Streets of Rage 2

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Streets of Rage 2
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North American box art
Developer(s)Sega
Ancient[1]
MNM Software[1]
Shout! Designworks[1]
H.I.C.[1]
Publisher(s)Sega
Producer(s)Noriyoshi Ohba
Designer(s)Ayano Koshiro (main)
Kataru Uchimura
Mikito Ichikawa
Programmer(s)Kataru Uchimura
Akitoshi Kawano
Yukio Takahashi
Composer(s)Yuzo Koshiro
Motohiro Kawashima
SeriesStreets of Rage
Platform(s)Arcade, Mega Drive/Genesis, Game Gear, Master System, PSN, 3DS eShop
ReleaseMega Drive / Genesis
  • NA: December 20, 1992
  • JP: January 14, 1993
  • EU: January 1993
Game Gear
3DS
  • JP: April 29, 2015
  • NA: July 23, 2015
  • EU: July 23, 2015
  • AU: July 23, 2015
Genre(s)Beat 'em up
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer (up to two players)

Streets of Rage 2, released in Japan as Bare Knuckle II: The Requiem of the Deadly Battle (ベア・ナックルII 死闘への鎮魂歌レクイエム, Bea Nakkuru Tsū: Shitō e no Rekuiemu), and in PAL regions as Streets of Rage II, is a side-scrolling beat 'em up video game published by Sega in 1992 for the Mega Drive/Genesis and developed by an ad hoc team of several companies: Sega, Ancient, Shout! Designworks, MNM Software and H.I.C.[1] It is the second game in the Streets of Rage series, a sequel to Streets of Rage and followed by Streets of Rage 3 and Streets of Rage 4.

Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding return while the game introduces two new characters: Max "Thunder" Hatchet and Eddie "Skate" Hunter, the younger brother of Adam Hunter from the original game. A commercial and critical success, it is commonly regarded as the best entry in the series, the best beat 'em up game for the Mega Drive/Genesis and one of the greatest video games of all time.

Gameplay[edit]

Like the previous game, Streets of Rage 2 is a side-scrolling beat-em-up in which one or two players fight against waves of enemies while picking up weapons and items along the way. Along with returning characters Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding, the game introduces two new characters; Max Thunder, a slow-moving but powerful wrestler, and Eddie "Skate" Hunter, the brother of previous game's Adam Hunter who can move around quickly with his rollerblades. In addition to standard attacks, which have been expanded from the previous game, each character can perform a unique Blitz Attack by double tapping a direction before attacking. Replacing the police car attack from the previous game, each character can perform Special Attacks which can deal extra damage or attack enemies from all directions at the cost of the player's health. Along with the main campaign, two players can also fight against each other in the game's Duel mode.[3]

Plot[edit]

One year has passed since the events of Streets of Rage. To celebrate the defeat of the mysterious Mr. X and his criminal organization, The Syndicate, the trio of Adam Hunter, Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding had met at their favorite nightspot in the city, reminiscing about both their vigilante crusade and triumphant victory from within the previous year. Axel and Blaze had moved out of the city after the adventure, with Axel working as a part-time bodyguard and Blaze teaching dance classes. Adam has since rejoined the police force and lives in a small house with his younger brother, Eddie "Skate" Hunter.

The next afternoon, Blaze had received an unexpected yet emergency phone call from Skate, who had informed her that upon arriving at home from school, Skate was shocked to find his house in ruin and his older brother missing. Attached to the front door was a picture of Adam chained to a wall at the feet of Mr. X. The criminals began to retake the streets once more, as beatings and looting took place regularly and in broad daylight; chaos reigned in the city, far worse than before. Realizing that Mr. X and The Syndicate have returned for revenge against them and the city, Blaze wastes no time in informing Axel about the unexpected situation, with Axel himself personally vowing to help Blaze out in defeating Mr. X and rescuing Adam. From within the preparation of their upcoming second battle against Mr. X and The Syndicate, Blaze and Axel are soon joined by Skate, who wishes to help out in rescuing and saving his older brother Adam and Axel's friend, a professional wrestler named Max Thunder who also seeks to help aid Axel and Blaze out as well in rescuing and saving their kidnapped friend.

The quartet soon embarks on a rescue mission, which will take them from the city all the way to Mr. X's hideout on a desolate island, where they will eventually face Mr. X and his bodyguard Shiva. Unlike the other two games in the series, Streets of Rage 2 has only one ending, where Mr. X is defeated and Adam is rescued, after which the heroes leave in a helicopter.

