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The Streets of Rage series, known as the Bare Knuckle series in Japan (ベア・ナックル Bea Nakkuru) is a well-known beat 'em up series developed by Sega. The series centers around the efforts of several heroes, including series mainstays Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding, to rid a troubled city from the rule of crime boss Mr. X and his syndicate. Beat Em Up is the Iggy Pop album on which the band were first labeled as The Trolls: Iggy Pop, Whitey Kirst, Pete Marshall, Alex Kirst, Lloyd Mooseman Roberts. ... This article is about the video game company. ...



The three games in the series were released between 1991 and 1994, the first of which was later included as part of the Sega 6-Pak. The first entry in the series, Streets of Rage introduces the main characters: three young police officers (Axel, Blaze, and Adam) and Mr. X, the mastermind himself. Gameplay is different from later games in the series, as were the graphics - which are significantly smaller in scale than the graphics of the later games. Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Streets of Rage is a side-scrolling beat em up released by Sega in 1991. ...

The next entry in the series, Streets of Rage 2 had new music by Yuzo Koshiro (inspired by early '90s club music), more defined graphics and bigger selection of moves. It also introduced two new characters, Eddie "Skate" Hunter, and Max Thunder (or Sammy "Skate" Hunter and Max Hatchett in some regions). Various gameplay tweaks and enhancements were added. Streets of Rage 2 is a side-scrolling beat em up released by Sega in 1993, it is a sequel to Streets of Rage. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Yuzo Koshiro , born December 12, 1967 in Hino, Tokyo) is a Japanese video game music composer. ... For the journal by ACM SIGGRAPH, see Computer Graphics (Publication). ...

The final entry to the Streets of Rage series, Streets of Rage 3 was also perhaps the most controversial. Despite some enhancements, it has been seen as very similar to Streets of Rage 2. This entry to the series added a more complex storyline, told using cut scenes. The Western port's plot was largely censored and its difficulty level significantly increased. Streets of Rage 3 is a beat em up released by Sega in 1994 for the Sega Genesis. ... A cut scene or cutscene (sometimes also referred to as a cinematic) is a sequence in a video game over which the player has no control. ...

Although it was one of the most popular franchises on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, no new Streets of Rage games have appeared on subsequent consoles. After porting Die Hard Arcade, a 3D beat 'em up from the arcades to the Saturn, Sega had reportedly tried to bring 'the Streets of Rage series to the Sega Saturn and expressed interest in using the 3D title Fighting Force to do so. Nothing ever came of this and the game was released without Streets of Rage branding. The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... “Game console” redirects here. ... Die Hard Arcade is a 1 or 2 player game in which the male and/or female characters fight through action-packed levels to save the presidents daughter from a band of terrorists. ... 3D computer graphics are different from 2D computer graphics in that a three-dimensional representation of geometric data is stored in the computer for the purposes of performing calculations and rendering 2D images. ... arcade, see Arcade. ... It has been suggested that Arcade Racer Joystick be merged into this article or section. ... Fighting Force is a 1997 3D beat em up developed by Core Design and published by Eidos in the same lines of classics such as Streets of Rage and Double Dragon. ...

Early in the Sega Dreamcast production cycle, demos tentatively titled Streets of Rage 4 were made by Sega of Japan to bring the Streets of Rage series to the platform. The demo showed a character similar to Axel fighting off a group of enemy characters. Various changes in gameplay had apparently been planned, including the introduction of new team attacks and a new first person perspective. However, allegedly due to new management at Sega of America being unaware of the series and its past success, Sega did not follow up on it and the game never advanced past the demo stage. Video clips of a demo were eventually leaked out. [1]. This article is about the video game company. ... The Dreamcast , code-named White Belt, Black Belt, Dural, Dricas, Vortex, Katana, Shark and Guppy during development) is Segas final video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ... First-person narrative is a literary technique in which the story is narrated by one character, who explicitly refers to him or herself in the first person, that is, I. the narrator is a fool putting his nose into the storytelling exercise. ...

All three existing titles were included in the Japanese version of Sonic Gems Collection [2]. Sonic Gems Collection (ソニック ジェムズ コレクション) is a GameCube and (in Japan and Europe) PlayStation 2 compilation of the more obscure games of the Sonic series. ...


In order of appearance:

Streets of Rage

Main article: Streets of Rage

Streets of Rage is a side-scrolling beat em up released by Sega in 1991. ...

Axel Stone

Playable character in all the games, Axel is the front man of the series. A former police detective in the first game, he opened his own karate dojo in the outskirts of the city, although in the Japanese Bare Knuckle 3 storyline, he is actually transferred to the Special Investigation department. He turns slowly from an all-around to a bruiser in the end of the series. In the later games, his special attacks are a 360 degree flaming punch (Dragon Wing) and a punch/uppercut combo (Dragon Smash). His blitz attack is a flaming uppercut named Grand Upper (which was renamed to Bare Knuckle for SoR3, maybe as an in-joke). It was toned down considerably in SoR3 due to its excessive power in SoR2.

