At first blush, you might have some deja vu with Riot Zone from playing Streets of Rage. That's because one of the main characters looks totally like Axel, one of the main characters from that game. Unfortunately, that's about all Riot Zone shares with Sega's classic beat-em-up.

To begin with, the graphics are extremely bland. The TurboGrafx was underpowered compared to its' contemporaries, but it certainly could produce better results than this. Things are saved somewhat by the Japanese cock rock on the CD soundtrack, but unforuntately, even that wears thin after a few levels.

Sadly, things are not livened up by the gameplay at all. You have an extremely limited repetoire of moves; there's not even any weapons you can use, which is unheard of in a game like this. Yet still most anyone should be able to breeze through this in one sitting due to the computer's terrible AI.

Still, for some unfathomable reason despite all of its' flaws, Riot Zone does manage to offer up some decent beat-em-up action. If you've already exhausted Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, and Final Fight, and are still in the mood for whooping some ass, then Riot Zone might be right up your alley.

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