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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Simply the best.July 24 2003
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Years and years ago when Sega Genesis was at its twilight time with such great games available to play like the Sonic and Mortal Kombat games, there was the Streets of Rage Series. SoR3 is probably the best video game that I've ever played. It's very fun and it'll keep you entertained for hours. I haven't played the game for so many years, but I recently purchased one since I couldn't find any in stock here. You are given 4 characters to choose from, although I can only remember two of the names, I still remember each (character) perfectly. They each have their own unique qualities - one is Axel, a young, blonde male cop who appears to be very strong. The second is Blaze, she's a beautiful brown haired female cop who is personally my favorite. The other is a very old male white bearded (bald) cop who is surprisingly muscle-bound just like Axel. The fourth one is a teen African American male skater who seems very energetic. You can also find (I think it was only 1, but I don't know) secret character(s) - the famous Roo, a boxing Kangeroo who is very fun to play. Basically, you have to go around on this side scrolling game beating up bad guys and getting to their boss. If you defeat him, you win. Simple fun, a true classic for the Sega Genesis.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Piss-poor sequel, makes no sense. Get the Japanese version!April 18 2005
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Ever since SOR 3 came out in 1994 I wanted it. I never actually managed to get my hands on it until last year as it went for insane prices on auction sites and was very, VERY hard to come by in video game stores. Luckily for me I was given it as a present from someone clearing out their attic. I couldn't wait to get home and play it. All I could think about was loads of hours of solid beat-em-up action and a return of those ultra-cool tunes by Yuzo Koshiro that made the first two games so memorable.
As soon as I started to play I was shocked that Streets of Rage 3 is actually a really, really bad game that may be impressive in terms of graphics but in regards to music and gameplay is far, far behind even the first.
First of all the game is just too damn hard. And you need to play it in hard mode otherwise you won't be able to get past level 5. And this time we're given a little bit more story and cut-scenes between the game levels. If you're playing the American or European release of this game I'd just skip these as they do not make sense and there are holes everywhere. The Japanese version (Bare Knuckle 3) has a different plot entirely and looks and feels like the REAL Streets of Rage 3.
In SOR 3 the story has Mr. X, in what limited capacity he now exists in, kidnap the Chief of Police and plant bombs all over city. He wants to replace high-ranking officials with evil robots. Or something! So, typically, the gang set about smashing the Syndicate AGAIN as their way of stopping him.
However, in Bare Knuckle 3 the opening cut-scenes with the nuclear explosion show the destruction of a city called 'Wood Oak' that was the first victim of a radioactive bomb powered by the newly discovered element 122, Laxine. The victims are given as an estimated 30,000 dead and 80,000 injured.
In a letter from Blaze to Axel she says that the Syndicate's laboratories seem to be involved in the research of Laxine and that a group in favor of a war with the country of Lima have captured the army general Petrov.
Mr. X tries to start a nuclear war by replacing the anti-war U.S. General with Shiva before a speech at the White House. In SOR 3 'City Hall' looks suspiciously like the White House so I'm led to believe that the level was just recycled and renamed.
In Bare Knuckle 3 you have to successfully prevent a devastating war by rescuing the general and the destruction in the city is just a slap in the face, while in SOR3 you basically have failed your task if you let the time run out (the General, now 'Chief of Police' is killed with poisonous gas). If you rescue the Chief in time you go straight to Mr.X's island lab, but if he dies you go to City Hall/White House.
Second, Yuzo Koshiro's music is HORRIBLE. What happened? The first 2 games had awesome music that showed what the meager Sega Genesis was capable of. The man was truly a pioneer when it came to composing stunning music for simple machines. In SOR 3 there are no cool tunes at all. It's all pathetic, tepid Industrial junk that would sound rancid coming from an Atari. A MAJOR let-down considering how amazing Streets of Rage Two was.
SOR 3 also has deleted characters that feature only in the Japanese version. Namely the character of 'Ash' who looks very, very homosexual and resembles Bennett from Commando or one of The Village People. I guess the PC Powers That Be thought the Western World couldn't handle such obvious gayness. The dialogue is also censored and 'naughty' words are replaced with 'clean' words. Character names are also radically and inexplicably different.
