Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Dec 16, 2020
    An impeccable execution of all the elements that make up a good beat em ’up with space to evolve the genre significantly.
  2. Jun 1, 2020
    From great musical and visual presentation, to smooth fluid gameplay and unlockable content, bundled with online co-op play, Streets of Rage 4 is an absolute blast to play. Not disappointing in the least, it’s more than just the finest addition to the series; it’s the best in the genre, in my opinion.
  3. Jun 1, 2020
    Streets of Rage 4 on Switch is still the perfect sequel, and perhaps dedicated servers is just too big of an ask for a game like this one, so really, the Switch is the ideal way to play the game. Fantastic.
  4. Jun 1, 2020
    Multiple game modes help to keep the player coming back for more. Story mode is where the narrative unfolds, which is told in gorgeous cinematic stills featuring the same art style as the rest of the game. Arcade mode tasks players with beating the story line using no continues; die and it’s back to the beginning. Boss Rush and Battle mode round things out, and all of it (with the exception of Arcade mode) can be played at different difficulty levels. It’s always a challenge to bring a franchise out of dormancy after so long, especially one as lauded as Streets of Rage. What Dotemu and partners have done is such a masterful expansion and resuscitation that I’d be willing to say that the series is officially theirs, and that they have collectively made brawlers a part of the conversation in game development for the first time in years. Bravo. Buy this game.
  5. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Aug 29, 2020
    A very good, strong revival of a franchise that's gone for far too long without a new entry. [Issue #47 – July/August 2020, p. 22]
  6. Jun 1, 2020
    Streets of Rage 4 does a textbook job of balancing between the new and the old. It will appease veterans as a solid update for the series that doesn't skip on fan service either. It's quite admirable how the direction for almost every element, from presentation, animation, music, and story, all adhere to a consistency and aim for a high watermark. For newcomers it's an easy one to recommend as well, as it is easy to understand, and is built upon core mechanics that engage continually when in play, all wrapped up in a modern looking package. It is unfettered by the du jour ideals that can often belie the essence of or memory of the originals. One could even argue that it supersedes them, though time will tell if this is the case.
  7. 90
    Streets of Rage 4 is back and it’s better than it ever has been, thanks to a host of important gameplay improvements.
  8. Jun 1, 2020
    Although it wasn't an easy task, the developers of Streets of Rage 4 have managed to offer the classic spirit of the saga with a renewed audiovisual section and a series of really cool content and game modes. It is an essential title for lovers of the genre.
  9. 90
    Streets of Rage 4 is unmistakably a sequel to this classic franchise; the developers understood what made the originals so great, and expanded upon them in ways that make sense. The most lovably crafted and well-designed brawler in ages.
  10. Jun 1, 2020
    Streets of Rage 4 is like taking an old favourite toy to an antique repair shop only for it to come back working far better than it ever did before. The new lick of paint does the series justice, and the decision to stick to its guns and stay so close to its roots demonstrates a true understanding of the classic beat ’em up genre. I can’t deny I had a promising feeling in my jollies that I would enjoy Streets of Rage 4 before going into it. However, what I never anticipated for a second was that a side-scrolling beat ’em up based on a seemingly long-dead franchise would rise from the grave and become my personal favourite game of the year so far.
  11. Jun 1, 2020
    Streets of Rage 4 is the very best the series has ever been. Its hand-drawn graphics breathe new life into Wood Oak City and its inhabitants, the soundtrack is outstanding and the combat feels better than ever. Lizardcube, Guard Crush Games and Dotemu have managed to completely modernise the look and feel of Streets of Rage, expanding on the experience without losing sight of what made the original games so popular to begin with – and the handful of additions made to the action here serve only to enhance the classic core gameplay, resulting in one of the best side-scrolling beat 'em ups we've played in a long time.
  12. 90
    I feel that Streets of Rage 4 shares a lot in common with Sonic Mania. Both game’s were led by development teams who had the challenge of continuing classic and beloved series. I’m happy to say that the dev teams creating Streets of Rage 4 have completely succeeded in making a new 2D entry in the series much like the Sonic Mania dev teams did. The utmost respect for the source material is clear throughout Streets of Rage 4 and I’m thrilled that we have this great new brawler in 2020.
  13. Sep 14, 2020
    Streets of Rage 4 is a worthy continuation of the beloved series that has preserved the atmosphere and drive of its predecessors. The developers managed not only to play on the nostalgia of fans, but also to make a modern game that cannot be accused of being too archaic. The project is undoubtedly a must-buy for fans of the genre and all those who appreciate easy-to-learn, but addictive games.
  14. Jun 1, 2020
    Funky music, stellar combat and beautiful art makes this a nostalgic throwback that truly embraces what made beat 'em ups fun way back when.
  15. Jun 1, 2020
    Hopefully, the developers get another chance to expand on this foundation even further because they certainly earned it. Streets of Rage 4 a great game worthy of being the 4th main entry. Priced at $24.99 or less, fans of the original have no excuse for not picking it up and reliving some cherished memories with a friend. And even nostalgia aside, it’s one of the most fun beat-em-ups I’ve played in years with a lot going for it.
  16. Jun 1, 2020
    Streets of Rage 4 delivers the greatest hits of the classic series and is at its best when played with at least one friend. If the primary focus was delivering a traditional Streets of Rage experience with a modern coat of paint, it absolutely succeeds. But while it layers on a few new and interesting mechanics, it’s still a very conservative update to the quarter-century-old format that feels like a slave to the past.
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  1. Jun 1, 2020
    Streets of Rage 4 is everything I could have wanted from a true Streets of Rage sequel. I’m satiated. But Streets of Rage, as a series, is a time capsule from a different, simpler era. While it’s blunt and repetitive, it also manifests a relaxing social space with ease. Call it video games as loitering. The music is as good as it’s ever been in the series. The stages and characters are beautiful, reimagining the original trilogy’s ’90s locales and punk-inspired band of baddies in a way that stands up to those games without scarring modern eyes. The action itself is so simple that you can get lost in a conversation about, well, anything as you play.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 175 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 175
  1. Apr 30, 2020
    Um dos melhores beat em up já feitos, o sistema de combate funciona bem e a trilha sonora é excelente
  2. May 3, 2020
    It's beautiful, sounds pretty great, and it plays excellent. Lots of replayability through unlocks and co-op modes. It's just a ton of fun.It's beautiful, sounds pretty great, and it plays excellent. Lots of replayability through unlocks and co-op modes. It's just a ton of fun. Really glad this turned out this good. Full Review »
  3. May 1, 2020
    Street Of Rage 4 for nintendo switch is a marvellous and splendid return of scrolling beat em up games! Exactly the same fantastic version ofStreet Of Rage 4 for nintendo switch is a marvellous and splendid return of scrolling beat em up games! Exactly the same fantastic version of ps4/xone with the same wonderful gameplay and graphics. Stable 60 fps and great visual also in handheld. Recommanded purchase!! Full Review »