DescriptionStreets 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).
- "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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Blaze Fielding looks remarkably similar to the main character in the 1985 Sega arcade game Flashgal
, and a lot from the game made its way into the Bare Knuckle/Streets of Rage series. Just from the screens in KLOV, there is a level in front of a building similar to the White House, a level with motorcycles (both from SoR 3, although the motorcycle level was cut from retail units and only exists in prototype carts) and a Rocket-pack enemy (SoR 2).
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