I freakin' love the Streets of Rage series, and I can't believe I didn't keep a closer eye on this project more than I had. I suppose it worked out better for me though, as it made playing the final version (5) of this game that much more special for me. I'm loving it so much I decided I should do a Let's Play of it, even though the first part is me just banging on for 15 minutes of how customisable the game is. Sorry about that, but you can skip straight to Part 2 to see the game in action!
I love the game so much I'm already thinking about doing multiple playthroughs with different characters and to show the different routes you can take in the game.
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For those that haven't heard of the SoR series (known as Bare Knuckle in Japan), shame on you! It's only one of the best side-scrolling beat em ups (I suppose the modern day equivalent would be hack-n-slash) from the 16-bit era! A timeless classic with beautifully campy designs on the enemies, it's still super fun to play as it was when you were a kid.
Bombergames basically took everything that made the series great, shoved it all together, let it simmer for 8 years and baked a super awesome cake named Streets of Rage Remake. From the get go, you have 6 playable characters - Axel, Blaze, Adam, Max, Skate and Zan. You can unlock different versions of these characters (example - play as SoR1, 2 or 3 Axel) and there are 6 additional characters to unlock too, with one of them having two versions to play as. In total, it effectively gives you 18 different characters to play as, and all of the 'old' cast have had their movesets updated while having their sprites updated in a really tasteful way.
There's a huge amount of options to play with that effect gameplay mechanics. The beauty of this is you can tailor the game to play exactly like you may remember - whether you want it playing more like the 1st, 2nd or the 3rd game of the series, or a sweet mixture of all 3. You can change things like the way weapons behave, how long the hit-stun is when you attack an enemy, whether enemies make their death cry before or after they hit the ground - all sorts of little things that the SoR enthusiast would remember.
All the music - every single track - has been remixed to sound a bit more modern without breaking the original spirit. And it seems almost every stages has been recreated - all the stages from 1, 2 and 3 are there and I believe they even got some stuff in there from the Game Gear version.
It's pretty much the most definitive Streets of Rage game you could hope to play.
It came out on the 3rd of April this year and was released as FREEWARE. They were very clear that you should never have to pay for this product. Unfortunately, the download link for the game has been removed, following Bombergames being contacted by Sega. We don't know any information other than that - let's hope that some good will come of this and that any tight grip Sega may have put on Bombergames will be released.
Regardless, I'm sure a quick web search will turn up a mirror for the download somewhere. If you enjoyed the series, I really recommend you try tracking it down and give it a go. The game is a pure labour of love.
I hope you enjoy the vids and commentary!
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