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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] The classic arcade fighting game Streets of Rage 2 comes to XBLA. Play as Blaze, Skate, Max, or Axel as you attempt to save Adam from the evil clutches of Dr. X. Special fighting moves for characters and unique weapons add to the excitement as you fight your way to the Syndicate's stronghold. Classic arcade fighting action: Each character has special abilities. Learn to use their moves to defeat the enemies and the bosses. Unique weapons: Katanas, shuriken, knives, and more are available for the player. Weapons can even be thrown for ranged damage. Stellar soundtrack: The music for the arcade version of Streets of Rage 2 by Yuzo Koshiro is widely considered as some of the finest music ever made for an arcade game. All new achievements to master and improve your Gamerscore. [Microsoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Like all things immoral, this is tremendous fun. Buy it now...No better way of spending 400MP. [Dec 2007, p.109]
  2. Top notch side-scrolling brawler from 1993, and, in many respects almost as much fun now as it was then.
  3. Those looking to recapture their youth, and some difficult achievements, will find this to their liking. Anyone looking for a 'new' button-masher to eat up Arcade time will likely be a bit under whelmed.
  4. 73
    It's got a decent length for a game of its time and it certainly worth playing more than once. The visuals are surprisingly vibrant. Most importantly, it's fun. But the online portion of SOR2 is executed poorly. And, once again, Backbone Entertainment presents a classic SEGA title with absolutely no extras.
  5. Combat that is about as deep as could possibly be managed with only one standard attack button. [Issue 26, p.117]
  6. The scrolling fighter may be dead, but this is the genre's finest relic. Get involved. [Dec 2007, p.96]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Chad
    Sep 10, 2007
    Jim B. is a moron. This was one of the best games of that time and still stands up today. He clearly sucks at video games if he was throwing his buddy 10 times in a row. Expand
  2. Jets
    Sep 6, 2007
    Classic co-op beat-em-up! Superb sountrack, very fun gameplay. Best game of the series, one of my top 5 for Sega Genesis (along with Sonic, Golden Axe, Outrun and ToeJam&Earl). Expand
  3. AlJ.
    Oct 19, 2007
    This "IS" the best side scrolling beat em up there is. It's better than the first and third Streets of rage and blows Double Dragon out of the water. This and Final Fight stand as the best side scrolling fighters that there are in my opinion. Even today the graphics and sound effects/music are second to none. The controls are just about perfect and the fact that you can get this for only $5 on XBOX Live is a steal. Get it now!!! Expand
  4. Aug 3, 2011
    Classic that's clearly still fondly remembered by a lot of people and is thankfully still great fun after all this time. Now, how about new Streets of Rage game Sega? Expand
  5. D.D.
    Sep 30, 2007
    Still great fun after all this time and a classic beat em up which has aged better than Double Dragon.
  6. JimB.
    Sep 5, 2007
    Truly awful. Boring. Pointless. Co-Op makes you want to punch your best buddy in the face (in real life) cos he just threw you across the map by accident 10 times in a row! AVOID!!! Expand