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Genre: Beat 'em up / Brawler

Group Description

Beat 'em ups, also known as Brawlers, are action games revolving around melee combat between the protagonist and a number of enemies. The distinction between beat 'em ups and fighting games in the narrow sense of the word is the number of opponents (beat 'em ups rarely feature one-on-one fighting) and the protagonist's ability to move through a level (stage) rather than being confined to one screen.

Traditional beat em ups are side-scrolling 2D games; typically, gameplay mechanics in those games are quite simple, consisting of the protagonist slowly making his way through a large number of enemies. In many brawlers the protagonist is unable to proceed until he has cleared a small portion of the stage of the enemies.

In many of these games, the protagonist has the ability to freely move on the horizontal plane (i.e. move "into the screen"). Such brawlers were often referred to as "3D beat 'em ups". However, with the advent of real-time 3D graphics, the term "3D beat em up" began to refer to brawlers set in a 3D environment.

Limitations:
  • Versus fighting games in which the participants are confined to a small stage usually composed of one screen should not be included in this group.
  • Games in which protagonists use ranged weapons, guns, magic, and other non-melee alternatives to deal with the enemies, and/or heavily rely on bladed weapons (swords, etc.) should be excluded as well. Use your judgment: if you don't have a feeling that you are actually beating up your opponents, the game in question probably shouldn't belong here.
  • Games that focus on platform-style gameplay (jumping, avoiding hazards, etc.) are not allowed.
  • Only games that are predominantly brawlers should be included. For the sake of clarity, hybrid games that merge beat 'em up gameplay with other genres (such as Yakuza games) should not be accepted, unless the brawling gameplay is clearly dominant.


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The Warriors2005PlayStation 2, PSP, XboxRockstar Games, Inc.4.01
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus2004GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.39
Advance Guardian Heroes2004Game Boy AdvanceUbisoft, Inc.3.13
Deadly Strike2004PlayStation 2D3Publisher Inc....
Beats of Rage2003DOS, DreamcastSenile Team3.75
SEGA AGES 2500 Vol.5: Golden Axe2003PlayStation 23D Ages4.00
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.76
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles2003Game Boy AdvanceKonami of America, Inc.3.93
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon2003Game Boy AdvanceUbi Soft Entertainment Software2.33
Her Knights: All for the Princess2002GP32Byulbram Creature...
Knight of Knights2002WindowsTomoshibi3.92
Altered Beast: Guardian of the Realms2002Game Boy AdvanceTHQ Inc.2.16
Little Fighter 22002Windows4.00
Bruce Lee: Quest of the Dragon2002XboxUniversal Interactive Inc.2.03
Jackie Chan Adventures: Legend of the Dark Hand2001Game Boy AdvanceActivision Publishing, Inc.3.53
X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse2001Game Boy AdvanceActivision Publishing, Inc.3.73
Zombie Smashers X2001WindowsTotally Screwed Software3.20
The Rage2001WindowsMidas Interactive Entertainment Ltd.3.06
Sengoku 32001Arcade, Neo Geo, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.3.47
Comar Barbarian2001WindowsTechland Soft3.71
WWF Betrayal2001Game Boy ColorTHQ Inc.4.00
Gear Senshi Dendoh2001PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd.4.20
Saban's Power Rangers: Time Force2001PlayStationTHQ Inc.1.80
Saban's Power Rangers: Time Force2001Game Boy AdvanceTHQ Inc.2.67
X-Men: Mutant Wars2000Game Boy ColorActivision Publishing, Inc.2.33
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Selected Covers

WWF Betrayal Game Boy Color Front Cover
Front cover for WWF Betrayal
The Rage Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The Rage
Deadly Strike PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Deadly Strike

Selected Screenshots

A chesty fellow...
Screenshot from WWF Betrayal
Title screen
Screenshot from The Rage