty, the only other extra in this game requires a second player. Late in the game, you will be able to unlock a bad end by having each player choose differently when asked a question. Nothing special really. On the bright side, it actually had support for co-op, unlike Final Fight.
Well, all said and done, while this game isn't as great as either of the following titles in the series, it was still fun back when I first got to play it on the Mega Drive. It just doesn't do so well in comparison. It was still the birth of a great series, and for that, it deserves my praise. If only Adam got to stick around for the later games.
Who Needs Guns, I Have These! PUNCH!CrimsonWizard | Jan. 19, 2013 | See all CrimsonWizard's reviews »
Streets of Rage is the first in Sega's popular beat 'em up series where you star as one of three ex-cops hellbent on tearing through every thug in down to save the city from the mysterious Mr. X. A simple premise for a brawling game already seen in Final Fight, but Streets of Rage did a decent job of offering some differences to Capcom's competition. Streets of Rage 1 remains of the few side-scrolling brawlers with multiple endings (later seen in Splatterhouse 3), and was one of the first to feature a playable female character.
In terms of mechanics, Sega improved upon the formula set in Golden Axe by adding a fun system based on grabs, throws, and flips in addition to punching your enemy's face into paste with your fists or weapons. While the special attacks were simplified, in return you have more enemy variety, though by the last levels you see an unfortunate amount of recycling with palette swaps of the same enemies until the final boss.
The graphics are decent, and while the later games highly improve on the environments, the first does an serviceable job of portraying a gritty city, while showing off a great amount of colors. The music works really nicely too, bouncing around urban and techno moods for good listening for the ears.
Streets of Rage 1 is relatively simple, but for a cheap brawler, it's a fun time, especially with a friend. While its sequel improves on everything presented here, the first game is a good game in it's own right, being one of the better brawlers of its era.
Classic Beat 'Em Up ActionAkaRai | Jan. 6, 2013 | See all AkaRai's reviews »
Back in the day, Streets of Rage was the first game I ever completed on the Game Gear. Since then it's seen numerous releases on various systems, and several sequels.
Similar to other beat 'em ups like Double Dragon and Final Fight, Streets of Rage has you travel through level after level fighting various thugs and criminals, each area ending in a boss, and picking up objects in your surroundings to use as weapons.
The plot is simple enough, a crime syndicate has taken over the city, and controls most of the local government and law enforcement. Three young cops -who happen to be expert fighters- quit the force to take matters into their own hands. You choose between Adam who moves slowest but has the highest attack and is a boxer, Axel who has medium stats but a poor jumping ability and is a master martial artist, and Blaze, who is a master of Judo and has the highest jump and speed but lowest attack (actually some of her attacks do more damage than the other two.)
If you like 16-bit arcade beat 'em ups, Streets of Rage is unlikely to disappoint you.