The new soundtrack is excellent and the option to switch on retro tunes via the pause menu is great. The only downside is that the retro SoR 1 soundtrack is the 8-bit Master System/Game Gear version, for some reason. It would have been nice to curate your own retro soundtrack too, but you can't have everything.
Jaw-dropping, buttery smooth hand-animated artwork that will make you want to weep with unfettered glee. Pixels are great and all, but I can't imagine Streets of Rage 4 looking any other way. Environments and characters alike look incredible, and every frame of animation is imbued with vibrancy and energy.
Easy to pick up and play, tricky to master. New mechanics subtly tweak the template perfected in Streets of Rage 2, breathing new life into a genre that had grown stale. The best compliment you can give SoR 4 is that it feels completely right. Try playing Streets of Rage 4 on Mania difficulty if you fancy a real challenge.
The core Story mode only runs at a few hours, but multiple playthroughs prove rewarding (especially with 2-4 player co-op options), aided by having 12 retro characters to unlock. Battle mode enables you to have a competitive 4-player brawl, and Arcade mode tasks you with beating the game using only a single life.
A varied list that encourages multiple runs with each character and masses of replay value. Getting through a level without being hit and achieving 'S' ranks on every stage at Hard difficulty or higher are ludicrously tough challenges, meaning you'll have to really work to earn that 1,000G.