Streets of Rage 2, one Sega’s most beloved brawlers in the '90s, or any time period if you asked most seasoned gamers, has at long last landed on the iPhone.
Sequel to the original Streets of Rage, which also landed on the iPhone in November last year to much fanfare, Streets of Rage 2 is a direct port of the Megadrive/Genesis classic with slight tweaks and custom touch controls and graphics mostly left untouched.
For those who’ve never played the original or need a memory refresh, you take control of four skilled fighters, Axel, Blaze and the newly recruited Max and Skate. Skate’s older brother, Adam, who was part of the original trio in the first game, has been kidnapped by the evil Mr. X and it’s up to the four comrades to rescue him by battling their way through the grimy and corrupt streets that fans have come to know and love.
Strangely enough, the release of the title comes in the same week Sega’s lawyers blocked a fan-made remake of the original.
Sega said in a statement: "We need to protect our intellectual property rights and this may result in us requesting that our fans remove online imagery, videos or games in some instances."
In better news for fans, Sega has confirmed that the third instalment in the series, aka Streets of Rage 3, is due in the spring, along with its two other Megadrive brethren, Golden Axe II and Golden Axe III.
Streets of Rage II is available to pick up right now from the App Store for £1.79.