If you want this badly then the Japanese version is the ONLY way to go. Seriously, it's a complete disappointment otherwise. I'm not saying that the Japanese version is great, it's only slightly better.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Streets of Rage 3, the "Super Mario Bros 2" of the seriesMay 2 2011
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I remember Streets of Rage 3 pretty vividly when I was growing up. My family never actually had it for our genesis (up until recently when I decided to start buying genesis games for a collection), instead our neighbors were the ones that had the game and we would come over to play it. We used to play it constantly, trying to get to the last stage filled with robots, unlocking secret characters to play, getting the good ending, we played the hell out of that game (although I would admit, we played our copy of Streets of Rage 2 more, but thats not the point.) Playing it as an adult with a more refined taste in games, I still find SoR3 to be a classic game worth being in any genesis fan's collection and a game that old and new players alike should play. That being said, it surprises me how SoR3 can be somewhat bashed on not only to the change's made from SoR2, but also the changes made from the japanese version of SoR3 (known as Bare Knuckle 3.) I like to refer to this game as the "Super Mario Bros. 2" of the series, because of a certain Youtube AVGN-rip-off reviewer (I'm sure most of you know who I'm referring to) who once made an onling video game review of SMB2 where he bashes the game with his nit-picky and uneducated opinion, and essentially goes so far as to imply that it is a bad game (which it is not.) If you're wondering what exactly sets SoR3 apart from previous installments, there are some changes but not a lot. As for gameplay, it's the same old Streets of Rage we all know and love. You have a group of characters fighting thugs and killers trying to save a city being threatened with bombs set to detonate, and its up to the players to save the city. So, what are the changes made from SoR2 to SoR3? Well for one, the overall speed of the 3rd is faster than that of the 2nd, and by overall, I mean everything. The characters and enemies move faster, the combat and gameplay is faster, even the soundtrack is faster compared to the 2nd game. The amount of moves avaliable to each character has been upgraded as well. Now characters can run, roll escape, use enhanced special moves both unarmed and with a weapon. Whether you like SoR2 more than SoR3 (which I do) or not, you can't deny that SoR3 is a step up in gameplay. What makes Streets of Rage 3 the "SMB2" of the series would be the nit-picky excuses people have about the "differences" it has with the japanese port and SoR2. Some people don't like for instance the soundtrack in SoR3. I think the soundtrack in SoR2 is better, however I thoroughly enjoy the one in SoR3. It's not a bad soundtrack, it's different. Would you rather they play the same music from the 2nd game in the 3rd instead of coming up with a new and original soundtrack? The other reasons why SoR3 is looked down upon is because there are people that say Bare Knuckle 3 is the superior version. And what makes BK3 superior to SoR3? The colors of the 4 characters are different (or atleast the 3 characters from the previous game have the same colors as before), some of the female enemies have more revealing clothing (woo woo), and you get to fight a gay sterotype mini boss...Really? This is what makes it a superior game? A pointless mini boss and a few palette swaps? That's all aesthetics, hardly enough to call BK3 superior to SoR3. For something to make either game superior to the other would have to be something involving the game itself...Kinda like the fact that the difficulty settings in SoR3 are actually harder than the difficulty settings in BK3! All in all, Streets of Rage 3 is in my opinion a very good if sometimes underrated game for the Sega Genesis. Check it out sometime.
12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Bash'n'beat! Tons of fun!July 9 2001
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This game improves upon the 2 other ones before it. You get to play 4 differnt characters. Either 2 male cops (both have the same strengths, just differnt specials) a female cop, and a little kid on roller blades (he's fun to play!). Instead of just blowing something up with a rocket launcher like the first one, each character has their own special. This is a very fun and time consuming game! I love it!
