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The dev team have managed to hit the sweet spot between diversity and simplicity Genesis Elliott Wu (44)
Move over Final Fight... Genesis Majestic Lizard (673)
Taking The Streets To The Bare Knuckle Genesis MasterMegid (902)
Best of the bunch Genesis Luis Silva (13612)
The Legendary Beat em up. The game that topples Final Fight Genesis Mr. Huh (112)
Kick-Ass Brawler Genesis ETJB (450)
Best of the Streets of Rage trilogy Genesis Gary Smith (65)
Is This the Best 16-bit Brawler? Wii So Hai (371)
Great fighting game Genesis The Holy Moly (21)
Best fighting game ever. Genesis Exeox (45)

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Arcade 5 4.4
Game Gear 17 3.5
Genesis 83 4.1
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SEGA Master System 16 3.5
Wii 10 4.1
Windows 11 3.8
Xbox 360 9 3.5
Combined User Score 151 3.9

Critic Reviews

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GenesisRetro Game Reviews (Nov 24, 2014)
Streets of Rage 2 is one of the greatest beat-em-up games ever released and a shining example of how technically impressive Sega's 16-bit hardware was. It's a massive improvement on the excellent original and a must-own title for the Mega Drive.
GenesisShin Force (Jun 15, 2016)
Any retro gamer (or gamer for that matter) who hasn't played Streets of Rage 2 should add it to their list of games to play. This is one of the best games of the 16 bit era. When you consider how popular the Genesis actually was, it makes me wonder why it never became a bigger part of popular culture. Oh well. Their loss. If fans of Streets of Rage want to play an RPG with Streets of Rage-style gameplay (with combo attacks) then I highly recommend Beyond Oasis.
Game GearThe Video Game Critic (Nov 26, 2003)
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.
GenesisThe Video Game Critic (Sep 29, 2002)
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 (Jul 13, 2004)
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?
GenesisGameFan Magazine (Jan, 1993)
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.
GenesisRetro Archives (Sep 26, 2017)
Streets of Rage avait laissé le souvenir d’un excellent Beat-them-all, sa suite aura marqué le genre au fer rouge – au point de figurer sur les plus hautes marches de tous les classements de fans de l’ère 16 bits. Plus grand, plus varié, plus beau, plus fun, plus accessible – tout en comportant une touche technique supplémentaire bienvenue – Streets of Rage 2 offre également une expérience plus légère où le plaisir de jeu semble avoir été le seul et unique mètre-étalon. À deux joueurs, même vingt-cinq ans après sa sortie, rares sont les Beat-them-all qui puissent prétendre à le détrôner – ce qui définit assez bien à quelle hauteur stratosphérique le titre de SEGA et Ancient est allé placer la barre. Tout simplement un indispensable de la ludothèque Megadrive.
GenesisHobby Consolas (Feb, 1993)
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.
GenesisneXGam (Dec 27, 2009)
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. ,,,-)
Xbox 360Console Monster (Jan 28, 2008)
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.
GenesisRetroGame Man (Jun 12, 2016)
Overall this is an awesome beat’em up game with excellent gameplay, great graphics, and a lot of fun to play with a friend! It’s difficult but not cheap, and you will get better as you play more of it! Overall, I give this game a 9/10 and give it my top pick award for being my favourite beatem’up on the Genesis (and maybe any console)!
Game GearRetro Game Reviews (Dec 19, 2015)
Streets of Rage 2 is an improvement over the Game Gear original and just about every flaw has been corrected. It still has a few niggles but the controls are better, the gameplay is more finely tuned and the move set is broader making for some incredibly satisfying beat-em-up action.
GenesisMean Machines (Dec, 1992)
Let's make no bones about it, Streets of Rage II is the greatest sequel we've seen for ages and is certainly the best scrolling beat 'em up ever to hit a home console!
Nintendo 3DSFNintendo (Aug 30, 2015)
Recuar ao passado de vez em quando sabe muito bem e Streets of Rage 2 é sem dúvida um título perfeito para o fazer. Um dos mais brilhantes beat'em ups dos anos noventa chega mais uma vez aos jogadores pelas mãos da M2 em mais um trabalho magnífico com opções de jogo que podem oferecer uma experiência mais agradável e atraente. Embora seja curto e possa ser terminado em menos de duas horas de jogo, apresenta quatro personagens com estilos de luta diferentes.
WiiFNintendo (Nov 08, 2008)
Se têm Wii Points para gastar, não percam muito tempo à procura de um bom jogo, porque SoR2 é um título que tem de estar obrigatoriamente na vossa colecção. Vale cada euro pago e irá garantir-vos momentos do mais puro prazer vídeojogável, quer a solo quer com amigos. Obrigatório!
90 (Jan 02, 2012)
Voilà pourquoi Streets of Rage 2 est indémodable. Des graphismes aboutis, une bande son parfaite, un rythme de jeu haletant, des personnages variés, une bonne durée de vie, c’est remarquable.
GenesisGamesCollection (Feb 24, 2008)
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.
