People are interested in a 3D Streets of Rage because of the possibilities the game in three dimensions would bring. If we'd get another 2D Streets of Rage with 3D assets, it'd be just that. If you want just more of the same game you played as a kid except with more modern graphics, fine, but I much rather have something new. To me this kind of game was neat the first couple of times it was done, but now we have tons of these kinds of games where 90% of the ideas are taken from older games. We've had the New Super Mario Bros games, Sonic 4, Mega Man 9 and 10, Double Dragon Neon, Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, Kirby's Return to Dreamland, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Developers have given up on trying to evolve their franchises and are instead just repackaging their old ideas because people will eat that shit up. So no, the problems wouldn't be solved with your suggestion. This. If the majority of the games that tried to make a 3D beat-em-up failed it doesn't mean it's impossible to do it right. People would say the same about 3D platformers if most 3D platformers were like Bubsy 3D. Especially this gen combat in videogames has been improved heavily becaus now developers look at Batman Arkham Asylum and Arkham City for inspiration, games like Sleeping Dogs and Assassin's Creed 3 now have combat styles similar to those games. There's also of course games like God Hand, the Devil May Cry games, Bayonetta and The Warriors, all 3D beat em ups praised by lots of people.