Retro-win: Streets of Rage ( Sega Genesis / Mega Drive )

Streets of Rage, known in Japan as Bare Knuckle: Ikari no Tekken ( “Bare Knuckle: Furious Iron Fist )  is a side-scrolling beat ’em up released by Sega in 1991 for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. It is the first installment of the Streets of Rage series which was followed by Streets of Rage 2 and Streets of Rage 3. The game was also converted over to Sega’s Game Gear, Sega CD and Master System. In 2007, the game was released for the Wii’s Virtual Console in North America and Europe, and in 2009 it was released for the iPhone OS via the App Store.




Their one objective is to put an end to Mr Big’s reign of terror, by taking out the man himself who waits waits at the end of eight levels’ worth of beat ’em up action. It’s a hard task, but our heroes aren’t just hard – they’re living rock!

Imagine a simultaneous two-player combat game which incorporates features from Final Fight, Double Dragon and Shadow Warriors and you’re imagining a game not entirely unlike Streets of Rage. It’s an excellent beat ’em up – the best yet seen on the Genesis- and has eight levels packed to the gills with meaty mateys and gruesome girlies all waiting to kick the cack out of you. The going is tough (especially in single-player mode on HARD), but all three characters have a variety of moves to keep them from being overrun by the sheer number of baddies. I particularly like the mega-kick that can only be done when two players work together, and the special weapon is superb!


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