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Big Streets of Rage 4 update hits after 1.5m downloads

Punch up.

Streets of Rage 4 has a big new update that makes more than 80 enhancements to the game.

The patch makes some important changes to the well-received beat 'em-up, with online improvements (better fluidity and stability, less latency), new online stats display options on the HUD, and various bug fixes and fixes for random crashes.

Meanwhile, there's a balance sweep for all main characters, and gameplay improvements for all stages. Specials and star moves now interrupt all hitstun states, including air, and there are buffs to Axel and Cherry. Axel has a faster move speed and less recovery on some moves, while Cherry's flying punch from combos is now fully invincible. If you're into the game, the patch notes are worth a read.

Cover image for YouTube videoStreets of Rage 4 - Retro Reveal

Streets of Rage 4, which launched 25 years after Streets of Rage 3, has seen more than 1.5m downloads since its launch earlier this spring, publisher and co-developer Dotemu announced.

"We couldn't be happier with the reception of Streets of Rage 4. We thank the fans who have supported the game from day one - a lot of the updates in the patch enhance the replay value for folks who have been with us from the start," Cyrille Imbert, executive producer on Streets of Rage 4, said. "Additional updates are currently in production and we'll have more to share on that soon."

Our Martin loved Streets of Rage 4, awarding it an essential in our review. "Glorious artwork and a fan's eye for detail combine for a sequel that manages to best its forebears," he wrote.