Rhys at Awesome Games writes: 'The beat ‘em up genre has sadly been neglected the last few console generations. The days of slotting coins into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or ruining controllers in the name of Streets of Rage are unfortunately, mostly a thing of the past. It’s true that there is the occasional game following similar formulae, and the genre is enjoying a bit of a revival among indie developers with games like Charlie Murder and Guacamelee!, but rarely is the beat ‘em up touched in a bigger budgeted environment. Enter Vanillaware, a developer lauded for their knack for amazing visual presentation and smart combat design, along with Atlus, a publisher well renowned for taking risks and bringing such games overseas for us Westerners to enjoy. It is these two companies that bring us Dragon’s Crown, a daring hybrid of beat ‘em up and RPG, and a game you absolutely must have in your library.'