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Streets of Rage 2

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 (13294)
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 (338)
Great fighting game Genesis The Holy Moly (21)
Best fighting game ever. Genesis Exeox (36)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Arcade 2 4.3
Game Gear 10 3.3
Genesis 70 4.1
iPhone 1 5.0
PlayStation 3 1 5.0
SEGA Master System 11 3.3
Wii 8 3.9
Windows 7 3.8
Xbox 360 6 2.9
Combined MobyScore 116 3.9


The Press Says

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100
Game GearThe Video Game Critic
I find it amazing how all the fighting moves have been preserved despite the fact that Game Gear only has two buttons. This game rates sky-high in terms of fun. There's nothing quite like the feeling of walking down a street and wacking complete strangers with a long lead pipe. Even the music sounds like the original. Two players can link up for some cooperative action. Streets of Rage 2 is a stellar title, and Sega did one heck of a job of squeezing it into a Game Gear cartridge.
100
GenesisThe Video Game Critic
The game is still linear, but the screen occasionally scrolls diagonally instead of side-to-side. Like the first game, the thugs all tend to wear the same outfits in different colors. There are fire-breathing fat guys, motorcyclists, guys in jetpacks, and of course the obligatory scantily clad women with whips (gratuitous for sure, but always welcome!) The audio is a bit disappointing. The music doesn't compare up to the awesome tunes from the first game, even though it's in the same style. The same muffled yell and scream samples are used for all the thugs. I also felt that the designers missed a big opportunity to incorporate more cooperative moves into the game. There are only one or two of them, and they're not very effective. Despite these minor quibbles, Streets of Rage 2 is still the best game in the series.
100
GenesisSega-16.com
Certainly Streets of Rage 2 is the king of Genesis beat-'em-ups and maybe even the king of console beat-'em-ups in general! I don't think there's ANY game I've rented more than this! This is even cooler if you have a Nomad. This is truly a must-own since there isn't one thing about that isn't excellent other than the plot- but this is a beat-em-up, so who cares?
96
GenesisGameFan Magazine
SOR2 shows what the power of 16 megs can do on the Genesis. This long awaited sequel is the best side scroll fighter I've ever played, with huge characters, hard hitting sound effects, sharp graphics, and music only Yuzo can deliver. Two new characters join the fight for the best fighting sequel of '92.
93
GenesisHobby Consolas
Vives, sufres, atacas... Streets of Rage es una nueva sensación; convierte tu Mega Drive en una máquina profesional dotada de las melodías que sólo un genio como Yuzo Koshiro podría darte, y de unos gráficos de tal calidad, que por un momento creerás que estás ante una recreativa. Si tienes una Mega Drive, no debes perderte esta maravilla bajo ningún concepto.
93
GenesisneXGam
SEGA hat es tatsächlich geschafft nach dem grandiosen ersten Teil nochmals gehörig einen drauf zu setzten: Die für Mega Drive Verhältnisse riesigen Sprites und der perfekte Soundtrack von Altmeister Yuzo Koshiro runden das Beat’em up Spektakel perfekt ab und machen es nicht nur zu meinen All-Time-Favorite. So gehört der Soundtrack mit Abstand zu dem besten was der Mega Drive zu bieten hat. Das führte bei mir sogar soweit, dass ich 'damals' die Tracks auf Tape angenommen habe um sie auch fernab des heimischen Wohnzimmers hören zu können. Selbst heute erwische ich mich noch dabei, wie ich Streets of Rage 2 einfach nur mal kurz einlege um mir diese genialen Tracks anhören zu können. ,,,-)
92
Xbox 360Console Monster
Play as characters Blaze, Skate, Max, or Axel to rid the world of Dr. X. Alright not the most inventive of sinister opponents, but trust me, this game is where it is at. I spent so many hours in my youth traversing the 2D levels with a friend and now I can relive that experience yet again over Xbox Live with a whole new set of people. Yes nostalgia has truly set in for me, but Streets of Rage 2 is certainly worth a look.
