There’s never been a better time to play Streets of Rage 4 if you haven’t already done so, or return to it. While the free goodies are undoubtedly welcome, it’s the extra characters, Survival mode and moves offered by Mr. X Nightmare that really breathe new life into this magnificent side-scrolling beat ’em up. With the DLC installed, Streets of Rage 4 becomes one of the best gaming experiences you can have right now. It’s utterly essential. Now we’re just hoping that Dotemu, Lizardcube and Guard Crush get to work together again on Streets of Rage 5.
Mr. X Nightmare makes Streets of Rage 4 a near perfect beat’em up. At this point, Streets of Rage 4 is the game to judge all other beat’em ups by from now on. Mr X Nightmare is not even a cherry on top, it’s like getting an extra cake to go along with the first cake (the main game). The DLC is also available at a bargain price – only 1/3 the cost the of the main game itself, so it’s a steal. If you have Streets of Rage 4 and want to breath some new life into it, buy the Mr X Nightmare DLC and you’ll be playing it for quite a while. The survival mode alone will keep you busy for quite a while so just that mode alone is worth the purchase.
This is DLC done RIGHT.
It was so cheap that it makes me feel I owe money to the developers, really, 6€ (and even 10% discounted day one!) for such a great amount of new stuff.
Three new characters (plus a secret one), with complete animation movesets and all, plus complete alternative unlockable special movements for ALL of the characters in the game, both “HD” and retro characters, plus new palette colors for all of the HD characters.
Then we have the Survival game mode, which is where we gain experience to unlock the new skills and stuff. Survival is randomly generated, more or less, but it also offers a fixed, weekly, variation, where the buffs we get, enemies and bosses never change during that week. That’s nice and fun competition, I like it.
Of course, to accompany Survival mode, there are tons of new set pieces that serve as arenas for each stage in the new game mode: they added environmental traps, that we can interact with, to our advantage (or demise), they also added several new weapons, some of them are quite fun to use, and among these new set pieces, we have many easter eggs from the original games, including both locations and enemies / bosses.
Honestly, this is how DLCs are done, it really adds a lot to an already incredible game. This game is great, if you like beat’em ups, this is the one.
There may not be any groundbreaking improvements in the graphics/audio aspects, but the gameplay enrichment is so apt and entertaining that it raises impressively the overall value of the game. Therefore, if you enjoyed Streets of Rage 4, there is no reason not to get this DLC, which, thanks to the new characters and Survival mode, is capable of keeping you busy for many hours.
With the Mr. X Nightmare DLC, SOR4 feels fresh all over again. The new characters, moves, and weapons make replaying through the campaign with friends a treat, and the Survival Mode offers an intense barrage of enemies to beat with interesting gameplay elements. At just $8, it’s easy to recommend the DLC, but if you’re a fan of physical media, there is a fresh re-release of the game that includes the DLC on the medium, too. Regardless, Streets of Rage 4 is not to be missed, and this DLC is worth adding to an already stellar game.
Streets of Rage 4: Mr. X Nightmare DLC exceeded my expectations, adding to an already fantastic game. The new characters and weapons deliver a unique experience, and the survival mode can keep you playing for hours. On top of that, the price is exceptionally reasonable for what you get. If you are a fan of beat ’em ups, this is one DLC that shouldn’t be passed up.
Mr. X Nightmare is loaded with enough new content to keep players engaged or bring back those who may have strayed. As an old school fan, it’s great to have Max back but the new faces fit into the roster nicely and bring their own beautifully animated flair to the party while survival mode provides plenty of replay value.
Streets of Rage 4 continues to be everything you would want from a modern beat ‘em up. With excellent controls, smooth gameplay, beautiful animation, and a stunning soundtrack, it is well worth your time. For existing fans, nothing in the Mr. X Nightmare DLC is going to blow your mind. This isn’t a huge addition. It’s a bonus, some new content to push you back into the game. It won’t change anyone’s opinion about the game as a whole, but if you already enjoy raging through these streets, these new characters and survival mode are great additions.
This DLC makes a great game even better.
* Three new characters with multiple movesets
* New moves for all the old characters to allow them also to be customized
* A 4th hidden character to go along with the three new characters
* A very fun and highly replayable Survival mode
* New songs
* New weapons and enemies (enemies from previous games)
All for just $8, which is kinda silly considering the amount of work just needed for the additional animations for the old and new characters.
And then the free update adds in even more stuff:
* Excellent training mode, which also has tips and training on how to play the characters that can show people that the combat system is deeper than just mashing the punch button
* Palette swaps so multiple of the same character can be used in multiplayer
* Mania+ difficulty for people that are into that
* Balance changes and other updates/fixes
It's a fantastic DLC that just adds to what I already considered the best SoR game. Opinion obviously, but I just enjoy SoR4 more than I remember enjoying the old SoR games I played as a kid on my Sega. Part of it is I'm not really nostalgic for the old school graphics and animations (which I thought were fine back then), I much prefer the smooth hand drawn style of SoR4.
It would have been nice if they'd added native support for online 4 player, but that can still be done with Steam Remote Play or Parsec. Before the DLC the game probably wasn't at 10/10 level, but after the DLC, I think it's closer to a 10 than it is to a 9.
SummaryThe fight continues in Wood Oak City. After the events of Streets of Rage 4, our heroes wanted to prepare themselves for future threats. Axel, Blaze and their mates will start a very special deranged training with the help of Dr. Zan, who built an AI program from the remnants of Mister X’s brain that simulates every kind of danger they c...