Streets of Rage (1991)
"Bare Knuckle" (original title)

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A horizontal side-scrolling beat-em-up. You fight your way through hordes of enemies, collecting weapons along the way.

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An evil crimelord, Mr. X, is wreaking havoc on The City and three vigilantes: Axel, Blaze and Adam, with their super martial arts techniques, are here to put a stop to Mr. X and his plethora of gangs. Pick up useful weapons like knives, pipes, bats and bottles to battle off those baddies and stop Mr. X before it's too late! Written by Dylan Self <>

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2 August 1991 (Japan)  »

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Bare Knuckle  »

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1.78 : 1
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This set the standard for future games
27 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This game was and still is absolutely amazing. I think everything in it is worth a mention...but I won't spoil anything for people who haven't played this game before. I was too young to remember it when it was originally released (I was only 2). I first played it when I was 10 after a mate let me borrow it when he said he'd owned it. I'd never played it before so I wanted to know whether the rumours were true. I played it once...and I was hooked. It was truly amazing.

It's about three characters, Axel, Blaze and Adam, who try to bust an evil syndicate that's taken over the city. You get to choose one of the three characters to play as, and you travel through the Streets of Rage, beating up loads and loads of baddies on the way, until you reach the final boss. It's entertaining, as you try to earn more and more points, and find different ways of killing your enemies. Rest assured, the game gets harder and harder as you go through the game.

The graphics are the only disappointing thing...compared to the 2 sequels, that is. But, even so, it is amazing. The music is just completely out of this world. It is the best out of all the techno music of the age, and it is still pretty darn good. The sound also broke the barriers of the technology of the time, and I fully appreciated that. Also, I found the plot line very appealing, and I loved the way it expanded in the following 2 sequels...which don't disappoint.

If you love the games of old, you will love this. Here, we have music that is second only to Sonic the Hedgehog, and a plot line which does set the standard for future games, as it's structure has been copied endlessly, and if you play it, you'll see what I mean. It will be well worth it.

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