It may be twenty-six years since Streets of Rage 3 released back in the spring of 1994, but jumping into this brand new chapter in the series, a joint venture between Lizardcube – makers of the excellent Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap – Dotemu and Guard Crush Games, it genuinely feels as though very little time has passed since we...
Games at their very best on Switch OLED
Nintendo released its first major Switch iteration in over two years back in October 2021 with the Switch OLED model. It has a few benefits, like an improved kickstand, a bump in portable audio quality, double the internal storage and a LAN connector on the dock, but the main feature is in the name. Yep, it's...
Streets of Rage 4 might be a glorious update of one of the best fighting game series ever, but it knows how to pay tribute to the past. Not only does it include bonus characters from the original games and a CRT filter which makes everything look 16-bit, but it also has four hidden stages lifted from the iconic Streets of Rage 2 –...
Over 300 in-game improvements
Publsher Dotemu has announced that a massive new update for Streets of Rage 4 is now live, adding in over 300 in-game improvements. Phew! To celebrate, the game is also currently 50% on the Switch eShop, so you can grab it for the low price of £11.24 / $12.49. The patch notes for this one are incredibly extensive, so...
Out today on Switch
If you're a fan of the Kunio-kun fighting series and its spin-off River City Girls, then you might want to keep an eye on The Legend of the Dragonflame High School Collection from publisher Ratalaika Games. Due for release today on the Switch for $4.99 / £4.99, the collection features two games' worth of classic beat-em-up...
"Video games were a portal that allowed me to discover music"
Fans of certain beloved Sega franchises should be very familiar with this composer's name by now. Tee Lopes started out on the VGM scene releasing remixed and reimagined versions of some of gaming's most beloved music, with a special focus on one blue hedgehog in particular, and his...
Yuzo Koshiro sets things straight
Yesterday, Sega's Streets of Rage series turned 30 – and composer Yuzo Koshiro decided to share a piece of trivia that has blown the collective minds of many fans. Koshiro explains that in Streets of Rage 2, Axel Stone's most famous special move – performed by tapping in the same direction twice and pressing...
Mmm... trashcan chicken
This feature originally graced your screens on 25th December 2019, republished today to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Streets of Rage. For a lot of us more ‘seasoned’ gamers, the announcement of Streets of Rage 4 brought a tear to the eye. The original Mega Drive/Genesis Streets of Rage trilogy holds a special place...
Update: "Critical patch now live"
Update #2 (Mon 26th Jul, 2021): Coming ten days after the Streets of Rage 4 DLC launched on other platforms, it's now finally available to purchase on everyone's favourite handheld hybrid console family. Dotemu's Executive Director Cyrille Imbert had this to say in a press release letting fans know the DLC blockage...
Packs a punch
Streets of Rage 4 was a big hit in 2020, tempting in newcomers with its stylish visuals and weighty combat, and delighting series veterans of a certain age that had been waiting many years for an official sequel. It's a game with plenty of replayability, too, with a good number of unlockable characters and a generally moreish campaign...
"It was a teenage dream come true"
Streets of Rage 4 was a big eShop release of 2020, winning over fans old and new with its handsome visuals and fun combat. Though its DLC has had a temporary setback on Switch it's undoubtedly been a success story, keeping alive a franchise that had previously only been held up by the most dedicated fans. It was a...
Streets of Rage 4 was a big highlight of 2020 for gamers of a certain age, beat 'em up fans and indeed anyone that simply jumped into the series for the first time and had a blast. Dotemu and the teams at Lizardcube / Guard Crush Games have since kept anticipation high with the Mr. X Nightmare DLC, which adds three new playable characters -...
Return to the streets
We had an absolute blast when we returned to the streets in Streets of Rage 4 last year - labelling it the perfect modernisation of Sega's beloved side-scrolling beat 'em up series. If you're looking for an excuse to revisit the game, as you might recall, Dotemu has announced the 'Mr. X Nightmare' DLC. It features new playable...
Amongst the best beat’em up series ever created, jammin’ ‘90s beats and over the top street beating, the iconic series Streets of Rage comes back with a masterful tribute to and revitalization of the classic action fans adore.
The all-time classic Streets of Rage, known as Bare Knuckle (ベア・ナックル Bea Nakkuru) in Japan, is a beat ‘em up series known for this timeless gameplay and electronic dance influenced music. Streets of Rage 4 builds upon the classic trilogy’s gameplay with new mechanics, beautiful hand-drawn visuals and a God tier soundtrack.
Team up with iconic and brand-new characters
Streets of Rage 4 got its iconic characters back: Axel, Blaze, and Adam teaming up with new brother and sister in arms Floyd Iraia and Cherry Hunter. With some brand-new moves and kickass tracks to take a listen, our heroes are ready to dish out beatdowns to a fledgling group of ill-advised criminals in full force.
Nostalgia strikes again
One of your dreams is coming true. In addition to the 5 new characters, unlock and play your favorite pixelated characters from the previous Streets of Rage games such as Axel, Adam, Blaze, Skate, Max and many more with their own retro SFX, in gorgeous HD hand-drawn urban environments. And for the full nostalgic experience, you will also be able to play with the music of the previous Streets of Rage games!
Outstanding Hand-Drawn Visuals
Streets of Rage 4 will be the first entry to the core series in 25 years, standing as Axel, Adam or Blaze’s glorious return to serving up side-scrolling beatdowns. With lush hand-drawn animations, new combat abilities, and fresh tracks from an amazing team of composers, Streets of Rage 4 will be a masterful tribute to and revitalization of the classic action fans adore.
Epic line-up of legendary games composers
The Streets of Rage series is known for its electronic dance influenced music around the world.
Led by Olivier Derivière the soundtrack of Streets of Rage 4 will be composed by not only an all-star ensemble of Japanese memorable musical architects in the video game history but also by 4 Western rising stars:
- Yūzō Koshiro
- Motohiro Kawashima
- Yoko Shimomura
- Harumi Fujita
- Keiji Yamagishi
- Das Mörtal
- XL Middleton
- The comeback of the legendary Streets of Rage series.
- Beautiful graphics fully hand-drawn animated by the studio behind Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap.
- Clean up Wood Oak City by yourself or with another friend online!
- Team up to 4 people offline for the first time and take the city back!
- Classic gameplay enhanced with brand-new mechanics.
- Soundtrack by a wide all-star line up of world-class musicians.
- Braised chicken everywhere.
- A dozen former Streets of Rage characters unlockable and playable in their original pixel versions.
- Play with the music of the previous Streets of Rage games.
- 12 unique stages.