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Submitted by Hoffmann 544d ago | article

A Tribute to the Beat'em Up Genre

You probably know Final Fight, Streets of Rage, and TMNT Turtles in Time. All three are "oldschool" beat'em ups, developed in the eighties and nineties, but the genre changed with the time.

The Game-Art-HQ Community started an art collaboration where 15 beat'em ups from 1988 till 2010 were illustrated by around 20 artists, there are also lots of informations about the beat'em up genre, the illustrated game and what it added to the genre.

The games are:
Bad Dudes Vs. Dragon Ninja, Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Golden Axe, Captain Commando, Streets of Rage, TMNT: Turtles in Time, TMNT: The Hyperstone Heist, Legend, Battletoads, Comix Zone, Panzer Bandit, Castle Crashers, Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Tron: Evolution

Not every famous beat'em up is featured there yet, and i guess not everyone would count Castlevania Lords of Shadow as a beat'em up too. (Arcade, Culture, Retro)

kewlkat007  +   544d ago
Damn what happened to this genre..with online gaming evolving over the past couple of years, you would think that you'd get some nice brawlers...

There is a game I used to play on the SNES called "Brawl Brothers"...Good game. I used to love that "Jaleco" tune at the beginning.
http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Genres That have died or dying slowly, are Beatem ups, Platformers, Jrpgs
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rlacorne  +   544d ago
At least there's Dragon's Crown coming out on august 6.

This one should fix the empty space for a while.

As for JRPGs, those are all on handhelds, but the genre is far from dying. Just take a look at the PSP and DS libraries of great JRPGs. Vita is on a slow start for those, but the 3ds already has Shin Megami, Fire Emblem, Etrian Odyssey, Mario and Luigi, Rune Factory, etc.

It's no snes days, but it's not dead.
THamm  +   544d ago
nothing compared to back in the day like putting a fist to thugs, nowadays it's a crime
WutangClam  +   544d ago
This just reminds me why Beat 'Em Ups are the best games to set aside an afternoon with.

Thanks, looks like I know how I am spending my Sunday now.
isarai  +   544d ago
Some of these aren't really beat'em ups though, they're more hack and slash, you can't exactly beat someone up with a sword. I do miss the genre though, there are far too few entries in the genre these days, wish we could get a martial arts RPG already
ShaunCameron  +   544d ago
True. But the hack-and-slash genre right now is the closest you're gonna get to beat-'em-up's.

I enjoyed MadWorld, Anarchy Reigns and SSB Brawl's Adventure mode.

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