"I don't remember this being in the original..."
Taking on The Syndicate
with nothing more than your bare hands
along with the occasional lead pipe and 2x4 is all well and good in the Streets of Rage
, but sometimes Mr. X and his goons pulls some stunts that are just downright terrifying.
- Stage 3 in the second game. Everything's normal until a certain section in stage 3. Then you walk through an entryway decorated with teeth and eyes and find yourself in some dark, Gigeresque room with eggs containing evil-looking larval creatures scattered around, and you have to fight some giant demonic head called Vehelits in order to pass. Even granted the level's Amusement Park of Doom theme, this is straight-up weird.
- In the remake depicted above, Souther, the boss of the slum stage, is seen brutally murdering somebody before he is encountered in a boss fight. The body of his victim is never seen, but there is a massive pool of blood on the ground nearby.
- Speaking of which, if an enemy is sliced, blown up, or run over, they will become bisected. This contrasts beating the tar out of them (where the deaths are just implied in that case) because it shows some of the enemies' insides. It can be more disturbing if Skate slices through his enemies. There is the option to turn that off, but still.
- The second encounter with Mr. X in Streets of Rage 3. He starts laughing and his body spontaneously combusts, revealing the Terminator-esque fake you've been fighting all along. The real Mr. X is in laboratory with his brain being perserved in a jar, while controlling a combat robot to kick your ass in the final battle (if you rescued the General in time).
- The premise of the very first game: A city taken over by The Syndicate to the point where even even the police, who are supposed to protect the citizens, are corrupted. Police corruption, be it by organized crime or otherwise, unfortunately, exists in real life.