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Streets of Rage 3/Version Differences

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Note: Bare Knuckle III refers to the Japanese version. Streets of Rage 3 refers to the international versions.

Intro

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Streets of Rage 3 has Trademark logo on SEGA bootup.

In the Japanese version, there's whole intro popping up before the title screen. In Bare Knuckle III, the Syndicate tests their nuclear bomb in the city, causing a fatal blow on it. In Streets of Rage 3, the story was rewritten: the Syndicate is simply placing bombs to divert the attention of the city police while Mr. X deals with the city leaders one by one. As such, the intro was completely dropped.

Also exclusive to the Japanese version is this Axel Stone punching the camera, revealing the title. This scene is actually a tracing of Rambo wearing a headband in Rambo III, which may be why this is absent in the overseas version as well.

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Aside from the name change, "Bare" fonts has burning animation and the copyright year is colored in Bare Knuckle III.

Battle Mode

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Bare Knuckle III has character-specific win and lose quotes in the battle mode, which was removed entirely in Streets Of Rage 3.

Graphic Changes

The character palette mappings were changed.

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Zan and the secret playable characters were the only ones that did not have their palettes changed.

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The robot boss Axel had his color palette altered as well. His gloves are now purple instead of blue, and the rest of his outfit was changed to match Axel's new Streets of Rage 3 palette.

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Blaze BKIII 2p.png
Sammy BKIII 2p.png
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Axel, Blaze, and Sammy/Skate's "Player 2" palettes for Duel/Battle Mode were altered in Streets of Rage 3. Interestingly, Blaze's palette is similar to the single-player one used in Bare Knuckle III.

Electra
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Soozie
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The female punks, Electra and Soozie, showed a lot more skin in Bare Knuckle III. Streets of Rage 3 edited the sprites to cover things up, with Soozie's pose changed to be less provocative.

Removed Miniboss

In Bare Knuckle III, there's a miniboss you fight at the pier passing through the level a few times on a speedboat before dropping off punks to attack the player. However, after defeating the last load of punks, Ash will jump out of the speedboat and attack the player.

Miniboss Palette Player Palette
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Ash is a homosexual stereotype miniboss who prances around and can move quite fast. He also laughs femininely after throwing the player and uses the female cry when he's beaten. He has his own music track, which can only be heard in Streets of Rage 3 as track 26 in the BGM test. If the player holds A when Ash is defeated and loses a continue later on, Ash will be playable from the continue menu. Ash's attacks are very powerful and his punches inflict devastating damage on all enemies, including bosses. His speed is also incredible as well.

His removal from Streets of Rage 3 was due to his controversial nature. A playable version of him is still coded into the ROM, but his miniboss coding was removed. In Streets of Rage 3, Shiva (the Round 1 boss and yet another secret playable character) will be driving the boat; instead of jumping out for a fight, he'll drop off a group of punks at the end of the pier and then drive away to where you confront him for the boss battle in the next part of the stage.

To play as Ash in Streets of Rage 3, use Game Genie code BAWA-AAA0.

Shiva

Shiva's color scheme was altered for the Round 1 boss fight. In Bare Knuckle III, he uses a dark green color palette. In Streets of Rage 3, he uses the player's palette instead (which makes him have a blue outfit). Interestingly, pre-release screenshots show Shiva using the player's palette in the Round 1 boss fight.

Name Changes

Aside from Sammy being changed to Skate like in the previous game, many characters and weapon names were changed.

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Items
Katana Sword
Paper.K Blade
Fruit.K Blade
Knife.K Knife
Army.K Machete
Lumber Plank
Enemies
Galsia Garcia
Garnet Soozie
Slum Goldie
Nasty Jack
Silver Maclean
Signal Scarab
Bosses
Danch Bruce
Victy Roo
Yasha & Onihime Mona & Lisa
Break Axel
Dr. Zero Dr. Dahm
Robot Y Neo X

