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Streets of Rage 3
Streets of Rage 3 US box art
Developer(s) Sega (AM7)
Publisher(s) Sega
Composer(s) Yūzō Koshiro
Motohiro Kawashima
Platform(s) Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Gamecube, Virtual Console
Release date(s) March 17, 1994 (North America)
March 18, 1994 (Japan)
March 20, 1994 (Europe and Australia)
Genre(s) Beat 'em up
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Rating(s) CERO: A (Sonic Gems Collection)
ESRB: E10+ (Virtual Console)
Media 24-megabit cartridge
Input methods Gamepad

Streets of Rage 3 (Bare Knuckle III in Japan) is a side-scrolling beat 'em up released by Sega in 1994 for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. It is the last part of the Streets of Rage series. It was later released for the Japanese version of Sonic Gems Collection for the GameCube and PlayStation 2, and for the Wii Virtual Console on September 24, 2007. The game also appeared in Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The game had featured several enhancements over Streets of Rage 2 such as a more complex plot, multiple endings, longer levels, more in-depth scenarios (with interactive levels and the return of traps like pits) and faster gameplay (with dash and dodge moves). Weapons could now only be used for a few times before breaking and could now be integrated with unique moves with certain characters, hidden characters were added and a few cutscenes were included to give the story greater depth.



The game is more fast-paced than Streets of Rage 2. Running and vertical-dodge moves were added, and most player attacks deal less damage than in the predecessor. The level timer has been replaced with a "power meter" that, when full, allows players to perform special moves without draining the player's life bar.

Unlike the second game, weapons in Street of Rage 3 can only be used a fixed number of times. However, additional weapon special attacks could be performed. The game also features team in which two characters work together to perform a powerful attack. Blitz moves, performed while players run, were altered so that they can be upgraded in strength over the course of the game.

Traps in stages were brought back from the original game, for example, enemies can once again be thrown into pits or off the side of an elevator.

Enemy AI was expanded so more enemies can pick up weapons, block attacks, employ co-operative attacks, and even steal exposed food items to regain health.


After being defeated twice, Syndicate crime boss Mr. X has started a research company called RoboCy Corporation to act as a cover for his illegal activities. The world's best roboticist, Dr. Dahm, has been brought in to help him create an army of realistic robots to replace important officials from the city. With the replacements in place, Mr. X plans to run the city using a remote control device. His criminal organization, The Syndicate, has strategically placed bombs around the city to distract the police while the city officials are dealt with.

Dr. Zan discovers what the research is really for and knows the Syndicate must be stopped. He contacts Blaze Fielding with the details of The Syndicate's plan. Blaze quickly contacts her old comrades Axel Stone and Adam Hunter for a task force to bring down The Syndicate once and for all. Axel quickly joins the task force, but Adam can't make it (due to his own assignments from within the police) and sends his young brother, Eddie "Skate" Hunter instead. The game has four endings depending on the difficulty level and if the player defeats certain levels in an alloted amount of time.



Three of the playable characters from Streets of Rage 2 return in the sequel: Axel, Blaze, and Skate (Sammy in the Japanese version), each of which have their respective strengths and weaknesses. Dr. Zan replaces Max from the second game. Max only makes a cameo appearance in the game's "good" ending.

Three of the game's boss characters can also be accessed through in-game codes. The first mid-boss, the homosexual caricature Ash, was removed from the Western releases of the game (although he can be accessed through cheat cartridges). Shiva, the martial artist who debuted in Streets of Rage 2 and newcomer Roo (Victy in Japan) the kangaroo can also be accessed.


Bare Knuckle 3, the Japanese version of Streets of Rage 3, features a few significant differences from its English counterpart: the clothing of the three returning heroes (Axel, Blaze, and Sammy) are in their original colors from previous Streets of Rage games, the female enemy characters wear more revealing outfits, and the first stage features a sub-boss named "Ash", a gay stereotype who was removed from the English version. Like Shiva, Ash can be controlled by the player after defeating by inputting a cheat code. The voice-effects were also changed, with most noticeably Axel's catchphrase of "Grand Upper" for his semi-special move being replaced with "Bare Knuckle".

