GameSpot has gone live with a bunch of new gameplay footage for the upcoming side-scrolling beat-’em-up Streets of Rage 4, this time showcasing returning character Blaze and newcomer Cherry in action. In case you didn’t know already, Cherry comes packing an electric guitar (yes, really) and is Adam Hunter’s daughter, one of the main characters from the original Streets of Rage.
Streets Of Rage 4 Gameplay
Check out the new Streets of Rage 4 gameplay below.
The game’s definitely looking good, although long time fans will probably notice the conspicuous lack of sound effects for special moves and enemy knockouts. It may not seem like much, but those are part and parcel of the Streets of Rage aural experience. Clearly, Streets of Rage 4 is not in a finished state yet, which is probably why we haven’t got a release date yet.
Streets of Rage 4 is currently in development for PlayStation 4, PC, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One, and will launch in 2020.
The sequel takes place around 10 years after the previous entry in the series, and so far we’ve got Axel, Blaze and Cherry confirmed as playable characters. Hopefully Adam will also make an appearance considering his daughter is involved, and perhaps we’ll get a grapple-based character like Max, too.
SEGA released three Streets of Rage titles between 1991 and 1994 for the Mega Drive/Genesis, and are widely regarded as one of the best side-scrolling beat-’em-ups ever released. The concept is simple, sure, but the gameplay, music, and setting combine to make an addictive formula that many games have failed to replicate.
Fans will be pleased to learn that composers Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima will be returning to helm the game’s soundtrack, which also features contributions from Yoko Shimomura, Hideki Naganuma, and Keiji Yamagishi.
Streets of Rage 4 looks set to shake up the classic formula by adding the ability to juggle enemies and recover health spent using special attacks.
On a personal note, I’ve been waiting 25 years for a new Streets of Rage game, so 2020 can’t come soon enough. Let’s just hope it captures the magic of the classic titles.