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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabroniville View Post
    I dunno, the one playthrough I found online said it was pretty simple. Maybe it's easier when you're an adult, or it gets much harder later on (the guy only played the first few).
    The first boards were pretty simple. Or maybe more accurately, were good for training purposes. There's a surprising amount going on in the game, how to safely and effectively clear boards, the phasing, learning how to shoot notes (and when not to shoot them), lots of enemy types, how to look for the power ups. I think that there were only four or five separate boards before repeating but they became more fuller and the enemies more and faster moving.

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    Zero



    ZERO THE KAMIKAZE SQUIRREL:
    Game Type: Side-Scrolling Action Game
    Release Date: 1994
    Developer: Iguana Entertainment (later becomes Acclaim)

    -Zero was a supporting character in the Aero the Acro-Bat game, and was apparently received well enough that he was given his OWN GAME- something that only a tiny handful of video game characters before him can say. In Zero's case, he was a Mini-Boss working for the main villain. In the game, Zero gets a telegram from his old girlfriend, who tells him that an evil lumberjack has invaded their homeland (so that he can use their trees to print counterfeit money, obviously). Finally, Zero's mission leads him to defeat his old boss. The game plays pretty much like Aero, with an acrobatic hero using Throwing Stars- it's pretty freaking hard, judging by the YouTube videos, though. Most Playthroughs feature pros having an easy go of whatever game they're playing- not Zero. His limited attacks (a spin attack with poor range, a vertical dive-bomb, and some Throwing Stars that go in a straight line) and the random movements of some villains make the game look ungodly difficult.



    ZERO THE KAMIKAZE SQUIRREL
    Role:
    The Mini-Boss Turned Hero, Spin-Off Character
    PL 8 (115)
    STRENGTH
    2 STAMINA 4 AGILITY 7
    FIGHTING 12 DEXTERITY 5
    INTELLIGENCE 1 AWARENESS 3 PRESENCE 2

    Skills:
    Aero-Batics 8 (+15)
    Athletics 8 (+10)
    Expertise (Circus Performer) 6 (+9)
    Insight 2 (+5)
    Perception 4 (+7)
    Ranged Combat (Throwing Stars) 4 (+12)
    Vehicles 6 (+11)

    Advantages:
    Agile Feint, Equipment 3 (Throwing Stars +4- Multiattack, Diminished Range -1), Improved Critical (Throwing Stars) 2, Improved Initiative, Power Attack, Ranged Attack 4

    Powers:
    "Spin Attack" Strength-Damage +2 [2]
    Leaping 1 (15 feet) [1]
    Movement 1 (Safe Fall) [2]

    Offense:
    Unarmed +12 (+2 Damage, DC 17)
    Spin Attack +12 (+4 Damage, DC 19)
    Throwing Stars +12 (+4 Ranged Damage, DC 19)
    Initiative +11

    Defenses:
    Dodge +11 (DC 21), Parry +12 (DC 22), Toughness +4, Fortitude +5, Will +6

    Complications:
    Power Loss (Throwing Stars)- Zero needs ammunition in order to throw his Stars- he will run out otherwise.
    Responsibility (His Home)- Trouble back home caused Zero to abandon his boss and try to save his old girlfriend.

    Total: Abilities: 72 / Skills: 38--19 / Advantages: 11 / Powers: 5 / Defenses: 8 (115)

    -Zero is a pretty good sign the Aero game series was made in America- I find it a little more unlikely that the Japanese would create a guy named after a Japanese WWII Fighter Plane, with a Rising Sun headband, and the word "Kamikaze" in his name.

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    Streets of Rage




    This city was once a happy, peaceful place... until one day, a powerful secret criminal organization took over. This vicious syndicate soon had control of the government and even the police force. The city has become the center of violence and crime where no one is safe.

    Amid this turmoil, a group of determined young police officers has sworn to clean up the city. Among them are Adam Hunter, Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding. They are willing to risk anything... even their lives... on the...*

    Streets of Rage.


