STREETS OF RAGE 4
With a flaming fist to the face, Sega’s iconic brawler is back
Who would have thought that in 2018 we’d be talking about a new Streets
Of Rage game? Well, in a completely surprising, but thoroughly welcome announcement, publishers Dotemu, along with developers Lizardcube and Guard Rush Games revealed, with a beautifully animated trailer reminiscent of the ’90s cartoons of old, that a new sequel to the side-scrolling beat ’em up classic is on its way.
In an effort to make us all feel old, the previous game in the series was released nearly 25 years ago, but despite being a hugely successful franchise it disappeared into the ether. Several attempts have been made since to develop a sequel but none came to fruition. However, that now seems to have changed. Thanks to the interest in anything retro we’ve seen a swathe of remakes and re-releases hit the shelves. Sega themselves recently released the Sega Mega Drive Classics and Shenmue 1 & 2, and clearly feel now is the time to breathe new life into Streets Of Rage.
Announcing the return of a beloved series can always fill you with trepidation but thankfully the game looks like it’s in good hands. Dotemu and Lizardcube worked previously on the successful remake of Wonder Boy:
The Dragon’s Trap, and Guard Rush Games developed Streets Of Fury, a somewhat cheesy but solid homage to Streets Of Rage released as an Xbox Live Indie Game.
For this new entry we’re promised classic gameplay but with new mechanics and a brand new story. Returning are series stalwarts Alex Stone, now rocking the double denim and a rather fetching beard, and Blaze Fielding, still partial to the colour red, both of whom have aged extremely well. More characters have yet to be revealed, which means we’re still holding out for the return of Adam Hunter to round off the original trio.
They clearly didn’t do a good enough job last time because the streets look just as angry as we left them, with the same old faces still causing mischief. You’d have thought these punks would have learned to be fearful of people who have no qualms about eating roast chicken from dustbins. Along with them appears to be a new antagonist who made friends with a large snake.
All of what we’ve seen looks beautiful with its gorgeous hand-drawn visuals and pumping ‘90s score. This is the
Streets Of Rage we remember and we’re super excited for its return. Although no release date or target platforms have been announced, given the developer’s previous history with Xbox we think it’s a safe bet that we’ll see an announcement for its release on Xbox One soon.
“We’re promised classic gameplay but with new mechanics and a brand new story”