OK, I lie. I’m not an old man, mind you, but at 29, you start to appreciate taking things easy and reducing your stress levels. That’s what the gameplay is for. So if the big fat guy – the characters all have names, but I’m relying on seven-year-old Chris’ lost knowledge and vocabulary – is rolling around, let him take some of the minions with him. Streets of Rage 2 left an impression. The game’s story mode is the main draw, but there’s plenty to keep you going once you’ve beaten the final boss. At times, it felt like the music was responding to what I was doing, or maybe I was responding to the music. To be... We’re not sure what you’re doing right the way down here – there’s nothing fun to read. He was my favourite character as a kid, and not much has changed there. Supports up to 2 online players with PS Plus, Cartoon Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Modern Slavery Transparency Act Statement. Across the 12 stages, I think only a couple of them have you beating fools in the street. It’s the little details that let me know, as one of those die-hard Streets of Rage fans, that the developers really cared about what they were doing, and I appreciate it, all of it. Trophies are like crack to this fella. I can’t put my finger on why I like it – I only like The Killers and nothing else – but the music is brilliant and I can’t help but whistle along to it. Streets of Rage 4 builds upon the classic trilogy’s gameplay with new mechanics, beautiful hand-drawn visuals and a God tier soundtrack. Thanks, you sexy beast. Now, no Streets of Rage game would be complete without multiplayer, and I’m happy to say that Streets of Rage 4’s multiplayer works well, both online and with local co-op. It’s pure fun, and that’s something I can always endorse. To keep up to date with all of our latest news and reviews, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Now, no Streets of Rage game would be complete without multiplayer, and I’m happy to say that Streets of Rage 4’s multiplayer works well, both online and with local co-op. And, to avoid a falling out between us, we used the option to turn off friendly hits, meaning neither of us could body slam either other by mistake, or on purpose. Lots of variations in enemies and playable characters. The Game Pass has proven to be a big hit for Microsoft. Then, as you get further along with the game, the enemies become that much harder to beat, as well as trickier to manage. For more information, please read our Review Policy. What I needed was a sequel. Great accessibility options for casual players, while giving enough of a challenge for those who want it. Not all the time, mind you, but it happened enough that I’m not going to call it a happy coincidence. But still, sometimes the bosses are easier to defeat than the dozens of goons you’ve smashed to get to the boss. Years later I would get to revisit the timeless classic thanks to re-releases on modern platforms, but the magic wore away. I’m not one for chasing leaderboards, so I wasn’t bothered. I’m not sure. Go back to the top, refresh the page, and then read some of our lovely words. The developers have slipped in another button, and I only really noticed this towards the middle of the game. I used to do it on purpose as a kid. I was a dickhead child. Like, I’m not even bothered if that sounds like the most generic, cliche, lazy description of the game’s graphics, because that’s what they are. I played a bit with Pure … Streets of Rage is a beat ‘em up series known for its timeless gameplay and electronic dance influenced music. This site is not affiliated with or sponsored by Sony. This is a fight that has been raging since my days on the school playground. Each character has their own set of moves, whether it’s their dash move, special, defensive special, or super star special, they’re all unique and brilliantly over-the-top. Whether players gang up with a friend or clean up the city solo, Streets of Rage 4 is a skull-bashing, chicken-chomping delight all set to a thumping soundtrack sure to get your blood pumping. I thought I’d lean this way, too, but after playing through the game, I’m sorry to disappoint the hardcore d-pad fans; Streets of Rage 4 is better played with the analogue stick. The earlier stages introduce the low-level criminals who can be beaten to death with a few mashes of the square button. A dozen levels filled with various bad guys and bosses. You can pull the right trigger to do a back hit, rather than pushing the stick/d-pad in the opposite direction to which you’re fighting. I played a bit with Pure PlayStation’s deputy editor, Jason, and we had a good old chinwag while enjoying the game. And yes, I know that Streets of Rage 3 existed, and I’ve played it. Knowing that, you’re probably hoping for some retro … To succeed, you need to manage the crowd. Not the John McClane fan club. Features ● Clean up the city by yourself or with another friend online!● Team up to 4 people offline to take the city back!● Classic gameplay enhanced with brand-new mechanics.● 12 former Streets of Rage characters unlockable and playable in pixel versions.● Play with the music of the previous Streets of Rage games! No annoying fetch quests. I say this now like a street-wise warrior, but I only really realised it myself towards the end of the game. It’s simple, straightforward, and there’s no mistaking where in history Streets of Rage 4 belongs. I’d have finished the game and moved on with my life a lot quicker. It’s classic gaming. Even if you only beat the story mode once, I doubt that you’d feel hard done by. Some magicians worked on this game, I’m sure of it. I honestly wish that somebody had told me this as a kid. There’s nothing that Streets of Rage 4 does particularly wrong. If you buy something from our links, we may make a small commission which goes towards keeping the lights on and coffee in the pot. OK, so the controls are a touch modernised, but the rest of the game really is old-school. Likewise, the bad guys you come across are also weird and wonderful, just as you’d expect from a Streets of Rage game. And I mean so old-school that it’s murderously difficult. Streets of Rage 4 recalls classic gameplay but it stands as an entirely original arcade-style romp thanks to the expertise of Guard Crush Games and Dotemu. Fighting a group of the same enemy is fine. It’s the small touches that I appreciate the most, like the puddles reflecting what’s happening, or the patterns from the church windows stinging on everyone and everything.