Group DescriptionBeat '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.
|Game Title||Year||Platform||Publisher||User Score|
|Double Dragon II||1991||Game Boy||Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.||3.27|
|Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones||1991||NES, Wii U||Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.||3.47|
|Double Dragon II: The Revenge||1988||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii U, ZX Spectrum||Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.||3.74|
|Double Dragon Neon||2012||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Majesco Entertainment Company||3.02|
|Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai||1990||Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii U||Arc System Works Co., Ltd.||4.97|
|Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo - Zenin Shūgō!||1991||Game Boy, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii U||Arc System Works Co., Ltd.||4.26|
|Dragon Ball GT: Transformation||2005||Game Boy Advance||Atari, Inc.||...|
|Dragon Sisters||2005||PlayStation 2||D3Publisher Inc.||...|
|Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara||2013||PlayStation 3, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360||Capcom Co., Ltd.||...|
|Dungeons & Dragons Collection||1999||SEGA Saturn||Capcom Co., Ltd.||...|
|Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara||1996||Arcade||Capcom Co., Ltd.||...|
|Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom||1993||Arcade||Capcom Co., Ltd.||4.53|
|Dynamite Cop!||1999||Arcade, Dreamcast||SEGA of America, Inc.||3.51|
|Dynamite Düx||1989||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SEGA Master System, ZX Spectrum||Activision (UK) Limited||2.31|
|Dynasty Wars||1989||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, TurboGrafx CD, ZX Spectrum||Capcom U.S.A., Inc.||1.94|
|Edge||1993||PC-98||Technical Group Laboratory, Inc.||...|
|Eojjeonji Joheun Il-i Saenggil Geot Gateun Jeonyeok||1997||DOS||Korea Media Link||...|
|Fallen Angel||1989||Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX Spectrum||Screen 7 Ltd.||3.94|
|The Fantastic Four||1997||PlayStation||Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.||...|
|Fighting Force||1997||Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, Windows||Crave Entertainment, Inc.||3.19|
|Final Fight||1990||New Nintendo 3DS, SNES, Wii, Wii U||Capcom Entertainment, Inc.||4.02|
|Final Fight||1989||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Boy Advance, iPhone, SEGA CD, Sharp X68000, Wii U, ZX Spectrum||Capcom Entertainment, Inc.||3.73|
|Final Fight 2||1993||SNES, Wii, Wii U||Capcom Entertainment, Inc.||3.52|
|Final Fight 3||1995||SNES, Wii, Wii U||Capcom Entertainment, Inc.||3.76|
|Fist Puncher||2013||Linux, Macintosh, Ouya, Windows, Xbox 360||Adult Swim||...|
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