After years of planning, writing, rewriting, giving up several times, virgin sacrifices and ice cream bars, I will finally tell the world how I feel about a game that was a big part of my youth. A game that is awesome in every sense of the word. And, most notably, a game that is not a Nintendo game, but a *gasp* Sega Genesis game.
And here it is:
Streets of Rage 2 is not just an orgy of a game, but several orgies that morphed together into one super orgy. Even though it does have some flaws (because no game is perfect), it still is an amazing experience to play this game. Which is exactly what I say about every game that I can still pick up and play at anytime, even after all these years.
But it doesn’t hurt to repeat myself, though.
My discovery of this game (like most good things) happened by accident. Sleeping over at my cousin’s house, we would typically do one of two things: movies and video games. Needing to get our gaming itch scratched, my cousin asked if I’d ever played Streets of Rage 2. When I told him no, he slapped it into the Genesis and ordered me to play it. Within the first few seconds, I was hooked.
First thing that blew me away was the music. Holy fucking shit, this music is awesome!!
Even though I’m not a huge fan of the music in Genesis games, this soundtrack is absolutely fantastic, especially for a side-scrolling beat-em-up. It is exactly the kind of music that makes me feel like a badass when I beat the shit out of street thugs and hoodlums. Every tune in this game rocks on a level that cannot simply be measured, especially my favorite track, “Under Logic.”
Stage 1’s music sets the perfect mood for the game – Your friend gets kidnapped by a criminal conglomerate, and you swear to end this corporate menace. But you need to musically announce your violent intentions to those who stand in your way. You need something moving; preferably dance club moving. And that’s where Go Straight comes in.