Game music of the day: Streets of Rage 2

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April 19, 2010


Game: Streets of Rage 2
Song: Go Straight
Composer: Yuzo Koshiro

Above: Go Straight by Yuzo Koshiro

Streets of Rage 2’s revolutionary 1992 soundtrack was ahead of its time (is intentional tautology still funny?) It’s an amazing blend of swaggering house synths, dirty eletro-funk and trancey electronic textures that would feel as comfortable in a nightclub as a video game. Heard outside the context of a game console, these tracks are more likely to make you want to dance than fight. It’s so good, we’ve got to break you off another cut or two. It’s boom time!   

Above: Spin on the Bridge by Yuzo Koshiro

Above: Expander by Yuzo Koshiro

Yuzo Koshiro is among the most renowned composers in VGM history, having written the music for Revenge of Shinobi, ActRaiser and ActRaiser 2, Ys I and II, and the Streets of Rage series. Lately, he’s spent a good bit of time composing and arranging for various VGM concerts around the world. Don’t be surprised if you hear more from this sonic genius in later Game Musics of the Day.


  • linkganon - April 20, 2010 11:21 p.m.

    I have the vc copy of streets of rage 2 on wii, could have saved 300 wii points if i had waited for at least one year. heck, i forgot the name of the game, went searching for it, and i was lucky that this was my first guess because i almost went for something else that i thought was it. they should modernize this game and since the image above shows, there's 4 characters to choose from so why not make it 4 player. course then i remember you can attack your mate, and new super mario bros wii and i change my mind. i know somebody who still has the genesis version of the game, only thing is their genesis died years ago. the wii version does not feel the same, if only you could use the genesis controllers on the wii, then it would feel right. if i'm not mistaken, they already done that with ps2 controllers. i have my doubts that these work, but here's what i'm talking about if you want to check it out more, type ps2 controller to wii or ps2 to wii and you will find it. the below link is what you will typically find.
  • bastionbooger - April 20, 2010 2:36 p.m.

    Amazing soundtrack. The best song is Back To The Industry: Although the general consensus is that it's Slow Moon
  • philipshaw - April 20, 2010 12:27 p.m.

    Loved this game and music back in the day. Beat all 3 Streets of Rage games on sega mega drive collection recenetly
  • meteoracle - April 20, 2010 9:44 a.m.

    I still play this on Wii virtual console. I can happily play the game over and over again. Just love it, and the music was always something that impressed me. I'm kinda saddened by the demise of the side-scrolling beat'em up. Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, and even those 4 player arcade games like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Simpsons, all just brilliant.
  • greenjoker - April 20, 2010 6:58 a.m.

    thanks for acknowledging this great soundtrack!! i actually have streets of rage 1-3 soundtracks on music ever in a video game..i often just leave the bgm running in the options when i played the game back in the personal fav. is streets of rage 3 music...more hardcore-ish.. praise yuro korshiro!
  • garnsr - April 20, 2010 3:39 a.m.

    Whatever happened to Yuzo? It seems like he sort of petered out, but I can't remember what the later games were that I can remember seeing his name on.
  • OnyxOblivion - April 19, 2010 11:57 p.m.

    *boots up XBLA arcade version* Let beat it again!
  • KnightDehumidifier - April 19, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    One of my favorite games of my youth, I remember coming home after school to fire up the Genesis and conquer the game with enough time to have dinner. I always loved pile-driving mock Ultimate Warrior and Jet from the bridge level.
  • foxyexplosion - April 19, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    Great stuff man. I didn't realize how cool some of this stuff was. Im definitely starting to get more and more into game music and these articles help a lot! Keep up the good work
  • DirkSteele1 - April 19, 2010 10:12 p.m.

    Good Choice. I remember SoR2 having some of the best music on the Megadrive back in the day, and even in a time before the internet and game developer hero worship websites, many of us knew who Yuzo Koshiro was.
  • richtaur - April 19, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    Amazing soundtrack. The best song is Under Logic:
  • ThePrivateDick - April 19, 2010 9:48 p.m.

    Yes! Finally! I was waiting for Streets of Rage to be mentioned. Thanks, guys. Keep up the good work.
  • LIKEUCARE - April 19, 2010 9:31 p.m.

    Man, that used to be so awesome back in the day. Such a shame theres no more games like this nowadays... Good thing theres Sonic Genesis Collection, that way, I can play all 3 Streets of Rage!
  • Modroneman - April 19, 2010 9:24 p.m.

    Expander was a great song! The other two I had to shut off because they were starting to make my ears bleed. I have actually never played any of the Streets of Rage games. Nintendo was my drug of choice back in the day. I found the picture quite humorous, especially the guy kicking the another with roller blades on! Would love to see someone try to do that for real! That would be entertaining!
  • Strangleme - April 19, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    Shit!!! I love the music from Revenge of Shinobi!!! What a Great composer.
  • Strangleme - April 19, 2010 9:06 p.m.

    WOW!!! What a blast from the past. Shit, I totally forgot about this. Now I remember thinking how awesome the music was for this game.
  • RebornKusabi - April 19, 2010 9:05 p.m.

    This game's soundtrack is ****ing amazing! I love this series and especially it's music.

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