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Streets of Rage 2

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Streets of Rage 2
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Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, Mega Play, PlayStation 3 (PSN), Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade, Steam, iOS
Peripherals supported:
Sega Game Gear
Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Action































Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
1993-01-14 ¥7,800 G-4091
Sega Mega Drive
US
1992-12[1] $69.95[2] 1054
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1993-01-04[3] £44.99[4] 1054
Sega Mega Drive
AU
199x $?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
199x R$? 046010
Sega Mega Drive
KR
199x ₩? GM1676JG
Sega Mega Drive
AS
199x  ? 1054-40


Sega Game Gear
JP
¥3,800 G-3328
Sega Game Gear
US
$34.99[5] 2517
Sega Game Gear
UK
£32.99[7] 2517
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F 2517
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? 2517
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas 2517
Sega Game Gear
BR
R$? 077030



Sega Master System
UK
£29.99 9026
Sega Master System
FR
?F 9026
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 9026
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 9026
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 028300
Sega Master System
KR
₩?



Wii Virtual Console
JP
¥600 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
$800 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
€800 points ?



Xbox 360
JP (Download)
¥?pts ? ?
Xbox 360
US (Download)
$400pts ? ?
Xbox 360
EU (Download)
€400pts ? ? ?
Xbox 360
AU (Download)
$?pts ? ?
Xbox 360
KR (Download)
₩?pts ? ?



Steam
US
$2.99 ?
Steam
EU
€1.99 ? ?



iOS
US
$2.99 ?
iOS
EU
€1.99 ? ?



Sony PlayStation 3
JP (Download)
¥571 (600) NPJB-00130
Sony PlayStation 3
US (Download)
$4.99 ?
Sony PlayStation 3
EU (Download)
€? ? ?



Streets of Rage 2, known as Bare Knuckle II: Shitou e no Requiem (ベア・ナックルII 死闘への鎮魂歌 lit. Bare Knuckle II: Requiem to the Deadly Struggle) in Japan and Streets of Rage II in Europe, is a side-scrolling beat-'em-up game for the Sega Mega Drive, released in 1992 as a sequel to Streets of Rage.

It received 8-bit ports for the Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear around the same period. In 2015, a Nintendo 3DS port was released, 3D Streets of Rage 2.

Story

One year after the events of Streets of Rage, the game's former protagonists Adam Hunter, Axel Stone, and Blaze Fielding go to a nightspot and reminisce over their defeat of Mr. X. The following day Axel gets a call from Eddie "Skate" Hunter, Adam's younger brother, telling him that he returned to the brothers' house to find it in shambles, with a picture of Adam chained to a wall next to Mr. X left behind. Axel, Blaze, Skate and their friend Max embark on a mission to rescue their friend, traversing through the city once again overrun by Mr. X's criminal gang.

One year after the battle...

The city that had been plagued with crime and violence was safe and peaceful.

However, evil has once again cast its shadow over the city.

Mr. X, the Syndicate boss believed destroyed by the three young vigilantes, has come back to life stronger than ever.

Thirsty for revenge, he kidnaps Adam in an attempt to lure Axel and Blaze into a trap!

Axel and Blaze set out to help their companion, joined by Axel's friend Max, a wrestler, and Adam's kid brother, Skate. They're determined to save Adam and put Mr. X out of action!

Four young friends, rage burning inside them, make a stand for friendship and peace...

—Opening sequence

Gameplay

For the most part, Streets of Rage 2 remains largely unchanged from its predecessor in terms of gameplay, however makes several important additions which would become staples in the series.

Rather than all characters sharing the same special move to defeat all on-screen enemies, each character is given their own unique blitz attack, which allows the player to deal great damage with a single hit. Also included are 'breakout' moves that allow them to break out of holds, which can in turn damage enemies both in front of and behind them. The amount of times that blitz and breakout attacks can be used is limited, as each decreases the player's life gauge (the latter only if the move connects, the former always). In addition, each character has a unique move (e.g. Axel's Grand Upper, noted above) that causes substantial damage without depleting their energy.

The most notable change between Streets of Rage and Streets of Rage 2 are the aesthetics - Streets of Rage 2 uses bigger sprites and backgrounds, which in turn leads to greater combat accuracy (at the expense of screen estate). Characters are all individually named and there are more special effects.

