Streets of Rage 4
Top Critic Average
Streets of Rage doesn't do much to innovate, but it's a beautiful brawler with just enough depth to stay engaging through multiple runs.
Streets of Rage 4 delivers a fun, traditional experience but prioritises nostalgia over any kind of modern reinvention.
Glorious artwork and a fan's eye for detail combine for a sequel that manages to best its forebears.
An excellent return to form for gaming's favourite beat 'em-up franchise and while it doesn't represent much evolution from the original games it's still just as much fun as ever.
Streets of Rage 4 is a fun stroll down memory lane, but it doesn't have enough depth to completely pull players in
Streets of Rage 4 expertly revives a beloved beat-'em-up franchise with great music, visuals, and most importantly, solid gameplay.
But Streets of Rage, as a series, is a time capsule from a different, simpler era. While it's blunt and repetitive, it also manifests a relaxing social space with ease. Call it video games as loitering. The music is as good as it's ever been in the series. The stages and characters are beautiful, reimagining the original trilogy's '90s locales and punk-inspired band of baddies in a way that stands up to those games without scarring modern eyes. The action itself is so simple that you can get lost in a conversation about, well, anything as you play.
I will continue to play an absurd amount of this game in the years to come, and I’m glad to fit it into rotation when deciding which in the series I want to dive into with friends.
Streets of Rage 4 is a small, concentrated hit of beat 'em up excellence. While its length and lack of extra modes might make this offering seem slim, it makes up for it with brilliant fighting, effusive style, and another solid set of tunes. If beat 'em up games are seeing a revival, Streets of Rage 4 is leading the charge.