Review: Streets Of Rage 4 (PlayStation 4)

Amongst the best beat’em up series ever created, jammin’ ‘90s beats and over the top street fighting, the iconic series Streets of Rage comes back with a masterful tribute to and revitalization of the classic action fans adore.

Pros:

  • Beautiful graphic styles.
  • 6.52gb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • 3 save slots.
  • Arcade brawler gameplay.
  • Soundtrack-new or retro.
  • Post effect-off/bloom/retro/retro CRT.
  • Can change what food items look like.
  • Four initial characters-Axel/Blaze/Cherry/Floyd.
  • Combo counter along with combo breakers.
  • 2-4 player support both online and offline.
  • Controls-Legacy (3 button layout) or modern.
  • Big boss battles at the end of each level.
  • The end of stage breakdown gives you a score and rank.
  • Online leaderboards with filters.
  • Beautiful art cutscenes.
  • Can change your character at the level end screen.
  • Destructible elements in levels. Your bions and crates etc
  • A lot of nostalgic callbacks and nails the feel and look of the originals.
  • Special moves-collect tokens to use them.
  • Super moves-uses health but attacking enemies will heal you.
  • Every player plays uniquely and has their own moves, special moves, and super.
  • 3D animated fore and backgrounds.
  • Fast-paced.
  • Satisfying button masher.
  • The story mode has 12 stages.
  • Good story.
  • Combat-attack/super/special/back kicks.
  • Five difficulties-Easy/normal/hard/hardest/Mania.
  • Arcade mode-one credit to beat the game.
  • Battle mode-PvP brawler.
  • Can search online games for co-op or brawling.
  • Score’fill the bar and hit the markers to unlock retro characters from Streets of Rage 1-3.
  • Retro characters look the pixel part complete with sound effects.
  • Boss rush mode with co-op support.
  • Cool secret level.
  • Made with love.
  • Analog and d-pad support.
  • Assist mode-(optional) add lives, scores, and specials.

Cons:

  • No voice work in cutscenes.
  • Annoying boss fights.
  • Forgettable story.
  • Unsatisfying ending.
  • Unlock scores takes a lot of playing! (a heads up, It’s actually not a con but it needed to be said)
  • No way to check which characters you have finished the game with.

 

  • 10/10
    Graphics - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Sound - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Accessibility - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Length - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Fun Factor - 10/10
10/10

Summary

I’m gonna start this review off with how it transported me back to the old days of playing the originals. Lizard cube has done such an amazing job of making it play modern but feels retro. They clearly had a ton of fun making this and poured so much love into the game. Even simple things pleased me like beating a guy up and someone comes up behind you, now in the old days you had to change your target or prepare to be hit, not anymore as you have a back kick that knocks them back and allows you to focus on beating the first guy. You can tailor so much of the game to your personal liking. Graphics can be the super smooth cel-shaded affair you see now or you can do different layers of pixel sheen. Music gets a lot of treatment with a new banging soundtrack but also a retro compilation. Controls again have a modern layout using all the buttons or you can go proper oldskool and use a 3 button attack layout just like the Mega Drive. 12 stages await you and you have a boss fight to look forward to at the end of each, each stage is a thing of beauty in its own right. It’s hard not to talk about Streets Of Rage 4 without smiling or wanting to play it. I have run through the story multiple times in order to unlock the original Streets of Rage characters from 1-3.these characters are a bit stronger but they look like they did back then and come complete with retro sound effects and specials. Unlocking these characters is based on hitting markers on a rolling score meter thus meaning a lot of replayability. If that’s not your bag and you want a straight-up brawler then you are catered for with battle mode where 2 players face off until death. Gameplay-wise it’s the same formula we all K ow and love with plenty of weapons and breakables, cash will boost your score, and food replenishes health. Talking of health you can pick which images are used for the food which is a nice touch. Concept art can be unlocked and it’s just a complete package of love and nostalgia and is one of the best games this year so far! A wonderful orchestra of retro and rampage. It innovates and emulates a classic and I thank the gaming Gods for Streets Of Rage 4!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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