Streets of Rage 4 is a video game developed by Dotemu, Guard Crush Games and Lizardcube, released in April 30th, 2020 for the Microsoft Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC. It is the first iteration of Streets of Rage 4 to be publicly announced and also the first new installment in the series since Streets of Rage 3 released in 1994. The game takes place around 10 years after the events of Streets of Rage 3.

Story[edit | edit source]

Ten years have passed since the fall of Mr. X and his Syndicate. The city has been at peace... until now. A new crime empire has arisen, corrupting everything good in the city. It is rumored to be led by Mr. X's own children: the Y Twins.

Former detectives Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding join forces with their old friend's daughter, Cherry Hunter, along with Floyd Iraia, an apprentice of the brilliant Dr. Zan.

Together these four vigilantes stand against the Y Syndicate on the... Streets of Rage.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Streets of Rage 4 carries on the style of previous entries in the series. New to the gameplay formula is the ability to recover health spent using a Special Attack by performing successive follow-up attacks. Players are also able to juggle opponents against each other and walls for extended combos. Another major addition are the Star Moves; these are limited use moves which consume the star icons below the player's life gauge and cause massive damage to multiple enemies at once. Hidden around the stages are Star icons, which add a Star Move stock when collected.

The game can be played locally with up to four players, while online play allows up to two players simultaneously. After each stage players are graded on their performance, with points being added to a meter which serves to unlock the retro characters. In addition to the main Story Mode, the player can also unlock a Stage Select, as well as Arcade Mode and Battle Mode.

Pickups[edit | edit source]

Items[edit | edit source]

  • Apple, Onigiri*, Croissant*, Onion Rings*, Pizza Slice*, Tofu*: Small health refill, +300 Points at full health
  • Chicken, Bowl Of Ramen*, Ham*, Loaded French Fries*, Cheeseburger*, Salad*: Full health refill, +1000 Points at full health. These food * pick-ups can be swapped out for other foods, if you prefer. Go to Options > Food.
  • Power Star: Special Star move
  • Money Bag: +200 Points
  • Money Case: +500 Points

Weapons[edit | edit source]

  • Knife: Knocks enemies down, can be thrown
  • Metal Pipe: Swings above the player and to the front, knocking enemies
  • Taser: Electrifies enemies, causing damage. Only can be used once
  • Nightstick:
  • Bottle:
  • Broken Bottle:
  • Baseball Bat: Swings in front of the player, knocks multiple enemies
  • Toxic Bottle:
  • Pool Cue:
  • 8-Ball:
  • Fire Bottle:
  • Motor Bike:
  • Boomerang:
  • Katana:
  • Sai:
  • No Entry Sign:
  • Cleaver:
  • Naginata Spear:
  • Grenade: Detonates upon impact or after a while, it's explosion can hit multiple enemies and the player
  • Golden Chicken:
  • Floor Squeegee:
  • Nail Bat:
  • Hammer:
  • Mallet:
  • Brick:
  • Lightning Bottle:
  • Sword:
  • Morning Star Mace:
  • Shuriken:
  • Swordfish: (Mr.X Nightmare DLC)
  • Light Saber: (Mr.X Nightmare DLC)
  • Umbrella: (Mr.X Nightmare DLC)
  • Pugil Stick: (Mr.X Nightmare DLC)

The weapons displayed above are listed in order of appearance in-game.

Playable Characters[edit | edit source]

Returning[edit | edit source]

  • Axel Stone - "Back in the fight!" "Axel Stone."
  • Blaze Fielding - "Bring it on!" "Blaze Fielding!"
  • Adam Hunter - "I'm hunter and you're the prey!" "Daddy's gotta go to work!" "I'm gonna put the cherry on top!" "Let's call you a time traveler... cause I'm slapping you to the middle of next week!" "Adam Hunter!"
  • Max Thunder (Mr. X Nightmare DLC) - "I will break you!" "Max Thunder!"
  • Shiva (Mr. X Nightmare DLC) - "I don’t need weapons, I am the weapon." "Shiva."

New[edit | edit source]

Classic[edit | edit source]

As well as the new characters, the classic, sprite-based versions of the cast from the previous games can be unlocked.