Stage Description Theme Boss
1 Downtown Go Straight, In the Bar Barbon
2 Bridge Construction Spin on the Bridge, Ready Funk Jet
3 Amusement Park Dreamer, Alien Power Zamza
4 Stadium Under Logic, Too Deep Abadede
5 Ship Slow Moon Rocky Bear
6 Jungle Wave 131, Jungle Base Souther and Stealth
7 Munitions Plant Back to the Industry, Expander Particle and Molecule
8 Syndicate Stronghold Max Man Mr. X

Development[edit]

Design and programming[edit]

The lead game designer and planner was Ancient's Ayano Koshiro. She designed the graphics, characters, and combat mechanics. Her brother Yuzo Koshiro, the lead music composer, also provided some input on the combat. The brother-sister team took inspiration from Street Fighter II, an arcade cabinet of which they had installed at the Ancient office. The hit arcade game influenced the combat system of Streets of Rage 2.[4]

Streets of Rage 2 was coded by the same programming team that did the original game. To make it possible to add more features and additional memory cache, the programmers improved the Mega Drive cartridge specifications.[5]

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack for Streets of Rage 2 was composed by Yuzo Koshiro, along with three contributions from Motohiro Kawashima. It was composed using then outdated NEC PC-8801 hardware alongside Koshiro's own audio programming language. According to Koshiro: "For Bare Knuckle I used the PC88 and an original programming language I developed myself. The original was called MML, Music Macro Language. It's based on NEC's BASIC program, but I modified it heavily. It was more a BASIC-style language at first, but I modified it to be something more like Assembly. I called it Music Love'. I used it for all the Bare Knuckle Games."[6]

The soundtrack was influenced by electronic dance music, specifically house, techno, hardcore techno,[7] and breakbeat.[8] The soundtrack for Streets of Rage 2 is considered "revolutionary" and ahead of its time,[9][10] for its "blend of swaggering house synths," "dirty" electro-funk and "trancey electronic textures that would feel as comfortable in a nightclub as a video game."[9]

Release[edit]

In Japan and Europe, Streets of Rage 2's title uses Roman numerals (Bare Knuckle II in Japan and Streets of Rage II in Europe) instead of the Arabic numerals used in North America (Streets of Rage 2). In the North American version, Blaze's flying kick sprite was slightly edited to be less risqué. The Japanese version also shows Mr. X smoking a cigar, which was edited out of the EU and U.S. versions. The Japanese version gives Skate's first name as Sammy, but in the European and North American versions, his name is Eddie. The European version gives Max's second name as Hatchett; the North American and Japanese versions give it as Thunder.

Ports[edit]

The Master System and Game Gear 8-bit versions of Streets of Rage 2 are quite different from the Mega Drive original, and to each other, similar to the Master System/Game Gear version of Sonic the Hedgehog. In addition to having different levels and the inferior graphics, Max Thunder is omitted from both. The Game Gear version does not show enemy names.

An arcade version of Streets of Rage 2 was released onto Sega's Mega Drive based Mega-Play hardware. It uses a regular credit system. In this version, all 1-ups have been replaced by money bags, there is no in-game timer and the difficulty levels are one step above the Mega Drive version. Scoring is kept by number of KOs, instead of damage inflicted.

Streets of Rage 2 was collected in the Sega Smash Pack for Sega's final home console the Dreamcast. There is also a port of the game as well as the first and third games on the Japanese version of Sonic Gems Collection for the PlayStation 2 and GameCube. The ports on Sonic Gems Collection are Genesis perfect and are the Japanese versions of the games (they are also available on GameTap). The game appears in Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game appears in Sega Genesis Classics for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

The game was released for Japan's Virtual Console on May 15, 2007, and then released on North America's on May 21, 2007 and on Europe's on June 1, 2007. The original game was released for the iPhone and iPod touch in April 2011. Streets of Rage 2 was released on the PlayStation Network June 28, 2011 for the PlayStation 3. It was published on Valve's Steam platform on 26 January 2011, both as stand-alone purchase and part of the SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive Classics Pack 4. On August 29, 2007, Streets of Rage 2 was released on Xbox Live Arcade for the Microsoft Xbox 360 console, featuring filtered graphics and online co-operative play. It was later removed from the service in June 2012 and replaced with the Streets of Rage Collection, which includes all three games of the series.[11]

3D Streets of Rage 2 was developed by M2 as part of the 3D Classics series for the Nintendo 3DS. It was released on April 29, 2015 in Japan[12] and July 23, 2015 in North America, Europe and Australia.[13][14] In addition to being redesigned with the stereoscopic 3D effects of the 3DS, it features two new gameplay modes in Rage Relay and Casual Mode. Rage Relay allows the player to play through the game using all four characters in any chosen order, and will switch to the next in line each time they die. Casual Mode allows players to instantly defeat enemies, including bosses, by knocking them to the ground or using combos.[15]

