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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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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Dynamite Cop!1999Arcade, DreamcastSEGA of America, Inc.3.51
Crisis Beat1998PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd.3.07
Lucifer Ring1998PlayStationToshiba-EMI Ltd....
Eojjeonji Joheun Il-i Saenggil Geot Gateun Jeonyeok1997DOSKorea Media Link...
Dark Judgement1997WindowsFrankenstein Studio...
Fighting Force1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsCrave Entertainment, Inc.3.19
Battle Circuit1997ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.10
The Fantastic Four1997PlayStationAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Three Dirty Dwarves1996SEGA Saturn, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.46
Cyber Police1996DOSBalance Games3.10
Batman Forever1996Arcade, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnAcclaim Coin-Operated Entertainment, Inc.3.00
Guardian Heroes1996SEGA Saturn, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.79
Py & Gity 2: The Industrial Age1996DOSHyundai...
Die Hard Arcade1996Arcade, SEGA SaturnSEGA of America, Inc.3.88
Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems1996SNESCapcom Co., Ltd.3.80
Ane-san1995TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd.2.75
Venom • Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety1995Genesis, SNES, WindowsAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.45
Jim Lee's WildC.A.T.S: Covert Action Teams1995SNESPlaymates Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.50
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995SNESBandai America, Inc.4.50
Batman Forever1995DOS, Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.64
Darkside Story1995DOSSKC Soft Land...
Gourmet Sentai: Bara Yarou1995SNESVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc.4.00
Little Fighter1995DOS3.17
Batman Forever1995Game Boy, Game GearAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.62
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995Game BoyBandai America, Inc.4.23
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Selected Covers

The Fantastic Four PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for The Fantastic Four
Fighting Force Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Fighting Force
Three Dirty Dwarves Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Three Dirty Dwarves

Selected Screenshots

Ishrall makes her appearance on the introduction scene
Screenshot from Cyber Police
With names like Hawk, Mace, and Smasher, it's hard to decide who's deadliest....
Screenshot from Fighting Force
Title screen
Screenshot from Lucifer Ring