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Streets of Rage 4 (2020) is a retro fighting game based on Sega's 1990's Streets of Rage trilogy. Up to four players brawl their way through waves of enemies with the help of disposable weapons. In recreating the sights and sounds of the classic game, it fills a blindspot in modern games that rarely celebrate the simple pleasures of battering enemies with friends sat on the sofa.

Play involves working your way through each of the stages. Before you can proceed you must dispatch enemies with a range of attacks, throws, and Blitz Moves. Each player character has special and combo attacks that can be performed at the cost of some health.

This is more Double Dragon than Castle Crashers and focuses on fighting accuracy rather than button mashing like the Turtles or Simpsons arcade games. It doubles down on this with the introduction of a new combo system and the ability to juggle opponents against walls and other players for extra points and multiple hits.

The result is a trip down memory lane. Unlike the original fighting games that can now seem over simplistic, this modern take offers more nuance and skill. Still, it remains true to those classic arcade games.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Streets of Rage 4 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 15 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Traversal game with Action and Sequencing elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 7 hours to complete. It can take up to 40 hours to collect everything.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for moderate violence and use of bad language. Violence consists of side-scrolling arcade style action in which human characters use fists, feet and weapons to repeatedly hit each other, achieving combos and inflicting damage until their life bars are depleted. Characters flash when hit but their physical responses to being attacked are exaggerated and no blood or injuries are depicted. Defeated enemies fall to the ground and fade away. There is infrequent bad language, including ‘*!@?*’.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

CostsCosts

Streets of Rage 4 usually costs £22.49.
 

Streets of Rage 4

Switch Store Switch £22.49
Steam Store PC £22.49
Steam Store Mac £22.49
XBox Store Xbox One -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
 
The Wood Oak City content can be purchased to extend the game with three new characters, a new Survival mode with weekly challenges, more character customization and more weapons. 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 30/04/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (2 online)

Genres: Fighting, Traversal (Action and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Pixels

Developer: Lizard Cube (@LizardCube)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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