A Solid Fan Game - Streets of Rage Remake Review
Streets of Rage Remake was in development by a small group of fans who called themselves Bomber Games. Sadly, after eight years of hard work, revamped stages, new levels, and cool new features, the game was pulled from the internet at the request of Sega.
For many gamers, Streets of Rage was a pivotal part of their early gaming days. The Sega Genesis series offered a straightforward beat 'em up that was rewarding, intuitive and cool. My first experience with the Streets of Rage franchise came courtesy of the Wii Virtual Console. Sure, I was a late bloomer as far as that classic franchise is concerned, but at least I got to play and enjoy the games like so many other gamers before me.
When word got out that a small group of gamers going by the name of Bomber Games was working on a fan-made release of Streets of Rage, fans of the series were excited to see what they could do with the franchise that many believe Sega has forgotten about. Titled Streets of Rage Remake, the game featured revamped stages from the original games, as well as brand new levels. Unfortunately, the game was pulled from the Internet at the request of Sega.
One can't really blame the publisher for trying to protect its IP, especially considering how stringent copyright laws are, but it was a shame to see such an ambitious project go to waste. I was lucky enough to download the game while it was still available, and I have to say I'm pretty impressed with the overall effort Bomber Games put into it.
It is up to this group of crime fighters to go back to the streets and clean the city up, battling waves of enemies from an imposing, threatening organization.
The story in the Streets of Rage Remake harks back to the old school days of 16-bit gaming, when all players needed was a simple paragraph or two and some text-based dialogue to guide us through the narrative. You must take on the roll of one of several crime fighters (two if you're opting for co-op) and go back to the streets after a new criminal organization has invaded the city in an attempt to take it over. The whole thing is fairly simple, but it works in the context of the franchise, and it has that authentic retro vibe.
Streets of Rage fans, this game is for you. Bomber Games managed to successfully capture the magic of the classic series, all the while adding brand new stages to the mix.
The moment you begin playing Streets of Rage Remake, you instantly get a nice kick of nostalgia. The game features all of the tropes that the series is known for, and the gameplay is as solid as ever. You roam around 2D environments and take out waves of enemies. This is Streets of Rage through and through, and it is just as rewarding as ever. Don't expect any complex gameplay or innovative mechanics. No, Streets of Rage Remake is a pure beat 'em up with an awesome sense of style and addictive brawling gameplay.
Your arsenal consists of basic punches and kicks, and you even have access to a special attack that sends your back-up racing to your aid, showering your enemies with missiles from afar. It's crazy, it's over-the-top, and it's exactly what made the original games so comically awesome. You can collect weapons such as pipes and blades to help you take the fight to your foes, but these items are pretty disposable. Still, they pack some strong offense, and they add a tiny bit of variety to your fighting.
There are a number of characters to choose from in Streets of Rage Remake, each with his or her own strengths and weaknesses. Some characters are faster but weaker, while others are pretty powerful but lumber about slowly. Each character serves a different play style, and depending on how you approach your beat 'em ups, you should have no problem finding the brawler that's right for you.
Bomber Games added a great modern element to Streets of Rage Remake. Oftentimes, you will be allowed to choose between multiple paths. Depending on your choices, you will get to battle through different stages. The developers weren't messing around, giving you the opportunity to choose between several stages. This encourages multiple playthroughs, and getting to check out all of the stages in Streets of Rage Remake is a big part of the experience.