Streets Of Rage 3 rant & reviewMarch 18 2014
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Streets Of Rage 3. Oh boy. STREETS OF F ** * **G RAGE PART 3. You know Sega Of America just butchered this game for The US & European Megadrive owners. Sega took this games b all s away censoring the way some of the female gang members are dressed. They took out a funny sub boss. Even Sega s crew e d with the gameplay like when I run up to an enemy & hit a Grand Upper as Axel sometimes it doesn't hit. Oh & Axel doesn't say Grand Upper he says "BARE KNUCKLE" in 35 or 40 year tobacco chewer. There's a review I did on an older account where I was more positive that's before I got my hands on a copy of Bare Knuckle III the uncut Japanese version. The Japanese version plays better feels faster paced. The only reason that I could think that Sega would dumb the story down & censor stuff is cause around this time a group of Authoritarian Democrats had some hearings about violent video games that's the only reason I could think of why they would mess this game up so bad. These lawmakers wasted money during these hearings they went after poor Bill White of Sega I mean they just picked on this guy for no reason. Anyway Sega Of America was probably afraid that Big Bad Herbie Kohl would go after them. Oh btw no matter what party your Congressman or Woman, Senator or Governor are if they are an authoritarian try to get their a * * voted out. I'm sorry if I got too political but moving on I beat if you're reading this I bet you never expected to read a political rant with in a game rant. The story is stupid in The NTSC PAL version so skip it if you're playing The NTSC PAL versions & be prepared to get beaten up a lot. The Bare Knuckle III storyline dealt with terrorism they've totally destroyed a city call Wood Oak City that's part of the The Lima Nations Mr X has this chemical called Rakushin 122 he's trying to supply The Lima Nations with it so he can make a lot of money there's a General named Petrov who is against these Lima Nations going to war so The Syndicate has captured him. In The US PAL versions well The Chief has been kidnapped & Mr X is going to replace high ranking city & police officials replaced by robots. The American & European versions is basically a generic Beat Em Up I mean I could do without the plot cause it's some kind of BS out of a Saturday Morning Cartoon. If it didn't have Axel, Blaze & Skate returning this game could've been called something else. Adam also returns in a couple of cameos so he's not playable he figures into the plot in both SOR 3 & Bare Knuckle III. They've changed the color of clothing the characters Axel wears a yellow shirt & black jeans. Blaze wears a white shirt & white shirt. Cause Sega says they were being gender neutral more like they were being politically correct. Sega took out the original opening there's cut scenes with dialogue but scenes the Sega rewrote all these cut scenes before & after each level skip it I don't even know why they left it in cause none of it makes sense. The 1st level it starts off with a bomb being defused also you'll notice at the character select screen the music is mediocre. Anyway level 1 is starts off in this warehouse where you have 3 sections a warehouse, dock & an alley where you fight a returning Shiva. You have new enemies such as these assassin that wear suits & shoots you punks that dress like Justin Bieber which gives me more of a reason to beat these dudes up as well as mowhawk punks. You have these female enemies that with blond brush cut haircuts who have been censored so have the whip ladies instead of their revealing clothes they wear jackets, skirts, pantyhose & high heels. I don't mind the music on this level it's not Streets Of Rage 2 music or even the 1st game for that matter it's not as bad as some of the music later on. After the 1st level Blaze knows where the 2nd bomb is at level 2 starts out downtown at this shopping district where you have Biker's & yellow jacket mowhawk punks after you along with your basic punks. You have an evil psycho clown & Kangaroo as the sub boss if you beat the clown 1st then you'll get The Kangaroo as a playable character yep they won't let you play as Adam or bring Max back but you can play as a Kangaroo. The 2nd section is in this Disco which is was pretty good you have to go through your basic punks & mowhawk punks Blond Brush Cut Girls & whip ladies. The Boss of level 2 is Mona & Lisa they're the returning Blaze clones from SOR 1 only they're not Blaze clones & they're not as difficult as in SOR 1. The music in The Disco is ok as was the boss music. At the end of level 2 there's a news segment going on where you're told that Axel has kidnapped The Chief which I think if Sega had to change the story make where Axel has been framed for kidnapping The Chief & he has to go along with the team to find The Chief & so he can clear his name they might have been too mature though. Level 3 is where the music goes to s # * t you're in this construction site where you fight off yellow jacket mowhawk punks with the various punks & guys dressed as Justin Bieber I guess that's a reason to play it you get to beat up dudes dressed as Justin Bieber & he is a punk. You have the chicks with whips & the ladies with brush cuts. You can also knock them into