Streets of Rage 3 (known as Bare Knuckle 3 in Japan version (ベア・ナックル III)) is a side-scrolling beat 'em up released by Sega in 1994 for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. It is the last part of the Streets of Rage series. It was later released for the Japanese version of Sonic Gems Collection for the GameCube and PlayStation 2, and for the Wii Virtual Console on . The game also appeared in Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Japanese Plot Edit
The plot in Japan was changed for unknown reasons.. Dr. Gilbert Zan found a chemical called Raxine (ラクシン Rakushin in Japan) that was used as a napalm supposedly killing thousands of people. A general named General Peterov had gone missing soon after. It was soon learned that Mr. X was trying to use Raxine and was responsible for the General's disappearance. The english version turned Peterov into the Chief of Police.
Western/PAL Version Plot Edit
Despite having been defeated twice, Mr. X is far from finished in his efforts to take control of the city. He has been laying low, using Robocy Corporation as a front for the Syndicate Crime Organization's business activites. And he has now brought in a genius, if eccentric, roboticist, Dr. Dahm, to help him with his newest scheme: To replace key city officials with exact robot duplicates under his control, allowing him to run the entire city by remote control. To divert the police's attention, he has his men plant bombs around the city.
However, one Robocy Corporation researcher, Dr. Gilbert Zan, digs a little too far into corporate files and finds the connection between Robocy Corp and the Syndicate. Due to his criminal record, he can't go to the police with this information, so instead, he goes to Blaze Fielding, and tells her that the Syndicate plans to capture and replace the Chief of Police.
Blaze quickly sends word to her friends, Axel Stone and Adam Hunter, about what's going on. Axel quickly responds, but Adam has his obligations to the police force and can't come, though he sends his brother Eddie "Skate" Hunter on his behalf. Together, they will work together to stop the bombings and put a stop to the Syndicate once and for all!
Playable Characters Edit
- Axel Stone
- Blaze Fielding
- Eddie "Skate" Hunter
- Dr. Gilbert Zan
- Shiva (unlocked by holding onto the B button after defeating him)
- Roo (unlocked by defeating his cruel master Bruce and letting him go free)
- Ash (unlocked by holding onto the A Button after defeating him, only in Japanese version)
- Ash (sub-boss and unlockable character, only appears in the Japanese version)
- Shiva (first boss and unlockable character, is the final boss if you fail to save the general from round 6)
- Bruce and Roo (sub-bosses, Roo is an unlockable character)
- Mona & Lisa (second boss)
- Robot Axel (third boss)
- Yamato (fourth boss)
- Robo-X (fifth boss, final boss if playing on Easy Mode in the English version)
- Jet (sixth boss)
- Dr. Dahm (sub-boss)
- Robot Y (controlled by the disembodied brain of Mr. X, final boss if the player succeeds in saving the general in stage 6)
Regional differences Edit
Bare Knuckle 3 is significantly different from Western counterpart in terms of gameplay, graphics, sound and plotline.It is known as original Version.
- As usual BK's Sammy becomes SOR's Skate. But this time around the Japanese and Western names are quite different. BK3's punk names are very similar to those of SOR2, with Galsia instead of SOR3's Garcia. Sega of America for unknown reasoning drastically changed most of the names. The weapons are also heavily renamed (e.g. Katana to Sword).
- The main characters in Bare Knuckle 3 sport their Streets of Rage 2 costumes, so Axel is blue and white and Blaze is in red. Also, some the enemies have different costumes; in Round 1 Shiva has the dark green costume that he wears as the final boss in SOR3 instead of his normal one.
- Electra and the new woman punk enemy are somewhat scantily clad in Bare Knuckle 3 and were covered up by Sega of America for Streets of Rage 3.
- Axel saying "Grand Upper" in the Japanese version when he does his special, but "Bare Knuckle" in the American version.
- In BK3, Ash was the one riding punks to the players, eventually fighting them himself. Being a homosexual stereotype and thought offensive, he was removed for SOR3 and Shiva harbored the job of transporting enemies.
- In BK3's Good Ending Blaze wears somewhat less than she does in SOR3.