The SEGA Megadrive (Genesis) console still holds a very special place within my heart even today and one of my favourite games had to be the Streets of Rage series. It was a delightful side scrolling beat ’em up, where enemies appear from either side of the screen, from doorways and even from above. Using various attacks including punches, kicks, and a few special moves – you were required to clear each area of bad guys before being able to progress further along the level.
Streets of Rage Remix is a free fan download that precisely recreates, extends and remasters – paying homage to the original series featuring many of the same levels, characters and enemies. Over an 8 year period, various individuals have contributed so that Streets of Rage Remix lovingly recreates everything we loved about all of the games into one stunning gaming experience.
Streets of Rage Remake is a project created from scratch, it does not use reverse engineering nor a single line of code from the original games. It’s all based on visual interpretation, comparing how things work in the original games and trying to mimic it for Streets of Rage Remake.
Before I start, of course these are my personal choices and no doubt yours will differ depending on the ones you have played, however be sure to share your favourite games.
The original Streets of Rage sends musical shivers down my spine. I remember so clearly as if it were yesterday, coming across the first boss fight to hear an actual voice clip repeated that went along with the tune. So mind bogglingly simple, but at the time it was just amazing for me.
Streets of Rage 2 (or if you lived in Japan named ‘Bare Knuckle II’) revived the beat ’em up style of the original, however you had a much closer view of your character and just like most sequels, felt more refined.