Streets Rage 3 SEGA Genesis | Twitch Gameplay Thursday | VS
HR Podcast Hosts Matt and Kryzzalia take up the controllers for this week’s Twitch Gameplay! We’re Blazing through Streets of Rage 3, a side-scrolling beat ’em up developed and published by Sega in 1994 for the Mega Drive/Genesis.
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About the Game
The game features several enhancements over Streets of Rage and Streets of Rage 2 such as a more complex plot, multiple endings, longer levels, increased difficulty, more in-depth scenarios and faster gameplay. Weapons could now only be used for a few times before breaking and could be integrated with unique moves with certain characters, hidden characters were added and a few cutscenes were included to give the story greater depth.
Initial release date: March 17, 1994
Series: Streets of Rage
Designer: Noriyoshi Ohba
Composers: Yuzo Koshiro, Motohiro Kawashima
Platforms: Sega Genesis, Game Gear, Wii, Microsoft Windows, iOS, GameCube
Developers: Sega, Overworks, Sega Wow
Syndicate crime boss Mr. X has started a research company called RoboCy Corporation to act as a cover for his illegal activities. The world’s best “roboticist,” Dr. Dahm, has been called in to assist him create in creating an army of realistic robots to replace key officials from the city. Mr. X plans to run the city using a remote control device. His criminal organization, The Syndicate, has strategically placed bombs around the city to distract the police while the city officials are managed.
Dr. Zan discovers what the research is really for and knows the Syndicate must be stopped. He contacts Blaze Fielding with the details of The Syndicate’s plan. Blaze quickly contacts her comrades Axel Stone and Adam Hunter to forma a task force to bring down The Syndicate once and for all. Axel quickly joins, but Adam can’t make it (due to his own assignments from within the police) and sends his young brother, Eddie “Skate” Hunter instead. The game has four endings depending on the difficulty level and if the player defeats certain levels in a certain amount of time.
When the game was augmented from the original Japanese version to the English language release, significant changes were made. The clothing of the three returning heroes (Axel, Blaze, and Sammy) were altered from their original colors seen in previous Streets of Rage games, the female enemy characters wore notably less-revealing outfits, and a sub-boss named “Ash”, a gay stereotype was removed from the English version (though he is still accessible in Streets of Rage 3 as a playable character via cheat code). The voice-effects were also changed, with most noticeably Axel’s catchphrase of “Grand Upper” for his semi-special move being replaced with “Bare Knuckle.”
Another notable difference between the two games is the plot: The Japanese version of the story opens with a new explosive substance called “Raxine”,discovered by a character named Dr. Gilbert (who is revealed to be the true identity of Dr. Zan), which explodes in the city and kills thousands of people. At the same time, a military general named Ivan Petrov vanishes. It is later discovered that Mr. X orchestrated the general’s disappearance and plans to use Raxine to start a global war.
In the English version, all references to Raxine were removed, General Petrov was replaced by the city’s Chief of Police, and the plot now involves a scheme to switch major city officials with robot clones in order to take control of the city. Another difference was if the player failed to save the general, the player has to head to what appears to be the White House. This too was changed in the English adaptation, where instead if the player failed to save the Chief, then the player has to head to City Hall, although the building depicting the City Hall is still clearly based on the White House. The bad ending sequence from the Japanese releases features a photo of a devastated city as text narrates the player’s failure; this was removed in the Western releases and text scrolls upward on a black background. The credits were removed from the bad ending of the Western version (possibly to show that it was not the true ending), whereas in Japanese versions they still play.
The game’s overall difficulty was also altered for the English version, with the game’s Normal setting being significantly more difficult than even the Japanese version’s Hard setting. Also, the English version of the game cannot be completed on the Easy setting (it will end after Stage 5). Axel and Skate are noticeably absent from the European box art, while the new character Zan appears alongside Blaze. This is because the box art for the game was originally used as a magazine cover art that Sega of Europe bought later to be used.