Streets of Rage 2/Bare Knuckle 2

Sequels, years ago, whenever there were sequels in movies or gaming, most of the time they were better, like Terminator 2: Judgement Day or Defender 2, nowadays sequels are worse than the first. Again, I don’t know how to introduce stuff, so here’s Streets of Rage 2.

So Mr. X was defeated in the first game and somehow survived his pummeling, he returns to do he exact same thing I guess, but this time he kidnaps a black guy named Adam…wait…ADAM, for goodness sake, I don’t know why I said that. The crimes returns to the city, fights, killing, Basmati Rice looting thrives on the Streets of Rage once again. So Adam, Blaze, Skate and Max Thunder once again smashing skulls and stop Mr. X, again.

So you can once again play as Axel and Blaze, but now there are two new characters to battle as, Adam’s brother Eddie “Skate” Hunter and Max Thunder (I don’t know, fill up the list of fighters I suppose). The categories of the fighters has improved, instead of the A and B nonsense, you now have stars, the more stars on a fighters category, the stronger the fighter is for that specific category, this is much more simple and easy to understand.

The combat has improved immensely, they pack more of punch that the first game, there are regular attacks, fury attacks, single attacks, blitz attacks, rear attacks and jump attacks, as well as holding an opponent attacks and special attacks, there’s a lot more variety to the…never mind.

There are 8 stages, challenging your skills level by level, what I liked about the levels is that they look graphically better, they feel longer without being too repetitive. The music screams ‘cool’, those beats, mixes and…I don’t know a lot about describing the songs in detail, but I love this music, it never gets dull and pumps up the adrenaline.

Overall, this is the best game of the series and probably one of my favourite beat ’em ups of all time, this was a serious improvement, it improved on everything that made the first one great. The two-player mode is so great, me and my cousin used to play it all the time, it’s a great game for multiplayer. Remember I said in my review of the first game that the music was confidence food, well the music for this game has improved and is so great it’s not food, it’s drugs (not literally), but the beats are awesome and still holds up today. If you want to play a beat em up, I recommend this any day.

You can get it on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System, MegaPlay, Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, iOS and Microsoft Windows.

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