What was once a happy, peaceful, productive city, full of life and activity, has fallen into the hands of a secret criminal syndicate. The leader of the syndicate has somehow managed to keep his identity a secret. The organization soon absorbed the city government (anyone can be had if the price is right). They even had the metropolitan police force in their back pocket. Looting, random violence and destruction are rampant. No one is safe walking the streets, day or night... As the chaos continued at full strength, three young police officers tried to establish a special attack unit. Adam Hunter, Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding decided to forgo their careers in legal law enforcement and put their lives on the line. They are without weapons, but each possesses great hand-to-hand combat abilities. Take them into the heart of the city and battle the most dangerous wave of bad dudes and chicks ever assembled. Make the city a place where people no longer have to walk the Streets of Rage!
- Streets of Rage was developed by many of the people from Team Shinobi, who were responsible for Revenge of Shinobi.
- Yuzo Koshiro (or someone else on the team) was quite lazy with the SFX in Streets of Rage, as numerous sounds, such as the extra life sound, and also the game's font, are lifted directly from Revenge of Shinobi!