MCV Focus: Beat'em ups

James Batchelor looks at the ongoing renaissance of the video game brawler.

Time was when the beat ‘em up was king. In the early ‘90s, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter shaped gaming culture with their popular multiplayer modes, crowd-drawing arcade cabinets and gory visuals.

Now the genre is bordering on the niche, with only a few high-profile franchises keeping it in the public eye – but this is changing.

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