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  • Summary: Publisher Dotemu (Wonder Boy, Windjammers 1/2) and developers Lizardcube (Wonder Boy) and Guard Crush Games today revealed Streets of Rage 4, an all-new continuation of SEGA's iconic arcade brawler series known for its radical fights, jammin' '90s beats and dashing sparring gloves andPublisher Dotemu (Wonder Boy, Windjammers 1/2) and developers Lizardcube (Wonder Boy) and Guard Crush Games today revealed Streets of Rage 4, an all-new continuation of SEGA's iconic arcade brawler series known for its radical fights, jammin' '90s beats and dashing sparring gloves and bandanas.
    Streets of Rage, known as Bare Knuckle (Bea Nakkuru) in Japan, is a trilogy of beat 'em up games developed and published by SEGA in the 1990s.

    Famously known for its non stop action and electronic dance influenced music - scored by Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima - the series has gained the status of cult classic throughout the years. It is considered one of the best beat 'em up series of all time. After many years, Axel and Blaze are finally picking up the fight where they left.

    Featuring hand-drawn visuals from the team behind 2017's gorgeous Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap remake, Streets of Rage 4 builds upon the classic trilogy's gameplay with new mechanics, a fresh story and a gauntlet of dangerous stages with a serious crime problem. Streets of Rage 4 recalls classic gameplay but it stands as an entirely original arcade-style romp thanks to the expertise of Guard Crush Games and Dotemu.

    Whether players gang up with a friend or clean up the city solo, Streets of Rage 4 is a skull-bashing, chicken-chomping delight all set to a thumping soundtrack sure to get your blood pumping.
    Features:

    * The comeback of the legendary Streets of Rage series.
    * Beautiful graphics fully hand-drawn animated by the studio behind Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap.
    * Classic gameplay enhanced with brand new mechanics.
    * Soundtrack by a wide line-up of world-class musicians.
    * Braised chicken served on a pristine plate.
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  1. Positive: 47 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. Apr 29, 2020
    100
    Streets of Rage 4 left me feeling like a ten-year-old kid playing his Genesis again, while still managing to bring modern gameplay and variety to a classic series. There was no way for me to keep my expectations low with this series returning yet Lizardcube still managed to blow those expectations away. I can say without hesitation that this is the pinnacle of a long-dormant series and genre; a game I'm confident I'll be returning to for years to come.
  2. Apr 29, 2020
    90
    Streets of Rage 4 is the perfect love letter to Sega's fan favorite beat-'em-up franchise. It captures the spirit and soul of the games while adding great new mechanics and tons of style. At its heart, it's a short, sweet, and well-made game about punching criminals until you can punch the biggest criminals of all. The price tag might be a bit steep if you're not someone who loves beating things up with friends, but for Streets of Rage fans, it is everything it should be.
  3. Jun 10, 2020
    90
    Simply put, this is the return that fans have been waiting for. Streets of Rage 4 delivers in so many ways that the $24.99 price point seems more than reasonable with all the included content, even with the short story mode. It may prove to be overwhelming for those unfamiliar with what it brings to the table, but you can’t deny how much love was put on the screen for beat-’em-ups and this franchise in general. If you can take the heat, you should absolutely jump in and send a signal that this is a game worth playing.
  4. May 6, 2020
    85
    The best thing about Streets of Rage 4 is that it feels like a real comeback. In a world where everyone is rummaging through an old toy drawer to see what movie, series or game can be revived, this title feels like a natural step in the franchise. Of course, it's not a revolution in the genre because it repeats both virtues and failures from the past. Streets of Rage is back to stay.
  5. May 22, 2020
    80
    It’s a true sequel to Streets of Rage, with enough tweaks in its gameplay to make it relevant in this day and age, albeit without complicating the welcoming simplicity of the long-lost beat ‘em up genre. Fans of the series should definitely give it a try.
  6. Apr 29, 2020
    80
    I have a lot of games on my plate right now, and I think it’s a good sign that I want to go back and keep playing Streets of Rage 4. It’s something that feels good to control and look at and listen to. If you are going to make a beat-’em-up in 2020, the act of punching better deliver a shot of dopamine. And this game absolutely crushes that.
  7. Apr 29, 2020
    70
    Streets of Rage 4’s simple approach to combat and content is enjoyable in short bursts, but it doesn’t have the hooks to keep you coming back. This beat ‘em up feels like an homage to the ‘90s, but it’s also stuck in that era.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 105
  2. Negative: 12 out of 105
  1. May 3, 2020
    10
    This game is incredible! From a longtime fan of the series your getting everything you loved from 1-3 (minus run but I’ll get back to thatThis game is incredible! From a longtime fan of the series your getting everything you loved from 1-3 (minus run but I’ll get back to that later) plus some. I would have loved to be able to run but the addition of air combos was a nice touch. I was a detractor of the art style but after seeing it in motion I’m sold. Quick fluid gameplay, awesome soundtrack and the ability to spank cheeks with some personality. MUST BUY! Expand
  2. May 4, 2020
    10
    This game is awesome, a love letter to everyone who loved the old trilogy.
  3. Apr 30, 2020
    10
    This is Streets of Rage without a doubt, anyone who says otherwise has NEVER played an SoR.
    It doesn't help that someone called the game slow
    This is Streets of Rage without a doubt, anyone who says otherwise has NEVER played an SoR.
    It doesn't help that someone called the game slow yet IT'S THE FASTEST PACED SOR to date.
    Instead of just mashing this time though, the elegant juggle physics allow for some pretty sick combos between you and your partner that weren't really possible before. Combined with the series' entire soundtrack and every character that's ever been playable in SoR history, this is the definitive SoR experience.
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  4. Apr 30, 2020
    9
    Streets of Rage 4 is an incredible return to the roots of the beat em up genre but with a modern twist that transforms the legacy and makesStreets of Rage 4 is an incredible return to the roots of the beat em up genre but with a modern twist that transforms the legacy and makes you feel that 26 years have not passed since the last game. Expand
  5. Nov 17, 2020
    8
    I really wish the people giving games a 0 would get their ability to rate revoked, as this is a prime example of a game that, visually aloneI really wish the people giving games a 0 would get their ability to rate revoked, as this is a prime example of a game that, visually alone and soundtrack alone, is not a dumpster game.

