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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…