Ah yes, Streets of Rage, a classic from my childhood.
Streets of Rage was a Genesis exclusive that had two sequels, both very good. The concept of the game was to move across the level from left to right, while beating up everyone in your path with your fists, pipes, bottles, etc. At the end of every level, there’s a boss that takes a considerable amount of damage before he can be defeated and you can ultimately move on to the next stage.
You have three characters to choose from: Adam, Axel, and Blaze, each with slightly different stats and playing styles. Essentially, the game is pretty simple, but that’s to be expected in a game older than myself- just walk through the level, kill everyone, and continue.
Graphically, the game takes advantage of the Genesis’ generally impressive graphics and Streets of Rage looks great. Colors pop, and the background of the levels also look great at all times. Moving through a level and watching garage doors open that reveal more enemies, lights flashing in the background and more was certainly a sight to be seen in 1992.
However, the single best aspect of the game may be the game’s music, which is incredibly catchy and guaranteed to stick in your head way after you’re finished playing the game. To this day, I will continually play the music just to enjoy it. In that respect, I feel the game has certainly made it’s mark.
The controls are very simple. The Genesis controller really only has a few buttons, and it’s pretty easy to figure out which button is punch, kick, grab, etc. The beauty of the game is that while it’s pretty simple to pick up and play, an experienced gamer will likely not get bored of the game due to the fact that you can perform much more intricate attacks.
The replay value for the game is there, but only if you don’t mind doing the same thing over and over again, similar to how most, if not all games from that generation were. You could also play two player which would give you a reason to start the game over again.
This game is one of my personal favorites from my early childhood. I began gaming at age four with a Super Nintendo and a Sega Genesis and this was one of the few games that I owned and, frankly, am happy to say that I spent hours upon hours attempting to finish the game and humming the catchy music. If you’re a retro collector and don’t have this game in your collection, you should turn in your gamer card right away because this is a classic for sure. The sequels to the game are also extremely well done.
Replay Value- 7.5/10