The news that Streets of Rage 4 is happening came rather out of the blue, but the response has been an overwhelmingly positive one. Sega's side-scrolling fighting franchise has gone down as one of its most beloved series, thanks solely to three solid entries on the 16-bit Mega Drive / Genesis.

Our friend Tyler over at iRetrogamer has decided that now is the perfect time to look back at the impact the original game made when it was released in the early '90s, amid a flood of Double Dragon clones. While many people cite the second Streets of Rage title as the best, the first was still quite special at the time; Yuzo Koshiro's amazing soundtrack combined well with some gorgeously gritty visuals and tight gameplay to produce a fighter that put its rivals to shame.

In the video above, Tyler discusses his thoughts on the game, as well as his memories of cleaning the scum from the streets with his late father. Give it a watch and let us know your thoughts on the original Streets of Rage with a comment below.