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Streets of Rage 2

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After Axel Stone, Blaze Fielding and Adam Hunter destroyed the evil Syndicate leader, Mr. X, the city became a peaceful place to live, and each one of them followed their own paths. One year later, after their reunion, Adam's brother Sammy returned from school to find their apartment in a mess, and Adam nowhere to be seen, and after calling his two friends, one of them notices a photo of Adam chained to a wall, next to someone they knew very well - Mr. X, who returned to turn the peaceful city once again into a war zone. Now, Axel, Blaze, Sammy, and Axel's good friend Max, a pro wrestler, must head out to stop Mr. X once again...hopefully for good...

Streets of Rage 2 differs from the previous title in several ways. There are changes in both graphics (characters now are bigger, more detailed and with more animation frames, and scenarios are less grainy) and gameplay (the rocket move was replaced by a special move that doubles in offense and defense along several new moves), along other new features such as life bars (and names) for all enemies and the radically different new characters.


Streets of Rage 2 Game Gear Skate Beat Down
Streets of Rage 2 Arcade Fighting in a bar.
Streets of Rage 2 SEGA Master System Stage 1 Start
Streets of Rage 2 Genesis Stage 3: Max delivers a hammer punch on Vehelits, a sub boss inside the Alien House

Alternate Titles

  • "Streets of Rage II" -- European title
  • "SoR 2" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "ベアナックルII" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Bare Knuckle II" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

The dev team have managed to hit the sweet spot between diversity and simplicity Genesis Elliott Wu (39)
Move over Final Fight... Genesis Majestic Lizard (655)
Taking The Streets To The Bare Knuckle Genesis MasterMegid (897)
Best of the bunch Genesis Luis Silva (13292)
The Legendary Beat em up. The game that topples Final Fight Genesis Mr. Huh (112)
Kick-Ass Brawler Genesis ETJB (447)
Best of the Streets of Rage trilogy Genesis Gary Smith (65)
Is This the Best 16-bit Brawler? Wii So Hai (345)
Great fighting game Genesis The Holy Moly (21)
Best fighting game ever. Genesis Exeox (36)

Critic Reviews

Console Monster Xbox 360 Jan 28, 2008 92 out of 100 92
GamesCollection Genesis Feb 24, 2008 9 out of 10 90
SegaFan.com Genesis Jul 02, 2005 8.7 out of 10 87
Consoles Plus SEGA Master System Apr, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Play Time Genesis Apr, 1993 82 out of 100 82
GameSpot Xbox 360 Aug 30, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Gamernode Xbox 360 Sep 01, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Defunct Games Game Gear Apr 10, 2005 70 out of 100 70
All Game Guide Game Gear 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Mega Fun SEGA Master System Jun, 1994 55 out of 100 55


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Cut fighting moves

In early beta versions of Streets of Rage 2, Axel had two very different (and familiar) attacks: a move VERY similar to a Shotokan Dragon Punch, and...a Shotokan Hurricane Kick?

Looks like Sega axed them for good reason: legal action from Capcom for unauthorized teachings of Shotokan moves to their characters. (Shotokan, by the way, is the fighting technique Ryu, Ken, and Akuma use in Capcom's Street Fighter series).


In Stage 1, there is an enemy called MC.K who only appears once in the entire game. He is worth about 10,000 points, much more than any other non-boss character.


Yuzo Koshiro claims to have been influenced by early 90's European club music while producing the soundtrack for SoR 2. This is mostly visible with the music in the first part of level 4, which bears an uncanny resemblance with the dance hit Move Any Mountain by The Shamen, released two years before.


  • Two fat thugs in the game are called Talk and Wanter. They're named after Talk Uchimura (Planning & System design) and Wanta (Project management).
  • Before the Round 4 Stadium, you can see a sign that says "It's like Boo!". This may be a reference to "Fat Boo" from Dragonball Z, which looks an awful lot like the SoR2 character Big Ben.
  • The character Skate resembles DJ Boy (from the game DJ Boy, another side-scrolling beat-em-up game). This arcade game developed by Kaneko was later published by Sega on the megadrive. In fact, Sega changed the name of the character from 'Sammy' in Bare Knuckle 2 (Japanese release) into Skate in Streets of Rage 2 (US release) and the US publisher for the Megadrive conversion of DJ Boy was the company "Sammy".
  • It's no coincidence that the fat enemies in the game often go by the name of 'Heart'. It's a reference to the popular manga Fist of the North Star (Hokuto No Ken), which featured an extremely overweight martial artist also called Heart.

Version differences

  • Sammy "Skate" Hunter was renamed to Eddie "Skate" Hunter in the U.S. and European versions of the game.
  • Max Thunder, the hulking pro wrestler, doesn't appear in the 8-bit versions (Game Gear and SMS) of SoR2.
  • Only in the Japan version, the final boss smokes a cigar
  • In the US version, the jump kick animation of Blaze was changed. Originally her legs are wider apart and reveal her panties.


  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #64 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by Luis Silva, MasterMegid and Sciere

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