Streets of Rage made a comeback this year and I don’t think anyone thought it would be as good as it was. It was one of the games I kept going back to in 2020 and, on a fun factor level, was the best game I played in 2020.
My criteria for my top 10 games of 2020 is below.
In order for a game to make my top 10 games of 2020, it has to be released in 2020 and not a remaster. Remakes count because they’re rebuilt from the ground up and are basically a whole new game. I must have completed the game or sunk an incredible amount of time into them. Early access games do not count and will not make my top 10 games list no matter how much I like them. When they release they’ll count towards my top 10 list of that year.
Streets of Rage 4 is just a damn good time. It didn’t matter if I played solo or in a group of family and friends I still had fun. This game is absolutely perfect outside of the performance issues that I had on the Xbox One X. The gameplay, characters, simple to follow story, and co-op made this one unforgettable experience for me and I’ll go as far as to say that this is one of, if not the best, games in this genre.
For those of you that don’t know what Streets of Rage is (it’s a pretty old series), it’s a side scroll beat em up that has you going from the left to right beating the living crap out of everything that pops up on the screen. It’s a basic formula that’s worked for this series since 1991 and it works here too. This game can be as simple or complex as you want it to be.
You can easily go through the entire game doing basic combos and throws, but if you want to master it you’ll have to put forth the extra effort into chaining up both aerial and ground-based moves. Every character has a unique fighting style and they all play brilliantly. Yes, even Axel! There are 5 playable characters with a bunch of unlockables. There are only 4 unique unlockable characters while the rest of them are just different variants of Axel, Blaze, and Adam.
What I really enjoyed about this game was all of the easter eggs and retro stages (and boss fights) I unlocked while playing. Streets of Rage was always one of my favorite series growing up and being able to return to those moments was a good nostalgia trip for me. That doesn’t take anything away from the new stuff that’s been added to this game though. The new bosses, locations, and characters are great. I only wish this game would’ve gotten more support than it did because I would love to play the old retro characters in the new art style that’s in this game.
They stick out like a sore thumb while playing and is the primary reason why I, mostly, stuck to using the new characters. The bugs were also an issue for me, but not enough of a reason for me to drop this game any spots on my list. Streets of Rage 4 could’ve easily been my game of the year. I enjoyed it that much and if you’ve never played a game in this series or are a veteran player returning to it I highly recommend it. It’s a lot of fun and at the end of the day, we play video games to have fun. This game didn’t need an amazing story or 90+ hours of gameplay to be perfect.
It’s just a really fun, tight gameplay experience that kept me coming back to it months after I had already completed it.
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I’m Omar. I’m the founder of drakulus.com and the new founder of Petescorner.net. I cover every type of game genre there is and I’m using all of the skills I learned over the last 7 years working on Drakulus to make Pete’s Corner the best it can be. My favorite types of games are strategy, RPGs, and Shooters. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy other types of genres. Those are just my top 3. You can expect my brutally honest opinion on what I think of games in long reviews, editorial pieces, and game news coverage.