Playable Characters

SoR2 Axel portrait.png Axel Stone
Like the previous game, Axel is the middle-of-the-road character, and is considered the best choice for beginners due to his all-round stats. His blitz attack is the Grand Upper, which is arguably the most useful and effective move of the game due to its high damage but relatively fast execution, which make it effective against bosses and enemies with a "breakout" special move. He has average movement speed and agility.
SoR2 Blaze portrait.png Blaze Fielding
Blaze is the faster option, although the game hides this from the user with its "star" system for measuring stats (which in reality isn't tied to the actual programmed stats). This comes at the expense of dealing less damage to enemies with some of her moves.
SoR2 Eddie portrait.png Eddie "Skate" Hunter/Sammy Hunter
Skate, known as Sammy in Japan (a reference to the Sega-published DJ Boy, originally by Sammy) is the lightest and most agile character, the weakest in terms of combo damage, but the second strongest in terms of grappling. Skate is the only character capable of sprinting, thanks to the rollerskates after which he is named, which can allow him to escape many attacks which the other characters would not be able to avoid.
SoR2 Max portrait.png Max Thunder
Max is the "powerhouse" of the game possessing great strength at the expense of slow movement speed and, like Adam in the previous game, he is only present in the Mega Drive version. This puts him at a disadvantage with speedier enemies.

Enemies

{{{imagewidths}}} Galsia
Galsia is a common street punk, known from Streets of Rage, with improved yet similar sprites. He is very weak, has low health and does not have special attacks. Like in the previous game, he appears sometimes wielding a knife, performing the same attacks.
{{{imagewidths}}} Donovan
Donovan is a skinhead thug characterized by sunglasses. He has a special uppercut that is used, occasionally, to counter players' flying kicks. Sometimes he appears wielding pipes, and he can also grab them on the ground.
{{{imagewidths}}} Signal Gang
Another enemy known from Streets of Rage, characterized by the mohawk, with the sprites completely remade. He is quite slow, but has the abilities of throwing the players and a sliding attack that can knock them down. His variations, except for Axi and Mavin, are named after the color of the jacket. Y. Signal wears a yellow jacket, for example.
{{{imagewidths}}} Biker Gang
Members of the Biker Gang wear a full helmet and, sometimes, appear riding motorcycles. They have a special punch which knocks you down, and they can also grab you from behind. The name variations are related to weather conditions, such as Fog, Storm and Typhoon.
{{{imagewidths}}} Hanzo
Hanzo enemies usually come wielding either a Katana or a Kunai, which can deal a lot of damage and knock you down, at the same time. They move quite fast, have a sidestep technique to dodge your attacks, can throw Shurikens midair while jumping, can perform flying kicks to knock you down and have the ability of throwing you away.
{{{imagewidths}}} Hakuyo
Based on Haku-Oh from Streets of Rage, their sprites are completely different. They have powerful flying kicks, can perform upward kicks to counter players' attacks and have a very strong palm strike, similar to one of Blaze's special moves, which will throw you away and knock you down.
{{{imagewidths}}} Jack
Jack is another character re-used from the first game, but this time he looks like a punk instead of a clown and has grown more muscles. He throws knives when you stand still far from him and uses them for slashing when you get close. He has a infinite supply of knives and can do moderate damage, but is quite easy to kill. The name variations (Jack, Beano and Soya) come from Japanese bean snacks sold at the time.
{{{imagewidths}}} Electra
Electra, known as Nora in Streets of Rage, and all of her variations, always come at you armed with a electric whip. She is the only female enemy found in the game, who first appears as a miniboss on the first round, just before Barbon leave his bartender position to fight you. Besides the whip, she can perform a flying kick which knocks you down.
{{{imagewidths}}} Big Ben
Big Ben is a fat guy based on Bongo from Streets of Rage. He has been demoted to miniboss and highly weakened in Streets of Rage 2. He runs diagonally breathing fire like before, but it happens less frequently and can now be thrown away without the player getting smashed by his weight. Big Ben does a face-slapping sequence if you get close enough and can perform a body press if you get distracted.
{{{imagewidths}}} Kickboxer
The kickboxer first appears in Round 5 and have powerful kicks. The name variations are all after birds, such as Eagle and Raven. This enemy isn't present in the Game Gear version.
{{{imagewidths}}} Vehelits
Vehelits is a miniboss found at an area of Amusement Park (Round 3), which is known as "Alien House". It moves the head from side to side and knocks you down if you get hit, but it does not have any special attack being quite easy to defeat.

Bosses

{{{imagewidths}}} Barbon
Barbon is the boss of Round 1.
{{{imagewidths}}} Jet
Jet is the boss of Round 2.
{{{imagewidths}}} Zamza
Zamza is the boss of Round 3.
{{{imagewidths}}} Abadede
Abadede is the boss of Round 4.
{{{imagewidths}}} R. Bear
R. Bear is the boss of Round 5.
{{{imagewidths}}} Soother and Stealth
Soother and Stealth are the bosses of Round 6. Soother is a variation of the boss of Round 3, Zamza, and Stealth is a variation of the boss of Round 2, Jet. Stealth is there just to annoy you, while Soother is the actual target.
{{{imagewidths}}} Particle and Molecule
Round 7 bosses. Particle (right) and Molecule (left).
{{{imagewidths}}} Shiva
Shiva is the penultimate boss, found in Round 8, just before the final boss.
{{{imagewidths}}} Mr. X
Mr. X, believed killed on the previous game, is again the final boss.

