Bought this game before Christmas and New Year mainly because it was a part of my childhood along with Sonic 1 which were both the first games I've ever played. As soon as I saw this on the 3DS eShop I just had to buy and wanted to do a mini review on this as well, I could have posted an actual review on it but wasn't able to post an actual review on it on Gamespot so now it's a review on a blog instead.
Over the past 20 years since 1991 Streets of Rage was first released on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and has sold millions of copies worldwide in a Streets of Rage 2 and 3 soon after between 1991-1994. If you’ve played the series or even remember the first game you will get a trip down to memory lane especially as it makes its way to the Nintendo 3DS as Sega 3D Classics Range on the 3DS eShop.
This was Sega’s attempt on Capcom’s franchise of Final Fight which was released on the NES during that time, over in Japan this was actually called Bare Knuckle: Furious Iron Fist this might have been a bizarre title name in the series bit elsewhere we all call it Streets of Rage which does in fact sound a lot better than the Japanese title name. The series itself might not have an actual story but most games that were released in the late 80’s or early 90’s felt more like Arcade games on home consoles, however the 3DS version does feel like a port version of the game but instead it’s on a handheld console
This plays a lot like Final Fight when it comes to a side-scrolling fighter choosing from three characters to choose from fight your way through waves of enemies in each the levels including a boss at the very end of the stage. You can change the Game settings from International to the Japanese version over at menu screen before starting your game but however the Japanese version makes the game difficulty a little easier especially when it comes to getting a very high score points can give you lives.
What is exclusive to the 3DS version of the game is that there is a brand new mode known as "Fists of Death” this can power up every character and can be ranked at an S, resulting enemies and bosses being defeated in just one hit. This mode is exceptionally easy it is surprisingly satisfying to kill even the toughest of bosses in one punch, can players like you make it through the game without losing any health? This is certainly a challenge that can be set in this brand new mode on the 3DS version.
2 player co-op makes a return in the port version of Streets of Rage you can either host a game or join a game if they have this game downloaded on their 3DS but you must be on Local Play when hosting or joining a game it is a shame you can’t play online with a another player who would have this game. Like other past Sega games that were released on the 3DS eShop such as Sonic the Hedgehog or Shinobi III the 3D effects do look impressive with well coloured and detailed sprites in both its backgrounds and animation sprites on its characters, playing this in full 3D might look a little bland at first but after the first two the levels the 3D effect really does stand out for Streets of Rage but it’s later levels are impressive to look at not bad for a port title that was released over 20 years ago.
With M2 and Sega releasing more classic Sega games on the 3DS it’s very likely that we’ll be getting Streets of Rage 2 and 3 sometime soon if they do plan on releasing more classic on the Nintendo eShop, even the soundtrack which is composed by Yuzo Koshrio it has some of his best works when it came to creating the soundtrack for Streets of Rage from the Mega Drive/Genesis collection. It may feel like a short game to complete but this can be played many times from the easiest to the hardest difficulty setting plus the new mode being added, this can be a little more fun if you have friend who’s got this game to when it comes to co-op play.
It is worth the purchase if you were one of those retro gamers who did play this game during the 90’s but it is also great welcome for newcomers who want to play a classic from Sega’s library of gaming.