Streets of Rage 2 is a side-scrolling beat ’em up video game released by Sega in 1992 for the Mega Drive console. The game introduced two new characters: Max Thunder and Eddie “Skate” Hunter (known as Sammy Hunter in Japan), brother of Adam Hunter from the original game.
Streets of Rage 2 plays very similar to its predecessor it improves and refines much of the gameplay. The biggest change is the replacement of the original special attack, which was calling a police car to damage all on-screen enemies, with individual special attacks performed by each character, that depletes some of their health. Each character’s move list has been expanded and edited to make them very individual to play instead of similar with different handicaps.
Enemies are also improved; all are given life gauges and names, and like the selectable characters, given bigger and more individual movesets. There are many new enemies, including bikers, ninjas, kickboxers and robots.
There are also changes to the weapons that can be picked up. The knife has been tweaked, so the player can throw it at will, whereas in the first game the it could be thrown by accident by the player. As a trade-off, the knife does much less damage when thrown in Streets of Rage 2. A kunai has been added, with the same functionality as the knife. The baseball bat from Streets of Rage is replaced by a katana, which performs the most damage of any weapon in the game.
The characters themselves are given some special abilities and handicaps. In addition to their traits and individual moves, the characters now have a “semi-special move”: a powerful, non-energy-draining attack, performed by double tapping a direction and pressing punch. Also, Skate had the ability to dash when a direction is double tapped.
The graphics were better than the original Streets of Rage, bigger characters and better backgrounds. The sound is one of the highlights of the game there are an abundance of tracks available all of which have a dance/techno type fell to them. The game play is also good and the co-op option adds to this greatly, this is a game you will play fro a while with 8 decent sized levels , different character options and various difficulty levels
I give this game a score of 85%
Highlight the “Options” selection at the main menu, hold A + B on controller two, and press any button on controller one. Additional options that allow level selection, new difficulty levels (Mania and Very Easy), and increasing number of lives up to nine will be displayed.
Two players as same character:
Hold Down/Right + B on controller one and Left + A on controller two at the title screen. Press C on controller two while all buttons are held. Select two player mode and choose the same character. Note: Both characters will appear identical.
Two players as same character (European version):
Hold Right + B on controller one and Left + A on controller two at the title screen. Press C on controller two while all buttons are held. Select two player mode and choose the same character. Note: Both characters will appear identical.
Move to the left corner of level one and press Punch.
1 : AK9A-BA6C : Start on stage 2 instead of 1
2 : AV9A-BA6C : Start on stage 3
3 : A39A-BA6C : Start on stage 4
4 : BB9A-BA6C : Start on stage 5
5 : BK9A-BA6C : Start on stage 6
6 : BV9A-BA6C : Start on stage 7
7 : B39A-BA6C : Start on stage 8
8 : V30A-BEB6 : Player 1 starts with 7 lives
9 : LB0A-BEB6 : Player 1 starts with 9 lives
10 : V30A-BEGL + V45A-BEAC Player 2 starts with 7 lives
11 : LB0A-BEGL + LC5A-BEAC Player 2 starts with 9 lives
12 : AW7T-AA6L : Infinite lives–both players
13 : CBFA-AAG6 : Apple pick-up restores less energy
14 : JKFA-AAG6 : Apple pick-up restores more energy
15 : PBFA-AAG6 : Apple pick-up restores all energy
16 : ABFA-AAG6 : Apple pick-up worth nothing
17 : JBFA-AAH8 + PKFA-ANH6 + 5VFT-AA2C : Roast chicken pick-up restores less energy
18 : EBFA-AAH8 + PKFA-ANH6 + 5VFT-AA2C : Roast chicken pick-up restores much less energy
19 : ABFA-AAH8 + PKFA-ANH6 + 5VFT-AA2C : Roast chicken pick-up worth nothing
20 : LBFT-AAAT : Cash bag worth 5,000 instead of 1,000
21 : ABFT-ACAT : Cash bag worth 10,000
22 : LBFT-AEAT : Cash bag worth 25,000
23 : ABFT-AAAT : Cash bag worth nothing
24 : CBFT-AAAY : Gold bar worth 1,000 instead of 5,000
25 : ABFT-ACAY : Gold bar worth 10,000
26 : ABFT-AEAY : Gold bar worth 20,000
27 : ABFT-ALAY : Gold bar worth 50,000
28 : ABFT-AAAY : Gold bar worth nothing
29 : PKFA-BJ0E : 1-up worth 2 lives instead of 1
30 : PKFA-BN0E : 1-up worth 3 lives
31 : AKFA-AA8E : 1-up worth nothing
32 : AK1A-AAAE : Player 1 starts with 1 continue instead of 2
33 : AZ1A-AAAE : Player 1 starts with 4 continues
34 : A71A-AAAE : Player 1 starts with 6 continues
35 : BF1A-AAAE : Player 1 starts with 8 continues
36 : AF1A-AAAE : Player 1 starts with no continues
37 : AK1A-AAC4 : Player 2 starts with 1 continue instead of 2
38 : AZ1A-AAC4 : Player 2 starts with 4 continues
39 : A71A-AAC4 : Player 2 starts with 6 continues
40 : BF1A-AAC4 : Player 2 starts with 8 continues
41 : AF1A-AAC4 : Player 2 starts with no continues
42 : AL7T-AA62 : Infinite continues–both players
43 : NM6T-AAF0 : Choose up to 99 players on options screen