    STREETS OF RAGE:
    Game Type: Side-Scrolling Beat 'Em Up
    Release Date: 1991
    Developer: Sega

    -One of the shames about being a Nintendo loyalist as a kid is that I've never played the famous Streets of Rage (Bare Knuckle in Japan)- Sega's answer to Final Fight (alongside Golden Axe). A Beat 'Em Up featuring a gang of... pretty well generic-looking youngsters... mowing their way across a city full of Goons, all the way to the crime boss, Mr. X. The games (three in total) only existed on the Mega Drive/Genesis, and altered the cast a little bit with each game. They're considered very fun, fast-paced brawlers (I always called games in this genre "Brawlers" when I was a kid, for lack of a better name- I didn't know they already had one), but are perhaps best-known for the amazing soundtrack. The graphics & character designs are nowhere near as good as Final Fights, but Streets of Rage has a tiny girl doing a flip-around German Suplex to giant bosses, so there's that.

    -The first game features former cops Axel, Blaze & Adam in their mission against Mr. X (it featured a special attack- calling a cop ally with a machine gun- that would kill all non-Boss enemies on-screen at once). The sequel had more defined graphics, and added Skate & Max to the roster. The third game was seen as a disappointment- a little too much of the same old thing. Unfortunately for the series' fans, SoR has basically vanished from gaming entirely- the genre died out in the mid-1990s, and unlike Final Fight, the characters didn't get to live on in a more-successful Fighting Game. Numerous remakes and sequels have been attempted, but nothing has ever gotten off the ground in a big way, save on unofficial "remake" title.

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    I consider the greater legacy of Streets of Rage to be Openbor, an engine originally used to make the Beats of Rage fangame (a tribute to Streets of Rage 2, but with some KoF sprites used for the playable characters), which has allowed a wide variety of free 2D beat 'em ups to be made, many of which are good (of course, there is a LOT of trash, too).

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    I can't tell you how many hours I plugged into those games.
    "Mom, is the Dairy Queen married to the Burger King?" - My five-year-old

    The Ro Show, my collection of characters and random builds.

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    Blaze



    BLAZE FIELDING
    Role:
    Renegade Cop
    PL 8 (131)
    STRENGTH
    2 STAMINA 3 AGILITY 6
    FIGHTING 12 DEXTERITY 4
    INTELLIGENCE 2 AWARENESS 3 PRESENCE 3

    Skills:
    Acrobatics 6 (+12)
    Athletics 8 (+10)
    Deception 2 (+5)
    Expertise (Police Officer) 6 (+8)
    Expertise (Dancing) 4 (+7)
    Insight 2 (+5)
    Intimidation 2 (+5)
    Investigation 5 (+8)
    Perception 3 (+6)
    Persuasion 2 (+5)
    Treatment 1 (+3)
    Vehicles 1 (+5)

    Advantages:
    Close Attack 2, Defensive Attack, Diehard, Fast Grab, Fearless, Improved Critical (Unarmed) 2, Improved Defense, Improved Hold, Improved Initiative, Instant Up, Power Attack, Ranged Attack 3, Takedown 2, Teamwork

    Powers:
    "Cartwheel Kick & Flying Double-Cut" Strength-Damage +2 (Inaccurate -1) [1]
    "Kikousho!" Chi Blast 6 (Feast: Accurate) (Flaws: Distracting) [7]

    Offense:
    Unarmed +14 (+2 Damage, DC 17)
    Chi Blast +9 (+6 Ranged Damage, DC 21)
    Initiative +10

    Defenses:
    Dodge +12 (DC 22), Parry +13 (DC 23), Toughness +3, Fortitude +5, Will +7

    Complications:
    Motivation (Cleaning Up The City)- Axel, Adam & Blaze have quit the police force in order to clean up their city of corruption.

    Total: Abilities: 70 / Skills: 42--21 / Advantages: 19 / Powers: 8 / Defenses: 13 (131)

    -Blaze Fielding is probably the most popular character from Streets of Rage- like Golden Axe, the game offers a FEMALE character, keyed around being faster but weaker than her allies. In the sequel, they actually alter course and make her the most-balanced of the crew, with Skate becoming the "Fast & Weak" one. Blaze is a Lady Cop and a Judo specialist, but her "judo" consists of straight-up punching and kicking the daylights out of people, Cartwheel Kicks, a flying double-punch, and a friggin' GERMAN SUPLEX, so obviously she's an innovator of MMA-style "take something from everything" martial arts. Blaze is good enough that she's considered the best overall character in Streets of Rage 2 and 3.

