Retro Gaming- Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones (1991)

Double Dragon III: The Rosetta Stone was  released for the Nintendo Entertainment System  in 1991.  This game is basically the second version of Double Dragon III only with different modes and altered gameplay.  While the arcade version of Double Dragon III had excellent graphics and nice gameplay many people would prefer the NES version of the game.  The NES version of Double Dragon III gives players options on how to play the game including whether or not they can accidently attack one another during battle.  The plot for the NES version of Double Dragon III is essentially the same because it includes both Billy and Jimmy flying around the world in order to complete their mission.  Similar to the arcade version players must travel to America, China, Japan, Italy, and Egypt in the same order.

It should be noted that some features from the arcade version of Double Dragon III did not make it into the NES port including the player’s ability to go to the store and buy items. While many people debate on which version of Double Dragon III is more difficult we all know that both were both enjoyable.  The arcade version required you to spend an endless amount of coins in order to beat the game alone or with another player.  The NES version might have been easier to complete since it was available for an at home game  console.  Overall, while both the arcade and NES versions of Double Dragon III were very similar they both included unique differences that made them both exciting and challenging for many who played both games.

Double Dragon III: The Rosetta Stone (1990)

Double Dragon III: The Rosetta Stone was originally released for the arcade system in 1990.  This title was the third installment to the Double Dragon series developed by East Technology and published by Technos Japan.  Double Dragon III: The Rosetta Stone one of the two versions for the third installment with the second being known as the “Sacred Stones.” This game is a direct sequel of Double Dragon II and emphasizes the events that occur immediately after the Black Warriors were defeated.  In this game the player takes control of the Lee brothers to travel the world and search for the Rosetta Stone in order to rescue Marion after being kidnapped.  This information is revealed to them by an old fortune teller named Hiruko who guides them throughout their quest.

This game presents players with an exciting adventures as they travel throughout the world to compete different missions in America, China, Japan, Italy, and Egypt.  The level of difficult the game presents range from normal to difficult because while Double Dragon III appears to be simple in the beginning stages such as Egypt proves to be very challenging.  While Double Dragon III: Rosetta Stone has great graphics and decent gameplay some people believe that it pales in comparison to its NES counterpart “Sacred Scribes.”  However, this game in some ways is a step forward from the previous two games since the storyline is slightly more in-depth and allows players to travel around the world to complete their mission.  Overall, this game was a decent sequel to Double Dragon II but when it comes down to which version of the third installment is more superior NES port known as “Sacred Scribes” is usually the first title that comes to mind.

Retro Gaming- Double Dragon II: The Revenge: (1988)

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Double Dragon II: The Revenge was released by Technos Japan Corp for the arcade system in 1988.    This game similar to the original Double Dragon game was a beat em up game where the main protagonists had to battle the Black Warriors.  Double Dragon 2 was a another fun beat em up game that many people use to enjoy for the arcade system.  The only problem that many people had with Double Dragon 2 was that it was very similar to the first title.  In some ways that can be a good thing for many people who were not huge fans of Double Dragon and did not know much about the game.  This game had provided players with better graphics and a decent soundtrack as one progresses throughout the game.

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The boss battles were also very unique since each boss had their own theme which made the fights more interesting.  However, some may argue that the boss battles for each mission are not too challenging but this usually depend on who you ask.  Some boss battles in this game are generally easy since you can use weapons against them during the fights.  Towards the end of the game things get very interesting when players must battle their own clones after defeating the main boss Willy. While this game was very exciting for the arcade system it had eventually been ported to different gaming consoles such as: the Sega Mega Drive and the NES.  Many people argued that the NES version of this game was inferior since it was not a direct port of the arcade version.  The Sega Master Drive version which was released exclusively in Japan came the closest in terms of being a direct port of the arcade game.  Overall, Double Dragon II: The Revenge was an exciting title for those who were fans of the series; while this game was similar to the first installment the refined graphics made everything much more enjoyable.

Retro Gaming- Double Dragon: (1987)

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Double Dragon was an arcade game that was originally released in 1987.  This beat em up classic had featured two characters Billy Lee and his brother Jimmy Lee going into battle with the Black Warrior gang.  The main objective is for both brothers to rescue a woman Billy has a crush on after she is captured.  Double Dragon is one of the most popular beat em up games that was released in 80’s before it was ported to other gaming consoles such as the Nintendo Entertainment System.  While the arcade version of Double Dragon was more superior than the NES its was also slightly different.  The NES version of Double Dragon was only one player along with having Jimmy Lee as the leader of the Black Warrior gang.  As many people know Double Dragon was also ported to  the Sega Master System and Game Boy with different features for each console.

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However, despite the ports Double Dragon had received many would argue that the arcade version is the best in terms of gameplay and graphics.  The arcade version of Double Dragon was not only a great gaming experience but also had a nice soundtrack especially since this game was made in the 80’s.  Double Dragon had included various elements that would make any normal beat em up game enjoyable including the use of weapons along adventurous stages where players must combat numerous enemies.  Some people would argue that Double Dragon is not as difficult as it may seem; but honestly one must ask themselves how many coins did they use before they completed the entire game.  Overall, Double Dragon was fun beat em up game for both kids and young adults and while the title grew in popularity it would only be a matter of time before it received a movie release in 1994.

