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Streets of Rage, Sega's answer to Final Fight, follows the story of three young police officers (Adam Hunter, Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding) in a city controlled by a criminal syndicate led by a "Mr. X" where crime is rampant, which leads the three heroes to make a pact to leave the force and topple the syndicate by themselves.

Gameplay is straightforward and simple. Three buttons are used, one to jump, other to attack and another to perform a range attack from a support police car. Each character has a limited set of moves that include punching and kicking or performing a back attack (if in the open), two grapple moves (depending if holding the opponent in front or by the back), a flying attack, and if playing with another player two additional tag attacks, and different abilities: Adam is slow, but a good jumper and a hard hitter, Axel fast and also a hard hitter, but a lousy jumper and Blaze fast and a good jumper, but weak hitter. Levels are in typical arcade side-scroller fashion: move from left to right (with two exceptions), clearing screens from enemies one after another as fast as possible while avoid taking damage with a boss in the end. Some levels feature "death drops" where the player must avoid falling, while throwing enemies there at the same time, including a typical elevator level. Several items are scattered on the ground, from melee weapons and bonus points (and lives or additional police cars) to apples and turkeys (to restore health).

Screenshots

Streets of Rage Genesis During each level, destroying scenery, such as this tire stack, will yield weapons, health and bonuses.
Streets of Rage Genesis Mr. Bad-ass from stage 2
Streets of Rage Genesis Things are getting though, arent they?
Streets of Rage Genesis Pipe smash

Promo Images

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Streets of Rage Screenshot
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Streets of Rage Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "ベア・ナックル 怒りの鉄拳" -- Japanese spelling
  • "SoR" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "DSWAT" -- Working title
  • "Bare Knuckle: Ikari no Tekken" -- Japanese title
  • "3D Streets of Rage" -- Nintendo 3DS title
  • "스트리트 오브 레이지 (베어너클)" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

Interesting start Luis Silva (13290) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
Great game, could have been better though......... DudeOfMonson (106) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
A great fighting game during a dismal year for Sega. Majestic Lizard (655) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
The Foundation of one of the best beat em up series ever Mr. Huh (112) unrated
It's time for some rage in the streets Classic Nigel (150) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Taking it to the streets... MasterMegid (896) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Bleedin' awesome. Tomer Gabel (4351) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
streets of rage--release your rage paul cairey (317) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus Sep, 1991 91 out of 100 91
1UP! Sep 26, 2008 91 out of 100 91
Thunderbolt Games Aug 17, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Aug, 1991 36 out of 40 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1991 10 out of 12 83
Retrogaming.it Mar 05, 2008 8 out of 10 80
GameTrip.net Sep 06, 2006 8 out of 10 80
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Nov 20, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Oct, 1991 75 out of 100 75
Play Time Dec, 1991 56 out of 100 56

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
DSWAT 5 雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (58352)
Jul 20, 2013

Trivia

References

  • Many in-game sounds and even the main font were lifted directly from Revenge of Shinobi.

  • In difficult situations, you can press the 'special attack' button. A cop will drive by in a car and set the entire environment on fire with a rocket launcher. The artwork of the police car may look familiar, it's exactly the same car used in E-SWAT: Cyber Police, an older SEGA arcade title which also got converted to the Megadrive.

  • The game is referenced in the second episode of the second season of the US Netflix series Narcos. Pablo Escobar can be seen playing the game with his son on a Genesis system. He gives his son instructions and comments on having to fight a woman.

Release

One of the few games to be packed in with the Genesis.

Soundtrack on vinyl LP

In summer 2015, Data Discs released a vinyl soundtrack with the remastered soundtrack from the game. The remasterings were done in collaboration with the composer of the original game tracks Yuzo Koshiro. The LP features 16 tracks, 8 on each side. The recording were made from the original NEC PC-88 files, as well as a sampling from the Yamaha YM2612 chip of the MegaDrive/Genesis console.
(Source: Product description on Data Discs website, LP at Discogs)

Information also contributed by Jo and Robbb

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Satoshi Kunsai (1805) added Streets of Rage (Genesis) on Jun 06, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Michael Cassidy (17899), 666gonzo666 (56150), Guy Chapman (1742), Sciere (408876), Kohler 86 (7295) and festershinetop (9480)