    -And naturally, there was "upskirt" animation with some of her kicks- it got edited out of the American versions. The graphics improved a LOT by the second game, where suddenly she's wearing a tube top, mini-skirt, and fishnet stockings
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    I've got to say that "Streets of Rage" is probably one of the best titles for a urban brawler ever. It was sadly one of those games I never played, as my Genesis owning cousin didn't own it and I was mostly a NES/SNES guy. I do remember the old ads for it in comics where they'd show the heroes beating each other up:



    The white guy of the group must have done something to REALLY piss the other two off because 2/3rds of the images are of them kicking the crap out of him.

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    Haha, yes, I totally remember that same ad showing up in older comics I owned. I still remember the bottom-right panel, because I couldn't figure out why the girl was doing a throw, while the white guy was backflipping. Were they breakdancing or something?

    And the answer as to why the white dude is being struck in most of the images should be obvious. We should just be thankful they didn't make them ALL him getting beaten on. Or that they didn't go the opposite route and beaten up the black guy.

    What I find curious is that the white guy is in EVERY PANEL. Why were Blaze & Adam not allowed to fight each other?

    Naturally, someone has the complete soundtrack up on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siC1gKWOzmA

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    Adam




    ADAM HUNTER
    Role:
    Renegade Cop, The Black Guy
    PL 8 (117)
    STRENGTH
    3 STAMINA 4 AGILITY 4
    FIGHTING 12 DEXTERITY 4
    INTELLIGENCE 2 AWARENESS 3 PRESENCE 3

    Skills:
    Acrobatics 6 (+10)
    Athletics 8 (+11)
    Deception 2 (+5)
    Expertise (Police Officer) 6 (+8)
    Insight 2 (+5)
    Intimidation 2 (+5)
    Investigation 5 (+8)
    Perception 3 (+6)
    Persuasion 2 (+5)
    Treatment 1 (+3)
    Vehicles 1 (+5)

    Advantages:
    Diehard, Fast Grab, Fearless, Improved Critical (Unarmed) 2, Improved Defense, Improved Defense, Improved Hold, Instant Up, Power Attack, Ranged Attack 3, Takedown 2, Teamwork

    Powers:
    "Boxer's Punch" Strength-Damage +1 [1]

    Offense:
    Unarmed +12 (+4 Damage, DC 19)
    Initiative +4

    Defenses:
    Dodge +10 (DC 20), Parry +12 (DC 22), Toughness +4, Fortitude +5, Will +7

    Complications:
    Motivation (Cleaning Up The City)- Axel, Adam & Blaze have quit the police force in order to clean up their city of corruption.

    Total: Abilities: 70 / Skills: 38--19 / Advantages: 16 / Powers: 1 / Defenses: 11 (117)

    -Adam is the strongest of the initial trio of Streets of Rage, but was exiled from the sequels- he was kidnapped in Streets of Rage 2, and the others mounted a mission in order to save him- he was replaced as The Strong Guy by the much larger Max, and his little brother Skate replaced him as The Black Guy. His roles now sewn up, he only appeared in the cutscenes of the third game. As he missed the "Special Move" games, he lacks much in the way of Powers.

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    Re: Jab's Builds!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jabroniville View Post
    Haha, yes, I totally remember that same ad showing up in older comics I owned. I still remember the bottom-right panel, because I couldn't figure out why the girl was doing a throw, while the white guy was backflipping. Were they breakdancing or something?

    And the answer as to why the white dude is being struck in most of the images should be obvious.

    What I find curious is that the white guy is in EVERY PANEL. Why were Blaze & Adam not allowed to fight each other?
    The backflip is a slightly edited version of the backflip from the second image from the left on the bottom row (they edited his back).

    The reason Blaze and Adam weren't allowed to fight is because had to keep the images where a black was struck by a white to a minimum (as you inferred), and a black man striking a white woman? Yeah, there's an image that's not going to piss off everybody.

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