90
GenesisGamesCollection
Bare Knuckle II va oltre, confezionando una chimica che, probabilmente, altri esempi della categoria potevano solo sognare. Un dovere di ogni vero possessore di Mega Drive, considerato anche il costo accessibilissimo…aloha! Nota personale: A marzo ’93, sul numero 17 di Consolemania, Bare Knuckle II occupava la copertina ed all’interno della rivista diverse pagine venivano dedicate alla sua recensione, purtroppo molto deludente ed infarcita di amenità di dubbio interesse per noi lettori. La qui presente review, senza alcuna pretesa, è dedicata a tutti coloro che, come me, rimasero delusi.
90
WiiNintendo Life
If you like beat-em-ups then you will love this. For a game which was released in 1992 this game feels as if it has not aged at all. It is really the definitive two player scrolling beat-em-up and deserves to be in every gamer’s collection.
90
GenesisRetrogaming.it
Street of Rage 2 non è un gioco impegnativo perché l’azione è l’elemento dominante. Se volete passare qualche ora da soli o in compagnia lasciando per un po’ il cervello in stand-by questo gioco fa al caso vostro. In conclusione questo picchiaduro a scorrimento orizzontale è altamente consigliato a tutti perché merita di essere giocato, guardato e anche ascoltato. C’è anche una modalità di gioco che permette a due giocatori di picchiarsi fra di loro e ovviamente c’è anche la possibilità di poter ascoltare nel menu delle opzioni tutte le fantastiche musiche del gioco.
90
GenesisAll Game Guide
Sega's 1991 sleeper hit game of vigilante justice, which chronicled the story of three ex-peace officers in their struggle to bring down Mr. X and his diverse group of street thugs, receives a 16-meg sequel with more moves, two new characters, and a two-player head-to-head option.
88
GenesisGame Freaks 365
Fans of arcade beat-em-ups like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, among others, will feel well at home here. Streets of Rage 2 is one of the finest pieces of game code on the Sega Genesis. To satisfy us old-timers, it is even available on the Nintendo Wii's Virtual Console. Whether you want to buy the original cart or a downloadable ROM of the original, Streets of Rage 2 is not a game that you should pass up for any reason.
87
GenesisSegaFan.com
Realmente las ocho fases del cartucho se pueden superar "de una sentada" como se diría vulgarmente y los extras que se desbloquean (sólo si se juega en nivel de dificultad más elevado) no son demasiado atractivos. Afortunadamente estos "defectillos" (tan típicos del género) quedan subsanados en cierta medida por lo entretenido que es el título, el modo de dos jugadores y el modo Duel, siempre útil a la hora de dirimir las discusiones que surgen jugando de forma cooperativa en la aventura principal.
85
Game GearneXGam
Streets of Rage II ist das Beste, was der Game Gear bei den Sidescrolling-Prüglern aufzubieten hat. Das erklärt auch den leicht gehobenen Preis im Vergleich zu vielen anderen Modulen, doch für Fans von Axel und Blaze lohnt sich die Investition auch gerade dank Zweispielermodus definitiv!
85
GenesisSega Force
Grafiken är inget att glädja sig åt heller: helt vanlig, ytterst gammal sur-arkadspelsgrafik. På det hela taget så är Streets Of Rage 2 egentligen en besvikelse, så alla ni klenosar och mobboffer får vänta på Street Fighter 2.
85
WiiIGN
Streets of Rage 2 has been one of the most wanted titles for the VC's Genesis line-up since the launch of the Wii. It's obvious why – the game is a blast. Played co-operatively or just by yourself, SoR2 is a great beat-'em-up experience and one of the best Genesis titles ever made. It's a highly recommended download, and takes its place near the top of the Sega Virtual Console crop – only the excessively explosive Gunstar Heroes outranks it at the moment.
