Streets of Rage 4 HD is a very ambitious SOR fangame which began development in early 2010, made using the popular OpenBoR engine. Produced by Zhang Qiang and Allan.Cylakes, the game showcases some impressive and unique hand-painted sprites, backgrounds and cutscene artworks, courtesy of the talented Huang Wentao and Xia Ji. The development team have gone to ground in an attempt to completely re-imagine the visual style of SOR in High Definition, and the result, as you can see from the screenshots here, is breathtaking. There is a lot of potential here, and it promises to be something very special indeed if the gameplay can match the quality of the visuals.

A release was originally planned for PC and PSP, though it is unclear if and when this will finally happen. Things went quiet on the development front for this fangame for a few years, but recently a new website has sprung up showing that work continues on the game. In the meantime, you can check out this playable demo from 2010, at least.
 

DOWNLOAD SOR4 HD 2010 PLAYABLE DEMO (ZIP Archive, 11MB)

 

(Below Left) Axel dragon smashes a Donovan punk as he fights through a city street.                    (Below Right) The quality of the holistic-style artwork here is astounding.

 

Check out this picture which shows Axel's evolution from SOR1 - 4, plus new mugshots of Axel, Adam and Max:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dissipated air was filled in the city at night... Many people and cars rushed to the crowded streets, the rain didn't stop people's hunger for the night life...

 

Although the news that the former Defence Secretary would visit the city was spread around, most media and people didn't know his route...

A luxury Benz stopped at the gate of the restaurant, the man came out from the car was the former Defence Secretary Charles Lede.

Suddenly,a shot was heard. Charles was dead.

Every media agency reported the assassination the next day. And the murderer was the team leader of Interpol (the International Criminal Police Organization) - AXEL! Who could believe that the hero who had led the police to frustrate the organised criminal gangs would be the murderer? After AXEL was arrested by the police, the High Court would carry out a public trial later.

Streets of Rage would appear in the dark city again.

 

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