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In part three of the Streets of Rage series, Mr. X is back and this time his plan involves replacing public officials with his own robots. Only Axel, Blaze, Skate, and new-comer Dr. Zan can stop him. Streets of Rage 3 features all of the beat 'em up action you would expect from a Streets of Rage game. One new feature is the special move power bar, where it only costs energy to do a special move if the bar isn't full. Also new is the ability to do special maneuvers with different weapons, depending on the character. For example, Skate has no special move with the pipe, but does have one with the knife. The opposite is true for Axel. Any weapon Dr. Zan picks up is turned into energy balls which he can throw at the enemies. Secret characters and multiple endings add replay value.


Streets of Rage 3 Genesis Axel uses his fire upper-cut
Streets of Rage 3 Genesis Intro from japanese version
Streets of Rage 3 Genesis The Claw attack
Streets of Rage 3 Genesis Blaze takes out 2 enemies

Promo Images

Streets of Rage 3 Screenshot
Streets of Rage 3 Screenshot
Streets of Rage 3 Screenshot
Streets of Rage 3 Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "SoR 3" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "Bare Knuckle 3" -- Japanese title
  • "ベア・ナックルⅢ" -- Japanese spelling

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

Excellent game but beginning to show signs of fatigue Genesis Elliott Wu (44)
Lost in translation Genesis Luis Silva (13290)
Arcade action. Genesis Gary Smith (65)
SOR 3, the most underrated game in the series. Genesis MasterMegid (896)
1994.. The coming of Playstation, The end of Genesis. Genesis MrBee (29)
Sega's Censorship Genesis ETJB (447)

Critic Reviews

Sega Force Genesis Sep 14, 1994 90 out of 100 90
neXGam Genesis Dec 27, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Aug 17, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Genesis Sep, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Sega-16.com Genesis May 05, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Genesis Jun, 1994 77 out of 100 77
The Video Game Critic Genesis Sep 29, 2002 B 75
Megablast Genesis Jun, 1994 71 out of 100 71
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Genesis Dec 10, 2003 6.5 out of 10 65
All Game Guide Genesis 2007 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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At the end of the third stage you will have to fight against... yourself (depending on which character you've chosen to play with)!


When the UK magazine Mean Machines Sega reviewed the game in 1994, they had their art editor draw a cover picture with Zan and Blaze standing in front of the building. Sega Europe bought the rights to the artwork to use it for the cover of the UK/Europe release.

Cut content

According to several pre-release screenshots, there was originally a section where the players got to ride the motorcycles they are so often attacked by. This section was obviously removed for the final version.

Hidden characters

In the Japanese version of the game (Bare Knuckle 3), along with the other hidden characters, you can also unlock and play as an 'effeminite' male character named Ash, after beating him in Round 1. He cannot wield weapons and has very few attacks, though he's ridiculously quick and is far too strong to use in a normal game. Ash can also be unlocked in the US version by using the Game Genie.


The character Blaze is very reminiscent of the female character in SEGA's 1985 coin-op Flashgal.

PAL and US version

There are a number of changes in the US and PAL releases:
  • A part of the intro and a picture in the bad ending were cut.
  • All characters but Zan have slightly different clothes.
  • The female enemies have more clothes.
  • The police chief (in the original a general) has no beard anymore.
  • The boss Ash was replaced with Sheeva (a character from the predecessor) and the boss Break was renamed to Axel.
  • In level one of the original, there is a hole in a wall in one place. The wall part was completely removed.
A detailed list of changes can be found on schnittberichte.com (German).


There is an unofficial translation patch available for the original Bare Knuckles 3 Megadrive release, which effectively allows to play the game in English without the content changes that happened when the game was officially localized.

Information also contributed by CaptainCanuck, Mad Griffith and Matt Keller
Contributed to by RKL (5605), Sciere (393075) and gamewarrior (5060)