Streets of Rage 2

Reviewed by Kyle Bell, Posted on 2007-07-05


Developer: Sega Publisher: Sega
Release Date: December 20, 1992 Also On: Genesis, Wii, PS3 & Xbox 360

Streets of Rage 2 is one of those old-school classics that will likely always be remembered fondly by gamers. Some games don't age too well. This is not one of them. For those of you old enough to remember, Streets of Rage 2 launched in 1992 and was seen at the time as the Genesis' answer to the SNES game Final Fight. The 16-meg cartridge of Streets of Rage 2 (compared to 4 for the first) helped it stand out graphically with high amounts of detail and good animations.

If you have never played Streets of Rage 2, it is a beat-em-up game that takes place in the streets and various locales of a crime ridden city. You, as well as a friend, can take on the gang members that infest the city's streets. There are several unique enemy types and some carry weapons that you can equip yourself if you free it from their grip. Aside from the knives and sticks that they may carry, each enemy type has a special attack. For instance, the fat guys will belly dive you.

Player attacks range from punching and kicking to jumping and swinging weapons. Each of the game's selectable players have their own attacks with a special attack. The special attacks, which take up precious energy, can only be used sparingly. Your health is displayed in a health bar at the top of the screen. When it runs out, you lose a life and when you run out of lives, you can use one of your continues. But when they run out, it's game over. Finally, a second player can jump in at any time.

Streets of Rage 2 is a remarkably long game for its time of release. I used to play this a lot as a kid and wouldn't get very far. So I play it with my friend a few weeks ago for the first time in years and we were playing for at least a couple hours. There are eight levels to get through in Streets of Rage 2 with a different setting for each, from a street and bar to a pier carnival and what could only be Yankee Stadium (afterall, only the Yankees could afford an infield like this one).

Fans of arcade beat-em-ups like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, among others, will feel well at home here. Streets of Rage 2 is one of the finest pieces of game code on the Sega Genesis. To satisfy us old-timers, it is even available on the Nintendo Wii's Virtual Console. It has since been added to PlayStation Network and Xbox Live with online multi-player. Keep in mind that these scores reflect the Genesis game and obviously are not fair comparisons to PS3 or Xbox 360 hardware. Whether you want to buy the original cart or a downloadable ROM of the original, Streets of Rage 2 is not a game that you should pass up for any reason.

Graphics: 9
Sound: 9
Gameplay: 9
Creativity: 8
Replay Value/Game Length: 8
Final: 8.8
Written by Kyle Review Guide

Reviewed by Kyle Bell