Streets of Rage 3 A FAQ/Walkthrough By Jesse M. Roa Table of Contents Information Characters Enemies Bosses Walkthrough FAQ INFORMATION Well, here I am, bored out of my mind, and writing an FAQ for the single greatest beat-em-up game ever. This game was released in 1994, and was easily one of my favorite games at that time it was released. I'm sure if you're reading this now, it has lived on in your heart as well. It was created by Sega (but don't hold that against it), and can easily be called one of my favorite games of all time. Without further ado, I'd like to introduce the characters. CHARACTERS (all characters are included in this section, including the two secret characters. All of the stats are rated out of a maximum of six and a minimum of one.) AXEL Power: 6 Technique: 5 Speed: 2 Jump: 2 Reach: 5 My Overall Rating: 3 Looks: 3 Description: Axel is what could be considered the main character, (although there really isn't one). He is the typical street brawler character, and easily the most powerful character in the game besides Shiva. His slams are also very powerful and his excellent technique is the reason. Unfortunately, he is very slow, and can't jump for beans. He's got good reach though, so he should be used to mix up with the enemies, but also keep his distance when needed. Overall a very average character. If you are choosing a character for looks, he is a bit average. The only thing keeping him from looking cooler is his strangely colored uniform. (Didn't know cops wore yellow.) Bottom Line: Average choice, good for a first choice BLAZE Power: 4 Technique: 6 Speed: 4 Jump: 4 Reach: 4 My Overall Rating: 6! Looks: 6! Description: Blaze is easily my favorite character in this game. Her stats may not say much, but she has absolutely no weakness in any area. Her fighting style looks cool, and she has enough strength to fight front line, but can also run around quickly as well. She is the best technical fighter in the game by far, and her slams and grabs are destructive. As for how she looks, she simply could not be designed better. She has a cool looking outfit (albeit skimpy, which I like :) ), and her fighting stance looks awesome. The best (in my opinion) choice for your character in the game. Bottom Line: Awesome Choice, may need to master the game to fully utilize her, best fighter at anything in the game SKATE Power: 2 Technique: 4 Speed: 5 Jump: 5 Reach: 2 My Overall Rating: 4 Looks: 5 Description: Skate is the young kid on rollerblades, and seems to be a popular choice. He looks better than he is though. He gets abused in close quarters if you get surrounded, and his short reach requires him to get close. He is quite speedy so he can maneuver the enemies in circles , and can jump fairly well, but if you want a speedy jumping fighter, Roo is much better. Overall, he's a fun, although inneffective choice. His skater look is pretty cool, and I like how he skates around. Bottom Line: Fun Choice, another good choice for a first time, or good to screw around with ZAN Power: 5 Technique: 3 Speed: 3 Jump: 3 Reach: 6 My Overall Rating: 5 Looks: 3 Description: Zan is a very strange character, and I have yet to see anyone use him. His fighting style is much like Dhalsim from Street Fighter, very reliant on his reach and hard to use correctly. If mastered, however, he is one of the best choices you have for a character. His reach and power simply decimates hordes of enemies, and he is not as slow as Axel. He is best used to keep as much distance as possible from the enemy. He doesn't look as cool as he plays though, and the fact that he's some old man is dumb. His armor is his saving grace, it adds a futuristic look to him. Bottom Line: Great Choice, good choice in single player games ROO Power: 3 Technique: 2 Speed: 6 Jump: 6 Reach: 2 My Overall Rating: 5 Looks: 6 Description: A hidden character, Roo can be unlocked by holding up + B at the title screen, then pressing start. You can also get him by beating Bruce and Roo on stage 2, but you must kill Bruce before Roo. Roo is much like a better, faster, Skate. His stats are very similar to Skate's but better. Well worth unlocking. His only downside is his horrible reach. Because of this he is easily surrounded. An excellent choice for two player games. As for looks, well, he's a kangaroo. Can't go wrong right? Bottom Line: Excellent Choice, good choice in two player games SHIVA (Shiva's stats are thought up by me, as you can't look at his stats in game.) Power: 6 Technique: 1 Speed: 4 Jump: 4 Reach: 5 My Overall Rating: 5 Looks: 5 Description: Shiva is the second hidden character in the American version of Streets of Rage 3. He can be obtained after beating him in level 1. Hold down B as soon as he dies, and continue to hold it until the next stage starts. When you die and get a continue, he will be selectable. As for his effectiveness, he would easily be the best character in the game if it were not for one thing: he has no frontal grabs, and cannot hold weapons, like Roo and Zan. It proves to be quite a hindrance, and lessens his effectiveness. He is an excellent brawler charcter anyway, and looks kind of like a traditional ninja character. An excellent choice. Bottom Line: Excellent Choice, best fighter in the game, too bad he can't grapple BEATING THE GAME (Here I will show good people to beat single-player Streets of Rage with and good teams for two-player mode. It goes best to worst in single player, and only good