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February 2, 2016 / edwardonbebop

Streets of Rage: a love declaration

There was this blog post from a gamer who is in love with Streets of Rage 2. It is true that this game is awesome. It is almost a 16-bits perfection ! Look at the character design, the great visual (you have to remember that the Megadrive/Genesis could only display 61 colors simultaneously). Moreover, I give you 10 seconds not nodding your head to the grooves of that game (composed by Yuzo Koshiro).

OK, she was right. That game is absolutely awesome. If she played Streets of Rage 2 when it was released back then, I can understand the blast she must have had.

However for me, the Streets of Rage (or Bare Knuckle in its Japanese name) will always be the first installment of the series. Even right from the beginning, the introduction theme is awesome !

See the sky-crappers in the background ?

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This is a great piece of pixel art. A friend of mine had them as his desktop background for his computer (just the buildings, not the characters) and I recognize them immediately ! It spoke to my gamer-self, it spoke to my nostalgic-self and it spoke the the Megadrive lover that I was back then and still am today.

So the reason for me to love this game so much, and more that its sequel is simple: it is the only one I played when I was a teenager. My Megadrive died after 1 year so when Streets of Rage 2 was released, there was no way for me to play it.

Even though I did not own the original game myself back then, I played it many many times. Each single time I had a blast ! The music was exciting the gaming experience was intense and there even were some 2 players moves ! No game could beat that !

Later on I played Final Fight on the Super Nintendo and found that it was not half as good as Streets of Rage. Even Burning Fight on the Neo Geo was no match for it (OK, that game was probably rather bad anyway) !

The music of Streets of Rage was composed by Yuzo Koshiro. This man is a chiptune genius ! You can learn about how the soundtrack was created on this Wikipedia page. The bottom line is: give that man an “outdated PC-88”, let him create is own language to create chiptune music,  ‘Music Love’, mix together and here you have… That !

[ ‘Moon Beach’ – my favorite soundtrack of the game]

My favorite character was Blaze because she rocks ! And she is sexy also maybe ?

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I don’t know but I almost never played with any other character. Her jump kicks were super efficient in order to escape enemies in an offensive way. Which was not enough for me because that game was to hard for me anyway (and I think Streets or Rage 2 is even harder !).

So this is it for my love declaration to one of the very best video game ever. I loved it back then, I still love and play it today and it feels as fresh as it did when I was younger.

You can follow Shana on Twitter, she is cool and likes retro-gaming so you don’t have any reason not to do so.

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