When we think about some of the best games that came from the 16-bit Genesis console from the early 90’s its almost impossible to have that conversation without thinking about the critically acclaimed Streets Of Rage 2 title from 1992. Streets Of Rage 2 was arguably one best beat em up video games from the early 90’s along with the likes of TMNT: Turtles In Time which was released in arcade centers in ’91 before appearing on the SNES during ’92. Streets Of Rage 2 was a dramatic improvement over its ’91 prequel in terms of visuals and audio since more 16-bit than it was 8-bit. Streets Of Rage 2 was also considered to be a more memorable entry within the series than its predecessor Streets Of Rage 3 which was subjected to criticism due to its level of difficulty and censorship from the original Japanese version of the game entitled Bare Knuckle III. While Streets Of Rage 3 had improved gameplay over SOR II the soundtrack was not nearly as memorable as its predecessor which was also something that was subjected to criticism by fans of the series. There were more people who preferred Streets Of Rage 2 more than any other entry within the series due to its basic plot along with the fact that soundtracks blended very well with each stage within the game.
In fact, there are some people who would argue that Streets Of Rage 2 alone was better than the entire Final Fight trilogy from ’89-’95. Either way, Streets Of Rage 2 is one of Sega’s most high profile games on the Genesis console outside of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. While Streets Of Rage 2 may not have sold as much on the Sega Genesis during the early 90’s its still considered to be a memorable 16-bit gem almost 30 years later. Streets Of Rage 2 without a doubt was the best beat em up game that Sega has ever made; but to proclaim that SOR II video game that Sega has made in general does not seem valid in the eyes of too many people.