Levels

SoR2 MD Round1.png Round 1 - Downtown
SoR2 MD Round2.png Round 2 - Bridge Construction
SoR2 MD Round3.png Round 3 - Amusement Park
SoR2 MD Round4.png Round 4 - Stadium
SoR2 MD Round5.png Round 5 - Ship
SoR2 MD Round6.png Round 6 - Jungle
SoR2 MD Round7.png Round 7 - Munitions Plant
SoR2 MD Round8.png Round 8 - Syndicate Stronghold

History

Release

Japanese television advertisements featured Reina Hazuzi as Blaze Fielding[9].

In Europe, the Mega Drive Streets of Rage 2 was released at around the period where Sega switched from the classic "black grid" design of its Mega Drive boxes to the "blue" style of 1993 onwards. Later prints of the cartridge label use this newer style (with the "Mega Drive" text printed vertically rather than horizontally) - it is not thought the box or instruction manual were changed at any point.

Legacy

The direct sequel, Streets of Rage 3, borrows heavily from Streets of Rage 2.

Streets of Rage 2 has been included on numerous compilations of Mega Drive games and was brought to the Mega Play arcade system. It is also available on the Wii Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, Steam and iOS. The iOS version was removed from sale on iTunes in 2015.[10]

Prototype

A prototype of Bare Knuckle II is was leaked onto the internet, with the dump being very different from the final, and only Round 1 being playable. The prototype lacks sound effects, and the scrapped music track "Walking Bottom" is played throughout. The player cannot pick up weapons, even if they are within range. Max has a different sprite set, and can vault enemies, which means he cannot perform his Atomic power throw.

Versions

Varying levels of censorship were included for western releases of the game. In the North American version, the cigar smoked by Mr. X in round 8 is removed, as is the ability to see up Blaze's skirt when she performs certain moves. The European version has the upskirt animations, but no cigar. There are minor name changes across characters also.

Streets of Rage 2 was one of the first Mega Drive titles to be region locked, however data is largely consistent between the two versions (i.e. there are two title screens, just one is disabled). If one changes the region in an emulator, elements of the game may change, and if physical cartridge sizes were not an issue, the European and Japanese versions of the game would be interchangeable (although at the correct speed, as the PAL version runs in unoptimised 50Hz) and vice versa.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Game Design
Programming
  • Main Program: Akitoshi Kawano (Shout! Ow)
  • Main Enemy Program: Yukio Takahashi (Ancient)
  • Enemy and Demo Program: Tatsuya Sato (HIC), Djinni (HIC), Noritaka Yakita (HIC)
Music
Management
  • Project Management: Wanta
Design
  • Obj Design: Ayano Koshiro (Ancient), Hitoshi Ariga, Tomoharu Saitoh, Anything, Pochi
  • Main Design: Ayano Koshiro (Ancient)
  • B.G. Design: Koji Utsunomiya (Shout! Ow), Tsurugi Oda (Shout! Ow), Akishi Imai (Shout! Ow), Kouhei Ichikawa, Satoshi Nakai, Koichiro Kobayashi, Seishi Atsumiya, Ayano Koshiro (Ancient)
Special Thanks
Team Streets of Rage, Zozo, Todo, Y.K.K, Hassy, Kyoten

Game Gear version

Game Design
  • Planning: Monty, Show, Mud
Programming
  • Main Programming: Mud
  • Demo Programming: Kozo
Music
Design
  • Obj Design: Python
  • BG Design: Show, Wozl
Special Thanks to
Ancient, Team S.O.R., B.T.R., C.O.M., Abadede Jr.

Master System version

Game Design
  • Planning: Abadede Jr., Python
Programming
  • Main Programming: Nag
  • Demo Programming: Mumu
Music
Design
  • Obj Design: Python, Tunan
  • BG Design: Tunan, Honey
Special Thanks to
Team Streets of Rage

Soundtrack

Main article: Streets of Rage 2 Original Soundtrack.

Streets of Rage 2's soundtrack was composed by Yuzo Koshiro (known for his work on the first Streets of Rage and The Revenge of Shinobi) and Motohiro Kawashima. This soundtrack is considered by some to be the best of the series, and the printed album is by far the easiest of the series' printed releases to find since there was a US release as well as a Japanese one.

