street gangs have seized control.
Powerless against the hardened
criminals roaming the city,
the army has gone on strike.
You and your gang have been hired,
directly from the streets of LA,
by the terrified French government.
Your mission is to take down the gang
leaders to restore security and give
power back to the president.
National Unity relies on your fists.
It is time to fight fire with fire.
Streets of Fury is a Beat 'em Up game that was released on the Xbox Live Indie Games section in 2009, later receiving an Updated Re-release on Windows PC via Steam on 2015, featuring many improvements over the original game. The best way to describe this game is that it has the simplicity of a Beat 'em Up, and the complexity of a Fighting Game. Among its main features include four player cooperative and competitive play, the use of Digitized Sprites, and the Security Level system, which increases by defeating enemies, pulling off long combo strings, playing on harder difficulties, completing challenges, and more. This game also features a playable cast of 17 characters (with 8 unlocked from the start), two campaigns with five stages each, and extra modes, such as a Challenge Mode, Survival Mode, Versus Mode, and it also allows you to fully customize your difficulty, provided that you level up your security high enough.
You may find the game here. A demo is available on Steam.
Streets Of Fury provides examples of the following:
- 11th-Hour Ranger: In Plan B, a Big Boss joins you to fight the Big Bad.
- Abnormal Ammo: Jay C. Binkman reloads using... stamina? He is unique in which he can only recover stamina by holding still and pressing the special button.
- Artistic License – Gun Safety: Jay C. Binkman has his finger on the trigger at all times, likes to scratch his head with the gun, and can potentially shoot at his own head as an idle losing animation. As your ally in plan B, thankfully, he doesn't actually die.
- Ascended Extra: Jay C. Binkman shows up as a mook in stage 4 of plan A. In plan B, he becomes your ally, and is the one who convinces some of the gang leaders to join you.
- Bad Ass In A Nice Suit: The "Big Boss" characters.
- Because You Were Nice to Me:
- In plan B, Wong ends up joining you because you went to help him against a thug.
- In plan A, you help out a blue Sam I. Am thug fight against other thugs. In the end, an army of Sams come to your aid to fight against the red Sams.
- Big Damn Heroes: In stage 4 of plan B, when the Kamikaze kendokas are about to blow up, Sam I. Am jumps in to save your party.
- Bilingual Bonus: Some characters have a Punny Name if you know French. Jean Bonbeur is pronounced the same as jambon-beurre, the famous Parisian sandwich. Mr. Quaraté is a reference to Art of Fighting's Mr. Karate, but spelled in a way that means "Mr That Messed Up".
- Boss in Mook Clothing:
- The first mook you see? He has a boss variant in level 4 plan A. And an even more impressive one in plan B.
- Three shadow clones of Sam I. Am shows up in level 4 plan B.
- Boss Rush:
- Plan A ends with you taking on the three gang leaders at once before taking on the final boss himself.
- Plan B ends with you having a new team of bosses face you with the bosses from plan A aiding you, sans Jean, plus Jay, Sam, and eventually, Martinez. Sadly, you have to go through one more after that against your own team.
- Bottomless Magazines: Jay C. Binkman as an enemy (though he does have delays between attack phases). Averted for the player character, who has to reload in order to use the gun.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Different-coloured versions of the same mooks use different abilities. Their colours let you easily identify what attacks to watch out for.
- Comically Serious: Kenji Kyodai and Dr. Klaus.
- Cyborg: Dr. Klaus calls himself "the perfect blend of man and machine".
- Degraded Boss: Wong, MC Mac Dubois, and Truck also appear as random mooks. In the case of Mac Dubois, it's more of a Early-Bird Cameo.
- Developer's Foresight: The name of the big boss in the ending changes each time you finish the game.
- Diabolus ex Machina: The section called Fragile Alliance.
- Digitized Sprites: In remarkably excellent quality too.
- Downer Ending:
- For plan A; you defeat the Big Bad and all the gang leaders and had them placed in prison. However, it turns out keeping them in prison is very expensive, so the President decides to let them roam free instead. Apparently, it's much cheaper just to hire your gang to keep theirs in check. To soften the blow, the Big Bad does impose an exile on himself after his defeat.
- In Plan B, some of the gang leaders from the first campaign unite with you (plus a Big Boss), to take on the Big Bad and his gang leaders here. Then a random thug punches one of them and runs, quickly having the whole gang turn on each other. The ending is just the same as in plan A.
