Let’s Compare Streets Of Rage
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1. Game Gear
2. Sega Master System
3. Genesis / Mega Drive
4. Sega CD
( Sega Classics Arcade Collection )
5. Xbox 360
( Sega Vintage Collection )
6. Windows / Steam
Streets of Rage (ベア・ナックル Bea Nakkuru, “Bare Knuckle”) is trilogy of a beat ’em up video games developed and published by Sega in the first half of the 1990s. The series centers on the efforts of several heroes to rid a troubled city from the rule of a crime syndicate.
The games were well-received and have been re-released many times both on compilations and as standalone titles. The dance music-influenced soundtracks of the games, scored by Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima, have received much acclaim.
The three games in the series were released between 1991 and 1994. The first entry, Streets of Rage, introduces the main characters: three young former police officers (Axel, Blaze, and Adam), and Mr. X, an evil mastermind. It is the only game in the series to feature a special attack that defeats all non-boss enemies on-screen. Streets of Rage was supported by Sega’s Genesis, Master System and Game Gear consoles.
The next entry in the series, Streets of Rage II, had new music (influenced by early ’90s club music) from series composer Yuzo Koshiro and newcomer composer Motohiro Kawashima, more defined graphics and a bigger selection of moves. It also introduced two new characters, Eddie “Skate” Hunter, and Max Thunder (or Sammy “Skate” Hunter and Max Hatchett in some regions). Like the original title, Streets of Rage II was playable on Sega’s Genesis, Master System and Game Gear.
The final entry to the Streets of Rage series, Streets of Rage 3 was less well-received than its predecessors. Despite some enhancements, it has been seen as very similar to Streets of Rage II. This entry to the series added a more complex storyline, told using cutscenes. The Western version’s plot was largely censored and its difficulty significantly increased. The music, again composed by Koshiro and Kawashima, was also criticized for being radically different to the music from the first two games. Unlike the two foregoing titles, Streets of Rage 3 was available only on the Genesis console.
All three titles have been re-released on numerous platforms and compilations, including Sonic Gems Collection and Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection, and on the Wii’s Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade.