We’re pretty sure that Streets of Rage 4 is the best side-scrolling beat ’em up ever made, but you’re not going to want to play it forever. Thankfully, then, there are many other side-scrolling beat ’em ups available on Xbox One and Series X/S if you want to play something similar but a bit different. Many of them are really good, too.
To help you find the best games like Streets of Rage on Xbox, we’ve put together a list of all the ones we’ve played and had lots of fun with. Take a look, and you never know, you might just find something that takes your fancy. Streets of Rage 4 wipes the floor with the lot of them, obviously, but they all have something unique to offer.
1. Fight’N Rage
Inspired by classics, and with a visual style to match, Fight’N Rage is a side-scrolling beat ’em up that’s not to be missed by fans of the genre. And so of course it has to feature on our list of the best games like Streets of Rage on Xbox.
Set in a future where humans have been enslaved by mutants, Fight’N Rage has a suitably outrageous roster of playable characters. More can be unlocked by playing the game, too. Whichever you choose to play as, you’ll find the action is fast-paced, and very much focused on performing combos. It’s challenging though, especially in its later stages stages where mastering the game’s parry mechanic becomes very important. Take the time to learn its in and outs, though, and few games in the genre are as rewarding.
2. Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle
Why simply have one game like Streets of Rage when you can have seven? Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle brings together seven classic beat ’em ups, some of which have never never been available outside of arcades before. And while some of them may feel rather dated in this day and age, some have stood the test of time.
Alongside the legendary Final Fight there are gems such as Captain Commando, Battle Circuit and Armored Warriors. Rounding out the package are Knights of the Round, The King of Dragons and Warriors of Fate. Chances are you won’t get on with all of them, but at least there’s plenty of variety. And if you find just one beat ’em up here that captivates you, you’re onto a winner.
3. River City Girls 2
While we quite enjoyed the original River City Girls, this sequel is bigger and better in about every way. Like its predecessor, River City Girls 2 still has adventure elements, with you able to explore a number of environments at will, but with improved combat and more, it’s less of a chore.
It helps that there are more characters to play as, too. Misako and Kyoko are joined here by their boyfriends as well as two new guest characters. By switching these characters on a regular basis you can keep the action feeling fresh, and each has their own unique moveset for you to get to grips with. Along with a range of unique features including a buddy system and character development, there’s a lot to like about River City Girls 2. For that reason, those seeking out the best games like Streets of Rage, whether they own an Xbox One, Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, would be wise to give it a chance.
4. Asterix & Obelix Slap Them All! 2
This is the newest game on this list of best games like Streets of Rage on Xbox, and it’s very much earned its place. Based on the long-running Asterix & Obelix series, it sees you play as one of the much-loved Gauls as they make their way through a Roman invasion.
If you’ve played the first game, you’ll know exactly what to expect: this is pretty much just more of the same. It’s been tweaked a little, though, making controlling Asterix or Obelix more fun than ever. Their moveset might not be as in-depth as the likes of Streets of Rage 4, but there’s enough here to make playing through feel rewarding and enjoyable. And it looks absolutely fantastic to boot, too.
5. Mayhem Brawler
Of all the game on this list, Mayhem Brawler might just be the one that comes the closest to replicating both the look and feel of Streets of Rage 4. Because of that, it’s definitely a title you should check out on Xbox if you want to play something similar – though it does have some new ideas up its sleeves as well.
In Mayhem Brawler, you take control of a member of Stronghold – a super-powered law enforcement agency. But as you punch, kick and throw your way through the game’s story, you’re in control of its direction. That is to say that at the end of most stages you’re offered up an option as to where to go next, with your choices determining the enemies you face and more. Needless to say, this is a game you’ll want to play through numerous times not only because it’s fun, but also to see all available outcomes.
6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
If you’re a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, then consider Shredder’s Revenge an absolute must-play. Being published by Dotemu, the same team behind Streets of Rage 4, we knew it was in good hands – and we weren’t wrong. Beautiful pixel art brings Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo to life, and with each one of them – and their friends – having a range of skills up their sleeves, it’s a joy to play through, too.
Like all of the best games like Streets of Rage, you can tackle this one alone or in co-op, and however you decide to play, you’re going to have a blast. There are familiar bosses to come up against and a wealth of levels all with unique – and eyecatching – settings. Cowabunga, dude!
Battletoads may be the most unique of all the games like Streets of Rage on this list, but it’s one of the best nonetheless. Exclusive to Xbox consoles, it’s a modern take on a game of the same name from the early 90s. That means along with modern gameplay, it has all-new squeaky-clean visuals that look absolutely sumptuous.
The side-scrolling beat ’em up gameplay here is solid, with each one of the toads having their own moveset befitting of their character. Bashing through enemies is a lot of fun no matter who you’re playing as, but what really sets this title apart from the crowd is the mix of gameplay you’ll find here. Not every level is simply a case of beating up enemies: you’ll find bike-riding sections, platforming and even a bit of puzzling. It all comes together to make up a package that any Streets of Rage fan should love.
8. Final Vendetta
We weren’t too hot on Final Vendetta when it first launched, as you can tell by our review. Developer Bitmap Bureau took heed of criticism of its title, however, and quickly set to work, fixing many of the issues highlighted. Pick up Final Vendetta now, then, and you’re likely to have a very good time.
Heavily inspired by classics of the genre such as Final Fight and indeed, Streets of Rage, Final Vendetta features a bunch of friends and vigilantes taking it upon themselves to fight against crime and rescue a loved one that has been kidnapped. A phenomenal soundtrack by Utah Saints provides a suitable backdrop for the action here, as you punch and kick your enemies into submission, either alone or in co-op. Ultimately, while this isn’t the deepest or best looking game like Streets of Rage on Xbox consoles, it’s very much worth playing.