: “Streets of Rage 4 makes a worthy attempt to drag the old-school franchise into the contemporary age. We’ve ended up with a beautiful beat-’em-up that’s perhaps a little too faithful to the initial video games, but is eventually a blast to play, specifically with others.
Subscription service PlayStation Now has refilled with 3 brand-new titles today: Nioh, Jump Force, and Streets of Rage 4. As was the case with Marvel’s Avengers last month, Koei Tecmo’s samurai slasher will be the PS4 version and not the just recently released PS5 remaster. It seems it’ll be a permanent addition, while Jump Force will leave on 2nd August and Streets of Rage 4 will depart on 1st November.
Fortunately is that these are primarily good video games: “Nioh is about as friendly as a game of this ilk can be, and while that may upset the hardcore sensibilities of some Souls fans, it’s a title that will likely interest many gamers who want a gameplay challenge but are turned off by the obtuse nature of Dark Souls’ storytelling and the murky descriptions of its mechanics,” we composed in our 8/10 Nioh PS4 review.
We had likewise favorable things to say in our 7/10 Streets of Rage 4 PS4 review: “Streets of Rage 4 makes a valiant attempt to drag the old-school franchise into the contemporary age. We’ve ended up with a beautiful beat-’em-up that’s perhaps a little too faithful to the original video games, but is eventually a blast to play, particularly with others. The appeal might wear off after a bit due to repetitive gameplay, however it’s a huge quantity of fun while it lasts.”
Our 5/10 Jump Force PS4 review wasn’t quite as radiant: “Jump Force can be fun with good friends when you’re just searching for a simple and quick scrap, however as an event of all things Jump, it’s a borderline humiliation. Thanks to a really outright art style and comically bad story presentation, this is an accessible and typically fun crossover fighter let down by its disappointingly inferior product packaging.”