Sunday 24 September 2023

Streets of Rage 3 (Sega Mega Drive / Genesis review)

Developer: Sega CS3
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1994

Streets of Rage 3 is a beat-em-up and the direct sequel to Streets of Rage 2 (1992, Sega Genesis).

+ Vertical rolls and upgradeable blitz attacks are great additions, and there's several hidden characters to unlock.

+ Inclusion of cut-scenes engrosses you into the story, and there's multiple endings depending on how you play.

+ 24 MEG cartridge results in outstanding graphics and detailed backgrounds (notably Stage 2's shark tank behind the bar!).

- Difficulty is dramatically increased from the Japanese version and the swarming enemies are ruthlessly aggressive.

- Bosses are an absolute chore, with many of the battles taking an age to conclude due to their huge life bars.

- Locales are uninspired (with many reused ideas from previous games) and some sections outstay their welcome.

- Music is disappointing, as the melodious tracks from the previous game are replaced with harsh, distorted sounds.

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