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Old 08-16-2010, 05:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Streets of Rage 2

Story:


It's been over a year has passed since Mr. X's Crime Syndicate attempted to take
over the city, and thing were returning to normal, until Adam, a hero from the first
Streets of Rage, was kidnapped. After realizing that Mr. X and his organization
was to blame, Axel and Blaze (two other heros from the first Streets of Rage) join
forces with Adams younger brother Eddie (or 'Skate') and local pro-wrestler Max
to stop them at all costs.

Gameplay:


Streets of Rage 2 plays like most other beat 'em ups, you go from area to area
taking out enemies until you are allowed to advance. SoR2 has 4 different
characters to choose from, Max is the strongest, Skate is the fastest, Axel has the
most abilities, and Blaze is a balance of all the stats. Skate also has the special
ability to dash in any direction that's double tapped.

Streets of Rage incorporates a three button setup, Jumping, Attacking and Special
Moves, making it similar to Final Fight. But in Streets of Rage 2, players can either
use a massively powerful special attack that drains some of your health, or a semi-
special attack that does less damage, but drains no health, which is done by double
tapping a direction and pressing the attack button.

Streets of Rage 2 also is long, with 8 well done action levels to play through, but
unlike Final Fight, there are no Bonus Stages to relax from the action.

Graphics:

Streets of rage 2 has outstanding graphics, the city bridge, the carnival, and the
baseball stadium all look beautiful and it's one of the best looking games on the
enitre Genesis.

Streets of Rage 2 also boasts impressive 16-bit mist effects on the third level.

Sound:

The Genesis is infamous for having an inferior sound chip to the SNES, but Streets
of Rage 2 has one of (if not) the greatest soundtracks on the entire Genesis
platform. In fact, the music from Streets of Rage 2 was so acclaimed, Yuzo
Koshiro (the composer of Streets of Rage 1 and 2) was invited to nightclubs to DJ
for them, and I say he deserved it. The music is truely superb, I didn't believe it
was possible to get this good on the Genesis.

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Overall:

Many people often debate between which was better, Final Fight or Streets of
Rage 2, but in my opinion, Streets of Rage 2 is superior with smoother gameplay,
outstanding music, and 2 extra levels to playthrough.

But that's my opinion, try out both and make up your own mind.

4.8/5

Play Streets of Rage 2:
Retro Uprising - Arcade - Streets of Rage 2

Final Fight review for comparison:
http://retrouprising.com/video-games...-fight/t10161/

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Re: Streets of Rage 2

Spoilers work here as well
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Re: Streets of Rage 2

Excellent review, SJB!

Talking about console gaming, SoR2 really is spectacular, and has no worthy opponents.

But, in my humble opinion, however, the arcade version of Final Fight is unbeatable as the best beat 'em up of all time. SoR2 takes a close second place.
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Re: Streets of Rage 2

Thanks Enemy Ace.

I honestly have a tough time choosing between SoR2 and FF, they're really amazing games.
I'm planning on doing a review on Cadillacs and Dinosaurs later on.
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Re: Streets of Rage 2

I'll wait for that! Cadillacs is another game that brings me good memories.
Capcom really kicks high with beat'em ups.
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Cadillacs was one of my first beat 'em ups. I really enjoyed that game.
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