teams are shown in the two-player section.) SINGLE PLAYER Blaze Zan Shiva Axel Roo Skate TWO PLAYER Blaze, anyone Zan, Shiva Roo, Skate Axel, Shiva Zan, Roo ABSOLUTE BEST TEAM (In my opinion) Blaze and either Zan or Roo ENEMIES (The names of enemies are just one of many different names these enemies use. All ratings are out of 6, like the characters.) BLONDIE Skill: Block Difficulty: 3 Description: Blondies come in many different colors, but all have the same abilities. They are distinguishable by their blond hair and sunglasses. They are quite easy to beat however, and swing at you rarely. Their blocking does get annoying, though. CARLOS Skill: Jumping Elbow Drop, occasionally use knives Difficulty: 2 Description: The punching bag enemy of the whole game. Carlos can't block, and can't throw. He only punches, and his punch is weak anyway. Just beat on them. Sometimes he'll surprise you with an elbow drop, but it's slow and easy to see. Sometimes they'll come with a knife, which makes them very annoying. Keep your distance from the knife wielders. MUSCLES Skill: Uppercut Difficulty: 2 Description: These guys are kind of like the Carlos enemy, but don't even have weapons or jumps. Easily defeated, but get annoying if they come at you in a group. They'll circle around you and uppercut you in the back. Otherwise, treat them like a punching bag. ZACK Skill: Head butt Difficulty: 5 Description: Really annoying for a regular enemy. Not so much early on, but later they are extremely annoying. When in packs, you really have to keep punching them. Grabs are ineffective, they just grab you instead and head butt you. This is the most irritating enemy in the game besides the Fabio. Keep your distance. ICE Skill: Slide, Toss Difficulty: 3 Description: Not too bad, these guys have a lame ability to slide. It'll catch you if you're slow, but otherwise don't worry about it. When behind you, they'll chuck you for a fair amount of damage, though. They're pretty average though, don't worry about them. They really stand out with their Mohawks, too. BIG BEN Skill: Fire, Throw Friends, Roll Difficulty: 4 Description: These guys are pretty hard, especially with a Carlos or two. They'll chuck the Carlos at you. Simply beat on these guys, they fall on you for good damage if you try to throw or slam them. Grab and smacks, or forward slams will work, though. Try to keep close to them, also. Their cannonball and flame is far range. ELECTRA Skill: Electric Whip Difficulty: 4 Description: Very irritating to fight against, and cowardly fighters. They dress like prostitutes, and whip the crap out of you. VERY annoying. Especially in groups. They do good damage, but get destroyed in close combat. They are long range so grapple them frequently. They also have the ability to stay on the ground so you don't wait for them to get up. Sometimes they cheap shot you after doing that. SOOZEE Skill: Jump Dropkick, Rapid Slap Difficulty: 3 Description: These ladies are cool to fight against because they don't block, whip, or whatever. They are easy pickings on the Easy and Normal difficulties, but in Hard they often do the rapid slap, which saps energy VERY fast. All I can say is beat them before they beat you. FABIO Skill: Block, Jump Kicks Difficulty: 6 Description: These fruity-looking fighters are the hardest normal enemies in the game in my opinion. They block almost all of your combos, and their prissy kicks are powerful. It's best to grapple them, or do something they can't block. In big groups they are almost impossible. NINJA Skill: Throwing Stars, Jumping Difficulty: 4 Description: The ninjas often wield weapons as well as beat you in with punches and kicks. They're not too challenging though, and pretty much anything works well on them. MACLEOD Skill: GUNS! Difficulty: 6 Description: The biggest bastards late in the game, these guys shoot you from afar. They can toss you also, but the wussies always try to stay as far away as possible. Try to get close and beat them from mid-range. Get too close and they'll embarrass you by tossing you across the screen. ROBOTS Skill: Self-Destruct, Laser Difficulty: 2 Description: Weak, but their self-destruct is powerful. Overall, they rarely use their lasers, so just lay the smack down on them. Just don't get hit by their self-destruct and you'll be fine. ROCKET Skill: Flying, Slam Difficulty: 4 Description: Rare, but in the game, they fly around the screen measuring you up for a hit. Not too hard as long as you don't get too close. They'll drop your ass HARD. A very strong move. BOSSES (Bosses will be treated much the same as enemies, but with a coulpe characters I recommend you take them on with.) SHIVA Difficulty: 2 Ideal Char(s): Anyone Description: This is the weakest boss in the game, and rightfully so. Being the first boss in the game, he will introduce you to what boss fights are like. He's fairly simple. You can grab him, beat him, whatever. He does throw back though, so watch out. Anybody can take this guy on. BRUCE & ROO Difficulty: 2 Ideal Char(s): Anyone Description: More like a sub-boss, these guys are extremely weak. Roo will do all the work, while Bruce whips you from afar. Forget about Roo, and simply beat down Bruce. Beating Bruce will make Roo leave the fight. Bruce is weak though, and all he can do is whip. Beat these guys down. MONA & LISA Difficulty: 4 Ideal Char(s): Zan, Axel, Shiva Description: These two girls wil beat you to China if you don't fight