Set tasers to fun
Yesterday saw the release of Dotemu’s excellent Streets of Rage 4. As such, you may have already thrown hands with classic SoR villains such as Nora, Garnet, and Barbon. But I know what you’re thinking: “This is all well and good, Y Signal, but I want to beat up that tonally inappropriate alien guy from Streets of Rage 2.”
Well, have I got the guide for you…
Streets of Rage 4 has several secret boss fights, which let players throw down with some classic 16-bit bosses on their pixelated stomping grounds. To access these fights, all you need do is bag yourself a taser and electrify one of several Bare Knuckle arcade cabs strewn throughout the city. In SoR 4, the taser is a fragile weapon, so be careful not to use it before it’s helped you on your time-warping trip to the 1990s.
Unfortunately, completing these fights does not unlock anything new, but it’s still a neat touch – yet another way that Streets of Rage 4 pays homage to its series’ storied history. You can find the locations of four secret fights below. But these are early days, so who knows what else might be uncovered now that the game is in the hands of the public?
(The bosses themselves have not been revealed to keep the surprise element.)
Stage 2: Police Precinct
While brawling through the cell block, you’ll find the Bare Knuckle cabinet hiding in an open cell toward the end of first area. Grab the taser from a cop during the previous fight.
Stage 4: Old Pier
The cabinet can be found in its natural habitat at the end of the pier. Enter through the doorway on the far right. There are two taser-wielding cops right outside, so grabbing a zapper shouldn’t be a problem.
Stage 5: Underground
After you climb out of the sewers and battle through the bathroom, the cabinet can be found in the center of the Red Demon bar. One of the nearby thugs is carrying a taser. This is a wild area, so be careful not to smash the cab by accident.
Stage 8: Art Gallery
When you reach the storage area filled with golden chickens, the cabinet is against the back wall and standing next to what is, let’s face it, a giant butt-plug. This taser is a little hidden, but you’ll find it in the bottom left of the screen, directly in front of the cabinet and just jutting out from the foreground.
Streets of Rage 4 is available now on PS4, PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.