Quote Tobi :
I was gonna download a rom for it and then I didn't.
Heads up for anyone venturing into the series:
Streets of Rage 1 is extremely
rough around the edges (and personally I say the inside as well).
The graphics are alright I guess, the soundtrack is good but not great, and the actual combat isn't that great.
Street of Rage 2 on the other hand, looks beautiful, has great music
, and is a very well refined upgrade to the previous game.
Streets of Rage 3 forces to the player to play on hard mode (now renamed normal mode) to beat the full game
. This is only for the English releases (all of them I think).
Anyways, the take away is the game is harder than intended if you don't play the Japanese version. also the music isn't as good 2
It has nice enhancements to the gameplay itself though.
All in all: I say the best one to start with out of the box is SOR2, and I completely recommend the series even if you play SOR1 first, but just keep in mind that the others change quite a bit.