Friday, March 17, 2023

Free Endless Brawler Review: Streets of Kamurocho

To celebrate its sixtieth anniversary in 2020, Sega released several small free games for Windows through Steam.

One of the smallest, yet also one of the most interesting, was Streets of Kamurocho. This game was an endless brawler that mashed together two of Sega's most well-known series, Streets of Rage and Like a Dragon, in a satisfying way.

The game remakes the first level of the Sega Genesis classic Streets of Rage 2 with background graphics and character sprites modeled after the original Yakuza. The game begins with a cutscene, told in 16-bit style still frames, which retells the plot of Yakuza. Kiryu goes to prison for a crime committed by his friend Nishikiyama. When he gets out of prison 10 years later, Nishiki has changed, becoming bitter and jealous of Kiryu and intending to become the next chairman of the yakuza organization known as the Tojo clan.

The player characters are either Kazuma Kiryu or Goro Majima, and Ichiban Kasuga can be unlocked. These characters have sprite sheets that resemble their 3D forms, however, they all have the same move set.

The game is an endless brawler in that the same level just repeats with a harder difficulty until the player runs out of lives, with the goal being to get the highest score. It's basically just a fun concept that was thankfully released completely for free. Due to its simplicity, it isn't more than a fun curiosity. However, because it is free, looks great, and has tight controls, it is worth playing, at least for a little bit, to see what might have been had a full Streets of Rage meets Like a Dragon spin-off ever released.

Final Verdict:

3 out of 5

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