Most people will agree that one of the things about Streets of Rage 4 is that it did not have playable boss characters. You can play as a lot of fighters, especially if we count the classic versions, but not bosses. That will change when the premium 'Mr. X Nightmare' arrives in the near future, adding former bosses Max, Shiva, and Estel to the playable roster.
The 'Mr. X Nightmare' DLC will include the following:
- 3 new playable characters: Max, Shiva, and Estel
- A new Survival mode with weekly challenges
- Character customization: build your own fighting style with new moves
- New weapons and enemies!
- New music from composer Lee Topes (Sonic Mania, League of Legends, and Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom)
Former pro wrestler Max Thunder should be the standout character in this DLC. He first debuted in Streets of Rage 2 but not was not playable in Streets of Rage 3. Max popped up as a boss in Streets of Rage 4; he was under mind control from the Y Syndicate. Having been freed by the heroes in the main game, Max is now free to join his friends in the fight. As for Shiva, he's an Asian martial artist who has served as a boss in Streets of Rage 2-4. Estel is a cop lady who debuted as a recurring boss in Streets of Rage 4.
The price and release date for the 'Mr. X Nightmare' DLC are unknown, but Steam players can already wishlist it from the DLC's product page. Streets of Rage 4 will also be getting a separate, free update that adds a New Mania difficulty, a training system, and new color palettes for the playable heroes.
Streets of Rage 4 is a beat 'em up from Dotemu that supports 4-player local co-op and 2-player online co-op. The game is now available on Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and Steam, where it sells for $24.99. It's also available on Xbox Game Pass, so be sure to give it a shot.