Published 20 December, 2013 | by Sam Hewitt9
Looking back #01: Streets of Rage 2
What is there not to like about this classic side-scrolling fighter? It has everything! Memorable characters, compelling boss-fights, a great set of enemies, a system that was one step above every other game of the genre, and this was all topped off with the musical prowess of Yuzo Koshiro. It has been over 20 years since the game graced our television screens and it still feels as good as it did back then.
Streets of Rage 2 is a game I still regularly play today. To get the most out of the game, you play with a friend as SoR2 allows you to jump in and have fun straight off the bat.. When playing co-op, friends would normally tussle over who gets to use Axel and the loser would normally then proceed to either choose Blaze or Skate….sorry Max, even though you did have by far the most powerful move in the game, you don’t get as much love as your companions.
The first stage loads up and and then you would both race over the lamppost on the left hand of the screen and pick up the hidden 1up. The harmonies of Yuzo Koshiro begins, and you cannot help but get drawn in.
Not only was the main story section of the game a load of fun, the game featured a VS mode which was a lot of fun on its own. The game provides you with plenty of content for your money.
There was a sequel to Streets of Rage 2, but it seemed to lack the charm of its predecessor. Also, make sure to look on your preferred search engine for a fanmade project called ‘Streets of Rage remake.’ Also, Sega should pull their finger out and crack on with a Streets of Rage 4, and keep it a side-scroller!
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Why not check out some of our other ‘Looking Back’ entries?
#01 – Streets of Rage 2
#03 – Jackie Chan Stuntmaster
#05 – PlayStation Demo Discs
#06 - Sonic the Hedgehog 2