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Streets of Rage 2 (Genesis)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

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

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.7
Overall MobyScore (75 votes) 4.1

The Press Says

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The Video Game Critic
The game is still linear, but the screen occasionally scrolls diagonally instead of side-to-side. Like the first game, the thugs all tend to wear the same outfits in different colors. There are fire-breathing fat guys, motorcyclists, guys in jetpacks, and of course the obligatory scantily clad women with whips (gratuitous for sure, but always welcome!) The audio is a bit disappointing. The music doesn't compare up to the awesome tunes from the first game, even though it's in the same style. The same muffled yell and scream samples are used for all the thugs. I also felt that the designers missed a big opportunity to incorporate more cooperative moves into the game. There are only one or two of them, and they're not very effective. Despite these minor quibbles, Streets of Rage 2 is still the best game in the series.
Certainly Streets of Rage 2 is the king of Genesis beat-'em-ups and maybe even the king of console beat-'em-ups in general! I don't think there's ANY game I've rented more than this! This is even cooler if you have a Nomad. This is truly a must-own since there isn't one thing about that isn't excellent other than the plot- but this is a beat-em-up, so who cares?
GameFan Magazine
SOR2 shows what the power of 16 megs can do on the Genesis. This long awaited sequel is the best side scroll fighter I've ever played, with huge characters, hard hitting sound effects, sharp graphics, and music only Yuzo can deliver. Two new characters join the fight for the best fighting sequel of '92.
Hobby Consolas
Vives, sufres, atacas... Streets of Rage es una nueva sensación; convierte tu Mega Drive en una máquina profesional dotada de las melodías que sólo un genio como Yuzo Koshiro podría darte, y de unos gráficos de tal calidad, que por un momento creerás que estás ante una recreativa. Si tienes una Mega Drive, no debes perderte esta maravilla bajo ningún concepto.
SEGA hat es tatsächlich geschafft nach dem grandiosen ersten Teil nochmals gehörig einen drauf zu setzten: Die für Mega Drive Verhältnisse riesigen Sprites und der perfekte Soundtrack von Altmeister Yuzo Koshiro runden das Beat’em up Spektakel perfekt ab und machen es nicht nur zu meinen All-Time-Favorite. So gehört der Soundtrack mit Abstand zu dem besten was der Mega Drive zu bieten hat. Das führte bei mir sogar soweit, dass ich 'damals' die Tracks auf Tape angenommen habe um sie auch fernab des heimischen Wohnzimmers hören zu können. Selbst heute erwische ich mich noch dabei, wie ich Streets of Rage 2 einfach nur mal kurz einlege um mir diese genialen Tracks anhören zu können. ,,,-)
Voilà pourquoi Streets of Rage 2 est indémodable. Des graphismes aboutis, une bande son parfaite, un rythme de jeu haletant, des personnages variés, une bonne durée de vie, c’est remarquable.
Bare Knuckle II va oltre, confezionando una chimica che, probabilmente, altri esempi della categoria potevano solo sognare. Un dovere di ogni vero possessore di Mega Drive, considerato anche il costo accessibilissimo…aloha! Nota personale: A marzo ’93, sul numero 17 di Consolemania, Bare Knuckle II occupava la copertina ed all’interno della rivista diverse pagine venivano dedicate alla sua recensione, purtroppo molto deludente ed infarcita di amenità di dubbio interesse per noi lettori. La qui presente review, senza alcuna pretesa, è dedicata a tutti coloro che, come me, rimasero delusi.
Street of Rage 2 non è un gioco impegnativo perché l’azione è l’elemento dominante. Se volete passare qualche ora da soli o in compagnia lasciando per un po’ il cervello in stand-by questo gioco fa al caso vostro. In conclusione questo picchiaduro a scorrimento orizzontale è altamente consigliato a tutti perché merita di essere giocato, guardato e anche ascoltato. C’è anche una modalità di gioco che permette a due giocatori di picchiarsi fra di loro e ovviamente c’è anche la possibilità di poter ascoltare nel menu delle opzioni tutte le fantastiche musiche del gioco.
Game Freaks 365
Fans of arcade beat-em-ups like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, among others, will feel well at home here. Streets of Rage 2 is one of the finest pieces of game code on the Sega Genesis. To satisfy us old-timers, it is even available on the Nintendo Wii's Virtual Console. Whether you want to buy the original cart or a downloadable ROM of the original, Streets of Rage 2 is not a game that you should pass up for any reason.
Realmente las ocho fases del cartucho se pueden superar "de una sentada" como se diría vulgarmente y los extras que se desbloquean (sólo si se juega en nivel de dificultad más elevado) no son demasiado atractivos. Afortunadamente estos "defectillos" (tan típicos del género) quedan subsanados en cierta medida por lo entretenido que es el título, el modo de dos jugadores y el modo Duel, siempre útil a la hora de dirimir las discusiones que surgen jugando de forma cooperativa en la aventura principal.
Sega Force
Grafiken är inget att glädja sig åt heller: helt vanlig, ytterst gammal sur-arkadspelsgrafik. På det hela taget så är Streets Of Rage 2 egentligen en besvikelse, så alla ni klenosar och mobboffer får vänta på Street Fighter 2.
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Summa summarum: Streets of Rage 2 ist ein klasse Prügelspiel, das technisch hervorragend ist, tolle Grafik und einen super Sound bietet, gemischt mit einer guten Spielbarkeit. Das beste daran: Das 16MBit-Modul gibt’s für unglaubliche knappe 100 Mark!
Power Play
Wer gern Passanten verhaut und ein Mega Drive sein eigen nennt, sollte nach dieser gekonnten Final-Fight/Street-Fighter-2-Mischung die Fühler ausstrecken. Für Segas Mega Drive gibt es zur Zeit kein besseres Beat'em-Up.
Game Zero
Streets of Rage II is really graphically intense. The sound is excellent, and the control is also well done. Unfortunately, the game seems to suffer from repetitive enemies. While Streets of Rage II has a rather low skill level--particularly for gamers familiar with the first--the sheer length of the game helps make up for it. Streets of Rage II is definitely one of the longest fight games I have ever played. A very solid title, but it could have used more originality.