Dotemu has just recently released an update to Streets of Rage 4, bringing to it massive improvements which draw from various community feedbacks.
In a blog announcing the changes, the developer categorizes the changes as follows:
- Online enhancements
- Additional online status display options
- Balancing enhancements to playable characters
- Major gameplay improvements across all stages
- Resolution of random crashes
- Various bug fixes
It is worth noting that the update caused as many as 80 unique refinements to the game. So, let’s break down some of the alterations from the most important to the least important.
General Gameplay Improvements
Two of the most notable changes in the game involve specials which now see obstructive power against hit freeze and hit stun state. Which, indeed, can be a gamechanger and would significantly give certain specific leverage to players.
Furthermore, all Streets of Rage 4 characters will now have a faster jump start in the latest patch.
Characters: Fixes and Refinements
The game features a rather decent number of fighters, all of which having alternative versions. Each being unique to its own, every playable character in the game sees changes that individually balances and fixes.
Bosses: Fixes and Refinements
There are plenty of bosses throughout the game, many of which requiring some adjustments to keep the game fairer.
Diva is a noteworthy mention due to her rather lengthy modifications. Much of which for nerfing this rather overpowered boss, in addition to fixing an issue that prevents her from reaching phase 2.
Of all the bosses in the list, Robot gets the most number of changes, some of which also to enfeeble it. However, this is for a good reason that both Mr. Y and Ms. Y become significantly stronger, who are preliminary bosses prior to Robot.
Riha and Beyo are also substantially weakened for their rather overbearing presence in-game.
Making for a substantial chunk of the overall updates are the various changes that covers many of the game’s aspects. A few notable modifications involve the behavior of moving elements, gameplay improvements, and the game’s meta.
To learn more about the update, check out Dotemu’s official announcement.
Taking the opportunity to speak to the crowd, Dotemu’s CEO left some statements:
“We couldn’t be happier with the reception of Streets of Rage 4. We thank the fans who have supported the game from day one—a lot of the updates in the patch enhance the replay value for folks who have been with us from the start, additional updates are currently in production and we’ll have more to share on that soon.”
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