In the English version, the introduction sequence was removed and the plot was rewritten completely. The Japanese version of the story dealt with a new explosive substance called "Laxine", discovered by a character named Dr. Gilbert (who is revealed to be the true identity of Dr. Zan), and the disappearance of a military general named Ivan Petrov. In the English version, all references to Laxine were removed, General Petrov was replaced by the Chief of Police and plot now involves a scheme to switch major city officials with robot clones. Another difference was if the player failed to save the general, the player has to head to the White House. This too was changed in the English adaptation, where instead if the player failed save the Chief, then the player has to head to the City Hall, although the building depicting the City Hall was still clearly the White House.

The game's overall difficulty was also altered for the English version, with the game's Normal setting being as difficult as the Japanese version's Hard setting.


  • Several pre-release screenshots show that there was originally a section where the players got to ride the motorcycles they are so often attacked by. This section was removed for the final version, but is still playable (though buggy and unfinished) with a Game Genie code in the Japanese version.
  • The Japanese version of Sonic Gems Collection includes Bare Knuckle I, II, III (Streets of Rage 1, 2 and 3). These, along with Bonanza Bros., are excluded from releases outside Japan to obtain lower age ratings.
  • The ninja characters named Chiba and Kosugi are probably a reference to martial artist actors Sonny Chiba and Sho Kosugi, while Mifune is likely a reference to Toshiro Mifune.
  • This game is very rare in the UK and, though European copies are often available on the UK version of eBay, they are typically expensive. This also extends to the rest of Europe.
  • In Streets of Rage 2, the fighters can do all of their throws on the fat, fire-breathing enemies. In Streets of Rage 3, only throws which involve non-lifting slams or strikes would work, the rest would result in the player being crushed underneath their enormous weight. This was also the case in Streets of Rage 1.
  • Axel and Skate are absent from the European box art, while the new character Zan appears alongside Blaze.


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Streets of Rage 3
Box artwork for Streets of Rage 3.
Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Sega
Release date(s)
Sega Genesis
Wii Virtual Console
Genre(s) Beat 'em up
System(s) Sega Genesis, Virtual Console, GameTap
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
CERO: All ages
CERO: Ages 12 and up
ESRB: Teen
ESRB: Everyone 10+
PEGI: Ages 7+
Preceded by Streets of Rage 2
Series Streets of Rage

Streets of Rage 3 (Bare Knuckle III in Japan), first released in 1994 for the Sega Genesis, is the third and final game in the Streets of Rage series of beat 'em ups. Using a larger 24-megabit (3 megabyte) cartridge, it features more moves and characters, a more complex plot, multiple endings, and longer rounds than the previous games. As well as being far more difficult than its predecessors, it has also been criticized for having an abrasive and noisy soundtrack, more experimental than the previous two which used more melodies and dance beats.

It was later released on GameTap, and on the Wii Virtual Console on September 24, 2007. It is also included in the Japanese version of Sonic Gems Collection (it was excluded from other regions to get lower age ratings).

Table of Contents

  1. Round 1
  2. Round 2
  3. Round 3
  4. Round 4
  5. Round 5
  6. Round 6
  7. Round 7A or 7B
  8. Endings

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Streets of Rage 3

Developer(s) SEGA
Publisher(s) SEGA
Release date USA: March 17, 1994
Japan: March 18, 1994
Genre Beat 'em up
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Age rating(s)
Platform(s) Sega Master System, Genesis, Game Gear
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Streets of Rage 3 (aka Bare Knuckle 3 in Japan) is the last game in the Streets of Rage series

Streets of Rage 3 Mega Drive Box
Streets of Rage 3 box sold under the Bare Knuckle 3 title in Japan
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