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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. May 9, 2020
    100
    Playing Streets of Rage 4 is an absolute no-brainer and it is without doubt one of the best games of the year.
  2. May 7, 2020
    100
    Whether you’re a fan of the originals or not, Streets of Rage 4 is a blast from start to finish. Satisfying combat, incredible music and visuals and tons to unlock mean this should be sticking around on your hard drive for some time yet. A lack of 4 player online is a disappointment, but otherwise what’s here more than makes up for the long wait.
  3. May 4, 2020
    91
    It's a game that will excite many people, it's fun to play, it's beautiful and it sounds great.
  4. Apr 29, 2020
    90
    Taking a franchise as treasured as Streets of Rage and updating it was never going to be an easy task, but we can't imagine that any self-respecting fan of the series will be displeased with what has been achieved here. Streets of Rage 4 walks that fine line between paying tribute to its predecessors and forging its own unique path and feels like an evolution and a revolution at the same time. The gameplay is unmistakably faithful to the originals, but the addictive combo-heavy mechanics, gorgeous presentation and robust multiplayer options add a whole new layer of complexity, resulting in a game that fans and newcomers alike will enjoy no end. Let's hope we don't have to wait another 26 years for a sequel.
  5. May 12, 2020
    80
    A new adventure from the Streets of Rage universe, with all the essence, with the main characters and with all the spirit of the 90s. Go back into the streets and fight with all the villains to clear the city of crime and corruption.
  6. May 5, 2020
    75
    With several wonderfully constructed set-pieces and backdrops thrown in at regular intervals, picking up Streets of Rage 4 is something that we will do at some point again in the future. Thanks to its excellent feel, wide range of characters, and excellent soundtrack. With the return of the original composers in addition to new artists, the music here shifts between modern renditions of classic tunes to experimental techno and even some bass music. Not everything feels as timeless as the original soundtrack and the modern flourishes can feel out of step with the decidedly simple design. Not in the sense that modern electronic music is not as inventive or energetic or suitable for a beat-em up – but in the sense that perhaps Streets of Rage 4 doesn’t quite do enough to warrant the fresh coat of paint. And fresh set of beats.
  7. Apr 29, 2020
    70
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. May 1, 2020
    10
    Amazing! All characters a battle mode updated visuals . A welcome addition to gamepass
  2. Apr 30, 2020
    10
    Love it ! ! Good work and probably best street of rage so far One of best best em ups since final fight and old street of rage If you haveLove it ! ! Good work and probably best street of rage so far One of best best em ups since final fight and old street of rage If you have Xbox get it ok game pass you won’t regret it Expand
  3. Apr 30, 2020
    10
    O melhor Streets of Rage de todos os tempos, gráficos, jogabilidade, quantidade de personagens, trilha sonora, modos de jogo, multiplayers ouO melhor Streets of Rage de todos os tempos, gráficos, jogabilidade, quantidade de personagens, trilha sonora, modos de jogo, multiplayers ou seja um jogo completo. Expand
  4. May 11, 2020
    9
    Fantastico, poderiam ter inovado na proposta pra dar mais futuro a próximas oportunidades de jogos assim, mas valeu demais jogar e relembrarFantastico, poderiam ter inovado na proposta pra dar mais futuro a próximas oportunidades de jogos assim, mas valeu demais jogar e relembrar os tempos no megadriver. Expand
  5. May 3, 2020
    9
    This is more of a 9.5. The game is a near masterpiece! Gameplay is smooth and fun, the characters are cool and differ slightly which makesThis is more of a 9.5. The game is a near masterpiece! Gameplay is smooth and fun, the characters are cool and differ slightly which makes replaying with them all enjoyable (5 times so far, once online) Old sprites are unlockable and you can have the retro music instead, though the new music is good. Online issues are the only problem I've had, the game would freeze and we would have to restart the level. Can't handle the beat down! But then an hour later I tried with someone else and we went all 12 stages.