Blaze Fielding

Like Axel, Blaze is a playable character in all the games. Blaze was also a former police detective. She then began working as a private investigator. While she starts out the series as a stereotypical female character (fast but weak), she ends up becoming the series' "all-rounder" by the second game. Her speciality is Judo, giving her a more powerful 'throw' move than the other characters. With even stats and good techniques, Blaze is usually seen as the best character to use in SoR3. Her special techniques in the later two games are a cartwheel kick (Embukyaku) and a fireball (Kikousho). Her standard blitz attack, Vertical Slash, is a forward somersault that strikes enemies with her fists.

Although this was never officially mentioned in the games, there are hints to a romantic relationship between both Blaze and Axel. A subtle hint to this was in the ending picture from Streets of Rage 3 in which the both of them are arm in arm watching the sunrise. Streets of Rage 3 is a beat em up released by Sega in 1994 for the Sega Genesis. ...

Adam Hunter

Adam is a playable character only in SoR1. He is kidnapped in SoR2, and appears in the cut scenes of SoR3 twice. He is the older brother of Eddie "Skate" Hunter. Adam is an ex-professional boxer who joined the police force as a detective. Unlike Axel and Blaze, he did not quit the police force at the end of the second game. He is the opposite of Blaze, in that he is slower but stronger.

Mr. X

The syndicate boss Mr. X is the main antagonist, and appears as the final adversary in all games in one form or another. In the two first games, he is armed with a Tommy gun. After barely surviving his first two encounters with the SoR team, in SoR3 he is nothing more than a brain in a jar, and has a robot, Robot Y (or Neo X in the Bare Knuckle Version) who fights for him. This could be similar to Cain's final form in RoboCop 2, where he is hospitalized, killed, and his brain is stored to control his actions in his RoboCop 2 form. Flag Ship from the video game Gorf A boss is a particularly challenging computer-controlled enemy in video games. ... For the Clash song, see Tommy Gun (song). ...

Streets of Rage 2

Main article: Streets of Rage 2

Streets of Rage 2 is a side-scrolling beat em up released by Sega in 1993, it is a sequel to Streets of Rage. ...

Max Hatchett/Thunder

Only playable in SoR2, Max, a wrestler, is by far the slowest character in the series, but also the hardest hitting. Max is a friend of Axel, and makes a cameo appearance in the ending of the third game. His special techniques were a spinning ax-handle blow (Thunder Bomb) and a dashing tackle (Thunder Tackle). His most famous attack is a devastating grappling move called Atomic Drop, which does the most damage of any move in any of the games. His surname differs between the U.S. and European Games, being Thunder in the U.S. version and in Bare Knuckle, and Hatchett in the European version. He is the exact opposite of Skate as in that he sacrifices a lot of speed for power. Although he is not present in Streets of Rage 3, he can be seen in the true ending with other characters watching the sunset.

Eddie/Sammy Hunter AKA 'Skate'

Playable character in SoR2 and SoR3, the kid brother of Adam. His first name is Sammy in BK2 and Eddie in SoR2. "Skate" is his nickname, as he fights on rollerblades. He is fast, but the weakest of all characters. In SoR2 he was the only character who could dash, an ability all playable characters gained by SoR3. In both games, one of Skate's special moves was the Double Spin Kick. In SoR2, he uses the Corkscrew Kick and in SoR3, he uses Rolling Punches, a flurry of punches. At 4' 10" (147cm), he is the smallest playable character by far. This article is about the company and trademark Rollerblade. ...


The boss you fight right before Mr. X in SoR2, and up to two times in SoR3. He is Mr. X's bodyguard and a very skilled fighter, his repertoire of moves matching the regular playable characters. He is also a secret playable character in SoR3, who can be unlocked right after defeating him by holding down the B button. He is named after the Hindu god Shiva. Since he is an evil character, his existence as a playable character is not considered canon, as it's impossible for Axel and Blaze to work with him. This article discusses the adherents of Hinduism. ... For other uses, see Siva (disambiguation). ...

Streets of Rage 3

Main article: Streets of Rage 3

Streets of Rage 3 is a beat em up released by Sega in 1994 for the Sega Genesis. ...

Dr. Zan Gilbert

A former syndicate henchman, Zan tells Blaze about the robot conspiracy in SoR3, and about the Rakushin bombs in the Japanese counterpart BK3. He is one of the four initially selectable characters. Zan is himself part robot, a cyborg. Unlike the other characters in SoR3, Zan has no specialized blitz weapon attacks; every weapon results in the same projectile attack for him. His special techniques are the Electric Body and Electric Hand, using his cyborg half to shock the opponents. For other uses, see Cyborg (disambiguation). ...


Roo (Victy in BKIII) is a kangaroo mini-boss in SoR3. If you defeat his cruel trainer, Bruce (Danch in BKIII), while keeping Roo alive, he becomes playable when you use a continue. You can also press Up+B+Start at the title screen to select Roo at the character selection screen. His moveset is very complete, even including team attacks with the regular SoR characters. This article is about the animal. ...


