The Sega Mega Drive is home to some faithful classics for the system, with games catered to whatever you like playing, it’s probably one of the most memerable consoles for Sega’s golden age of consoles, it was and still is cheaper than a Super Nintendo, it had a variety of games that was targeted for the ‘cool’ people, Sonic The Hedgehog, etc.
I like Beat ’em ups, from Renegade to Final Fight, having the Sega Mega Drive means that there must be a game catered to my taste of Beat ’em ups, and there is, Streets of Rage, or in Japan, Bare Knuckle: Furious Iron Fist (Bea Nakkuru: Ikari no Tekken (Not that Tekken)).
Crime syndicate Mr. X has taken over…’generic and once peaceful’ city that is in trouble, with gangs causing havoc, terrorising the innocent, looting for TVs and basmati rice, it’s complete chaos. But don’t fear as three ex-police officers have the balls to beat the ever loving crap out of them in the Streets of Rage and stop Mr. X from taking over the city, because this is original…right?…right?
So you can choose to play three characters, Adam, the black guy, Cody…I mean Axel, the White guy and Blaze, the gal, the fighters are either rated A, being the highest rate or B the lowest rate, which makes it more confusing to pick a fighter but I usually pick Blaze anyway and that works for me.
So you use the directional pad to move or the left stick (I’m playing this on the Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection on the PlayStation 3), you use the cross button to jump, square or circle button to attack and triangle button to get the coppers to obliterate enemies with a rocket launcher (…OK then).
You can use these attack and jump buttons to create more attacks, combo hits are done by continuously tapping the attack button 4 times, a jump kick which you’ll probably play more, rear attack to trip up an enemy, you can grab enemies to smash their head in, throw them, backdrop them, vault and use your partner as a weapon.
You’ll be in the streets or the beach or the city or Mexico, maybe not the last one but you’ll be everywhere battling criminal scum, the bosses have a good difficulty and gradually get harder, like a good beat em’ up should. There are only five items like an Apple to get a bit of your health back, Meat to get all your health back (so if you’re a vegetarian fighter, you’re screwed), 1-Up to…well 1-Up, Special to get additional use of the special attack and Cash, to get big bags of cash money…and adds 1,000 points to your score (you cannot spend this so what’s the point of collecting them).
If your fists ain’t good enough, there are weapons like pipes, bottles and knifes (yes, a knife and didn’t even get an adult rating, then again proper gaming ratings weren’t around at the time). But use it well, as taking multiple hits will make you drop your weapon.
But if you find it too hard…THEN CHANGE THE DIFFICULTY…or get a friend to play, in fact whenever I’m playing the game, my cousin plays it with me, double the attacks, double the chances of winning the game.
Overall, it’s a decent game, it’s fun, it’s cool, the controls are good and it’s more fun playing with another person. The music is awesome and so 90’s, the beats are confidence food, telling you not to give up and continue playing, you did pay £30 for this game after all, so for your money you will play this until you beat it. It’s still a classic from the archives of Sega’s Beat em’ ups, even up there with Golden Axe.
You can play this on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Mega CD, Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System, MegaPlay, PC, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS and Virtual Console for Nintendo Wii/Wii U/ Nintendo 3DS.