I’ve been revisiting this series a lot since SoR4 came out–an excellent entry worthy of the series.
SoR3/BK3 is definitely seen as the black sheep of the Genesis trilogy. The OST is way more experimental. The art direction is more industrial compared to the colorful prequels.
One of the most controversial elements with this game was the western localization, Streets of Rage 3. SEGA of America upped the difficulty, changed the character color palettes (why?!), removed a problematic character, and cut the story.
The difficulty was the most controversial change. The reason? The rental market. However, this ruins the balance IMO. The game is meant to replayed since it has multiple ending.
I played BK3 on the M2 excellent 360 collections last generation. And while SoR2 is my sentimental favorite, BK3 is really strong. The new battle mechanics such as dashing feel great. Zan is also an interesting addition. Along with extra hidden characters.
It’s still my least favorite of the series, but the series is so good that’s not a diss.