Yo yo yo people of the north, south, east and west! And welcome to what could be described as my most ambitious series of blog posts yet. At one point I was recommended on a blogging forum to do a month-long set of blog posts and I was like “Okay but what the hell should I blog about?” So I ran through a list of options and finally came up with something; nostalgic video games! So yeah for the next four weeks I will be giving you reviews of some of my most nostalgic video games from my childhood. And today we start with an absolute classic; Streets of Rage!
Now this is the good stuff! Classic goodness! Ask any person who owned a Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and ask them about Streets of Rage and they’ll grin and say something along the lines of “Ah yeah, Streets of Rage. Such a great game!” It’s so true though; this was a classic game that nearly every Mega Drive owner had in their collection and it was one of my first video games along with Sonic 1-3, Mortal Kombat II and Street Fighter II.
So what’s the game about? Basically it’s a side-scrolling beat ’em from 1991 where you took control of one of three characters in single-player or in two-player mode and advance across eight different locations beating the crap out of a variety of different enemies. You could beat them up using your fists or your feet or the interactive weapons like bats, polls, knives and broken bottles. The enemies came from the left and right of the screen and you’d have to clear them out before being able to move onto the next part of the level and at the end you’d have to beat a beastly boss. You could also call the police for help with a power-up and they’d shoot rockets at the enemy and destroy everyone on-screen! It was so badass!
There was a reason why the 16-bit era of gaming was a great time for gaming and this game in particular I feel is part of the reason. Streets of Rage for the time was graphically awesome, had great and addictive gameplay and it also had one of the most kick ass soundtracks ever! I swear the soundtrack for this game composed by Yuzo Koshiro is one of the most memorable soundtracks I recall from my childhood; I still remember the majority of the tunes and jingles. I used to bleed this game dry when I used to play with my sister; it was one of our favourite games to play together. Unfortunately I was stupid enough to sell Megadrive back in 2002 and thought I’d never play any those old games again… However! Eventually in 2010 I bought the game on the Wii’s Virtual Console and started living in nostalgia again on my own and with my sister in co-op. And I think it was last year or the year before I finally beat the game in single player mode and got the good ending! I never thought I’d ever beat the game and when I did I felt the greatest level of satisfaction ever! 😀
In the end Street of Rage was one of the best games of the 16-bit era in my opinion. It’s been ported so many times in every format imaginable and the legacy it left behind is one that only people who is old enough can appreciate. If you haven’t experienced this awesomeness yet I urge you to look on your PS3, Xbox 360 or Wii console and pick it up, its old school fun at its best.
Well that’s the first review down, only 29 more to go lol. Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts in the comments below! Until the next game review, laters! 😀