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Streets of Rage 2/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 043.pdfEGM US 043.pdf

Mega Drive print advert in














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #43: "February 1993" (199x-xx-xx)

EGM US 049.pdfEGM US 049.pdf

Game Gear print advert in














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #49: "August 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
85 №3/93, p136
92 №15, p76-79
95 №135, p26-28[4]Media:CVG UK 135.pdf
92 №1, p97Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[11]Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf
97 №3, p10/18
97
97
95
94
98 №43, p42/43[12]Media:GamePro US 043.pdf
88 №3, p72-75
93
93 №16
94 №34, p230[13]Media:Joystick FR 034.pdf
91 №6, p42-44
76 №1, p65
№8, p80
95 №13, p34-37
90 №3, p136-139[14]Media:MeanMachinesSega03UK.pdf
90 №27, p64-67[15]Media:PlayerOne FR 027.pdf
79
100 №94, p98
92 №41, p30/31
100 №46, p98[16]Media:SegaPower UK 46.pdf
96 №16, p28/29
96 №18, p67
92 №3, p16-18
93 №5, p92[17]Media:SegaForceMega UK 05.pdf
85
93 №16, p28-31[18]Media:SegaForce UK 16.pdf
94 2005-02-13 (NZ)
Sega Mega Drive
92
Based on
30 reviews

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Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
84 №31, p143[19]Media:ConsolesPlus FR 031.pdf
85 №17, p92/93[20]Media:MeanMachinesSega17UK.pdf
55 №38, p116[21]Media:PlayerOne FR 038.pdf
67
79 №2, p89[22]Media:SegaMagazine UK 02.pdf
90 №27, p61
Sega Master System
77
Based on
6 reviews

Master System, EU
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Master System, BR
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Master System, BR (newer)
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Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
94 №141 (Go!), p10/11[7]Media:Go UK 22.pdf
80 №48, p34
83 №49, p122[5]Media:GamePro US 049.pdf
83 №21, p125[23]Media:MegaForce FR 21.pdf
89 №10, p46/47[24]Media:MeanMachinesSega10UK.pdf
79 №34, p118/119[25]Media:PlayerOne FR 034.pdf
72
74 №47, p52/53
90 №25, p74
80 №4, p10/11
83 №11/93, p129[26]Media:VideoGames DE 1993-11.pdf
Sega Game Gear
82
Based on
11 reviews

Game Gear, US
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Game Gear, JP
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Game Gear, BR
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PlayStation Network version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
100 №94, p98
PlayStation 3 PlayStation Network
100
Based on
1 review

PSN, World

Xbox Live version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №43, p94
Xbox Live Arcade
91
Based on
1 review

XBLA, World

External links

References

  1. File:GamePro US 041.pdf, page 58
  2. File:GamePro US 043.pdf, page 45
  3. File:GamesMaster UK 001.pdf, page 14
  4. 4.0 4.1 File:CVG UK 135.pdf, page 26
  5. 5.0 5.1 File:GamePro US 049.pdf, page 140
  6. File:SegaVisions US 14.pdf, page 104
  7. 7.0 7.1 File:Go UK 22.pdf, page 10
  8. http://www.jp.playstation.com/software/title/jp0177npjb00130_00svcstreetofrage2.html
  9. File:GameFan US 0105.pdf, page 96
  10. http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/18/8622645/sega-pulls-games-from-itunes-app-store-google-play
  11. File:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf, page 97
  12. File:GamePro US 043.pdf, page 44
  13. File:Joystick FR 034.pdf, page 230
  14. File:MeanMachinesSega03UK.pdf, page 136
  15. File:PlayerOne FR 027.pdf, page 64
  16. File:SegaPower UK 46.pdf, page 98
  17. File:SegaForceMega UK 05.pdf, page 92
  18. File:SegaForce UK 16.pdf, page 28
  19. File:ConsolesPlus FR 031.pdf, page 143
  20. File:MeanMachinesSega17UK.pdf, page 92
  21. File:PlayerOne FR 038.pdf, page 116
  22. File:SegaMagazine UK 02.pdf, page 90
  23. File:MegaForce FR 21.pdf, page 125
  24. File:MeanMachinesSega10UK.pdf, page 46
  25. File:PlayerOne FR 034.pdf, page 112
  26. File:VideoGames DE 1993-11.pdf, page 127


Games in the Streets of Rage Series
Sega Mega Drive
Streets of Rage (1991) | Streets of Rage 2 (1992) | Streets of Rage 3 (1994)
LCD handheld game
Streets of Rage (1993)
Xbox Live Arcade
Streets of Rage 2 (2007) | Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage (2012)
PlayStation 3 PlayStation Network
Streets of Rage 2 (2011)
Nintendo 3DS
3D Streets of Rage (2013) | 3D Streets of Rage 2 (2015)
Related Games
Fighting Force (unreleased) | Streets of Rage 4 (unreleased)
Related Media
Music
Bare Knuckle (1991) | Streets of Rage 2 Original Soundtrack (1993/2000) | Bare Knuckle III (1994) | Bare Knuckle Original Soundtrack (2012) | Streets of Rage (2015) | Streets of Rage 2 (2016)
Book
Streets of Rage: Bad City Fighters (1994)