Reception[edit]

Upon release, Streets of Rage 2 received wide critical acclaim, with scores above 90% from most video game magazines at the time. In the United States, GamePro gave it a perfect score of 5 out of 5, stating that "against the Final Fights and Super Double Dragons of the world, Streets of Rage 2 more than fends for itself" and concluded it to be the "side-scrolling street fighter to beat."[32] GameFan's four reviewers gave it scores of 97%, 95%, 97% and 97%. They described it as "the best fighting game" and "best side scroll fighter" they "ever played," praising the gameplay, graphics, sound effects, and Yuzo Koshiro music, concluding it to be "the best fighting sequel of '92."[31] Mega Play reviewers gave it scores of 84% and 80%, with the former describing it as "definitely one of the best games in this genre for the Genesis" while the latter criticized the special moves for giving "too much strength" and making "the game too easy" but concluded it to be "a solid two player game".[46][53] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of 26 out of 40.[30]

Sega Force reviewers gave it scores of 95%, 93%, and 92%, with one reviewer describing it as the "first 16 Meg" (2 MB) "cartridge to grace the MD," possibly "the best MD game to date and definitely the best beat 'em up on any console," and "the best thing to happen to MD owners since the rise of a certain blue hedgehog," while another described it as "an awesome game" and another stated that it "deserves a place in any gamer's collection"; they gave it an overall score of 93%, concluding that it "Wipes the floor with Street Fighter II."[47] Mean Machines gave it a 92% score, describing it as "the ultimate cartridge beat 'em' up on the Megadrive," praising the graphics as "superb, with huge sprites and great animation" and "loads of enemies attacking at once," the sound and presentation as "of an equally high standard," and the gameplay as "superb, especially in two-player team mode."[45][53] Mean Machines Sega gave it a 90% score, with one reviewer describing it as "a truly arcade quality beat 'em up" that "beats the spots off any Neo Geo beat 'em up" and as "simply the best beat 'em up you can get for a console" while another reviewer recommended that, "if you don't like beat 'em ups, buy it anyway, because this game will convert you"; they conclude it to be "the greatest sequel we've seen for ages" and as "certainly the best scrolling beat 'em up ever to hit a home console!"[41]

The soundtrack also received a positive reception for its techno-based chiptune tracks which impressed many gamers and critics at the time, especially due to the audio limitations of the Mega Drive/Genesis console. In 1993, Electronic Games listed the first two Streets of Rage games as having some of the best video game music soundtracks they "ever heard" and described Yuzo Koshiro as "just about universally acknowledged as the most gifted composer currently working in the video game field."[54] Notably, the boss theme is considered one of the best boss themes in the 16-bit era and of all time. The reception for the soundtrack was so high that the game's music composer, Yuzo Koshiro, was invited to nightclubs to DJ the tracks.

Sales[edit]

Upon release in North America, it was one of the top five best-selling Genesis games in December 1992,[55] and was among the top five Genesis games at Babbage's for several months through March 1993.[56][57][58] In Japan, it was the top-selling Mega Drive game in January 1993,[55] and eleventh on the all-formats chart in its debut week.[59] In the United Kingdom, it debuted as the number-one best-seller on the all-formats console game chart as well as the Mega Drive chart in January 1993.[60] The following month, it was the UK's second best-selling console game (just below Super Mario Kart for the Super NES) and the best-selling Mega Drive game in February;[61] it remained among the top five console games and top three Mega Drive games for several months through April 1993.[62]

The Xbox Live Arcade digital version of Streets of Rage 2 sold 184,555 units on the Xbox 360 console, as of 2011.[63] As of August 2020, Gamstat estimates that the game has 570,000 players on Xbox 360,[64] and 1.5 million players on PlayStation 3.[65] The free-to-play Android version Streets of Rage 2 Classic has received more than 1 million mobile game downloads, as of 2019.[66]

Accolades[edit]

Upon release, Streets of Rage 2 received the Mega Game award from Mean Machines Sega,[41] and the Sega Force Smash award from Sega Force.[47] Electronic Gaming Monthly gave it the award for "Hottest Video Game Babe (Blaze)" in 1993.[67]

Streets of Rage 2 has been considered by many to be one of the best games ever made. In 2004, readers of Retro Gamer magazine voted Streets of Rage 2 as the 64th best retro game of all time,[68] and the staff later included in their top ten lists of Mega Drive, Game Gear, and Nomad games.[69][70][71] It has also been listed as one of the best games ever made by publications such as Stuff,[72][73] and as one of the greatest retro games by sites such as NowGamer[74] and BuzzFeed.[75]

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