WiiNintendo Life (May 20, 2007)
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 (Jan 22, 2008)
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.
Game GearMean Machines (Aug, 1993)
An excellent sequel to an already good game - one of the best scrolling beat 'em ups to ever hit the Game Gear.
Nintendo 3DSUnited Front Gaming (Oct 08, 2015)
3D Streets of Rage 2 is easily worth $5.99. Most re-releases aren't as impressive as this and I look forward to the other offerings M2 has up their sleeves.
GenesisGame Freaks 365 (Jul 07, 2007)
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.
GenesisMega Fun (Jan, 1993)
Streets of Rage 2 ist für mich das derzeit beste vertikal scrollende Beat‘em Up-Spiel für den Heimgebrauch und lädt sogar nach einmaligem Durchspielen immer wieder zu einer Runde ein.
87 (Jul 02, 2005)
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.
SEGA Master SystemMean Machines (Mar, 1994)
A distinctly improved sequel and one of the best scrolling beat 'em ups for the Master System - well worth a look.
Game GearneXGam (Dec 27, 2009)
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!
GenesisSega Force (May 13, 1993)
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.
WiiIGN (May 29, 2007)
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.
Game GearDigital Press - Classic Video Games (Oct 02, 2005)
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.
SEGA Master SystemConsoles Plus (Apr, 1994)
Bon look, belle gueule... Streets of Rage II s'impose comme le meilleur du genre sur SMS.
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!
Game GearVideo Games (Oct, 1993)
Bombastisch! Das Modul spielt sich dank der Vielzahl leicht erlernbarer Schlagtechniken wie ein Traum. Eine Unmenge von gegnerischen Sprites mit phantasievollen Angriffstechniken beharken Euch, während Euch alle Nase lang härtere Kaliber den Weg versperren. Dazu ertönt der unvergleichliche melodische Techno-Sound des japanischen Meisterkomponisten Yuzo Koshiro, der schon für die Musik des ersten Teils verantwortlich zeichnete. (…) Einziger Kritikpunkt: Haben Euch die Schergen von Mr.X erstmal umzingelt, gibt‘s kein Entkommen mehr bis Euer derzeitiges Leben ausgehaucht ist.
GenesisPlay Time (Apr, 1993)
Alles in allem sind die 16 M-Bit (vor Starcontrol von Ballistic mit 12 M-Bit das bis jetzt umfangreichste MD-Modul) glaubwürdig vertreten. Ein Wehrmutstropfen allerdings bleibt uns auch hier nicht erspart, denn der ansonsten fehlerfreie Hit-Designer Yuzo Koshiro ist bei dem Versuch such selbst zu kopieren leider über dem Keyboard eingeschlafen und drückt daher die Soundwertung unerwarteterweise nach unten. Schade drum. Dennoch ein Superspiel von hervorragender Qualität. FAZIT: Das lange Warten hat sich gelohnt. Der Bär ist wieder los!
GenesisPlay Time (1993)
(Top Games 1993 issue)
Prügelspiele wie Streets of Rage 2 gefallen mir besser als reines Duellgekloppe wie Street Fighter II oder Mortal Kombat. Besonders Segas Feldzug gegen die Unholde der Großstadt geht los wie ein Dampfhammer. Große Sprites, tolle Animation, fetzige Musik, martialische Kampfschreie und vor allem auch die gelungene Steuerung machen das Handgemenge zum Genuß - was will man mehr?
Game GearElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) (Jul, 1993)
The reasons for buying a Game Gear are really piling up this year!
Game GearRetro Archives (Sep 26, 2017)
Streets of Rage 2 sur Game Gear évite avec brio la quasi-totalité des écueils sur lesquels la version Master System s’était lamentablement échouée. Beau, jouable, fluide, accessible, tout en s’efforçant d’offrir le maximum de contenu quitte à s’émanciper, par moments, de la fidélité à la version 16bits, le titre représente sans aucune hésitation possible le tout meilleur Beat-them-all sur la portable de SEGA. Néanmoins, on ne pourra que regretter la survivance de ces séquences où votre personnage se fera tabasser en se relevant sans rien pouvoir faire, ce qui prive le titre d’une note supérieure.
80 (UK) (Jun 02, 2007)
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.
iPhonePocket Gamer UK (Apr 19, 2011)
Streets of Rage 2 is a well-crafted iPhone port, capturing the original gameplay well and offering Bluetooth multiplayer to boot.
iPhoneModojo (Apr 15, 2011)
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.
Xbox 360GameSpot (Aug 30, 2007)
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.
Xbox 360Xboxic (Sep 01, 2007)
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.
Xbox (UK) (Sep 01, 2007)
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.
GenesisPower Play (Feb, 1993)
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.
