One of the best reasons to own a SEGA Genesis. A beat-em-up game that was SEGA's answer to Final Fight. Streets of rage featured three main characters Axel Stone, Blaze Fielding, and Adam Turner, all three of them ex-cops, beating the crap out of thugs and ninjas who work for a crime-lord called Mr. X and his right-hand man called Shiva. In the second and third sequels, Adam Turner is replaced by his kid brother Skate Turner, and two extra characters, Max Thunder and Dr. Zan, join in the party.
Side scrolling beat em up manufactured for the sega megadrive/ sega genesis in the early 90's. Smooth and original gameplay made the game such a hit that a sequel was made, which was even better. There was a third game made, which had more moves availiable, but it wasn't anywhere near as popular as the first two.
Every time I faced the Mona & Lisa bosses in SOR I lost about five lives because I couldn't hit them. It was several years after first playing the game for the first time before i realised that I should stand with my back to them and press B and C buttons together to backkick when they approach. Saves me a few police cars.