Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage (XBLA)

May 31, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

While Sonic was the face of the Sega Genesis, the system had a wealth of awesome games, including the classic Streets of Rage series. Streets of Rage tasked you to take to the mean streets and clean up the thugs, using your fists, pipes, knives, baseball bats, even phone booths, whatever you could lay hands on. If you’re under fire and need a helping hand, call in a powerful attack from off screen, but these are limited. Like other classic hack & slash games of the time, Streets of Rage had you follow a side scrolling path through packs of enemies. Lay waste to the current pack, engage the next, then eventually you’ll run into the level’s boss. While this is a simple premise, the genre was a massive success and Streets of Rage was one of the top titles in the crowd. But even if you’re able to survive and reach the end of the line, Streets of Rage has multiple conclusions, so you’ll have make different choices or jump into a higher difficulty if you want to see it all. Much like Golden Axe, Streets of Rage is an iconic game that helped define the Sega Genesis legacy.

As in the Golden Axe collection, this Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage offers three complete games, so triple the heads to knock around. As the games were designed for standard televisions, the game area takes place in the center of the screen, with a border around the sides. This is common practice for old school reissues, so fans shouldn’t be troubled and it is better than just leaving the sides blank. The strength of a port like this is how well the game experience carries over and in the case of Streets of Rage, that transition is seamless. The games play like silk, with no lag or glitches to report, the visuals are just like you remember as well, so no port concerns whatsoever. These games have been available before in other incarnations, but with a flawless port and a wealth of new achievements, this collection is hard to pass up. So if you want to bust some heads and rack up some achievements, Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage is recommended.

Video: How does it look?

These games are as pixel perfect as ever, with the original visuals intact. The borders provide a more enjoyable sight than plain old blank space, so that is good. As I said before, I noticed no visual issues stemming from the port, which is always great news with these reissues. As the game obviously isn’t going to earn a high score purely on visual flair, the score is based on overall port quality and interfaces.

Audio: How does it sound?

All of the awesome screams, grunts, and thuds are present and accounted for. So the Streets of Rage sound just like they did back in the glory days of the Sega Genesis. The music is still quite cool and still gives us a nice soundtrack to beat up countless street toughs to. Again, since the sound design is dated, the score is based on how faithful the port is and how well the elements have been carried over.

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