Product Type: Sega Xbox 360 games
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Time To Unleash The Rage!
Streets of Rage 2 (Xbox 360)
Member Name: simon020187
Streets of Rage 2 (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Lots of action, four different characters to play and its a classic!
Disadvantages: Doesn't look the best game ever and online mode is literally dead!
Streets Of Rage 2 is a side scrolling beat 'em up whch was released back in 1992 by SEGA but now its also available on the Xbox 360 for download via Xbox Live. To get the game you must have an internet connection with your Xbox 360 signed up to Xbox Live, a gold membership and 400 Microsoft Points to purchase the game for download. 400 points is around £4. The game is just the same as the old versions of the game but you can actually play online with friends or other online gamers. This Xbox Live Arcade version was also published and developed by SEGA. If you don't have an Xbox you can always get the game on one of the many consoles and systems its available on.
=== STORY ===
The game does feature a story but its the type of game where you wont really follow what happens in the story and its the type of game where you just want to get stuck into the action. The game takes place one year after the events of the first Streets Of Rage game and all three of the characters from that game meet up and talk about what happened and how they put an end to Mr X. The next day Skate (younger brother of an old character) tells Axel that his brother has been kidnapped and a photo of him was left on his door. The photo showed Adam chained to a wall with Mr X stood next to him. Now Axel, Blaze, Skate and a professional wrestler that goes by the name of Max must take on the criminals that have taken to the streets again, find Adam and put an end to Mr X once and for all.
=== GAMEPLAY ===
Streets Of Rage 2 is a fun game to play and it does get quite addictive after a while. This version of the game is exactly the same as the first version of the game released back in 1992 with only the online feature added and achievements. At the start of a single player game you can choose your difficulty setting to suit your skills but note the game can be very hard on certain settings. You also have to choose how many lives to start with if you so wish or you can just start with the normal amount. After that you are given the choice to pick a character out of four different characters with each one having their own fighting styles and combos. Also each character is better than another at certain things such as power, speed, jumping, technique and stamina. The four characters are Axel, Blaze, Skate and Max and they are all reasonably good. My personal favourite is Axel mainly because he looks good and is from the first game too.
Your health is displayed in the top left corner of thye screen as are your points and special abilities you have left. The special abilities can be used if you get surrounded or for when you are up against a tougher enemy. Now the game is side scrolling and most of the time it involves you going from left to right through so many sections and fighting numerous enemies at once. To defeat enemies you can punch, kick or even throw and you can also combine them to make a good combo to defeat them easier and quicker. You also can press a certain button to unleash a devastating move to deal more damage to the harder enemy but the only problem it takes a little of your health for doing it. There are a lot of different types of enemies that you will come up against and so many different bosses where sometimes there will be two identical bosses at the same time making it harder. The thing is with the bosses they tend to go off screen now and again to make it harder for you and make you think what they're going to do next.
As you progress through the levels you will come across many things such as objects that can be destroyed that might contain items and also weapons which can be used to defeat enemies. Things like phone boxes, barrels or even bins can be smashed to find items or even weapons. there are quite a few weapons such as knives, glass bottles and even steel pipes that can be used to demolish your enemies. You can also find items such as money bags which increase your points total, food to heal some lost health and even extra lives. You will also gain more lives when you reach certain milestones in your score total. You will also visit different stages where you will take on many enemies and fight your way through to the next stage. Streets Of Rage 2 also features online play where you and a friend or someone you don't even know can team up together to tackle the main story. Its an old game but its still a lot of fun.
=== GRAPHICS & SOUND EFFECTS ===
Okay so Streets Of Rage 2 is a 2D side scrolling beat 'em up game but in respect to its age the game still looks quite good and is definitely still playable to some degree. Online play is weak because hardly anyone plays the game now but if you have friends who have the game then you can easily team up with one of them and take on the story because its a lot of fun and still looks great. The levels look good and pretty well designed and there aren't many stages that look the same in the game which is a bonus. Also the four main characters couldn't look any different from each other which is another bonus. We have Axel who is a tough looking cookie, Blaze who is a fiery foxy lady with speed and a lot of anger, a professional wrestler who is huge and can pummel enemies to the ground with a single blow and Skate who is a young boy that fights with roller skates attached to his feet. Overall the graphics aren't the best but to be fair its not important to a game like this because its a classic!
Something that just seem to never get old is the sound effects to Streets Of Rage 2. The music to the game is very similar to that of the first game, and the third game which was released after the second obviously. The music doesn't at all let the game down and actually makes it more entertaining. Also the fighting sound effects are also quite good still and definitely make the game more playable. Also when you're playing on different stages and in different weather conditions the game does sound much better especially with the way the rain pours down and sounds through your TV. Online sound effects are pretty much the same but with two people it gets more hectic and probably better. Both the graphics and sound effects to Streets Of Rage 2 are still very interesting for an old game.
=== DIFFICULTY & LONGEVITY ===
To be honest the fact the game has a difficulty setting which you can change every time before you start a new game is great. However the game still can be quite hard on the easiest setting if you only choose a certain amount of lives and continues. The game can be proper hard on the hardest setting even if you start with the most lives and continues you possibly can. Also enemies are much harder on the harder settings and this is an arcade style game so its supposed to be harder. The length of it isn't the best but the way I look at it is that I was playing the game when it first came out in 1992 and I'm still playing it now but on the Xbox 360 so it could be seen as a game that can last a lifetime. There are only a total of 8 stages to Streets Of Rage 2 and most can be over within minutes but the fact the game is playable over and over and over again is brilliant. Therefore I believe the game is good in terms of length and even better for the difficulty so it will last a long time.
=== PRICE ON XBOX LIVE ===
The prices of the game on Xbox Live seem to change quite often for an Xbox Live Arcade game. I got the game a good 4 or 5 years ago on Xbox Live for around about 800 Microsoft Points. The game then got reduced to 600 and shortly after that 400 which is great value for such a good game. I'm not sure the exact price now but its between 200 and 400 which is still cheap and worth it. Its definitely a game worth having and it only takes a little space of your Xbox 360 hard drive around 30MB which is brilliant. Overall its cheap and barely touches your hard drives space so you can still fit hundreds of games on.
=== FINAL THOUGHT ===
My final thoughts on Streets Of Rage 2 are really good and its definitely a game I have admired for many years and still find the odd few hours to have a bash on it and to be fair I still enjoy it as much as I did when I first played the game. I also love the fact the four characters are very different and I also love the fact its an arcade style beat 'em up which they don't make many of nowadays. Also this game is a classic which makes things even better because we all like a good classic game to play and maybe this is for you too.
You can also play VS against a friend but this mode is boring as well as stupid. It doesn't work at all and definitely something to avoid.
I would definitely recommend the game especially if you like action packed games and especially if you're a fan of the Streets Of Rage series. Streets Of Rage 2 is available on Xbox Live Marketplace but the first and third game aren't which is a shame to fans of the series. Overall though I would recommend the game because its fun, addictive and very enjoyable.
Streets Of Rage 2 is a solid side scrolling beat 'em up game that i would give a reasonable 7/10!
Review is also on Ciao under the username: MrBrightside1987!
Summary: A 2D scrolling beat em' up game on Xbox 360!