Beastly Review of Streets of Rage 4
The anticipation is real with myself and many other beat’em up fans when Streets of Rage 4 was announced. Teaming up with my buddy Debo as we head into this review cooperatively. The video will share our thoughts and passions with the sequel that has been a long time coming.
Hitting the Streets of Rage!
Mr. X our previous antagonist has been defeated, but things are still in the siege as X’s twin children take his place. It seems they take things in a different turn by controlling the city and making our heroes the villains. That’s a twist to not only deal with corrupted cops but goons of the city as well. Nothing like a nightly stroll through the city only to be confronted by everyone wanting to kick your butt…it is kind of like high school.
Your task, if you choose to get ready for a good time. Is to tackle each area of the city and finally end the plague of the Y twins once and for all.
This is a beat’em up and to keep it real. Beat’em Up games age well especially with the next-gen technology that gets upgraded. When it comes to beat’em up games it is straight forward, you go from A to B, and then there is a Boss fight at the end of each level. Usually having 3 areas to go through with the 3rd leading to the boss fight. During that time you build up points and try to build up extra lives depending on which mode you are playing.
Now Streets of Rage 4 is famous not only for the co-op but the special abilities that make it dive into the realms of a fighting game. Streets of Rage 4 utilizes combos and special moves that each character has their own unique abilities. We are playing on the PC and using the Xbox One controller. X button for attacks, A for jumps, B to pick up items, and Y is your super. You can combine Y and A to use your STAR ABILITY. That is right, it is under your health meter you get Star Power that unleashes a unique super that attacks everyone at once if they are lined up.
Juggle your enemies to get those big numbers baby! The combat in Streets of Rage 4 is where the fun keeps you playing. If you are playing solo or with friends you can chain combos and it is satisfying when you get a wall bounce off the enemy and continue the combo. Some characters can bounce them off the ground like Blaze to keep the combo continuous. So, get creative with your abilities and combos as best as you can.
This the first time in the series where you have 4 player co-op which is fantastic. In the beginning, we started with 3 characters and then part 2 with 4 characters and the same for part 3. So having that you now can play with 4 friends on both online and offline is the best. This was only seen in games like X-men Arcade and most TMNT games. You can also go into options and change the look of the food drops as well as switch between retro and modern game music on the fly. Also, take note if playing with someone else whatever you do does not affect your co-op buddies.
Meaning they will be on the same new track while you are in retro music as well as the food drops. This is cool and the unlocks are my favorite part of this game. The point systems are key to unlock all the extra characters. The first being Adam and then after that, you can unlock all the retro characters from the previous streets of rage titles.
The Grind is Real!
You have different modes to play with Story mode that gives you advantages or assist to grind through it. Then you have arcade mode with no continues. You can start with 5 lives and gain more after you reach the level of points, but it is tough. Once you end each level you will get a score tally that will also add a score bar with diamonds above the line. Each time you hit a diamond you unlock a new tier.
Once you unlock all the characters you can go back and grind some more to unlock the other achievements which are not hard at all to complete. The only thing that I can understand is that the achievements are heavily geared to single player. This goes with the leader-boards as well because it is too easy to tally points in co-op to the highest degree. However, there is a downside to this which I will touch base to later.
If you are done with the story and arcade mode you have Boss Rush and the PVP area where you can fight with your friends. What is a beat’em up game without some PVP involved? This solidifies the replay value.
This game pretty!
The game is pretty as hell and they chose the right cartoon style to fit the game mechanics of the world. It has everything that you could want or feel annoyed by in a beat’em up. The stage mechanics of the environment look polished. The walk animation of the characters is perfect even each individual’s style. The fact that you mix in a new school with an old school that has the original Sprites from Streets of Rage 1, 2, and 3 playable is pretty cool.
When you beat the game and do some unlocks check out the Extra gallery to see the concept art and other designs. It’s worth it!
The Negatives Are Here!
This is more of a personal gripe where on Xbox One and PC since they are linked it seems have a leader-board issue. When the leader-boards are filled with unbelievable scores it can be frustrating and then I discovered they are cheating. So if you were hoping to have a legit leader-board score on Streets of Rage 4, I would not hold your breath. There is a trainer out there that grants players the ability for 2x multiplier with points and Max points cheat with that. There is an achievement for gaining 5 million in lifetime points, but I am seeing 10 million points on leader-boards on Xbox and PC.
Lastly the launch of Streets of Rage 4 was the worst, not the worst in history, but wow it was bad. The game was released on April 30th and as many gamers would do stay up at midnight to download the game. Nope, sadly the PC version was first at 4 am but you could only purchase through your wishlist. The console versions didn’t become available until 11 am later that day. The light side of it is that there is still a sale and if you have Xbox Game Pass you could play for free on both Xbox One and PC.
Streets of Rage 4 is a solid BUY, no question in that. It not only gives myself and many gamers that nostalgia feel, but updated art style that fits well for current style gaming. The music track still slaps got me bumping at all times. The grind is fun to unleash all sorts of butt-kicking for hours. So it is available both digital and physical with Limited Run offering some nice collectible goodies.
Streets of Rage also offers a share-play system so if your buddies are still skeptical they can join you without buying the game. But again it is under $25 dollars for purchase. Check it out for yourself and if you want to squad up hit me up and my crew or if you need help to follow my streams by clicking here. – Beast Out –