Today marks the 25th anniversary of Streets of Rage‘s original release!
Of course, the game was released originally in Japan as Bare Knuckle with this fantastic cover gracing it’s case.
Where were you when you first encountered Streets of Rage?
My Uncle was in his late teens while I was 9 years old in the fall of 1991. He had obtained a Sega Genesis fairly early and I always looked forward to trying the latest games out when we visited. It was at his house that I first experienced Altered Beast, Golden Axe, and many other classic Sega games.
Somehow the arcade games simply had not been available in my area, with mostly Capcom and Namco machines filling the spots in the entryways of grocery and corner stores. You know, the usual places a young man would find arcade cabinets in the late 1980s in rural America!
So it was on an all-too short visit to my Uncle’s house that I would first discover Streets of Rage. I recall having seen some coverage of it in magazines prior, but the printed page and text simply could not communicate the experience that this game offers.
As we all know, the game is great. A wonderful rival for Capcom’s Final Fight with aesthetics and a soundtrack that blows it’s competitor away.
How do you feel when reflecting on 25 years of pounding asses to thumping music?
Segabits has posted a cool video of a prototype Sega Australia had created for a new Golden Axe game. Evidently, Sega Australia approached their corporate overlords with the idea of relaunching classic Sega IPs in a shared universe under the label “SEGA Reborn.” This would mean that nods to other games under the same label and even possibly crossovers could occur. Unfortunately, Sega didn’t go for it.
Personally, I like what I see from this super early build and would have probably bought the proposed game for the usual $15 price point on downloadable services. What do you, dear reader, think of this prototype or the concept of Sega Reborn?