A legend in the dawn of the Genesis, a multi-ported classic, Streets of Rage. Streets of Rage rules. This is a daddy of Beat ‘Em Up classics, alongside Final Fight. This is just one of those games that you can play anytime and not regret a single second of it. Let’s dive into exactly what makes Streets of Rage so great!
Adam Hunter is a slick boxing type fighter. He is a little bit slow but has a wicked combo and strong offense. I only recommend playing as Adam if you are playing 2 player mode as he is easily rushed by the AI in single player.
Axel Stone is your generic Beat ‘Em Up, average guy. If you want an all-around character this is the guy.
Blaze Fielding is the quickest out of the three. She has low offensive stats but she is actually the best as her combo has an infinite way to hit people. Her jump kick is solid and she can easily grab and throw enemies due to her speed.
Gameplay & Controls / Story
This is just one of those games that just feels right. The story is simple enough that you accept the fact you are playing some renegade cops that just got sick of their crime corrupted city and felt like taking it to the streets themselves. The controls are very responsive and smooth.
The game is laid out in 8 different stages. You start off on a busy main street, fight through the slums, take it to the beach, cross an overpass, jump on a boat, work your way through a factory, catch a ride on a platform elevator, and then finally reach your destination at a suite in a high rise, all while pummeling your way through hordes of bad guys. Each stage has a boss, then they just start to double on you and when you make it to the last stage you have to fight every single one of them again in a narrow hallway leading to the final boss. You are not entirely alone in this game as you can find some power-ups that launch overpowered napalm blasts out to instantly rid the screen of baddies.
While the repetitive nature of the bad guys making that absurdly funny death noise upon being defeated, the music behind this game is a timeless piece of art by Yuzo Koshiro. The music in this game is amped and fuels the beatdowns!
For its time, this game looks pretty damn good. There is not much difference between this version and it’s “superior” Sega CD port. There is not much to improve on in the graphics department.
Douche Loder’s Final Word on Streets Of Rage:
This is one of my favorite games of all time. I used to rent 6-Pak just to play this game for my local game rental store did not carry the original game. This is just one of those games to crack a brew open to and do some serious ass-kicking!
- Timeless Classic
- Killer Sountrack
- Blaze Fielding kicks serious ass
- Playing as Adam is not that fun
- Game gets a little tough for newbies
- THOSE DAMN BLAZE CLONES ON THE BOAT AND THE END OF THE F****** GAME