The Peace Keepers, released in Japan as Rushing Beat Syura (ラッシング・ビート 修羅). It is the third game in the Rushing Beat series, following Rival Turf! and Brawl Brothers, although the three games were localized as unrelated titles in North America. Presented in a ¾ perspective, the game is a beat 'em up which was released for the Super Nintendo.
The manual of the North American release details the localized story. The game takes place in the year 2015, after the "economic wars" of 2011. The Deutchland Moldavia (DM) corporation rules most of the world and its resources, conducting mysterious genetic experiments. Four people affected by DM's research: Flynn, Echo, Al, and Prokop seek revenge on the corporation for its wrongdoings.
These are the names of the characters for the American game, with the Japanese names right next to them, followed by their backstories in the Western version of the game.
- Flynn/Dick - a man used as an experiment for DM who can transform into muscle bound super being when injured severely. His mentor (and his best friend's surrogate father) Harry was beaten to death by a couple of DM thugs. Since then, Flynn has made it his mission to stop DM.
- Echo/Elfin - as a young girl, she saw her grandfather (who was a scientist) murdered by a DM thug when he refused to enslave people with the help of science. Upon seeing this murder, Echo went into a fit and fought against the thug; he then ordered her to be taken away and was held in a prison. Then a man named Harry came and rescued her and adopted her as his daughter from that point.
- Al/Kythring - a military man. While on a mission, he noticed one of his men who had just previously did a DM job was acting erratic and very aggressive. His brother tried to explain it as something was wrong with him because of it. After killing a man in front of him, he and his brother disappeared after the incident. Al decided to check out the DM Corporation to see what was wrong.
- Prokop/Jimmy - a very strong muscular man who wears a red band around his arm that was left behind from when his sister was kidnapped by the DM Corporation. After they took her, Prokop set off to DM to try to get her back.
- Rick Norton - one of the main characters of the Rushing Beat Series. His quest in this game is to help get back his kidnapped sister, although it really isn't explored in the American version of the game like it is the Japanese version. In the prequel, Brawl Brothers, this character was called Hack, and in Rival Turf, Jack Flak.
- Orbot/Metal Frame (M-Frame) - a large Yellow robot. He is a powerful rogue robot from the army that Iago has built. His sole purpose is to take down the DM Corporation.
There are six selectable characters in the game; up to four players can play the main game mode simultaneously if the SNES multi tap is connected. The game is a standard beat'em up game in which players face a slew of enemies, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The controls are the standard punch, special attack, taunt, jump and block. There are also super moves. The Peace Keepers has multiple endings with multiple branching paths, each path with its own boss fights and cut scenes. A versus mode is also available, in which two to four players can face each other.
Although the Western versions of the game sever all ties to the previous Rushing Beat games, a reference to Brawl Brothers is made at one point. A character that looks very similar to Lord J from Brawl Brothers can be fought at the Musashi Plaza. If he is defeated by Norton, Norton will ask if he's Lord J and the guy will say that he was once known by that name.
Many of the character and place names in the North American version are derived from esoteric real-world, literary, and cultural sources. This includes the villain Iago (from Shakespeare) and the weakest and most prolific enemy in the early stages of the game known as Fnord (from Robert Anton Wilson's books, The Illuminatus! Trilogy).
Levels with these name conventions include the stage Stalag 17 which takes place in the ruined Deutschland Moldavia labs; the street level "Snake Plissken Ave." (from the Kurt Russell character); and "Ozymandias Island" (from the Shelley poem). The "Roy D. Tutto Hospital" level features a misspelling of "Ray D. Tutto," Robin Williams' pseudonym credit in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. The Pirate Dock known as "Agrajag Cavern" is named for a minor character in the radio comedy series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Two poems are also referenced: The final stage "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here!" is derived from Dante Alighieri's epic poem The Divine Comedy; and the text shown in Flynn's ending (if Norton is unavailable) is a quote from T. S. Eliot's poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.