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good beat-em-ups informal esp. N. Amer. - n. River City Ransom. see Brass Knuckles & Belt Buckles.

[edited by - bluegrass on February 6, 2003 7:39:57 PM]

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Agreed. BARF! Heh, heh. River City Ransom owns. I have no idea what half the items are for, but it''s still a truly terrific game, and deserves mention.

The first Double Dragon game was also fantastic, though the series started to suck with #2, and slid swiftly downhill.

Battletoads, as well as the whole Final Fight series, are fairly typical, and there are also very crappy beat-em-ups, like Renegade.

More modern B-E-Us tend to be 3d, to an extent, and depend more on graphics than on gameplay. Really, until something new and wonderful comes along, I''ll hold to my opinion that the NES is the domain of the finest Beat-em-ups, and if anyone disagrees, then I''ll see you by the bike rack after school.

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quote:
Original post by Iron Chef Carnage
Really, until something new and wonderful comes along, I''ll hold to my opinion that the NES is the domain of the finest Beat-em-ups, and if anyone disagrees, then I''ll see you by the bike rack after school.
How about arcades like the Punisher, Aliens vs. Predator, Knights of the Round, the X-Men?

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quote:
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Really, until something new and wonderful comes along

Viewtiful Joe?

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Beantas, thank you. How could I have overlooked X-Men? Had I put a quarter in a bottle for every quarter I fed to that game, I''d have one heavy bottle by now.

As to AvP and KotR, meh. I''ve never played Punisher, so I can''t comment there.

I guess nobody ever actually defined what a beat-em-up is. Here''s my off-the-cuff definition: A beat-em-up game is a sort of an adventure game, where the hero(es) walk through a (traditionally side-scrolling) world pummelling hordes of bad guys. Many have weapons that you can pick up, but you''ll spend most of your time beating the tar out of thugs with your fists and feet. Many have 2 or more player options, and use an isometric viewpoint. They''re a lot of fun, if they''re done well, but many are either ridiculously difficult (to get those quarters) or too damn easy.

Postscript: Golden Axe

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Yeah, X-Men really hits its potential when you''ve got every single player slot filled by one of your friends and you''ve all got enough quarters to beat the game.

I would really recommend the Punisher. It''s my favorite beat-em-up of all time. The attacks all feel really powerful and connect really well. The overall collision detection feels perfect. The weapons include flamethrowers, M16s, throwable dynamite. But yeah, Golden Axe is definitely a classic, as is King of Monsters.

One really great unappreciated one is an arcade called Armored Warriors. You play as mechs which can pick up arms and legs from corpses of your enemies and use them. There''s a wide variety of different possible configurations, all of which have several moves. The overall pacing and feel of the game is OK but that weapon system really feels unique and fresh.

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