As side-scrolling beat-em-ups became popular in the 1980s and 1990s, one franchise rose to the top: Streets of Rage. Players loved kicking ass as Blaze, pounding the crap out of thugs as Adam, or bare-knuckling through goons as Axel.
Due to its amazing gameplay, gorgeous sprites, and catchy chiptune soundtrack, SOR dominated the arcades and was the one of the best-selling games on the Mega Drive. As the game was ported to Sega's other consoles like the Master System, Game Gear, and the Sega CD, SOR looked like it would become one of the most dominant franchises in gaming.
But then something strange happened. Due to miscommunication in Sega's company, the series was indefinitely put on hold. When Sega stopped releasing consoles, SOR vanished into obscurity. As entertaining as the franchise was, it appeared this brawler had its day in the sun.
However, we can never underestimate the power of disgruntled fans. Even after beat-em-ups became a relic genre, die-hard gamers demanded a new game in the series. And 26 years after the last entry, a company called Dotemu finally released the fabled SOR4.
As ecstatic as fans were, there was still one big question; after all these years, can the game live up to the hype?
James Egan has written 80 books including
1000 Facts about Superheroes Vol. 1-3
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