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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 SEGA Master System Your special move
Streets of Rage SEGA Master System Sliding enemies
Streets of Rage Windows Gals with whips

Promo Images

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

Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "ベア・ナックル 怒りの鉄拳" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Streets of Rage Classic" -- Android / iOS title
  • "SoR" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "DSWAT" -- Working title
  • "Bare Knuckle: Ikari no Tekken" -- Japanese title
  • "3D Streets of Rage" -- Nintendo 3DS title
  • "스트리트 오브 레이지 (베어너클)" -- Korean spelling

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

Interesting start Genesis Luis Silva (13630)
Great game, could have been better though......... Genesis DudeOfMonson (118)
A great fighting game during a dismal year for Sega. Genesis Majestic Lizard (673)
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 (902)
Bleedin' awesome. Genesis Tomer Gabel (4678)
streets of rage--release your rage Genesis paul cairey (359)
A pretty good conversion SEGA Master System Gary Smith (15)
Classic scrolling beat-em-up SEGA Master System william sterry (7)

Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) Genesis Sep, 1991 96 out of 100 96
1UP! Genesis Sep 26, 2008 91 out of 100 91
Mean Machines Genesis Sep, 1991 90 out of 100 90
GameTrip.net Genesis Sep 06, 2006 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide Genesis 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Genesis Oct, 1991 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
Sega-16.com Genesis Jan 12, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Eurogamer.de Wii Mar 12, 2007 2 out of 5 40

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
DSWAT 5 雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (60835)
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.

  • The game is referenced in the second episode of the second season of the US Netflix series Narcos. Pablo Escobar can be seen playing the game with his son on a Genesis system. He gives his son instructions and comments on having to fight a woman.

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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