In 1994 Street Of Rage 3 hit shelf stores around the world, since then many games have come and gone as fans eagerly awaited the sequel. Finally in 2018 Streets of Rage 4 was announced with a beautifully animated trailer that piqued a great deal of interest amongst many internet communities. The trailer demonstrated a radical departure from the franchise’s previous artstyle, gone is the action movie hyper-masculine/semi-realistic aesthetic instead being replaced with a stylishly slick contemporary design that embodies the nostalgia associated with 80s ‘Retrowave’.

(Image: Streets of Rage 3 vs Streets of Rage 4)

(Image: Streets of Rage 3 vs Streets of Rage 4)

The trailer features incredible digital 2D animation that oozes with appeal, while maintaining that classic ‘edge’ that made brawlers so distinctive when they were at the peak of their popularity.

Lizardcube (the team in charge) demonstrated their artistic flair and talent with the similarly exceptional visual treat that was the 2017 Wonderboy remake. Seeing them taking a well-loved (and seemingly dead) franchise and reintroducing it to modern audiences in the 21st century is a fantastic step to take. Here’s hoping that Lizardcube get the chance to bring back some other classics. They’ve certainly shown their aptitude with their last release as well as this.

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Sidd