Axel, Adam and Blaze are out to clean the streets, the Streets of Rage! That, in a nutshell, is the premise of this side scrolling beat-
One can opt to mash the punch button if you wish but the real joy comes with stringing long combos finishing with a kick and the option to grab your enemy by walking next to them and hurling them through the air. You can even use the jump button during a hold then press the punch button to slam your enemy into the ground. This can also be done to your mate if you’re playing the co-
The sound is excellent, the punches, kicks and squeals of beaten foes make you feel you’re there on the mean streets. The music matches each stage and is in awesome stereo sound and means the headphone port on your Mega Drive isn’t a complete waste of time. So, the stages, the whopping 7 stages. SOR is as easy or as difficult as you want to make it, with a couple of continues thrown in. I’d recommend starting the game on Hardest and working down from there. The reason I say this is that the Normal setting is almost as simple as the Easy setting which is pathetic. You could make it more difficult by choosing Blaze as she needs an extra punch or two to defeat foes than Adam and Axel.
But that really is the only criticism I have of a fine game that will provide at least a few hours of complete bliss.
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