pits which is fun if you can pull it off in this version cause you'll get beat on a lot. 2nd section where you have a black Doug Funny punk trying to kill you with a Bulldozer & you have some really awful music like someone put their hand under the armpit put it up to the recorder & made f art in g noises. WTF Yuzo Koshiro. You have to fight off The Bulldozer while smashing a brick wall if you get to the end the black Doug Funny will crash a barrel will fall on top of him killing him then the 3rd section is on this lift which playing this again I was burnt out on this game that doesn't happen with Bare Knuckle III I can sit beat that game. This section has more of the same enemies but it introduces a newer Samuri type kung fu villain & they're more of a challenge than what they were in part 2. The Boss of Level 3 is Robot Axel. Level 4 is in this tunnel you'll probably die a lot here cause there is this this Subway Cart that comes through in Bare Knuckle III I don't get hit a lot by it. In the 2nd section you won't have to you have to fight off these Ninja's that have returned you won't have to worry about a The Subway Cart hitting you cause you can go in this corner & let it pass sometimes it will hit the enemies. The music in the 2nd section of level 4 sounds like something that would be used in a 70's Cat Food Commercial. The Boss of level 4 called Yamota you have to defeat 3 of them & this boss fight is fun in Bare Knuckle III in Streets Of Rage 3 it's the longest boss fight of the entire franchise I'm not joking the boss music used is some of the better in the game. Level 5 you go through The Syndicate Hide Out where it's in about 3 or 4 sections the 1st section is you have to fight through Ninja's & Samuri's The 2nd section is in some kind of hallway with a great tune it's 1 of the few I like where you fight your basic punks yellow jacket, red & blue jacket mowhawk punks the fat guys are back as well as more Samuri's. The 3rd section is on an elevator where you fight off punks brush cut chicks & whip ladies & basic punks you get to the top floor where Axel has words with Mr X you fight off some more punks & whip ladies. Mr X stands up catches fire & it's a robot & if you beat Robo X & you're playing on easy you're f * *k you go play on harder difficulty. When I saw this back in the day I was like wtf? I wasn't aware of the level select cheat back in the day or the 9 lives cheat. So the game wants to play Clue with you but I'm not wanting to play clue I want to play Streets Of Rage 3. So however you get to level 6 you have to save The Chief from being gassed to death you have to destroy 2 control panels you have these hopping robots they are not as fun as in Streets Of Rage 2. But you have to take a lift to get to these 2 lower floor each control panel is in the 2nd room on the 2 lower floors. The rooms contain whip ladies & Samuri's. You have to save The Chief cause The Syndicate has sent a disguised Chief to make a statement at Mayor's Mansion If you don't get to The Chief in time then you take an alternate route going to The Mayor's Mansion which looks more like The White House. The level 6 boss is the return of the jet pack guy who is backed up by 2 extra jet pack men. He provides a better challenge though. You can beat them with jump attacks & special moves. Adam makes a cameo where he guns down the jet pack men at the end of the boss fight. If you save The Chief then you'll go on the right route where the 1st section starts off outside your fighting off Ninja's hopping robots & Biker's this is very annoying. The Factory is the same where you got Mr X robots then you have to fight off hopping robots a Mr X's Assassins & a jet pack guy. Then you have a sort of sub boss a Scientist named Dr Dahm trying to kill you with lab equipment. You have to jump attack it. All this stuff is fun & challenging in Bare Knuckle III. You face a very difficult robot controlled by what's left of Mr X all that's left is his brain. Now in both Bare Knuckle III & Streets Of Rage 3 this is hard but it's a fun challenge. You have to beat the Neo X in 3 minutes if you have defeated him after the 3 minutes have passed you'll get a bad ending telling how you failed & try again. If you defeat it before the 3 minutes passed you'll get the good ending & all I can say is keep using your special attack on Neo X. Adam gets you out of their on a helicopter after the battle. I'm going to wrap this up by saying Streets Of Rage 3 really bad a story that's not needed since Sega of America messed up The NTSC PAL versions. Most of the music is bad other than the redone Streets Of Rage theme I like the music in level 5 section 2 the music in level 7 B where you're at The White House is my favorite on this game & The round 4 boss music is really good. I can just listen to those tracks on You Tube or in the options menu. I have heard Streets Of Rage 3 didn't do well I mean just look at the cover I mean The US Box Art for SOR 1 & 2 is bad but for SOR 3 it's terrible Axel & Blaze look like they're in they're in their 40's Axel looks like he's put on weight. Zan looks dumb & The Kangaroo is on the cover it looks so laughable. If I would've saw this in a store I would've been like wtf & it probably got a bad word of mouth. Anyway next review will be the real Streets Of Rage 3 Bare Knuckle III.