Retro Gaming- Streets of Rage 3: (1994)

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Streets of Rage 3 was another beat em up game that was created by Sega in 1994.  This title is also the third installment in the Streets of Rage series that featured faster gameplay enhanced graphics and a more in-depth storyline in comparison to the previous two games.  Streets of Rage 3 was a game that was considerably more difficult than the first two games despite what level one played it on especially in the American version.   In Streets of Rage 3 the enemies in each stage seem to have every possible advantage along with the fact that each stage is longer then the ones for the previous games.  In one stage the player must run from an enemy who chases them with a bulldozer which was something that was not common in other beat em up games.  Also, there are levels where the players have to avoid multiple obstacles including being hit by trains and falling down trap doors that lead to instant deaths.

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It also appears that players do not receive as much help in Streets of Rage 3 in regards to items that replenishes one health bar; even if players to receive items that replenishes their bar it does not last very long.  Also, the boss battles in this game are difficult because on some stages players on some occasions are required to battle two are three bosses either simultaneously or back to back.  Some boss battles that are tough for players includes fighting “Mona & Lisa” on stage two or “Yamoto” on the fourth level.  Many people would argue that the bosses for stages two and four are the most difficult in Streets of Rage 3 especially for the US version.  Trying to beat this game along with a friend on multiplayer mode is hard enough while trying to complete the game alone seems nearly impossible for many people.  While some critics and fans may argue that the increased difficulty makes the game more challenging others would beg to differ and mention how unfair it is.

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Additional features presented by Streets of Rage 3 including multiple endings which  made up for the increased difficulty of this game.  Overall, Streets of Rage 3 was great beat em up game despite not being as popular as the first two titles.  While many Sega fans enjoyed the Streets of Rage series during the early 90s it leads them to wonder after two decades will there ever be a Streets of Rage 4?

Retro Gaming- Streets of Rage 2: (1992)

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Streets of Rage 2 is beat em up game that was created by Sega in 1992.  This game was the second installment in the Streets of Rage series created for the Sega Genesis and proved to exceed the expectations that many people had prior to its release.  Streets of Rage 2 is probably one of the best sequels to any beat em up game for a variety of reasons.  The second installment included better graphics, enhanced gameplay, and excellent musical composition.  The plot for this game was relatively similar to the original where Axel Stone & Blaze Fielding have to stop Mr. X and his crime syndicate from taking over a city.  However, this game includes the addition to two new characters including pro wrestler Max Thunder and a kid named Eddie Hunter also known as “Skate”.

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In Streets of Rage 2 people have the option of completing the game on single player or multiplayer mode if they have friends.  The gameplay for Streets of Rage 2 allows each character to move faster and utilize special attacks unlike the original game.  Also, the soundtrack for this game was arguably the best in the entire series.  The music producer for this game Yuzo Koshiro had made some memorable soundtracks that are considered legendary.  The music in Streets of Rage 2 was ahead of its time allowing players to enjoy the game while listening to early 90’s club music.  The first stage of the Streets of Rage 2 entitled “Go Straight” is probably the best soundtrack in the entire series; the tune for Go Straight is so popular it has received numerous remixes along with other soundtracks over the years by many people who enjoyed the game. There also many other memorable soundtracks in the game including  “Dreamer”, “Slow Moon”, “Under Logic” and others that many people thought was great.  Similar to the prequel each player must defeat a group of enemies in each stage accompanied with a boss battle in the end until they reach the final stage with Mr. X.

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The level of difficulty regarding Streets of Rage 2 is not too hard once the game has been played over a few times.  Some people would probably agree that Streets of Rage 2 was better than Final Fight 2 in some respects.  Streets of Rage 2 was so popular it was re-released on many different consoles including the PlayStation Network, Nintendo 3DS, and  Xbox Live Arcade.  Overall, Streets of Rage 2 is considered to be legendary among many gamers and is regarded to be one of the best Sega games of all-time.

Retro Gaming- Streets of Rage: (1991)

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Streets of Rage was a beat em up game that was developed by Sega in 1991.  This Streets of Rage was released during a time period where the beat em up genre was very popular among gamers around the world.  It is well known by many people that the Streets of Rage series created by Sega was competing with the Final Fight series developed by Capcom for the Super Nintendo.  While many gamers are polarized about the Final Fight and the Streets of Rage series in terms of which title is more superior both are  considered to be great.  The plot for Streets of Rage focuses on the main characters Axel Stone, Blaze Fielding, and Adam Hunter who seek to stop a crime syndicate after they have taken over an unnamed city.

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Streets of Rage just like any other beat em up game involves traveling throughout various stages and defeating a gang of enemies along with defeating the main boss at the end of each stage.  Once players reach the final stage they then face off against the main antagonist Mr. X.  If Streets of Rage is played on co-op mode both players have the option of either joining the crime syndicate or taking down Mr. X.  If both players make opposite choices they end up having to fight each other to the death before fighting Mr. X.  If one player defeats Mr. X after killing his partner they become the new leader of the crime syndicate leading to a bad ending for the game.  However, if both players decide to stick together and defeat Mr. X the game shows a good ending where the crime syndicate is stopped temporarily.

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Streets of Rage is known for many qualities including its gameplay and musical composition.  The soundtrack for the game was developed by Yuzo Koshiro who had created many memorable songs for each stage for both Streets of Rage 1 & 2.  The original Streets of Rage game was fun, family-friendly and appealed to many casual fans of the beat em up genre.  Streets of Rage is considered to be a classic among many Sega fans and the series would only improve during the development of the  second installment.