Streets of Rage 2 stands as one of the most well-crafted beat-'em-ups ever, and it still looks and sounds great and plays beautifully.
It's got a decent length for a game of its time and it certainly worth playing more than once. The visuals are surprisingly vibrant. Most importantly, it's fun. But the online portion of SOR2 is executed poorly. And, once again, Backbone Entertainment presents a classic SEGA title with absolutely no extras.
Streets of Rage 2 is still an enjoyable experience to this day, but like other traditional beat-em ups, the game shows its age with its limited gameplay that gets old far too quickly.
What is certain though is that Streets of Rage 2 is a classic title that fully deserves to be revived and remembered in modern day gaming. Now, pass me the pain relief and I’ll be on my way.
Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
The scrolling fighter may be dead, but this is the genre's finest relic. Get involved. [Dec 2007, p.96]