|Streets of Rage, Sega Genesis, Sega, 1991|
Now this one is special. My Sega cousins blew my mind with the first Sonic the Hedgehog in the summer of 1991. However, nothing prepared me for Streets of Rage later that fall. I had played beat-em-up games in the arcades, like Final Fight and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game, but they were nothing like this.
Streets of Rage was gritty, visceral, with a blood-pumping soundtrack and dark urban setting that felt wholly original. And no arcade was necessary! We could play it in my cousin's den!
|Streets of Rage, I will press any button you tell me to.|
|As simple as kneeing this dude in the nuts.|
|I've never felt closer to you than I do right now, though I do feel just a bit closer to this guy, who I have in a headlock.|
|"We'll just identify their bodies by their dental records."|
|Blaze, holding it down.|
The insane thing about the first Sonic the Hedgehog and Streets of Rage games is that in just a year, Sega would both completely top and perfect them with their sequels. Early 90's Sega was on fire!
Lasting Value 9.5/10.0
Overall (Not an Average): 9.5/10.0