Bare Knuckle II
ベア・ナックルII 死闘への鎮魂歌 Ii鎮魂歌
- 1-2 Player
- Streets of Rage II
- Streets of Rage II
A year has passed since the events of Streets of Rage. To celebrate the defeat of the mysterious “Mr. X” and his syndicate the previous year, Adam Hunter, Axel Stone, and Blaze Fielding met at their favorite nightspot in the city and spent their time reminiscing about their vigilante crusade against “Mr. X” and his organization. Axel and Blaze had moved out of the city after the adventure from last year. Axel has begun working as a part-time bodyguard and Blaze teaches dance classes. Adam has since rejoined the police force and lives in a small house with his younger brother.
The next morning, Axel received a phone call from Eddie ‘Skate’ Hunter, Adam’s younger brother. Skate had arrived at home from school and was shocked to find his house in ruin and his older brother missing. Attached to the front door was a picture of Adam chained to a wall at the feet of Mr. X. The criminals began to retake the streets once more. Beatings and lootings took place regularly and in broad daylight. Chaos reigned in the city, far worse than before.
Realizing that “Mr.X” and his syndicate has returned for revenge against him, Skate and Axel waste no time in telling Blaze about the unexpected situation and Blaze herself is determined to help Axel out in defeating “Mr. X” and rescuing Adam. Accompanied by Adam’s young brother Skate and Axel’s “friend,” a professional wrestler named Max Thunder, Axel and Blaze set forth on a rescue mission, which will take them from the city all the way to “Mr. X”‘s hideout on a desolate island.
In my younger days I was a massive fan of arcade beat ‘em ups; Golden Axe, Final Fight, Double Dragon, TMNT, the list of great quality titles was endless. I never managed to find one on a home console that could re-capture that arcade feeling and I didn’t think I ever would. A lot of the home ports just simply weren’t up to scratch in comparison with the originals. Then one day I came across Streets of Rage on one of Sega’s cabinets. This didn’t suffer the porting issues of the games I mentioned before, as it was developed for the Mega Drive first and foremost. I instantly fell in love with the series at this point, but where SOR was a good game, SOR2 upped the ante significantly!
Read the rest of Barry O’Brien‘s love letter to SoR2/Bare Knuckle 2 here.