Your first play-through is going to take about 1 hour and 30 minutes. It's quite enjoyable on the easiest setting so take your time, sit back, get used to the controls. You're ok to die a fair amount as every level is replayable with a full set lives once again (6 lives on easy).
We'll be doing story mode a minimum of 8 times. All can be done on the easiest setting. The game is incredibly linear so the walkthrough will point out the achievements but not really point out each enemy or strategy as this is covered on previous pages. Without further ado let's get started.
On the main menu pick the following - Story > for New Game > Easy. You can pick any character but I would fully recommend Axel to begin with. (He's probably the most balanced of the starting 4 characters). Press to start and once again to start. You'll be immediately be put into a cutscene with a backstory. Once finished you'll find yourself in 'The Streets'
The Streets: Level 1
Work your way through the goons. Once they've been dispatched and before you head up the stairs, break the bin and pick up the apple to unlock your 1st achievement -
Location of first apple.
Continue along the path until you reach the part where a Donovan jumps out of a drain, he's also holding a pipe. Clear the screen of enemies. Grab the pipe and throw it at the wall on your right then catch it when it re-bounds using . You'll unlock -
1st place you can grab the birth of the cool achievement.
Continue going down the screen until a car ploughs into the wall, beat up the remaining enemies. Then beat up the car, once you've destroyed it you'll unlock -
Work your way towards the 1st mini-boss (Koobo) and beat him, jump down into the hole. You'll have a small section to work through, keep going till you hit the train. Once you've got onto the train you'll hit the boss of the level.
Beat the boss - Diva and complete level 1/12.
Police Precinct: Level 2
Beat up the thugs around you, continue through the linear path till you reach the black-clothed Murphy (Picture below). Make sure you jump kick to disarm him, don't pick up the taser just yet as you'll need it in a minute. Clear the screen of enemies and grab the taser. Go to the arcade machine (In the other picture below) and hit it with you'll unlock -
Location of taser
Location of arcade machine
Kill Jack, gain an extra special star and full life. Carry on through the rest of the level, you'll reach a door that you need to break down to access the boss.
Beat the boss - Commissioner to complete level 2/12.
Cargo Ship: Level 3
As soon as the stage starts, go to the barrel in the bottom right-hand corner. Once 3 of the 4 enemies approach, punch the barrel and move away. If you don't kill 3, push start and retry. You'll unlock -
Use a barrel or a grenade explosion to kill 3 enemies at the same time.
There are no achievements during the main level here, however, by now, it's more than likely you'll get this achievement -
(You need a 250 damage combo)
Proceed to the end of the level and break the table to find a wine bottle (Image below). Either throw or break the wine bottle to unlock -
Beat the boss - Nora to complete level 3/12.
Old Pier: Level 4
There's plenty of opportunities on this level to earn another achievement. It's for throwing someone down a hole (there's quite a few on this level). If you don't get it on this attempt you'll have many other opportunities including other levels. On completion, you'll earn -
Around the point where some Murphys come out, spot the arcade machine at the top of the screen. As before, use the taser to access it. A free star and a health boost, why not?
Carry on through the rest of the level and fight the boss.
Beat the boss - Estel - to complete level 4/12.
Underground: Level 5
Upon starting the level you'll unlock -
Once you get to the bar area you have another chance at a retro machine if you missed one earlier.
Once you get to the boss (Barbon), break all the motorcycles in their area. Once done you'll earn -
Beat the boss - Barbon - to complete level 5/12.
Chinatown: Level 6
We're going to get two achievements here. Once you've beat Goro, you'll come up to into a dojo. There will be a spear right at the bottom. Kill as many people as you can with it, once it breaks you'll unlock -
Carry on through the rest of the level till you get to Shiva, the main boss of the level.
Beat the boss - Shiva - to complete the level 6/12 and unlock another achievement -
Skytrain: Level 7
Get through to the end of the level, jump when the word UP! appears on your screen. It can take a bit of time to get used to this.
Beat the boss - Estel (just focus on her and forget about the commissioner) to complete the level 7/12.
Art Gallery: Level 8
Next we're going to get the golden turkey to the end of the level.
First we need to find the gold turkey. It's pretty close to the start of the level.
Make sure every around you is dead before you pick it up. Grab it with Do not use the golden chicken as a weapon as it'll break. Anytime we come up to enemies, we're going to want to drop the chicken standing still and using . Once you've beaten the enemies, pick up the chicken again and continue. Keep battling through, going until you get to the stock room, there's a video below, you'll unlock -
Get the Golden Chicken from the art gallery to the stock room.
Once you get to the warehouse, you'll notice another arcade machine. There's a taser here, just hidden by the crate. Pick it up and get another lot of free health and a star.
Beat the bosses Beyo and Riha to complete the level 8/12
Y Tower: Level 9
Proceed as normal until you reach the elevator section. What you want to do is throw people into the window panes - it takes 10 throws or Combos up against it. You can do this by grabbing hold of them and throwing them in the opposite direction you are facing. There's one on the right and one on the left.
I've added a few screen grabs of the elevator section before and after they've been broken.
Once done you'll unlock -
Once you've finished the elevator section you'll come up against Max.
Beat the boss Max to complete the level 9/12 and unlock -
If at any point he grabbed you during the fight spin as quick as you can, you'll then unlock -
To the Concert: Level 10
Proceed to the 1st wrecking ball. Once you're there, jump kick it. Keep doing this but making sure you don't get hit yourself. Once you've killed someone by hitting them with it you'll unlock -
Proceed through the level and reach the boss.
Beat the boss DJ K-Washi to complete the level 10/12.
Airplane Level: 11
There are no achievements we can get here so move your way through the level as normal.
Proceed thought the level and reach the boss.
Beat the boss - Mr. Y.
Y Island: Level 12
Once you get into the castle you'll want to crush an enemy with a chandelier. To do this, punch or kick the rope that's right at the back of the screen. I've attached an image below of the rope. There's two of these on the level. (Make sure an enemy is underneath before you do). Then you'll unlock -
Proceed to the final boss of the game.
Beat the bosses - Ms. Y and Mr. Y
Upon completion you'll unlock -
Along with -
Now we've got to beat the game another 7 times just for the story achievements. The good news, it's relatively short and fun. You'll get used to the combat and enemy strategies which will help for some of the more difficult achievements coming up.
You don't have to do these in any order but you'll need to do the following to unlock. SoR1, 2, and 3 characters are unlocked once you've reached a certain amount of lifetime points. By the time you've done 4-5 playthroughs, you'll have unlocked everyone.
All Clear: SOR1
Complete the campaign in single-player mode with a "SOR1" character.
When working towards the above press and use your star move at any time during the story, you'll call the cops earning -
Carry on with the last two playthroughs.
All Clear: SOR2
Complete the campaign in single-player mode with a "SOR2" character.
All Clear: SOR3
Complete the campaign in single-player mode with a "SOR3" character.