Brawlers and wrestling games have more in common than most people realize. There is a fairly limited set of moves – no brawler I know of is as deep with attacks or strategy as a one on one fighting game. You can move up and down the screen rather than be stuck to one line of fighting. That is why it seems to be a match made in heaven that someone has hacked Hulk Hogan into Streets of Rage 2.
First, this hack just works. This is not a joke hack like Earthworm Jim in Streets of Rage. Since Hulk Hogan is from a wrestling game, he has attacks that fit properly. He has other animations that make him almost perfect for the Streets of Rage universe. This is one of those fun hacks.
It is little weird seeing Hulk Hogan wielding a knife or pipe and attacking his enemies.
There was one point in battling the boss of the first level where I got stuck by one of the signs on the right. I am not sure how this happened. I just know that I could not move and was stuck. Other than that slight problem this is a quality hack.
Hulk Hogan’s sprite works so well. His attacks like punches and combos look good in the Streets of Rage 2 world. There is something awesome about belly to back suplexing an enemy or doing a punch combo and ending it with a big yellow boot. I found myself humming “Real American” more than once while playing this hack.
Fans of Streets of Rage 2 that are getting slightly tired of the same old every play through could certainly do worse than this fan hack. I would love to see this hack expanded and the actual storyline changed to reflect something involving Hulk Hogan and his character – maybe he could be working to take down the evil Gawker Network?
Grab the hack over at ROMHacking.net, we cannot link to the ROM file as Sega has not released that into the public domain.