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SOR2 - The Return of the Fighters 2019

Hack of Streets of Rage 2

Description:

I. Overview:

This hack allows the player to play as the modified SOR3 versions of Axel, Blaze, Skate, and Shiva in SOR2. Unlike its predecessor ROF 2018, the game system has been completely upgraded.

The story is the same as The Return of the Fighters 2018. Shiva, who had become a state witness after the event of SOR3, joined Axel’s team to fight Mr. X and save the city.

II. Features:

  • Shiva replaces Max as a playable character with portrait.
  • All playable characters have SOR3 style appearances with some modifications.
  • All playable characters can run (with weapon animations).
  • All playable characters can change direction and turn around while running.
  • All playable characters can jump further while running.
  • The command to run (f, f) becomes more sensitive.
  • Players can still move after defeating each boss.
  • KO count of the players is displayed.
  • Defensive Special and Offensive Special will cost 10 KO count if the player’s KO count is greater than or equal to 10. Otherwise, they will cost 8 HP.
  • When the player’s health is less than or equal to 30%, Offensive Special becomes Desperate Super Combo, which is 50% more powerful with invulnerability.
  • Axel, Blaze, and Shiva’s blitz moves are adjustable.
  • Kickboxers cannot block weapon attacks.
  • Thugs’ names are changed.
  • Mania difficulty is directly accessible.
  • Stage selection is available.

There are two IPS files included:

  • SOR2_RoF_2019v104.IPS is version 1.04.
  • SOR2_RoF_2019v104A.IPS is version 1.04A.

The only difference is that in 1.04A, you will hear Mr. X laughing if your character’s health drops below 30%. Play V1.04 if this bothers you.

III. Move list:

Shiva:

  • F, FB: Final Crash (Can use up and down to adjust the position before jumping up; Invulnerable until falling down)
  • BC: Roundhouse Kick
  • A: Dragon Kick
  • FA: Fire ball
  • FA: Super fire ball (Invulnerable, can only be performed when health is low)

Axel:

  • F, FB: Tornado Grand Uppercut (Can use up and down to adjust the position; Invulnerable until the uppercut)
  • BC: Uppercut
  • Jump DB: Hurricane Kick
  • A: Dragon Wing
  • FA: Dragon Smash
  • FA: Super Dragon Smash (Invulnerable until falling down; can only be performed when health is low)

Blaze:

  • F, FB: Somersault Slide (Can use up and down to adjust the position when sliding, Invulnerable until sliding)
  • BC: Backflip Kick
  • Jump DB: Terra Shield
  • A: Super Backflip Kick
  • FA: Soul Fire
  • FA: Super Soul Fire (Invulnerable, can only be performed when health is low)

Skate:

  • F, FB: Flying Headbutt & Roll Kick
  • BC: Reverse Flip Kick
  • Jump DB: Corkscrew Kick
  • A: Forward Flip Kick
  • FA: Double Spin Kick (Can freely adjust the position)
  • FA: Super Double Spin Kick (Can freely adjust the position, Invulnerable, can only be performed when health is low)

IV. Known glitches:

  • Shiva’s fire ball may cause graphical glitch in two players mode.
  • As a side effect of the improvement of running system, running becomes very sensitive. Player can even run with half circle forward or half circle backward.

V. Special thanks to Huo Yan, Ivex, Lee Kuo-Chiang (Li Guo-Qiang), and ZYX for their advises.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • You must apply the ips patch to this ROM:
  • No-Intro Name: Streets of Rage 2 (USA)
  • (No-Intro version 20130710-102701)
  • ROM/File SHA-1: 8B656EEC9692D88BBBB84787142AA732B44CE0BE

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User Review Information

Very fun, but a bit too easy

Reviewed By: hojo on 13 Jan 2019

This makes the game play a lot more smoothly than vanilla, I find it hard to go back to the original after this. Specially love the special mechanic, keeping track of my KO count and managing it for special use is fun and allows you to use the specials more often, but not the point of spamming and making your other attacks irrelevant.

Shiva replacing Max is kind of an odd choice, but appreciated since I myself never liked slow grappler characters in these types of games, and Shiva is exactly the opposite. He is implemented well for the most part, but just keep in mind the ending graphics haven’t been edited, so you’ll still see Max there instead of Shiva, very minor detail that most people probably won’t care about. I do appreciate that while you still fight Shiva in Stage 8 like in the normal game (even if you’re playing as him), they at least changed his color palette and name so it’s supposed to be a clone now, clever.

Only problem with this hack is that I feel the gameplay changes make the game a lot easier. I don’t remember being able to clear the vanilla SOR2 by myself, but I had no problem doing so with this hack, even had lots of lives to spare. Then again, I guess this is offset by the fact that the Mania difficulty is available from the start, so you could always go that route if you want a challenge.

Version 1.02 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
This was pretty coolCupcom5/NGKFlower24 Nov 20191.04Yes
Very fun, but a bit too easyhojo13 Jan 20191.02Yes