Streets of Rage 4 – Essential Tips

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These 5 tips will help you become a better player and survive some of the tougher encounters this game has to offer. Also, I will assume you’re using an Xbox controller.

Five Tips for All Players

Tip #1 While Standing Still, Press “Y” To Do A Defensive Special

SOR4 does not have a block button, but the defensive special does have invincibility frames to help you avoid attacks. Use it wisely as the developers made sure you can’t spam this by taking a portion of your health upon using it. This is where you’re health bar is going to turn green. You have a chance to get your health back by attacking the enemy, but if you get hit before you can recover your health, you lose it.

Tip #2 Use Weapons

Yes yes, I know, you want to pull off those crazy combos with your fist, but it’s smart to use as many weapons as you can as it provides more range. Pipes and bats not only have good medium range, but can also send foes flying. Some stages have pitfalls, so if you see a pipe or a bat, you can easily knock them into pitfalls.

On certain stages, you’re going to encounter higher quality weapons such as katanas and other cool looking blades. These do a lot of damage and can help with crowd control when enemies become too much.

Also, master the art of throwing and catching. When you throw a weapon at an enemy, the weapon will bounce off and comeback allowing you to catch it and throw it a second, third, or forth time. This is useful when you want to keep your distance from certain enemies that are dangerous up close.

Tip #3 Pick Up the Money 

…and food even if you’re at full health!

This tip is more useful when playing arcade because you don’t get your lives back after starting a new stage like in the story, but it doesn’t hurt to make it a habit. When you get enough points, you will get an extra life. Pick up all the money you can as it will help contribute to your points. If your partner needs the food to recover then give it to him/her, but do pick up food as well as it also gives you points. Hitting enemies also gives you points, but stops once they’re dead so overkill isn’t necessary.

Tip #4 Do Not Leave Your Partner Behind

Do not run off ahead and leave your partner behind. Your buddy is going to have a hard time dealing with enemies off screen because the enemies can still see him/her and they do still attack. Don’t play tug-o-war with the camera. Make sure you guys are close and you can see all the enemies on the screen so there won’t be any unnecessary surprise attacks that could’ve been avoided.

Tip #5 Stun Locking and the Basic Combo

When you hit an enemy, you’ll notice the enemy is stunned for a couple of seconds. If you hit him again just before he recovers, it’ll reset that stun animation. You can do this about 4 times and on the 5th one, they’ll fall to the floor. Stun Locking is a great combo starter as you can get a good 2-4 hits in before doing your combo which provides extra damage that is helpful on enemies with more health.

Assuming you have an Xbox controller

  • “X, X, X, –> –> X” is a basic combo that can handle most situations.

…but if you add the stun locking to it…

  • “X(stun), X(stun), X(stun), X, X, X, –> –> X, Y+B” You can get even more hits off and deal more damage.


  • “XX(stun), XX(stun), XX(stun), X, X, –> –> X, Y+B” You double tap X and still maintain the stun on the enemy.

On bosses, try to combo off your partners combos together to continue the chain especially when you have the boss on the wall.

Volodymyr Azimoff
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