It’s time to get kicky and punchy again, because after 24 years away, Streets Of Rage is coming back…
Sometimes, it’s nice to walk along a pixelated street, punching and kicking everyone that comes your way, sometimes smashing a phone-box so that you can eat the apple within, and then now and again picking up a baseball bat and just absolutely belting someone round the face with it. Just like you could on Streets Of Rage, for example, one of the greatest and most joyfully mindless games of our time.
Just walking along with endless personality-free goons walking the opposite way, just aching to have a right good walloping from your boot. That’s gameplay, that has zero pretense, just wave-upon-wave of decking, it’s bliss. So enjoyable, was the game that there was a Streets Of Rage 2 and 3 - three whole games of relentless knocking-out.
But then… silence. Not a single, proper, official Streets Of Rage game since 1994.
UNTIL NOW, YOU PUNCH-LOVING KICK-FANS.
Tell us that doesn’t look good. TELL US.
The game, which is being developed by Lizardcube (2017’s Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap remake), Guard Crush Games (Streets of Fury) and publisher Dotemu (Wonder Boy), is an officially licensed property, so you won’t be getting some knock-off made by some bloke in his parent’s basement. Not that there’s anything wrong with the basements of parents, or anything, but you want an actual, proper sequel, don’t you?
The official blurb is as follows:
“Streets of Rage 4 builds upon the classic trilogy’s gameplay with new mechanics, a fresh story and a gauntlet of dangerous stages with a serious crime problem.
“Streets of Rage 4 recalls classic gameplay but it stands as an entirely original arcade-style romp thanks to the expertise of Guard Crush Games and Dotemu.
“Whether players gang up with a friend or clean up the city solo, Streets of Rage 4 is a skull-bashing, chicken-chomping delight all set to a thumping soundtrack sure to get your blood pumping.”
At present, it doesn’t have a release date, but that’s no reason not to get excited, is it? LET’S GET ANTICIPATED!