Enemies[edit | edit source]

  • Galsia (B.T., Galsiaaaaa, Jonathan, Joseph, Garam, Brash, Surger)
  • Donovan (Altet, Gudden, Z)
  • Signal (Y. Signal, G. Signal, R. Signal, D. Signal)
  • Dylan (Kevin, Francis, Brandon)
  • Garnet (Ruby, Diamond, Pyrop, Saphyr)
  • Goro (Dokuja)
  • Raven (Condor, Pheasant, Sparrow)
  • Assassin Agent (Silver, Gold, Iron, Bronze)
  • Feroccio (Dick, Barney, Lou)
  • Sugar (Honey, Caramel, Candy)
  • Victoria (Elizabeth, Margaret, Anne)
  • Koobo (Baabo)
  • Big Ben (Gourmand, Anry, Heart)
  • Murphy (Dunphy, Sand, Shadow)
  • Shadow
  • Nora (Boss), (Queen, Belle, Stiletto)

Stages and Bosses[edit | edit source]

Stage Name Boss Background music (BGM)
1 The Streets Diva They're Back
The Streets
Chill or Don't
2 Police Precinct Commissioner Call The Cops
Funky HQ
3 Cargo Ship Nora The Storm Boat
4 Old Pier Estel Aguirre Ghost Fair
Down the Beatch
5 Underground Barbon The Undergrounds
On Fire
6 Chinatown Shiva Chow Time
Do Joe
7 Skytrain Estel Aguirre and Commissioner(s) Aphex Train
8 Art Gallery Beyo and Riha An Exhibition
9 Y Tower Max Thunder Rising Up
10 To The Concert DJ K-Washi 25 Years Ago
11 Airplane Mr. Y A-Ki-Ra
Lift The Ground
12 Y Island Ms. Y, Mr. Y and Y Mecha Ti Un Fou

Next of a Kin Showdown

Retro levels[edit | edit source]

During the game, the player can find hidden levels by hitting the breakable Arcade machines with a taser gun. These levels consist only of short fights against bosses from Streets of Rage 2.

  • The first level is found on the second stage, leading to a fight against Jack.
  • The second level is found on the fourth stage, leading to a fight against Zamza.
  • The third level is found on the fifth stage, leading to a fight against Abadede.
  • The fourth level is found on the eighth stage, leading to a fight against Shiva and Mr. X.

Achievements and Trophies[edit | edit source]

There are 37 available achievements, with an additional trophy available on PlayStation 4.

Icon Name Description Trophy
100 Yen.png 100 Yen Clear the Arcade mode on Hard difficulty or higher. Gold
All Clear Adam.png All Clear: Adam Clear all stages in single-player mode as Adam. Silver
All Clear Axel.png All Clear: Axel Clear all stages in single-player mode as Axel. Silver
All Clear Blaze.png All Clear: Blaze Clear all stages in single-player mode as Blaze. Silver
All Clear Cherry.png All Clear: Cherry Clear all stages in single-player mode as Cherry. Silver
All Clear Floyd.png All Clear: Floyd Clear all stages in single-player mode as Floyd. Silver
All Clear SOR1.png All Clear: SOR1 Clear all stages in single-player mode with a "SOR1" character. Silver
All Clear SOR2.png All Clear: SOR2 Clear all stages in single-player mode with a "SOR2" character. Silver
All Clear SOR3.png All Clear SOR3 Clear all stages in single-player mode with a "SOR3" character. Silver
All Too Easy.png All Too Easy Complete a stage on Mania difficulty. Silver
An Elegant Death.png An Elegant Death Use a chandelier to kill an enemy. Bronze
Birth of the Cool.png Birth of the Cool Catch a weapon in the air. Bronze
Bleeding Knuckles.png Bleeding Knuckles Reach a lifetime score of 5,000,000. Gold
Broke My Toy.png Broke My Toy Break a spear. Bronze
Collateral Damage.png Collateral Damage Use a barrel or a grenade explosion to kill 3 enemies at the same time. Bronze
Combo Expert.png Combo Expert Achieve an "Amazing!!" combo. Bronze
Combo Master.png Combo Master Achieve an "Out of this world!!!" combo. Silver
Combo Pro.png Combo Pro Achieve a "Super!" combo. Bronze
Demolition Man.png Demolition Man Use a wrecking ball to kill an enemy. Bronze
Dojo Master.png Dojo Master Beat Shiva. Bronze
Dude, My Car!.png Dude, My Car! Break the car in The Streets. Bronze
Eating off the Ground.png Eating off the Ground Consume a healing item. Bronze
Family Reunion.png Family Reunion Get the Golden Chicken from the art gallery to the stock room. Silver
It's Chilly in Here.png It's Chilly in Here Break both elevator window panes. Bronze
Life's a Struggle.png Life's a Struggle Free yourself from a grab. Bronze
Maniac.png Maniac Get an S-Rank on all stages on Hard difficulty or higher. Gold
Miss Me.png Miss Me? Meet Adam. Bronze
My Work Here is Done.png My Work Here is Done Obtain all trophies. Platinum
Old-Schooled.png Old-Schooled Beat Mr. and Ms. Y. Silver
Oops.png Oops Hit an ally. Bronze
Perfect.png Perfect Complete a stage without taking damage. Silver
Snap Out of It.png Snap Out of It Beat possessed Max. Silver
Somebody Call the Cops!.png Somebody Call the Cops! Call the police with a Streets of Rage 1 character. Bronze
Stage Mastery.png Stage Mastery Get an S-Rank on any stage. Silver
THIS IS WOOD OAK CITY!!!.png THIS IS WOOD OAK CITY!!! Kill an enemy by tossing them in a hole. Bronze
Throwback.png Throwback Discover a retro level. Bronze
Walk on Foot.png Walk on Foot Destroy all motorcycles. Bronze
Wasted Wine.png Wasted Wine Break a wine bottle. Bronze