85
Game GearDigital Press - Classic Video Games
This is how all ports should be. It retains everything we all know and love from the Genesis version. If you can't think of a reason to own a Game Gear, this is as good of a reason as you can get. It's a perfect road trip title, and the replay value stems from the simple fact that it's a wonderful game.
84
SEGA Master SystemConsoles Plus
Bon look, belle gueule... Streets of Rage II s'impose comme le meilleur du genre sur SMS.
83
GenesisASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Summa summarum: Streets of Rage 2 ist ein klasse Prügelspiel, das technisch hervorragend ist, tolle Grafik und einen super Sound bietet, gemischt mit einer guten Spielbarkeit. Das beste daran: Das 16MBit-Modul gibt’s für unglaubliche knappe 100 Mark!
80
WiiEurogamer.net (UK)
On the downside, the scenery is less interactive than in the original and foes will no longer work together as a team to flank you. It's also not the hardest game in the world and, fun though the two-player mode is, you'll speed through it in less than an hour. Still, it's that rare thing - a side-scrolling beat-'em-up that improved on what went before, and still holds up today.
80
iPhonePocket Gamer UK
Streets of Rage 2 is a well-crafted iPhone port, capturing the original gameplay well and offering Bluetooth multiplayer to boot.
80
iPhoneModojo
That said, it all comes down to how badly you need Streets of Rage 2 on the iPhone. The game holds up surprisingly well, a true testament to its greatness, but the lackluster audio and high price lessons the appeal.
80
Xbox 360GameSpot
Though Streets of Rage 2 for XBLA doesn't feature the sound-test mode where you can listen to the game's catchy soundtrack on its own, there are other perks, such as the ability to save your progress at any time, full online leaderboards, and some fairly attainable achievements. Streets of Rage 2 is one of the best beat-'em-up experiences you'll have anywhere, and this is a really solid version. For 400 points, or about $5, it's a great deal for a classic game.
80
Xbox 360Xboxic
Streets of Rage 2 offers an excellent retro experience and should be added to the collection of any gamer who likes to go back in time. Beating up bad guys was never so fun and especially with a co-op buddy it’s a blast. Improving your Gamerscore shouldn’t be a problem either as over 75 percent can be achieved quite easily. The Xbox Live part should be ignored for the most part as it’s poorly programmed and causes lag too often. On higher difficulty levels the game should keep even experienced gamers busy for at least a few hours if not longer.
80
Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
So that's Streets of Rage 2, then. Top notch side-scrolling brawler from 1993, and, in many respects almost as much fun now as it was then. For the sake of few quid, this is definitely a worth firing up the trial to check out, and, for the fans, a worthy addition to your Live Arcade collection. But please SEGA, please please resist the urge to dump your entire Mega Drive back catalogue onto XBLA - there aren't that many of your old titles that qualify for classic status.
79
GenesisPower Play
Wer gern Passanten verhaut und ein Mega Drive sein eigen nennt, sollte nach dieser gekonnten Final-Fight/Street-Fighter-2-Mischung die Fühler ausstrecken. Für Segas Mega Drive gibt es zur Zeit kein besseres Beat'em-Up.
78
WiiGameSpot
If the version of Final Fight that was released for the Wii Virtual Console had been the arcade version rather than the hobbled SNES version, it would have been a real toss-up as to whether that or Streets of Rage 2 would be the go-to beat-'em-up. As it stands, though, Streets of Rage 2 wins, hands down. Simply put, Streets of Rage 2 stands on its own as one of the best beat-'em-up experiences you'll have, anywhere.
76
GenesisGame Zero
Streets of Rage II is really graphically intense. The sound is excellent, and the control is also well done. Unfortunately, the game seems to suffer from repetitive enemies. While Streets of Rage II has a rather low skill level--particularly for gamers familiar with the first--the sheer length of the game helps make up for it. Streets of Rage II is definitely one of the longest fight games I have ever played. A very solid title, but it could have used more originality.