    Artstyle and level design is great imo, got some levels that are reminiscent of the classic stages. Love how the screen shakes and how punchy the moves sound. Blaze
    The game doesn't have drop-in drop-out Arcade which is a downside and needs to be added.
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  6. May 13, 2020
    8
    Ok this game is good BUT it's not perfect. you get tired playing in the 3rd play and (removing Cherry) all characters are so fricking slow!!!Ok this game is good BUT it's not perfect. you get tired playing in the 3rd play and (removing Cherry) all characters are so fricking slow!!! and they can't run! but removing this, is good game with niiiiiiiice graphics and a wonderfull soundtrack! online = shet don't play it :) Expand
  7. May 8, 2020
    0
    Never in all my years did I think I'd make a negative review for a Streets of Rage game, and yet here we are... I can't even call this aNever in all my years did I think I'd make a negative review for a Streets of Rage game, and yet here we are... I can't even call this a Streets of Rage game. It's more like a clone that stole the rights to the name & does everything wrong. Let me start by saying I love the graphics. The art is beautifully hand drawn, animations are fluid & the lighting/shadows look great. But like all things, looks aren't everything & can be deceiving. Put a snake in a tutu & it's still a snake.

    The game play is a mixed bag. It's solid enough & punching enemies feels good, but you are doing nothing but punching enemies the entire time. You attack, maybe you'll special attack to get an extra hit or two, or to become invincible and avoid a hit, only to get countered by the next hit afterwards & then you lose twice as much health. You may be on a good combo streak, decide to jump attack your next target only for them to air counter you into the ground. You may decide to chase down your enemy only for them to constantly circle around you & run away then they leap at you out of no where & send you flying. See, this is where I say SoR4 is a clone. It gives your enemies all these kick ass abilities, they can attack you from angles, air counter, block your attacks, charge you from across the screen, spit fire at you, they have weapons & shields, super armor that makes them invincible, they leap at you from a mile away and can home in on you like a missile, while you get a bunch of sissy punches/kicks with a lame special attack that drains your health & leaves you open to attacks & you can only attack from left to right. You get nothing & they get everything. It sucks. It's made even worse because enemies are constantly spawning every time you take one guy out. They are like Hydra. Remove one head, two more takes it's place. They just keep coming & coming & I'm tired of mashing X for the love of god! Just let me move on please! Stop spawning already! They even spawn during boss fights just to rank up the tedium & make your life even more miserable. Bosses ain't no joke either and later on you'll be fighting multiple bosses at once, along with the spawns. They just won't stop, for the love of god just STOP THROWING ENEMIES AT ME EVERY SECOND! Give me something else... I know it's a beat 'em up but for crying out loud the amount of tedium here is insane. Even other games give you a break between levels & let you buy stuff or have some kind of progression system. There is no progression system in SoR4. All you do is mash X, occasionally you'll jump, pick up/throw an item or special attack but mostly you'll be mashing X a lot. Sometimes you'll >>X, but it won't matter.

    Then there's the STARS. See, this game gives you stars which either give you bonus points at the end of a level & increase your rank, or give you an ultimate attack per star & the only way to get these stars is to find them in the game in containers (very rarely) or sacrifice your score & points earned at the end of a level. Points are used to unlock things in the game, but not by spending them. Oh no, they are like experience points and by sacrificing them you earn nothing. You can't beat later levels without these said stars & extra lives because the game is so ridiculously hard, even on normal. So, you are quite literally getting screwed by the game itself by choosing to use these stars.

    They could have done something else for players to get unlocks. You know how you pick up cash piles in the game, why couldn't they make a shop for you to spend that cash in instead? They could have also just had a meter for ultimate attacks, yet they decided to make them a pick up that also is tied to your rank & score. Why'd they have to tie everything to the friggen score? I can't get a decent score because I need lives & stars to beat the level but to get lives & stars to beat the levels I need to sacrifice my score & that means I can't unlock anything because I can't get a decent score &... See, this game's a POS!

    This game gives your enemies everything, gives you nothing, expects you to win with nothing & then if you try to win with something it takes away everything for anything you do. It's like a greedy banker that keeps on taking & taking & then when his customers expect some kind of interest or compensation he makes them pay more fees.

    This game is NOT a Streets of Rage game. It's a piss poor clone designed to make you grind for points to get unlockables. That's all it is, that's all it ever will be.

    In the end, this game does some weird middle ground between retro & modern but doesn't really accomplish either. It's like playing through a modern beat em up with characters from old games that weren't updated & because of that it's just not very good. If you're gonna make an updated version of a classic series then you gotta update it all the way, not stop half way through.
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