Streets of Rage
My favorite series on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis is Streets of Rage. I will go one better than that and say that Streets of Rage 2 is my favorite 16-bit Sega game and is one of my top ten games of all time. Before that in the distant year of 1991, we had the original game which was released by Sega to try and have a Final Fight style game on their system. Well, in my opinion, this series eclipses everything that Final Fight ever did!
Cleaning Up The Streets One Goon At A Time
For a 16-bit game and an early one at that. Streets of Rage is rather cinematic. The following two games would be far more cinematic. However, the story starts here pretty well. The city is being terrorized by a crime boss called, Mr. X. Three badasses in Axel, Blaze, and Adam are taking it upon themselves to clean up the streets and put a stop to Mr. X once and for all.
Now You Are Playing With Mega Power
Out of the three games, the original clearly is the least detailed in the visual department. You most notice it on the characters themselves as they are quite small. Still, Streets of Rage is a very fine-looking game. The background art is truly remarkable for a game from 1991 and the two games that followed this just built upon what was started here.
Electronic Music At Its Best
One thing that the series gets right as soon as you start is the soundtrack. Oh, my goodness does this game have a great soundtrack. I feel that Streets of Rage 2 has the best soundtrack, but I do prefer the soundtrack here over what is in Streets of Rage 3. The music was done by the very talented Yuzo Koshiro and when I think about this series, the first thing that always pops into my mind is the music.
Putting A Beating On Some Thugs!
The gameplay of this original Streets of Rage is much more basic than the games that would follow. Axel, Adam, and Blaze do all have different stats and slightly different attacks, but it is not as varied as it would become. Instead of having a special move, you do yourself, when you press the A button you call in the cops who fire a missile that will clear the screen or do heavy damage to a boss.
You fight your way through each stage, until you reach the boss. Defeat the boss and you get to go to the next level. You can pick up various weapons as you go as well as health and items for points. Getting points is worth it as you can get extra lives. Which you will need as this game is tough! There is plenty of replay value here as you have different endings
I will admit that if I am in the mood to play some Streets of Rage, 99/100 it will be the second game that I play. Still, this was a great start to one of my favorite series of games. It may be basic, but it is still a fantastic beat-em-up. It is the kind of game that is even better when you have a buddy playing with you and you guys try to clean up the streets together. This is a staple of the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and a game that everyone needs to play through at least once.
- You can play as one of three characters
- Each level has its own design
- The soundtrack is incredible
- It is even more fun to play through with a buddy
- This is a game that never gets old
- It is not as good as Streets of Rage 2
- There are not as many moves in this as the sequels
Processor: PC compatible, P-200
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode