After the release of a few games of all different quality levels, SEGA Forever is back pulling on our heart strings with one of the best Mega Drive/Sega Genesis games ever: Streets of Rage 2 takes us back to the neighborhood action to, once again, beat Mr. X. A game that comes at us straight from 1992 to offer us an outstanding game experience in what’s probably the best installment from the franchise.
We’ve already told you about the best beat ’em ups that exist on mobile devices, but that list wouldn’t be complete without a game like Streets of Rage 2. A sequel that magnifies all the features of the legendary original game, adding more screens, better final bosses, and more characters to play: the burly Max Thunder and Eddie “Skate” Hunter join Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding. The new characters may not be quite as charismatic, but at least their characteristics transform the game style to make it more varied depending on the chosen character.
We’ve already talked a thousand times about how the controls in the SEGA Forever games are a bit underwhelming and unfortunately, it’s the case once again. The touchscreen controls don’t work as well as they should in this type of game so your best option is to use a physical controller. The good things about this release are the other features that this line of retro game brings to the table: the possibility to save your game, go back a few seconds, and the addition of the scoreboard to compete against other players around the world.
If we focus on the visuals, there are also a few extras to point out: additional visual filters and aspect ratio changes. This depends on each users personal preferences, but this title gives you an almost identical experience to when it came out originally, or you can adapt it to present-day standards.
The arrival of Streets of Rage 2 is great news for videogame fans. It’s one of the best games from the classic Mega Drive/Sega Genesis, one that also offers the electric sound track from a legend like Yuzo Koshiro. It’s a shame that the game experience is negatively affected by the same mistakes made in most of the SEGA Forever titles, but at least you get to enjoy this excellent game for free, and one of the least frequently seen genres nowadays.
If you want to keep reminiscing about the history of SEGA, here you have the rest of the games available in the SEGA Forever line.
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