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Streets of Rage

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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).


Streets of Rage Genesis Stage 3
Streets of Rage SEGA Master System Character info
Streets of Rage Genesis Those nasty fire-breathing bosses from stage 4 return in stage 6.
Streets of Rage SEGA Master System Round 1 clear

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 Genesis Luis Silva (13292)
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 (897)
Bleedin' awesome. Genesis Tomer Gabel (4353)
streets of rage--release your rage Genesis paul cairey (320)
A pretty good conversion SEGA Master System Gary Smith (15)
Classic scrolling beat-em-up SEGA Master System william sterry (7)

Critic Reviews

Netjak Genesis Jul 16, 2002 9.5 out of 10 95
Consoles Plus Genesis Sep, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Aug, 1991 9 out of 10 90
Hobby Consolas Genesis Nov, 1991 90 out of 100 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Gear Mar, 1993 10 out of 12 83
VideoGame Genesis Jan, 1992 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide Genesis 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide Wii 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
IGN Wii Feb 20, 2007 6.5 out of 10 65
Slide to Play iPhone Jul 24, 2009 2 out of 4 50


Topic # Posts Last Post
DSWAT 5 雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (58412)
Jul 20, 2013



  • 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.


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)

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