LizardCube and DotEmu deliver a gut punch with these hard-hitting Streets of Rage 4 screens, new vid showcases combo and juggling mechanics.
While details on Streets of Rage 4 have been hard to come by since the game was first announced last summer, developer LizardCube released a handful of screenshots and a brief six-second video clip offering a fresh look at the upcoming brawler. And, if you’re a long-time fan of the series like I am, I think you’re going to be quite pleased with what’s being shown.
The new screenshots do a great job of showcasing dual protagonists Blaze Fielding and Axel Stone as they duke it out with a host of familiar syndicate baddies, along with a few new as-of-yet unnamed baddies. Without further ado, let’s take a look!
Above we see the newly-bearded Axel delivering a solid punch to the chin of Whip as Y. Signal and the fearsome Muay Thai master Raven stand poised to strike.
Judo superstar Blaze Fielding sweeps the leg of Whip and an unnamed Syndicate goon as Y. Signal, Raven, and Galsia look on.
This shot does a great job of showcasing all of the little details in the gorgeous hand-drawn environments. Here Blaze faces off with a riot shield-toting cop in what looks to be a police station that’s probably seen better days. Will dirty cops play a major role in Streets of Rage 4’s story? It sure seems like it!
Lastly, this dramatic shot beside a demolished subway train showcases Axel coming face to face with a mysterious woman who appears to have a fondness for serpents. Could this be one of the game’s main antagonists? Perhaps another playable character? We can’t wait to find out!
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Lastly, LizardCube and publisher DotEmu released a brief clip of gameplay. While it’s only six seconds long, the footage does a great job of showcasing the game’s combat system, which seems just as fast and snappy as you’d expect from a Streets of Rage game. What’s most impressive is the combo and juggling systems, which remind me quite a bit of SNK and Noise Factory’s fantastic Neo Geo beat ’em up Sengoku 3.
Still no word on what platforms Streets of Rage will find its way onto when it releases in 2019, or if legendary VGM composer Yuzo Koshiro will be reprising his role for this long-awaited brawler. We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we do.
So, what do you think of the look of Streets of Rage 4? Do you think LizardCube will do the venerated beat ’em up franchise justice? Let us know in the comments below.