Streets of Rage Remake
(also known as Bare Knuckle Remake) is a mind-blowing SOR fangame,
released by Bombergames in 2011 on the Microsoft Windows platform. It is ultimately
designed as a remake of the original Mega Drive trilogy, though in
some ways it can be seen as a true sequel to SOR3.
It is considered by the SOR fan
community as a whole to be the definitive SOR fangame, with
some going as far as calling it the SOR4 that Sega never made.
Truly, it has to be played to be believed - it really is that good.
In my personal opinion, Streets of Rage Remake v5 (the final version
of the game) has been produced to
such a high standard I would expect no less from Sega themselves.
Kudos to the development team for that exceptional achievement!
The game is programmed from scratch in Fenix programming language
(which was developed specifically for 2D games development). It does
not use reverse engineering nor a single line of code from the
original games. It's all based on visual interpretation, and also
a whole host of special features and upgrades which bring the SOR gameplay experience into the 21st century, without compromising the
classic 'feel' of the originals. The game has 18 playable characters, including a fully recreated Adam in SOR2/3 style, new
characters 'Rudra' and 'Elle' (Electra) and a host of awesome new music remixes! Mr. X and
the Syndicate are back (again!), more powerful than ever! It's time to once
again walk the Streets of Rage!
'V5' is the final version of the game, with no planned future revisions.
Controversy with Sega
The release of Streets of Rage Remake
v5 caused a huge stir in the gaming scene - hundreds of news sites
reported on the game and thousands of people downloaded it, But just
days after the game was released, Sega stamped down on it and had
the game pulled from the Bombergames website, giving a
"Sega have contacted [me] regarding the download hosted on this
site," Bomberlink, the game's head programmer, wrote at the time.
"While this issue is being resolved, please do not upload the game
for others to download. Any links posted on this site will be
In a statement, a spokesperson from Sega said, "Sega is committed to
supporting any fans that take an interest in our games, and where
possible we do so by involving them in Beta tests and other
development, marketing or research opportunities. However 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
The game's release wasn't a surprise, of course. Bomberlink and more
than 20 collaborators had been toiling away at the game since 17
March 2003, and its lengthy, Herculean development had been widely
publicised in the eight years since. Bomberlink had even notified
Sega, long before the game's release.
Regardless, after Sega
pulled SORR from the Bombergames site, they have refused to budge on
their position - putting the planned ports for Linux, Nintendo Wii
and the GP2X WIZ handheld, as well as a bug-fixing patch that was
also planned, on a permanent hiatus.
Though the Sega injunction had
forced Bombergames to cease all its SORR activity, and the official
Bombergames website shut down, the project continued to live
on through the SOR fan community. There has since been an Update Patch
(v5.0a), and three ports (Xbox, GP2X Caanoo and
Apple OS X), with more updates possible in future.
Original Release Dates:
v5 (final) - April 2011
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