    I would highly suggest to get this game for a console if you really want the best experience, but if all you have is a PC, this is a great throwback to brawler genre and a solid continuation to the best series of the bunch
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  6. May 1, 2020
    7
    Not as good as I hoped, sadly. 3 big things I disliked:
    ---POOR MUSIC CHOICE: SoR 1 and 2 were amazing, melodic, one of the best OST in
    Not as good as I hoped, sadly. 3 big things I disliked:
    ---POOR MUSIC CHOICE: SoR 1 and 2 were amazing, melodic, one of the best OST in 16bits games. SoR3 killed the atmosphere with noisy experimental music and this game instead of the well-loved first games, chooses a non melodic style closer to the 3rd. Why would they do that? And where's the Stage Clear tune? :(
    ---TOO DARK, TOO DIRTY: Scenarios used to be colourful and nice to the eye. Instead of the 80s-90s style, the ones here look like a post-apocalyptic rioty mess, all dirty and decadent. Instead of saving a cool city that someone is f*ing up, I feel I'm in a f*ed up city where there's just trash everywhere.
    ---SLOW MOVEMENT, OFTEN FRUSTRATING COMBATS. Why can't the characters run?? Many things seem copied here from the SoR Remake the fans made years ago, yet this game missed key elements of the gameplay they did saw as key: the freedom of running and dodging attacks. Then there's things that feel weird like some enemies who are immune to your hits, and some enemy attacks that are unstoppable: if a guy throws me an air kick, I want to be able to stop it with a great uppah! Have options beyond just causing damage or skipping things jumping like a rabbit or using the special attack.

    GOOD STUFF: taking away these 3 things, which really dissapointed me as a fan of the first 2 games and the unofficial remake, the game is a pretty solid one. The new combo system, and coordinated attacks between the several players are really cool. Having more than 2 players on screen is great too. I'm not sure there weren't better alternatives to the comic style for the graphics, but this one does work quite well. And there are nice surprises like being able to go into the arcades to live old moments.
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  7. May 20, 2020
    0
    still doesn't works, 3 weeks i can't play this game, xbox game pass pc, i uninstall,, sorry

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