Development[edit | edit source]

Rumors of a fourth entry in the series being in development have circulated since the mid-1990s. Following the success of Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, a 2017 remake of 1989's Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, publisher Dotemu and developer Lizardcube approached Sega about creating a sequel in the Streets of Rage series. Sega agreed and production on the game began in the beginning of 2018, with the game publicly announced on August 27, 2018. The game is co-developed by Guard Crush Games, using a modified engine from their Streets of Fury game. It was released for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in April 2020.

The soundtrack is mainly composed by Olivier Derivière, with participation of original series composers Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima, along with Yoko Shimomura, Harumi Fujita, Keiji Yamagishi, Scattle, Das Mörtal, XL Middleton and Groundislava. Koshiro was not a part of the project from the start, but joined after playing a demo of the game at BitSummit, an indie game showcase in Kyoto, in June 2019. He cited fan requests and how the game was coming along as reasons for joining. Initially Hideki Naganuma was supposed to be taking place of Fujita, but in March 2020 Dotemu announced that he would no longer be composing for the game due to scheduling complications.

According to Jordi Asensio, a game designer at Guard Crush Games, Joe Musashi from the Shinobi series was proposed as a playable character, along with other Sega characters outside of the Streets of Rage series, but the idea was turned down by Sega of Japan.

Reception[edit | edit source]

Streets of Rage 4 received "generally favorable" reviews on Metacritic getting a metascore of 84/100 on PC[1] and 82/100 on PS4[2] & Xbox One.[3]

The game reached number 14 in the UK sales charts.[4] It also reached 20th on the US downloads chart.[5][6] As of September 2020, the game has sold over 1.5 million digital copies worldwide.[7][8]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This game follows Bare Knuckle 3's storyline instead of the censored Streets of Rage 3 version (the Rakushin element is mentioned on both Floyd and Zan's profiles, together with the city being referenced as Wood Oak).
  • This is the first game in the series not developed nor published by Sega.
  • This is the first game, since the original, to not feature robotic enemies (the Koobo's don't count as they're cyborgs).
  • This and Streets of Rage 2 are the only games where Big Ben (and any other heavyset enemies) are throwable (though, they have a slower throw/slam animation).
  • A motorcycle segment (which is set after Stage 5) was supposed to be implemented once again (as it includes an unused motorcycle segment in SOR3's screenshot), however due to the amount of work needed to include it, it was scrapped.
  • This game uses the original names for both Galsia and Garnet (whom they are called Garcia and Soozie in the US/EU version of SOR3).
  • Some of the enemies (Galsia, Donovan, Signal, Dylan, Murphy, Garnet and Goro) had an unused final palette swap (2 in Goro's case) as seen in their respective galleries. As these are unused, they have no names.

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