Technical Differences

  • Significantly, Bare Knuckle III is much easier than Streets of Rage 3. In Streets of Rage 3 bosses often have several life stars more than their Bare Knuckle III counterparts. Bare Knuckle III also features a Very Hard mode which is missing from Streets of Rage 3. Apparently, Sega of America decided that the game was too easy, and moved all the difficulty settings up one, so Normal mode in Bare Knuckle III is the equivalent of Easy in Streets of Rage 3 (this is proven if you load a Bare Knuckle III save state into Streets of Rage 3).
  • In Streets of Rage 3 enemy attack damage rises with difficulty levels, whilst in Bare Knuckle III it remains the same. Example: the damage done by Galsia's punches in Bare Knuckle III is 2 on all difficulty levels, whilst in Streets of Rage 3 it is 2 on Easy, 4 on Normal and 12(!!) on Hard.
  • The health penalty for using a special attack without a full power meter is much heavier in Bare Knuckle III compared to Streets of Rage 3.
  • All the playable characters roll much further in Streets of Rage 3 than in Bare Knuckle III.
  • In Streets of Rage 3 Roo jumps nearly twice as high as the other characters, but in Bare Knuckle III all of the characters jump at the same height.
  • In Streets of Rage 3 Roo's first two attacks of his combo attack each do two hits, whereas in Bare Knuckle III they each only do one hit.
  • In Streets of Rage 3 Blaze's throws and quite a few other of her attacks are stronger that Axel's, in spite of him having a higher strength rating.
  • When an enemy dies it flashes in Bare Knuckle III (like the previous games) but just disappears in Streets of Rage 3. The motorcycles' sparks are always the same color as the bike sliding in Bare Knuckle III. In Streets of Rage 3 this has been fixed and the sparks are always yellow. In addition, sometimes the bikes in Bare Knuckle III defy the laws of physics and slide backwards. This bug appears to have been removed for Streets of Rage 3.
  • In Bare Knuckle III there's a glitch where the regular enemies sometimes won't let out a scream after being defeated. This was corrected in Streets of Rage 3.
  • For Battle mode in Bare Knuckle III, the winner is free to move after he/she has won.
  • When playing as Shiva in Streets of Rage 3, a shock from the enemy Electra's whip shows his bones; in Bare Knuckle III this doesn't happen.

Levels

Round 1

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This intermission screen, indicating the location of the second bomb in Wood Oak City, is removed in Streets of Rage 3

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Ash in Bare Knuckle III is replaced with Shiva in Streets of Rage 3.

Round 2

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The table that contains an apple was removed, and the third Soozie was moved to the same group as the other two Soozies.

Round 3

In Streets of Rage 3, the barrels drop more frequently based on the difficulty setting. Also, Streets of Rage 3 added one more place where barrels drop - this place is located right after you get the chicken between the 2 pits.

The bulldozer stage has more walls to break in Bare Knuckle III than in Streets of Rage 3. The count for each is: 14 walls (Bare Knuckle III), 11 walls (Streets of Rage 3).

The bulldozer takes one hit to retreat in Bare Knuckle III, whereas in Streets of Rage 3 it requires several hits to back off.

In Bare Knuckle III you can destroy the second wall before the screen starts scrolling, but Streets of Rage 3 sets it further away, making it impossible.

The barrel that hits the Donovan driving the bulldozer remains onscreen in Bare Knuckle III but not in Streets of Rage 3.

Round 4

In Bare Knuckle III, the rails will rumble for a couple seconds signaling that a train engine part will zoom through that rail. However, in Streets of Rage 3, you're given less visual warning that a train engine part will zoom through.

The stage's boss Yamato speaks Japanese in the Bare Knuckle III, but speaks English in Streets of Rage 3.

In Bare Knuckle III the ending cut scene for Round 4 is extended to show the bomb blast from the intro while Axel and Zan talk.

Round 5

Streets of Rage 3 ends on Round 5 under Easy (and Very Easy if the game is hacked to choose that difficulty setting).

Round 6

Streets of Rage 3 gives you less time before poison gas is emitted.

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General Ivan Petrov is known as the Chief of Police in Streets of Rage 3. The general wears brown and has a beard, while the chief is clad in gray and has no beard.

When you meet Adam at the end of Round 6 in Bare Knuckle III his top is orange, in Streets of Rage 3 it is yellow just like in the first two games.

Round 7A

In Round 7A's factory, Bare Knuckle III has three crates at the beginning (containing points and two chickens). Streets of Rage 3 removes the crates containing the chickens.

After Neo X is defeated, Bare Knuckle III doesn't let the players enter their initials, whereas Streets of Rage 3 does.

Round 7B

Round 7B in Bare Knuckle III is the White House instead of City Hall. This is pretty obvious even in Streets of Rage 3, despite the localization team's lame attempt to hide it with a sign reading "City Hall".

Just like in Round 7A when Neo X is defeated, after defeating Shiva Bare Knuckle III doesn't let the players enter their initials, whereas Streets of Rage 3 does.

Ending

In the ending where you find Mr X but do not defeat him in time to defuse the bombs, the pictures are different. In Bare Knuckle III a shot of the devastated city appears, and the scrolling text found in Streets of Rage 3 doesn't appear. Also, you still get the see the credits and pictures of the characters with this ending - in Streets of Rage 3 the credits are only seen if you beat Mr X and defuse the bombs.

For the Good Ending, in Bare Knuckle III Blaze wears somewhat less clothing than she does in Streets of Rage 3.


(Source: Streets of Rage Online)