Streets of Rage 2 (Bare Knuckle 2 in Japan) is a side-scrolling beat 'em up released by Sega in 1992 for the Sega Genesis. It is the second game in the Streets of Rage series and sequel to Streets of Rage. Its soundtrack is again done by Yuzo Koshiro, whose work was inspired by early '90s club music. The game was universally hailed; as the Genesis was maturing, so did the game engine. More intricate fight moves, better soundtrack and more cartridge space for smooth graphics sold this game: it would be followed by the less
successful a little more than a year later. It has been released recently, in 2007, on Nintendo's Virtual Console.
Though Streets of Rage 2 plays very similar to its predecessor, Ancient took time to rewrite the game engine. The biggest change is the replacement of the original special attack (which was the police car); it is now an individual attack based on the player you've chosen. The fighting mechanics were vastly improved, as you can now chain combos better, juggle many characters, and have a more personal move-set according to character.
Enemies are also improved; all are given Health Bars and names, and like the selectable characters, given bigger and more individual fighting techniques.
There are also changes to the weapons that can be picked up. The Pepper Shaker, Baseball Bat and the Bottle from the original game have been removed. The Knife has been tweaked, so the Player can choose to throw the Knife when he or she pleases.