The word of the street is that one of the best brawlers, Streets of Rage 4 has finally landed on Android and iOS. So far the hype is justified. The challenging beat ’em brings gameplay to perfection on Android, so there’s no better time to unveil our latest tips and tricks to get players in the groove. We’ve profiled the available Street of Rage 4 characters and detailed what’s included in the Mr. X Nightmare Downloadable Content (DLC), with some hands-on movement examples and general reminders to help you navigate those troublesome stages.
Character profiling and best moves
We’ve profiled each character’s strengths and weaknesses, highlighting some of their best moves to alleviate shortcomings while complementing their distinct playstyle. note: Characters from the early parts of the series are not included.
Adam’s fighting style is similar to traditional kickboxing. He’s categorized as an all-rounder, but not a master, excelling at using his basic combos to knock opponents into the air. Some of his moves can leave him wide open.
Remarkable movements: Sword Strike, Roundhouse Kick
Sword Strike used to be one of the best moves in the game and it’s still pretty powerful. Liftoff is also a valuable alternative when dealing with opponents around you. Its finisher, Roundhouse Kick, can knock enemies back.
Axel features a martial arts playstyle with some boxing, kickboxing, and karate moves mixed in. He is defined as an all-rounder but with powerhouse skills; and fights against agile and flying opponents, but is great against bosses. He also has the strongest offensive star move in the game.
Remarkable movements: Dragon Smash, Grand Upper
Axel can flash with most weapons. Combining with Dragon Smash and Grand Upper and then unleashing Axel’s star move is one of his best strengths against bosses.
Blaze features a Judo playstyle, another all-rounder known for being a little more agile, with good anti-air and flying attacks in her loadout. Her low stamina is her downfall, meaning she takes more damage from incoming attacks than other characters.
Remarkable movements: Hishousouzan, Rekkaken
Rekkaken is an alternate DLC Blitz; It includes taking down attacks that Hishousouzan fights. Blaze’s jump kicks also have a decent range and can disable attacks at the same time.
Bringing a unique flair, Cherry’s guitar features a technical playstyle that offers hit-and-run and anti-aerial moves (she can grab opponents in the air). Her technical playstyle and inherently weaker stamina and power make her hard to recommend for beginners, but can be powerful in the right hands.
Remarkable movements: Flying knee/sliding knee, somersault kick
Cherry’s somersault kick can open up many combos when used correctly. Flying Knee and Sliding Knee are equally useful for clearing the screen of multiple enemies.
Floyd excels at grab-and-smash playstyle; Its bionic arms extend at a reasonable distance towards its opponents. Because he’s technical and performance-based, he’s very slow, and when his grapples don’t connect, he stays open like a sitting duck.
Remarkable movements: Gatling punches, double smash
Floyd’s moves offer plenty of versatility if you prefer a more offensive play by favoring combos or defensive moves that counter your opponent. Gatling Punches offers I-frames, making it safer to use. Double Smash is Floyd’s signature move, allowing for effective crowd control.
Estel Aguirre (Mr. X DLC)
Estel is a master of stun attacks and excels at crowd control. She is classified as an even-tempered but technical character, and she lacks escape moves to get her out of harm’s way.
Remarkable movements: Boot Mark, Sucker Punch
Link charge attacks in their combos to gain range and I-frames. Dive punches are her best evasive tool to get you out of harm’s way. Police Tackle with follow-up punches can get you in trouble, so switching to Sucker Punch means you don’t have to worry about Police Tackle recovery time.
Max Thunder (Mr. X DLC)
Max’s strengths and weaknesses are similar to Floyd’s, both being technical and Force based characters, but Max is a little less forgiving in use. He can jump while holding an opponent and resist interruption with some of his attacks.
Remarkable movements: Linen Lining, Atomic Drop
Max’s basic combo is the strongest in the game, so use it! He gains armor for activating Clothes Lining, meaning his attack is uninterrupted. Atomic Drop is also one of the most powerful moves in the game; Max can grab his opponent from behind and crush them for fatal damage.
Shiva (Mr. X DLC)
Shiva is power and speed based with decent combo potential in the air. Unfortunately, Shiva has a quirk that prevents him from handling weapons. Instead, he hurls them at his opponents for extra damage. He is known for offering mind-blowing base combos.
Remarkable movements: Back attack, flying kick
Back Attack and Flying Kick have good reach and range, and Flying Kick is generally safe. Shiva’s moves might add some quirks, but when he lands the combo/hit it can wreak havoc.
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Defeat them in Streets of Rage 4
Streets of Rage 4 may be new, but it’s already one of the best Android games to be released on this platform. The beat-’em-up side-scroller translates well for mobile gaming, and you even have the option to plug in a controller if you need a break from those touch controls. Streets of Rage 4 is an addictive, fast-paced experience that you can easily play on the go. Check out the title now by navigating to our Play Store link below.