Streets of Rage 2 is one of the most beloved Sega games out there. Seriously, it is almost above reproach on the level of Super Mario World, Tetris, Robowarrior, and Pac-Man. With such admiration comes fans that are more than willing to bring their own ideas to the classic through hacks (PC gamers know these as “mods” or modifications). Rather than just writing up the Rick Taylor from Splatterhouse 3 news, while cool, I decided to expand a bit and bring an article of what I consider cool Streets of Rage 2 hacks. Prevoiusly, I did a list of seven cool Streets of Rage 2 hacks already. Maybe head over, check it out and let me know what you think of it.
First up, we have the Street Fighter 2 characters invading the world of Sega’s most popular brawler. Before you get your hopes up that you can finally pull off a Dragon Punch on that jerk of a boss at the end of level one, you need to know Ryu and Ken are not among the four characters that made the trip. Zangief brings some of his wrestling moves, Balrog brings his fisticuffs expertise while M. Bison is just as cheap as ever and finally, Cammy has her muscles all limbered up for kicks and jumps galore. I would have preferred Ryu/Ken (the punch of the dragon comes to mind), Blanka (shocking addition I tell you), and Chun Li (spinning and lightning kicks would be great against some bosses). Who would you have picked?
Fans of CW’s Flash, or the comic it is derived from, will like this next hack. Flash in Streets of Rage 2 brings DC Comics classic speed demon to the world of Streets of Rage 2 in grand fashion. Fans can run around enemies, punch, and kick their way through the levels as the red mach runner. How long before we can get a Wonder Woman hack? Anyone?
While we have yet to see a Haggar from Final Fight hack for this game, someone did make a Hulk Hogan based hack. After Hogan’s windfall win over the Gawker network it is unlikely he will need any money for a bit so he is not likely to license out his likeness any time soon, or the “Hulk Hogan” character (which he holds some kind of exclusive license from Marvel for). That won’t stop fans from skirting Hogan’s legal team by bringing him to the Streets of Rage 2 world to teach the enemies to “say their prayers, take their vitamins, and listen to their parents.”
Surely the time of year is what inspired bringing Rick Taylor from Splatterhouse 3 over to Sega’s brawler. Besides me, who else had no idea that the main character from Namco’s game had a last name, and that it was “Taylor”? What is great about this hack is, well, you are beating the bad guys into a pulp and now you can do it with a character that looks like Jason from the popular Friday the 13th movie franchise. Now, who do we talk to about getting this to go the other way? I would love to see Blaze in Splatterhouse 2 (or 3) and also for some reason, Roo from SoR 3 seems like he would fit in well with the exploding teddy bears in Splatterhouse 3 (not sure why).
Speaking of cool characters making appearances from other games, I am a little lost to think of one single character that would be better than Sketch Turner from Comix Zone. He is an interesting choice and one that I feel got the short end of the creative stick from Sega. I mean, this guy is in a comic book game, literally – go play it and see what I mean. This could have been the crossover game for them, like Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros game. Anyhow, Sketch is now in Streets of Rage 2 and ready to draw out some punches and kicks.
Finally, it is time to close this article and what better hack to do so with than a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hack? All four turtles from TMNT Hyperstone Heist are here and ready to kick butt. Considering they fight similar enemies in their own games it is not that much of a stretch to see them taking on enemies in Streets of Rage 2 – it almost feels like another TMNT game. That is a good thing.
Got a Streets of Rage 2 hack that others need to know about? Tried any of these out? Let us know in the comments!