Beats of Rage

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Beats of Rage
Beats of Rage Logo.jpg
Game logo
Developer(s) Senile Team
Platform(s) Linux, MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Android
Release date(s) March 28, 2004
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Beats of Rage (also known as BOR) is an open source 2D customisable video game engine designed by Senile Team and inspired by Sega's classic Streets of Rage series of beat'em up games. It was initially released as a video game tribute for Streets of Rage 2 with characters from The King of Fighters.


The game was modelled after Streets of Rage 2. Subsequent upgrades expanded the gameplay.


Development and release[edit]

Beats of Rage took nine months to develop.[1][2] The game was then modded and ported to other systems, resulting in increased popularity. More than a million copies of the game were downloaded.[1]

Beats of Rage was first made available for DOS in November 2003.[3] Despite only word-of-mouth advertising, the game quickly gained popularity, taking down mirror hosts such as Dreamcast-Scene only 24 hours after agreeing to host it.[4][5]

As the game was open source, it was ported to Dreamcast and PlayStation 2. It has continued to receive ports, as it is available on contemporary systems including Wii and PlayStation Portable as well as several other platforms.

For a homebrew game, Beats of Rage received significant mainstream media attention, being highlighted in gaming magazine G4.[6] The game was also featured in printed media such as XboxGamer.[7]


A reason for the continuing success of Beats of Rage is the game's engine that can be customized and it allows for new games to be built within it. The games developed for the Beats of Rage engine are commonly referred to as mods[8]

Games based on the engine[edit]

The main article is List of OpenBOR games

There are most played games as seen in ChronoCrash.

Metro-Active X: Streets of War[edit]

Brand new mod of Beats of Rage made by Metro-Star with new internal open-source engine called E-Metro32 (Metroengine) and new characters.[9][10]

The game uses part of characters from Sonic the Hedgehog series, characters from Sailor Moon video game series (e.g. Control Misa based on Sailor Uranus) and Metro-Star experimental characters. [9]

Project X: Love Potion Disaster[edit]

Zeta Team's answer to Metro-Star, illegal unlicensed rip-off of Metro-Active X series that uses older version of OpenBOR engine. Internal engine was replaced and added sexual content.[11] Game is currently available only for Microsoft Windows and MacOS X due the modified engine, making it unable to work anymore on Linux and Wii, rather that Metro-Active X is available for all platforms including Android.

Streets of Rage Remake[edit]

Mod based on Metro-Active X made under license of Metrostar-Bizzare and Sega Corporation, remake of Streets of Rage. Uses newer version of E-Metro32 internal engine and M.U.G.E.N. engine instead OpenBOR.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Interview with Senile Team: rage and beatings ensue". Destructoid. November 20, 2006. Retrieved January 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ George (September 9, 2010). "Senile Team interview with Roel Van Mastbergen". Sega Bits. Retrieved January 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Beats of Rage". Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "DCS - Main / March82004 browse". Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mods - Beats of Rage Game". Mod DB. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Beats of Rage for DC - G4tv". Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  7. ^ A magazine scan from
  8. ^ "Games for Gamers – News and Download of Free and Indie Videogames and more ! – » Open Bor Games Collection". Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Metro-Active X DEMO-4". 
  10. ^ [Сборник Полная коллекция игр на движке OpenBoR [P] [ENG / ENG] (2004-2015) (Beast of Rage, Double Dragon, Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, Final Rage, Contra, Battletoads, Mortal Kombat)](Russian)
  11. ^ "Project X 4.7". 

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