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Fists of Fury: Streets of Rage Review

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Coined as one of the best side-scrolling beat ‘em ups in the genre, Streets of Rage was originally released on the Sega Genesis back in 1991 on the 2nd of August. Being able to choose from 3 different characters, Streets of Rage offered players back in the day plenty of different ways to beat up the local crime syndicate and run them out of town before things become even worse. With all of this in mind, though, is Streets of Rage still one of the best side-scrollers in the genre?

A lot of games back in 1991 didn’t have much of a story – or any to speak of – but Streets of Rage is one of the few that did have a story. This story is rather simple and forgettable, but it gave you more than enough of a reason to go out on the streets and beat up everyone in sight, rather than simply just doing it. The story tells the tale of 3 ex-cops, Axel, Blaze, and Adam as they go out in search of Mr. X, the antagonist of the game and the man running the syndicate and essentially the city. As should come as no surprise, they intend to beat up everyone in their way to bring down this organisation and its boss, Mr. X.

Each level in Streets of Rage essentially starts out the same, you hop onto the stage and must travel to the right of the screen as you progress through the level, beating up everyone that gets in the way as you go along. Given access to punches, kicks, and a throw, you alternate between all of them to create basic combos that will usually beat most of the enemies you’ll come across, but can also be done to you as well, so you’ll want to keep an eye on your health bar. At points, you might get lucky and find a couple of different pick-ups: one will be food, of which can restore your health and the other are weapons. Weapons don’t really have any special combo’s, but they end up doing a lot more damage than normal attacks, up until they eventually break.

Once the end of the stage is reached, a boss will be thrown at you and will be the only real challenge you fight for most of the stage, as they tend to have unique attacks and weapons that only they have. Just like your chosen character, they also have a health bar and won’t go down in just a few simple punches. These bosses can be really frustrating if you’ve never fought them before and you might end up losing some lives if you’re not too careful. Once you get their patterns down, however, they aren’t so difficult and make for a nice challenge every time they crop up.

 


DeveloperSega
PublisherSega
SeriesStreets of Rage
SequelStreets of Rage 2
Platform
Genre2D Beat ‘EM Up

 

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Just like many games on the Sega Genesis, 2D side-scrollers and platformers all still seem really impressive to look at, even after 27 years have gone by and that’s simply the case for Streets of Rage. The gameplay and the visual style have both aged so well, it’s no wonder the game is still a favourite among side-scrolling beat ‘em up fans.

Overall, Streets of Rage can certainly have some frustrating moments of gameplay, but that’s usually down to the player not knowing the game very well yet. Once you look past that initial frustration, you’ll soon come to realise just why this game is considered one of the best 2D beat ‘em ups the genre has ever seen and that’s not a title that’s going to be lost any time soon it seems.


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Summary Overall, Streets of Rage can certainly have some frustrating moments of gameplay, but that’s usually down to the player not knowing the game very well yet. Once you look past that initial frustration, you’ll soon come to realize just why this game is considered one of the best 2D beat ‘em ups the genre has ever seen and that’s not a title that’s going to be lost any time soon it seems.

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