Digital Foundry - Streets of Rage 4 analysis

The Switch version stands tall

In our recent Streets of Rage 4 coverage, we only had access to the PS4 and Steam PC versions before launch. With the game now available, John and Rich round off the coverage with a detailed look at the Switch and Xbox One versions.

Streets of Rage 4 now available

The day has finally come

Publisher and co-developer Dotemu (publisher of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, developer of Windjammers 1 and 2) with co-developers Lizardcube (Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap) and Guard Crush Games (Streets of Fury) are proud to announce Streets of Rage 4 is now available on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One as well as Xbox Game Pass. Steam, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4 fans eager to bash through the iconic beat-em-up series’ revival can also enjoy a 10 percent discount off the £22.49 price if they purchase their copy within the first four days of launch.

Get a sense of the challenges ahead, along with an overview of all of Streets of Rage 4’s exciting additions, by viewing the game’s full launch trailer.

Streets of Rage 4 features:

An All-New Story: Discover and counter new threats to the metropolis in events set 10 years after Streets of Rage 3.

New and Returning Fighters: Series veterans Axel, Blaze, and Adam team up with newcomers Cherry and Floyd for a glorious beatdown-fueled return to form.

Gorgeous Hand-Drawn Artwork: An intricate, neon-soaked envisioning of Wood Oak City brings its districts and brawlers to life through fluid animation and striking designs.
Evolved Combat: New combo possibilities, risk-reward health recovery, and clever refinements give Streets of Rage fans ample opportunities to rack up killer combos.

An Electrifying All-Star Soundtrack: Lead Composer Olivier Derivière upholds Streets of Rage’s signature sound while adding new sonic direction with substantial contributions from series composers Yūzō Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima and an East Meets West all-star lineup of contributors.

Retro Pixel Characters: Embrace your nostalgia by fighting like hell to unlock a dozen pixel characters complete with their original movesets from Streets of Rage 1, 2, and 3.

Pulse-Spiking Throwback Music: Knock out enemies to timeless songs selected from Streets of Rage 1 and Streets of Rage 2 soundtrack.

Online & Offline Co-Op: Call friends in for backup and let loose via two-player online and four-player offline co-operative play.

A Feud-Ending Battle Mode: Settle who’s truly carrying the team and go head-to-head with frenemies in competitive sparrings.

A Relentless Boss Rush Mode: Prove your might against an onslaught from the deadliest opponents in Wood Oak City.

A Fair Fight for Everyone: Choose from a range of five difficulty settings to suit your playstyle, whether you’re a newcomer learning your first combos or a hardcore fighter looking for a brutal challenge.

The first mainline series entry in more than 25 years, Streets of Rage 4 infuses the series’ classic elements with modern evolutions of gameplay, art and design, giving fans an authentically faithful tribute which still offers a distinctive experience.

Streets of Rage 4 Special Edition releases in Japan on July 30th, 2020

Pretty special if you ask us

While Streets of Rage 4 may be available as a download today, a Special Edition will hit retail in Japan on July 30th, 2020.

The special edition will be priced at ¥5,040, and it includes a box, the game, original soundtrack CD, and double-sided A2 poster.

IGN Video - How to find Streets of Rage 4's retro levels

Streets of Rage 4 comes loaded with a ton of retro options, so you're probably hoping for some retro levels too. Well, they're there, but there's a trick to finding them...

Streets of Rage 4's gallery section includes art for new/old characters that didn't make the cut, alongside concept art

A tribute to the forgotten

While Streets of Rage 4 might be chock-full of revamped classic characters and brand-new faces, there's still plenty more that didn't make the cut. Within Streets of Rage 4 itself is a gallery option, which lets you virtually thumb through all sorts of sketches and designs from the game. This gallery is packed with first-looks at character redesigns that didn't make the final game, new characters that were abandoned, and redone classic characters that were left behind. Check out a chunk of the gallery here.

Streets of Rage 4's modes, assist options, and more detailed

Streets smarts

Less than 24 hours from launch, Lizardcube has shared some details on Streets of Rage 4. They've broken down the various modes and options you'll have at your disposal, which you can read in detail below.

Game modes

5 difficulty levels (“easy to pick up, hard to master”).
Story Mode has 12 stages.
Also: Arcade Mode, Boss Rush, Battle Mode, Extra.
Playing solo is really great fun as well as multi-player modes!

Single Player or Multiplayer

Playing Solo or 2P online or 4P local is a different experience, all fun in different ways.
Friendly fire is optional.
Some settings are adjusted based on active player count. 4P=less damage done, if a player dies this is readjusted etc.

Assist Options

If you don’t care about Score/Rank, on retry the game offers various assist options: you can choose to play with more lives or specials in exchange for reduced score.
This is so anyone can enjoy the game, but also the presence of assists options means you can safely attempt to play the game in a higher difficulty mode than you’d normally choose. The challenge is really fun and you’ll find yourself learning new tricks over time!


Game include Fighting Tips but is designed so that you’ll find new tricks & combos on your own while playing.
For hardcore players: Arcade Mode is the ultimate old-school experience: you only get ONE CREDIT to finish the whole story in one go, and you can’t save.


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Streets of Rage 4 - gameplay round-up

Amongst the best beat’em up series ever created, jammin’ ‘90s beats and over the top street beating, the iconic series Streets of Rage comes back with a masterful tribute to and revitalization of the classic action fans adore.

Digital Foundry - Streets of Rage 4 Tech Review & Series Retrospective

John Linneman loves Streets of Rage 4. In fact, we all do. It's a retro-themed game powered by modern technology that delivers a unique, brutally wonderful experience. In this special episode, we take a look at what makes this series so good - and how it's taken to the next level in Streets of Rage 4.

Streets of Rage 4 (Bare Knuckle IV) has been released on the Japanese eShop

Set for release on April 30th, 2020, Streets of Rage 4 (known as Bare Knuckle IV in Japan) is now available on the Japanese eShop from publisher DotEmu. If you're in the West and can't wait until tomorrow, the English language is supported, so you can purchase the game using a Japanese Nintendo Switch account. The beat 'em up is currently having a launch sale for ¥2,399 until May 3rd, when the price will return to ¥2,599. Buying and downloading the game will take up 3.1 GB of storage space, so make sure you have enough room on your system or SD card before purchasing.

Check out our review of the game here!

Amongst the best beat’em up series ever created, jammin’ ‘90s beats and over the top street beating, the iconic series Streets of Rage comes back with a masterful tribute to and revitalization of the classic action fans adore.

The all-time classic Streets of Rage, known as Bare Knuckle (ベア・ナックル Bea Nakkuru) in Japan, is a beat ‘em up series known for this timeless gameplay and electronic dance influenced music. Streets of Rage 4 builds upon the classic trilogy’s gameplay with new mechanics, beautiful hand-drawn visuals and a God tier soundtrack.

GoNintendo Video Review - Streets of Rage 4

Word on the Streets

Streets of Rage 4 is here, and all we had to do is wait 26 years! That's a hell of a long time to wait for the king of the beat'em-ups to return. Does the series return as strong as ever, or has it lost some luster over the years? Watch our review to find out!

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