So when I went to play tonight, I got hit with a ridiculously slow system update that's probably been waiting to upload for who knows how long. It was prompted when I tried to get on to the Playstation store, to go and download a bunch of games that are on sale that I probably won't ever have time to get around to playing. Because of this fabulous system updated, I decided to turn my gaming attention towards my new system, the Sega Genesis.
Tonight, I played a game that I think I've played before, but honestly I can't remember due to the influx of games of this genre, both on home consoles and arcade machines as well. I played Streets of Rage, the side-scrolling beat'em up fighter. It plays just like all other games like it: Walk a little bit until you encounter an enemy from either side of the screen, fight them with a couple basic moves, clear the screen, move on to the next set of enemies, and repeat over and over again until the level is over. Add an enlarged boss battle at the end of each level, coupled with the ability to pick up weapons like drain pipes and bottles, mix in a special attack like a police car firing a rocket into the crowd of enemies, and there you have Streets of Rage.
I really wish there was something profound to write about this game, but unfortunately, it is what it is. I didn't even get the same feeling tonight as I did yesterday playing Comix Zone. The game just doesn't hold up well, even compared to others in the genre.
I guess what they say is true. Sometimes an old game is just an old game.
Now if you excuse me, I have to go watch my PS3 system update bar slowly move. Wait, is it even moving still? I can't even tell. Ugh...