75
iPhoneSlide to Play
There's no doubting the greatness of Sega's classic Genesis games, especially Streets of Rage 2, but that emulator has got to go.
73
Xbox 360IGN
Streets of Rage 2 really does stand the test of time. It is still one of the finest side-scrollers ever made. It's got a decent length for a game of its time and it certainly worth playing more than once. The visuals are surprisingly vibrant. Most importantly, it's fun. But the online portion of SOR2 is executed poorly. And, once again, Backbone Entertainment presents a classic SEGA title with absolutely no extras. Weak sauce. If you plan on playing SOR2 offline, this is a great buy, even for 400 Microsoft Points (US$5). But if your plan is to tackle the Streets online, you're better off passing up this classic.
73
Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360
The Streets Of Rage series was the evolution of the side-scrolling co-op fighting genre, and at least more worthy of your MS Points than Double Dragon. Exactly what that means will differ for each gamer, as the game's innovations are old news at this point. Those looking to recapture their youth, and some difficult achievements, will find this to their liking. Anyone looking for a 'new' button-masher to eat up Arcade time will likely be a bit under whelmed.
72
Game GearPower Unlimited
Streets of Rage 2 is weer zo'n mepspelletje dat de bekende formule volgt. Ieder van de drie vechtersbazen heeft veertien moves tot zijn beschikking, maar na een paar levels wordt het vervelende mensen hakken toch wel saai. Alleen voor de echte freaks.
70
Xbox 360Gamernode
Streets of Rage 2 is still an enjoyable experience to this day, but like other traditional beat-em ups, the game shows its age with its limited gameplay that gets old far too quickly.
70
Game GearAll Game Guide
Sega's 1991 sleeper hit game of vigilante justice, which chronicled the story of three ex-peace officers in their struggle to bring down Mr. X and his diverse group of street thugs, receives a 16-meg sequel with more moves, two new characters, and a two-player head-to-head option.
70
Game GearDefunct Games
All in all it's a fine game for simplicity and nostalgic purposes if nothing else, but it compares poorly by today's standards, and if you get too attached to the game, you'd better be willing to either find an adapter so you can play at home, or be willing to fork out tons of cash to keep batteries in a system that goes through six at a time like they were oxygen.
60
Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
What is certain though is that Streets of Rage 2 is a classic title that fully deserves to be revived and remembered in modern day gaming. Now, pass me the pain relief and I’ll be on my way…
60
SEGA Master SystemDigital Press - Classic Video Games
This is a disappointment on multiple levels. Fans of this series should still check it out without question since it does have the oddball levels. Everyone should probably just head to the Game Gear if they're dying for 8-bit "Streets of Rage." There's little reason for this port.
55
SEGA Master SystemMega Fun
Leider ist den Programmierern von Sega diesmal die Konvertierung von Streets Of Rage nicht so gut gelungen. Grafik und Sound haben gegenüber dem Master System-Vorgänger stark nachgelassen, und auch bei der Spielbarkeit ist einiges daneben gegangen. Ich frage mich, ob ein Prügelspiel viel Spielspaß bietet, wenn nicht mehr als zwei Gegner im Bildausschnitt herumtollen. Doch umso lobenswerter ist, daß die Programmierer das typische Flackern gut unterbinden konnten. Auf einen 2-Spieler Modus wurde zu leider verzichtet, der hätte sicher einen zusätzlichen Motivationsschub bedeutet - Schade eigentlich um die guten Ansätze.
50
iPhoneIGN
I've beaten Streets of Rage 2 on Genesis dozens upon dozens of times. I love the game. And I think it holds up over time. But the iOS controls simply do not work for this type of game. The D-Pad control leads to pain (suffer for your games!) and my fingers took up too much screen to see half of what was going on. It's a bad experience, one you should avoid.