Streets of Rage 2
Reviewed by Jeremy Peeples
Streets of Rage 2 was released foe the Sega Genesis in 1992.
It's main competition was still the Final Fight series on
the Super Nintendo. Many feel that this game is the epitime
of the side-scrolling brawler genre, I have to agree.
Graphics-10/10- Excellent, leaps and bounds above the
original, the characters are larger and very sharp, not
grainy as in the first game, the backrounds are improved
ten-fold, they are more detailed and sharper than those in
the first game.
Music-10/10- Like the first game, excellent, this series is
known for having excellent music and it didn't disappoint,
every track is at least good, with many tracks being
excelleent,it truly shows was the Genesis' ancient sound
chip was capable of.
Control-9/10- Near-perfect, most moves can be pulled off
easily. The new special moves are original and easy to pull
off but the running moves are a bit hit-and-miss.
It's no big deal, but a problem none-the-less.
Gameplay-9/10- Great, the gameplay is second-to-none in the
genre, but it's a little redundant, this is the case for
most of the games in the genre, it does have areas theat
deviate from the side-scrolling brawling though, like the
Replay Value-7/10- Once you've beaten it, there's no real
reason to go back and play, the only reason I can think of
is to beat it with all of the characters or try to improve
on your high score.
Presentation-8/10- It's basically the same presentation as
the first game in the series, it gets the job done and is
nothuing special. In this case though simpicity is perfect
and fits the game perfectly.
Overall-9/10- The great graphics, sound, gameplay, and
control are reason enough to buy the game, the four
characters are great and add a layer of depth to the game.
Two of the characters (Skate and Max) are well-made and fit
the series perfectly.
Rent or Buy?-Buy- It's near-impossible to find Genesis games
to rent, so just buy it, it shouldn't cost more than $10,
some Blockbuster Videos sell old Genesis games, if you're
lucky they'll have a copy for sale, my local BB had it for
sale and it, along with other Genesis games, was only 50 cents.
It's a classic game and a purchase that you won't regret.
For Nomad Owners- The blurring is a bit of a problem in this
game, ost notably when slowdown occurs. The music and
control are still excellent. Overall, a good game for Nomad
owners, just be wary of the slowdown.