Game Review- Streets of Rage (1991) (Sega Mega Drive) Starting the Sega Reviews, I’ve decided to review one of my favourite games of all time. A game that is older then me but I remember playing when I was 6, always playing as Adam beating up Mr X’s minions on the Streets of Rage.
Plot- The plot is pretty basic, Mr X, the main villain has taken over a peaceful street and you have to play as either Axel, Adam or Blaze to stop Mr X. It’s a pretty basic story line but it is easier to immerse into the actual story because the accompanied music with the cut scene pulls you into the story and creates the mood of the game being outcasted by the police and your the only one to save this city. It could easily be turned into a movie.
Characters- Wasn’t everyone Axel? Nah I wasn’t I was player 2 so i had to be Adam and from there on I have always been Adam and it’s a shame that in the sequels he is not a playable character. Axel was the average stat character. Adam was good at punching and Blaze was good at kicking. It wasn’t the biggest choice in characters but it didn’t need to be. They are our 3 heroes and it should have stayed that way.
Gameplay- Beat em up’s were common in this period (Golden Axe, Final Fight, Double Dragon) Gameplay on Street’s of Rage is not the best and the previous games, besides Golden Axe had better Gameplay. The fighting was less “blocky” and flowed well. Street’s of Rage at times can be slow and repetitive and the enemies were slow or sometimes hard to hit. Also with the multiplayer option each human character kept on getting in the way and the characters have a tendency to grab each other which allows the enemies to hit you. The Gameplay isn’t terrible. It’s still enjoyable tapping like a crazed maniac killing the bosses and the clown jugglers and the girl with the whips. I liked the special attack which killed all enemies on the screen. No combos on this but it’s a beat em up, who needs a combo, you just need two buttons to press to hit. It should of had a block option because you really couldn’t defend yourself which made the game that little harder.
Enemies- This is important in a game to have recognisable enemies and Street’s of Rage have exactly that. They are repetitive but that’s good because you get to know each enemy. The standard Ginger minions, the gypsy kung fu people, the whipping girls, the clowns and the sliding punk rockers. As a kid I created names for all these people , which I won’t share :P It’s also the same for the bosses. The Pirates, The Wolverines, Fire Buddahs, Gymnastic Girls and the Ultimate Warriors. To create recognizable characters that I still remember stands testament to the game. I would of liked some more of a difference to each character but this was rectified in the sequels.
Scenery- The street scenery is beautiful and is some of the best in these types of games. It’s when it gets to the beach stage that the scenery slightly declines. Some levels look like rehashes from other games. The beach is the worst. They should have stuck with the distopian streets and not gone with cliche’s scenery. They could have been more creative for the last level too, a hotel is not that climatic place to put the ending.
Soundtrack- The music is one of the best ever to feature in Video games. It’s puts you straight into the mood to save this one peaceful city. Comparing to Golden Axe, I have no idea what Golden Axe is about because I didn’t care but the music in this game make sures you care. The composer, Yuzo Koshiro, did a fabulous job to create a standard beat em up and make it so cinematic. It’s one of those rare occasions when a soundtrack of a video games adds so much to a game that without it, it couldn’t of been a sub standard game. One of the greatest soundtracks of all time.
Overall- The thing about old games is that some can hold nostalgic value. Streets of Rage is no different. It’s a game that I claim is one of my favourite games of all time. Not the greatest game of all time but I enjoy playing every time. I can sit down on my own or with another player and just play it for hours. The game play isn’t that good, the plot is simple. But I still love it. The enemies are memorable, the scenery is at times amazing and the soundtrack is just fantastic. I always get immersed into the story. Adding the soundtrack, the characters, the infamous gameplay, the special attack, the scenery, it creates a game that has stood the test of time and still attract new and old fans. It has flaws but this game is just god damn beautiful. Game Rating- 8.5/10