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Streets of Rage (Genesis)

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Description

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 Title screen
Streets of Rage Genesis Stage 5: Karateka's come flying in from every corner of the screen.
Streets of Rage Genesis Stage 4
Streets of Rage Genesis Being whipped by a dominatrix on the elevator of stage 7.

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

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User Reviews

Interesting start Luis Silva (13294) 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 (897) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Bleedin' awesome. Tomer Gabel (4388) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
streets of rage--release your rage paul cairey (321) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Sega Pro (UK) Apr, 1992 96 out of 100 96
Joystick (French) Sep, 1991 96 out of 100 96
Netjak Jul 16, 2002 9.5 out of 10 95
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 9 out of 10 90
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Nov 20, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Just Games Retro Dec 10, 2012 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
HonestGamers Mar 06, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Sega-16.com Jan 12, 2005 6 out of 10 60

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
DSWAT 5 雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (58059)
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.

Release

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

Information also contributed by Robbb

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Satoshi Kunsai (1813) added Streets of Rage (Genesis) on Jun 06, 2002
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