Gaming Anniversaries August 2- Streets of Rage

Released August 2, 1991- Streets of Rage

Streets of rage kicked into the Japanese market on this day in 92′. For the Sega Mega Drive

Being Sega’s answer to Final Fight, Streets of Rage is another beat-em-up type game. Revered the world over, Streets of Rage features the iconic side scrolling action fans of the genre always enjoy.

In this one, players will take on the role of one of four characters including Axel Strong, Blaze Fielding, and Adam Hunter as they take on the crime syndicate led by the evil Mr.X. The game takes place in a city currently being plagued by crime.

The gameplay is super simple. Only three buttons on the Megadrive controller were utilized. One button for jumping, one to attack and the third used for rage attacks or special moves in the game. Each character could perform a limited set of moves available when conditions are met, such as grappling and throwing. Furthermore, each one has their own play mechanics, Adam being a slower character with harder hits, Blaze being faster and Axel being quick but poor at jumping. Combining these elements allow for a masterful mix of gameplay that keeps players coming back.

Upon getting hit, players will lose health. However, scattered across the ground are items such as Turkeys and apples to restore it. Additionally, other items such as melee weapons can be found to include the characters strength of the attack. Similar in style to Final Fight or Double Dragon.

Reviews for Streets of Rage were very favorable. Allowing for not one but two additional entries in the series and later remakes. The game is still considered one of the best on the system.

Do you have a favorite memory playing this game?

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