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Sega's 1991 sleeper hit game of vigilante justice, which chronicled the story of three ex-peace officers in their struggle to bring down Mr. X and his diverse group of street thugs, receives a 16-meg sequel with more moves, two new characters, and a two-player head-to-head option. The crime boss whose Syndicate organization was brought down one year ago has abducted Adam Hunter in his quest for vengeance. Axel and Blaze vow to rescue their captive comrade with the help of Adam's teenage brother, Skate, and Axel's friend, Max, a former wrestler. Once again two players can team-up for some old fashioned street brawling, or they can slug it out in timed best-of-three matches.
Each character is rated from one to three in the following five categories: power, technique, speed, jump, and stamina. Moves include standard punches and kicks as well as context-sensitive maneuvers, such as holds, throws, and cooperative attacks with another character. Two special moves are also available, but each costs a portion of the character's life gauge. Enemies in the form of bikers, ninjas, boxers, and other unsavory types populate eight themed stages that include an amusement park, stadium, ship, jungle, and more as players advance to final showdown at the Syndicate stronghold. Items such as apples or chicken help restore health, while weapons such as bombs, knives, and lead pipes can found along the ground. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide