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Streets of Rage 2 (Genesis)

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Description

After Axel Stone, Blaze Fielding and Adam Hunter destroyed the evil Syndicate leader, Mr. X, the city became a peaceful place to live, and each one of them followed their own paths. One year later, after their reunion, Adam's brother Sammy returned from school to find their apartment in a mess, and Adam nowhere to be seen, and after calling his two friends, one of them notices a photo of Adam chained to a wall, next to someone they knew very well - Mr. X, who returned to turn the peaceful city once again into a war zone. Now, Axel, Blaze, Sammy, and Axel's good friend Max, a pro wrestler, must head out to stop Mr. X once again...hopefully for good...

Streets of Rage 2 differs from the previous title in several ways. There are changes in both graphics (characters now are bigger, more detailed and with more animation frames, and scenarios are less grainy) and gameplay (the rocket move was replaced by a special move that doubles in offense and defense along several new moves), along other new features such as life bars (and names) for all enemies and the radically different new characters.

Screenshots

Streets of Rage 2 Genesis Level Complete
Streets of Rage 2 Genesis Character Select Screen
Streets of Rage 2 Genesis Stage 2: Blaze is ran over by a biker gang
Streets of Rage 2 Genesis Introduction

Alternate Titles

  • "Streets of Rage II" -- European title
  • "SoR 2" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "ベアナックルII" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Bare Knuckle II" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

The dev team have managed to hit the sweet spot between diversity and simplicity Elliott Wu (39) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Move over Final Fight... Majestic Lizard (655) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Taking The Streets To The Bare Knuckle MasterMegid (897) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Best of the bunch Luis Silva (13294) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
The Legendary Beat em up. The game that topples Final Fight Mr. Huh (112) unrated
Kick-Ass Brawler ETJB (447) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Best of the Streets of Rage trilogy Gary Smith (65) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Great fighting game The Holy Moly (21) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Best fighting game ever. Exeox (36) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
Grand Upper Liam Dowds (51) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

The Press Says

Sega-16.com Jul 13, 2004 10 out of 10 100
The Video Game Critic Sep 29, 2002 A 100
GameFan Magazine Jan, 1993 96.5 out of 100 96
neXGam Dec 27, 2009 9.3 out of 10 93
Retrogaming.it Jan 22, 2008 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game Freaks 365 Jul 07, 2007 8.8 out of 10 88
SegaFan.com Jul 02, 2005 8.7 out of 10 87
Sega Force May 13, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Game Zero Feb, 1993 76.5 out of 100 76

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Trivia

Cut fighting moves

In early beta versions of Streets of Rage 2, Axel had two very different (and familiar) attacks: a move VERY similar to a Shotokan Dragon Punch, and...a Shotokan Hurricane Kick?

Looks like Sega axed them for good reason: legal action from Capcom for unauthorized teachings of Shotokan moves to their characters. (Shotokan, by the way, is the fighting technique Ryu, Ken, and Akuma use in Capcom's Street Fighter series).

MC.K

In Stage 1, there is an enemy called MC.K who only appears once in the entire game. He is worth about 10,000 points, much more than any other non-boss character.

Music

Yuzo Koshiro claims to have been influenced by early 90's European club music while producing the soundtrack for SoR 2. This is mostly visible with the music in the first part of level 4, which bears an uncanny resemblance with the dance hit Move Any Mountain by The Shamen, released two years before.

References

  • Two fat thugs in the game are called Talk and Wanter. They're named after Talk Uchimura (Planning & System design) and Wanta (Project management).
  • Before the Round 4 Stadium, you can see a sign that says "It's like Boo!". This may be a reference to "Fat Boo" from Dragonball Z, which looks an awful lot like the SoR2 character Big Ben.
  • The character Skate resembles DJ Boy (from the game DJ Boy, another side-scrolling beat-em-up game). This arcade game developed by Kaneko was later published by Sega on the megadrive. In fact, Sega changed the name of the character from 'Sammy' in Bare Knuckle 2 (Japanese release) into Skate in Streets of Rage 2 (US release) and the US publisher for the Megadrive conversion of DJ Boy was the company "Sammy".
  • It's no coincidence that the fat enemies in the game often go by the name of 'Heart'. It's a reference to the popular manga Fist of the North Star (Hokuto No Ken), which featured an extremely overweight martial artist also called Heart.

Version differences

  • Sammy "Skate" Hunter was renamed to Eddie "Skate" Hunter in the U.S. and European versions of the game.
  • Max Thunder, the hulking pro wrestler, doesn't appear in the 8-bit versions (Game Gear and SMS) of SoR2.
  • Only in the Japan version, the final boss smokes a cigar
  • In the US version, the jump kick animation of Blaze was changed. Originally her legs are wider apart and reveal her panties.

Awards

  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #64 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by Luis Silva, MasterMegid and Sciere

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