A minion of Mr. X and the first mini-boss you face in BK3. His character is a very stereotypical homosexual, a very feminine run, even a little 'laugh' taunt (which can still be heard in SoR3 in the sound test under VOICE 14) and tons of female mannerisms. Because of this, he was removed from the Western port SoR3. In BK3 he drives a boat which drops off punks and afterwards jumps off to fight himself. Like Shiva, he is also a secret playable character, but unlocked by holding A once defeated. Ash's moveset is very limited; for example, he has no jumping attacks, but instead his punches are humorously overpowered. Like Shiva and Roo/Victy, he cannot hold any weapons.

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Three six-part comic strip series based upon the games appeared in Sonic the Comic in the early 1990s (along with several other adaptations of popular Sega franchises). The first two of these was written by Mark Millar, who has since become popular writing The Authority for Wildstorm and Ultimate X-Men and The Ultimates for Marvel, while the third (and a Poster Mag story) was written by Nigel Kitching. These three stories are an alternate continuity from the games, and do not feature Adam. This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Sonic the Comic, known to its many readers as STC, was a UK childrens comic published fortnightly by Fleetway Editions (the merged companies Fleetway and London Editions, which progressively became integrated with its parent company Egmont until it became known as Egmont Magazines) between 1993 and 2002. ... ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ... Mark Millar (born December 24, 1969) is a Scottish comic book writer born in Coatbridge. ... The Authority is a superhero comic book published by DC Comics under the Wildstorm imprint. ... WildStorm Productions, or simply WildStorm or Wildstorm, is a publishing imprint and studio of American comic book publisher DC Comics. ... Ultimate X-Men is a superhero comic book series published by Marvel Comics. ... The Ultimates are a fictional team of government-sponsored superheroes in the Ultimate Marvel Universe, appearing primarily in their self-titled comic book limited series The Ultimates and The Ultimates 2, published by Marvel Comics, written by Mark Millar, and drawn by Bryan Hitch. ... This article is about the comic book company. ...

The first story, simply entitled Streets of Rage, involved Axel, Blaze, and Max quitting the highly corrupt police force in order to do more good as vigilantes, taking down Max's ex-partner; the crimelord and martial artist Hawk.

The next serial, Skates' Story introduced Skates, delinquent step-son of Murphy, a friend of Axel and his team and one of the few honest cops left on the force, who was unwillingly drawn into joining Axel's group after his parents were killed by Mr X.

The third and final story, called The Only Game In Town, involved the Syndicate unleashing an army of street gangs on our heroes, with the event turned into a gambling event as Mr. X opened a book based on whether or not the heroes would reach the river without being killed first. This ploy was played against the villain when Blaze bet on twenty-thousand dollars on her team's survival at odds of a thousand to one. This third story was notable for revealing that, for his failure, the old Mr. X had been the victim of a 'swimming accident' and had been replaced with a new one by the Syndicate at story's end. Like many non-Sonic stories in this magazine, the story had a cliff-hanger ending, with the new Mr. X promising that he would 'recoup his losses' and kill the heroes.

The Poster Mag story, called The Facts of Life, involved the heroes causing a racket by fighting one of the many street gangs in a sleeping neighborhood. The police arrive and arrest the thugs, as well as take the heroes to a junkyard for execution. Along the way, Axel explains why he, Blaze, and Max quit the force to a young rookie officer. At the junkyard, just as the officers are about to shoot Max, Blaze breaks free of her handcuffs and proceeds to beat the stuffing out of the cops, with Axel, Skates, and Max following shortly. After the dust clears, the rookie officer says that he's seen the true colors of the police force and requests that Axel hit him. Axel does so until Blaze tells him to stop, and they and Max and Skates leave as dawn breaks.

A four-part comic book adaptation of the second novel in the series, Project Y, is currently in development, with art from Damion Kendrick, creator of the martial arts series "Chang Fury" and the upcoming 4 part mini series "Shattered Realm". Find it here: http://www.streetsofrage.org.uk


The game's soundtrack was acclaimed, with several soundtrack albums being released. The soundtracks were composed by Yuzo Koshiro. Another musician, Motohiro Kawashima, helped on the second, providing a few tracks, and making even more for the third. Three soundtrack CDs were released in all, each of which now sell for high prices at auction and in Japanese markets. The Streets of Rage series from Sega is known for its memorable in-game music. ... Yuzo Koshiro , born December 12, 1967 in Hino, Tokyo) is a Japanese video game music composer. ... In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... A compact disc or CD is an optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. ...


A series of four unofficial novels have been written by Matthew Drury. They follow the plot of the Games and add a new layer of story to the series, bringing the characters and settings to life in an action-packed, coherent fictional universe. The titles of the four novels are Streets of Rage: The Novel, Streets of Rage: Project Y, Streets of Rage: The New Syndicate, and Streets of Rage: Face of the Dragon. In 2007, the novels were compiled into an Omnibus Edition called Streets of Rage Ultimate Saga. Find it here: http://www.streetsofrage.org.uk/sornovels.htm

External links

  • NTSC-uk's Streets of Rage Retrospective
  • Streets of Rage Online
  • Ancient Corp, Koshiro's game company
  • Streets of Rage Expanded Universe
  • Streets of Rage series at MobyGames



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