GenesisVideo Games (Jan, 1993)
Preisfrage: Gibt es heute noch Prügelspiele, die nicht in irgendeiner Form von Street Fighter 2 inspiriert wurden? Mit der Zeit entpuppt sich das Capcom-Glanzstück als Wegweiser für das gesamte Genre. Streets of Rage 2 verbindet die Anleihen bei Capcoms Mega-Hit gekonnt mit der Spielbarkeit des ersten Teils. Besonders der Zweispielermodus macht nach wie vor viel Spaß. Auch die Technik-Freaks unter Euch sollten mit dem Spiel zufrieden sein: Mit 16 MByte Speicher ist es eines der bislang umfangreichsten Mega-Drive-Module. Man sieht‘s: Sprites, Hintergründe und Animationen sind sehr detailliert, Level und Schläge gibt‘s genug. Glücklicherweise hat Sega Yuzo Koshiro engagiert, der den Soundtrack zum zweiten Streets of Rage komponiert und eingespielt hat. Wer eine gelungene Mixtur aus Final Fight und Street Fighter 2 fürs Mega Drive sucht, ist mit Streets of Rage 2 bestens bedient.
WiiGameSpot (May 22, 2007)
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.
GenesisGame Zero (Feb, 1993)
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.
iPhoneSlide to Play (Apr 18, 2011)
There's no doubting the greatness of Sega's classic Genesis games, especially Streets of Rage 2, but that emulator has got to go.
Xbox 360IGN (Aug 30, 2007)
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.
Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360 (Sep 05, 2007)
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.
Game GearPower Unlimited (Nov, 1993)
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.
Xbox 360Gamernode (Sep 01, 2007)
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.
Game GearAll Game Guide (2007)
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.
Game GearDefunct Games (Apr 10, 2005)
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.
SEGA Master SystemASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (Jul, 1994)
Das Game war letztes Jahr auf dem Mega Drive ein Riesenhit - auch wenn es sicher keine Originalitätspreise bekam. Klar, daß Sega da eine Master-System-Variante nachschiebt. Beim ersten Anblick werden die Gesichter aber lang, denn was sich da an Miniatursprites auf dem Bildschirm tummelt, hat mit den 16-Bit-Helden nicht mehr allzuviel gemein. Ebenso schleierhaft ist, warum man auch bei der zweiten Folge dem Master System einen Zwei-Spieler-Modus vorenthalten hat. So, trotz des Gemeckers bleibt festzuhalten, daß das Spiel aus unerfindlichen Gründen kräftig Spaß macht und nicht allzu schwer ist. Ein Tritt in den Magen hier, ein Schlag mit dem Metallrohr auf den Kopf eines Gegners da ist zwar sicher nicht jedermanns Geschmack, aber man weiß ja vorher, daß einen ein knallhartes Game erwartet. Wer also nur ein Master System hat, ist nicht schlecht bedient, Irgendwie bleibt eben nur das Gefühl, daß technisch mehr drin gewesen wäre...
Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games (Oct 24, 2007)
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…
SEGA Master SystemDigital Press - Classic Video Games (Mar 20, 2005)
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.
SEGA Master SystemPlay Time (Jul, 1994)
Der Spielverlauf ist allerdings keine Steigerung gegenüber dem ersten Teil: die Sprites sind mickrig und nur sparsam animiert, außerdem wurde der Schwierigkeitsgrad ziemlich hoch angesetzt und mutet teilweise sogar unfair an. Vor allem aber schmerzt der fehlende Zwei-Spieler-Modus.
SEGA Master SystemMega Fun (Jun, 1994)
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.
iPhoneIGN (Apr 18, 2011)
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.
SEGA Master SystemVideo Games (Jun, 1994)
Schade, schade, schade! Streets of Rage 2 hat sich in allen Punkten gegenüber der Handheld-Version verschlechtert. Die Sprites wurden fuzzelig klein und überragen gerade noch ihre Game-Gear-Kollegen. Die Reduzierung von 32 auf 16 Farben beschert dem Modul sehr triste und einfallslose Hintergründe. Auch die Goodies sind oftmal sehr schlecht zu erkennen: Daß der unförmige Pixelhaufen, den Ihr gerade in der Hand haltet, ein Messer sein soll, läßt sich nur mit viel Phantasie erkennen. Auch die Musik klingt irgendwie um Klassen schlechter als auf dem Handheld. Feinde attackieren Euch meistens äußerst unfair. Nur für eingefleischte Fans.
SEGA Master SystemRetro Game Reviews (Dec 18, 2015)
Streets of Rage 2 is an absolute chore to play and it seems as though it uses the inferior engine from the Game Gear original rather than the excellent Master System port. It's puzzling how this was messed up so badly when the groundwork had already been laid for a kickass sequel.
SEGA Master SystemRetro Archives (Sep 26, 2017)
Version honteuse probablement développée en quelques semaines, Streets of Rage 2 sur Master System est un parfait cas d’école de tout ce qu’il ne faut absolument pas faire, sous aucun prétexte, au moment de réaliser un portage. Si manipuler des personnages minuscules dans des niveaux aussi hideux que vides pour vous faire massacrer tous les vingt mètres sans pouvoir y faire quoi que ce soit vous a toujours fait rêver, vous tenez votre Graal. Si vous êtes un être humain normal, en revanche, rendez-vous service et éloignez-vous de cette horreur.