Streets of Rage 2

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SEGA stamps on Streets of Rage fan reboot

UPDATED: SEGA statement released.

UPDATE: A SEGA spokesperson has given Kotaku the following statement: "SEGA is committed to supporting any fans that take an interest in our games, and where possible we do so by involving them in Beta tests and other development, marketing or research opportunities.

Streets of Rage 2

Streets of Rage 2

Did brawlers get any better?

As predicted, jolly old SEGA's onward march into the retro kingdom of the Xbox Live Arcade continues apace, with Streets of Rage 2 representing its fourth Mega Drive/Genesis re-release on the download service since mid July. Having already spewed 31 titles onto the Wii's Virtual Console service in little over nine months, it seems pretty likely that we'll see a lot more over the coming weeks and months. Having said that, Microsoft appears to be cherry picking the best/most famous of the bunch, so perhaps we'll be spared a complete re-run of SEGA's entire 16-bit back catalogue. How about some of your arcade games, eh SEGA?

With that off my chest, let's talk about Streets of Rage 2. Considered by many to be one of the finest side-scrolling brawlers of the 16-bit era, it's a typically brash, uncomplicated and a whole lot of dumb fun for those of you who fancy a relatively untarnished trip down memory lane. Boosted by online co-op play, enhanced (or rather 'smoothed') visuals and the ability to save at any point, it's still a huge amount of fun to punch, kick, stab and whack your way through all eight levels over a course of an hour or so. Yours for 400 points (£3.40) , it's worth pointing out that it's vastly better value than the unaltered version available on Wii VC since June 1st, which will set you back 800 points (£5.60).

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Streets of Rage 2 on XBLA

Joins Puzzle Fighter today.

This week's Xbox Live Arcade update turns out to be a double-header, with SEGA's Streets of Rage 2 joining Capcom's Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix on virtual shelves.