Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. 80
    Beating up bad guys was never so fun and especially with a co-op buddy it’s a blast. Improving your Gamerscore shouldn’t be a problem either as over 75 percent can be achieved quite easily.
  4. Streets of Rage 2 stands as one of the most well-crafted beat-'em-ups ever, and it still looks and sounds great and plays beautifully.
  5. Disappointed with "Double Dragon"? Want a good 2D brawler? Here's five bucks well spent. [Dec 2007, p.78]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Combat that is about as deep as could possibly be managed with only one standard attack button. [Issue 26, p.117]
  9. Streets of Rage 2 is still an enjoyable experience to this day, but like other traditional beat-em ups, the game shows its age with its limited gameplay that gets old far too quickly.
  10. What is certain though is that Streets of Rage 2 is a classic title that fully deserves to be revived and remembered in modern day gaming. Now, pass me the pain relief and I’ll be on my way.
  11. The scrolling fighter may be dead, but this is the genre's finest relic. Get involved. [Dec 2007, p.96]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. 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? Full Review »
  2. 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!!! Full Review »
  3. 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.