Streets of Rage 3 gameplay on Sega Mega Drive

Streets of Rage 3 on Genesis

The third in the series of Streets of rage games and it was another good one. The gameplay was pretty similar to the previous games but the graphics felt like they had been improved, the sprites looked bigger.

There were a few new moves to master and the levels were larger with other tweaks to the previous game.

If you were a fan of the previous games you would enjoy this as well.


Streets of Rage 3 is a side-scrolling beat ’em up in which up to two players fight against waves of enemies. Players can choose from returning characters Axel, Blaze, and Skate, along with a new character named Dr. Zan, a robot who automatically converts every weapon picked up into a ball of energy.

Streets of Rage 3 on Genesis

By fulfilling certain conditions, two bonus characters, Shiva and Roo, can be unlocked for play, with a third unlockable character, Ash, being exclusive to the Japanese release.

Several tweaks have been made to the gameplay following Streets of Rage 2. Whereas only Skate was able to run in the previous game, now each character is able to run, as well as perform a vertical dodge roll.

Blitz attacks can be upgraded through successive play, and a rechargeable meter allows players to perform a Special attack without losing any health when full. Certain weapons now have special attacks that can be performed in the same way as Blitz attacks.

However, all weapons now have a limited number uses before they break, and unlockable characters are unable to hold weapons at all.

Stages in the game features traps, originally featured in the first Streets of Rage, such as bottomless pits, and some stages have alternate routes depending on certain actions, such as whether players can clear a room of enemies before a non-playable character is killed by poison gas.

Streets of rage 3 gameplay

Enemy AI was expanded so more enemies can pick up weapons, block attacks, employ co-operative attacks, and even steal exposed food items to regain health.

Compared to the Japanese version, the Western release of this game features altered graphics and sound effects, and increased difficulty, and does not feature Ash as a playable character. Like the previous game, a Battle mode lets two players fight against each other.


Three of the playable characters from former games return in the sequel: Axel Stone, Blaze Fielding, and Eddie “Skate” Hunter , each of which have their respective strengths and weaknesses.

Dr. Zan replaces Max from the second game, with any weapon he picks up turning into a ball of energy. Adam from the first game makes a story cameo, and Max only makes a cameo appearance in the game’s “good” ending.