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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 Windows Axel in action
Streets of Rage SEGA Master System A lead pipe
Streets of Rage SEGA Master System Women with whips
Streets of Rage Genesis Boss

Promo Images

Streets of Rage Screenshot
Streets of Rage Screenshot
Streets of Rage Screenshot
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

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User Reviews

Interesting start Genesis Luis Silva (13290)
Great game, could have been better though......... Genesis DudeOfMonson (106)
A great fighting game during a dismal year for Sega. Genesis Majestic Lizard (655)
The Foundation of one of the best beat em up series ever Genesis Mr. Huh (112)
It's time for some rage in the streets Genesis Classic Nigel (150)
Taking it to the streets... Genesis MasterMegid (896)
Bleedin' awesome. Genesis Tomer Gabel (4349)
streets of rage--release your rage Genesis paul cairey (317)
A pretty good conversion SEGA Master System Gary Smith (15)
Classic scrolling beat-em-up SEGA Master System william sterry (7)

Critic Reviews

Sega Pro (UK) Genesis Apr, 1992 96 out of 100 96
The Video Game Critic Genesis Apr 24, 2004 A- 91
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Aug, 1991 36 out of 40 90
Thunderbolt Games Genesis Aug 17, 2010 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Gear Mar, 1993 10 out of 12 83
Retrogaming.it Genesis Mar 05, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Play Time SEGA Master System Aug, 1993 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Game Gear Dec, 1992 72 out of 100 72
All Game Guide Wii 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Slide to Play iPhone Jul 24, 2009 2 out of 4 50

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
DSWAT 5 雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (58360)
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.

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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