- Expy: Jay C. Binkman, who is obviously this game's take of Jesse Pinkman.
- Family Theme Naming: All the "Big Bosses" are named Manuelo and have surnames that end with "-ez".
- Flunky Boss: Jean Bonbeur in plan A, who relies on his mooks instead of facing you himself. It is entirely possible to defeat him before he becomes a threat. Same for the boss of Stage 4, except he participates in the fight with his army of mooks.
- Fragile Speedster:
- Jean-Louis Marceau, who is below average in stats of all except for combos.
- In a terms of speed as a stat, Ruby Diamonds and Jack Knife qualify.
- Guest Fighter:
- Benzaie, Bob Lennon, and Mr. Quaraté, who are popular French youtubers and streamers, as well as Yamato, a French video game journalist and streamer specializing in fighting games. As of the 25th of August, 2018, The Nostalgia Critic has been added as a playable character.
- In the EX Updated Re-release, two fighting game esports players join the roster. Representing France is Soul Calibur and Dead or Alive specialist Kayane while, alongside her, is longtime British professional fighting game pronote Ryan Hart, who has numerous King of Fighters-inspired moves (and a fight stick) in his arsenal.
- Heel–Face Turn: Plan B is about convincing all the gang leaders to join you instead. Even one of the Big Bosses comes to your aid at the final level.
- Intentional Engrish for Funny: A few examples, including the first section of plan B: "Meet the negociator."
- Irony: Despite Bob Lennon using fire, performing aerobics, and even pulling out a giant axe from hyperspace in his fury attacks, he ranks the lowest in his fury stat (called Viet Vo Dao here). Double irony in which he has a fury move that covers a lot of ground AND deals heavy damage.
- I Surrender, Suckers: At the end of stage 3 of plan B, Jean Bonbeur joins your gang, only to immediately open fire on you.*
- Jack of All Stats:
- Mitch Cassidy, who is fairly easy to use long combo strings with, still has average stats and damage.
- Half the characters are average in their stats (save for one that is below average). The actual use of them are what makes them different. For example: Dr.Klaus has the same stats as Mitch Cassidy, except he cannot jump high without utilizing his special attack, and his combo strings are trickier to pull off.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The "MC" variant of fighters and his mook variants tend to pose at the camera before performing different moves.
- Large and in Charge: Wong is the biggest boss character. Also in the Fight an army section of stage four, there is a regular mook who is ridiculously huge that doubles as the boss, and commands an army of smaller versions of himself.
- Lethal Joke Character: Mr. Quaraté. His stats simply read GWAK.
- Lightning Bruiser: Wong the Giant as a boss. His player character equivalent, Big Cheng, is more of a Mighty Glacier.
- Mighty Glacier: Yamato, capable of hitting hard and has strong fury moves. He's pretty slow otherwise. Same goes to Big Cheng and Truck.
- Militaries Are Useless: The gang problem has gotten so out of control that the army went on strike.
- Playing with Fire: Bob Lennon, utilizing fire in several of his attacks
- Precision F-Strike: Jay C. Binkman is the only character who swears as a taunt and for performing certain fury moves. This can be disabled.
- Rank Scales with Asskicking: The big bosses. Not only are they in charge of the gangs, but they are the most difficult fighters yet.
- Reverse Escort Mission: Sort of; In plan B, any gang leader recruited helps out with their own unique abilities, and they don't require your intervention to resume the fight (you can revive them earlier by taunting by their bodies, or just wait thirty seconds).
- Secret Character: All the content you can unlock is clearly displayed in menus… Except Dark BenzaieHow to play
- Shotoclone: Benzaie and Dark Benzaie, with the main difference being that the former specializes in ground control, while the latter is excellent for air-combat.
- The Smurfette Principle: As far as the heroes are concerned, Ruby Diamonds is the only female character. Same for the villains who only have one female variant.
- Spiritual Successor: To Guardian Heroes, according to Word of God.
- Surplus Damage Bonus: Comboing an enemy after they die not only makes them eventually explode, it also continues to give super meter as if they were still alive.
- Updated Re-release: The Steam version doubles the amount of characters, drastically improves the graphics, rebalances the gameplay, and revamped the security level system.