very carefully. They will jump around a lot, so don't get in the range of their jump kicks. Just wait until they jump, judge where they're going to land, and beat them with your combo. Keep doing this and you should be fine. Watch out for their kick-toss, (it looks like Blaze's), it takes half your life. AXEL Difficulty: 3 Ideal Char(s): Anyone Description: The robot Axel is pretty wussy at the beginning of the fight, but every time you take enough life, he turns redder, and gets stronger. Hammer him at the beginning with anything, Then, when he gets stronger, start beating him down with jump attacks. I usually don't have too much trouble with this guy. YAMATO Difficulty: 3 Ideal Char(s): Skate, Roo, Blaze, Zan Description: This boss is the longest fight in the whole game I believe. (On hard anyway.) You will fight three Yamatos, and each one gets better than the last one. It's good to have a speedy character, or a character who has good range. He teleports around, and slashes you when he reappears. Wherever he shows up, wail on him. ROBOT X Difficulty: 5 Ideal Char(s): Axel, Blaze, Shiva Description: Robot X is extremely annoying. He jets around shooting you, and when you knock him down, he'll bum rush you and beat you down with punches. He has missiles, machine guns and everything. A real life waster, don't try to grab him. Hit him with specials, and don't pull any punches. JET Difficulty: 6 Ideal Char(s): Blaze, Axel Description: The hardest bastard in the game. Harder than the last boss in my opinion. He flies around, slamming you, and has Rockets accompanying him. He fights exactly like a rocket, but much stronger. Kill his cronies, then concentrate on him. Blaze is especially good with her Fire special. FINAL BOSS I decided not to give away the last boss. Let me just tell you, I believe the boss is different for each difficulty level. Come into this fight with at least one continue. And get ready for the fight of your life. WALKTHROUGH (All stats are still out of 6.) STAGE 1 Difficulty: 1 WHEREHOUSE The wherehouse is the introductory area of the game. Almost all enemies will die in one hit. If you can't handle this place, buy a new game. PIER This is a bit of a bigger challenge than the previous area. It'll introduce the Big Ben enemy, motorcyclers, and lots of other run-of-the- mill guys. Not too much harder than the previous area. Just rack up lots of points here. ALLEY Another simple area, introduces the annoying Electra enemy, however, and you'll get your first boss fight here. Shiva will be your first opponent, make sure you're ready for him. STAGE 2 Difficulty: 2 STREETS This place is swarming with motorcycle riders, and you should watch your tread. It'll also be your first sub-boss here. At the end, you'll face Bruce and Roo, a pretty weak duo. Just beat them down and progress to the next area. DISCO CLUB A little more challenging than the previous areas. The switching disco lights will screw up your vision, and the enemies are more congested. Get ready for your first hard fights. BAR Not much to do here, other than fight the pretty hard Mona and Lisa. Just make sure you have enough health to last here. STAGE 3 Difficulty: 4 CONSTRUCTION SITE Again, not much new, other than the fact that barrels will fall from the sky on you, you can fall to your death, and the enemies get stronger. A big leap in difficulty from the last level. WALLS & A BULLDOZER This part is really a pain in the arse. You have to break the walls down to get through, but also punch the bulldozer so it doesn't run you over. Balance your attacks on both walls and bulldozers, and you shouldn't have too much trouble. ELEVATOR This is the real life-waster of the level from my experience. Don't fall off, and be ready for attacks from above. You'll get to fight Axel at the top. STAGE 4 Difficulty: 5 TRAINS Here, you'll be walking along a train track, fighting enemies along the way. Make sure you don't get hit by trains. Just keep going, and you'll get to the end and face Yamato. STAGE 5 Difficulty: 5 DOWNSTAIRS HIDEOUT You'll have to go through a lot of Fabios here, so just beat them down with your specials. Get to the top as quickly as possible. UPSTAIRS HIDEOUT Another run of the mill area, not any surprises here. Just fight your way to the elevator. ELEVATOR All I can say about this area is...Good luck. LOTS of enemies will drop down here. Get ready for it. When you reach the top, prepare for Robot X. STAGE 6 Difficulty: 4 BUILDING Go through this place and go through both middle doors on both levels, hitting both power stations. Afterwards, you should be able to rescue the chief. ROOFTOP Fight the Jet and his cohorts. FINAL STAGE Good luck! FAQ Q: How many secret characters are there in the American Streets of Rage 3? A: 2, Shiva and Roo. In the Japanese version an additional character, Ash was in the game. Q: How come they took out Ash? A: He is a stereotyped homosexual. Q: How come when I get enough points, a star appears under my life bar? A: It allows you access to a special move, each character has a different one. I forget how to do them at the moment. Q: How many endings are there? A: 3. CREDITS Jesse Roa (I made this Faq.) Sega (For making my favorite game of all time.) You (For actually reading this.) COPYRIGHT This document is copyright Jesse Roa, and is made solely for my purposes, and that of Game Faqs. You must ask permission from me to reproduce this document in any way, shape, or form.