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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Dark Judgement1997WindowsFrankenstein Studio...
Battle Circuit1997ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd....
The Fantastic Four1997PlayStationAcclaim Entertainment, Inc....
Fighting Force1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsCrave Entertainment, Inc.3.19
Oriental Legend 1997ArcadeInternational Games System Co., Ltd....
The Strangers1997AmigaFalke Verlag...
Panzer Bandit1997PlayStationBanpresto Co., Ltd....
Eojjeonji Joheun Il-i Saenggil Geot Gateun Jeonyeok1997DOSKorea Media Link...
Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems1996SNESCapcom Co., Ltd.3.68
Cyber Police1996DOSBalance Games...
Three Dirty Dwarves1996SEGA Saturn, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.67
Py & Gity 2: The Industrial Age1996DOSHyundai...
Batman Forever1996Arcade, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnAcclaim Coin-Operated Entertainment, Inc.3.42
Die Hard Arcade1996Arcade, SEGA SaturnSEGA of America, Inc.3.96
Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara1996ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd....
Guardian Heroes1996SEGA Saturn, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.81
OSman1996ArcadeAtlus Co., Ltd....
Venom • Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety1995Genesis, SNES, WindowsAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.45
Renny Blaster1995TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd....
Batman Forever1995Game Boy, Game GearAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.35
Batman Forever1995DOS, Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.88
Final Fight 31995SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.76
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.3.10
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995Game BoyBandai America, Inc.3.64
Gourmet Sentai: Bara Yarou1995SNESVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc....
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Selected Covers

Batman Forever Game Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Batman Forever
The Strangers Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for The Strangers
Final Fight 3 SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fight 3
Guardian Heroes SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Guardian Heroes

Selected Screenshots

Ishrall makes her appearance on the introduction scene
Screenshot from Cyber Police
First mission
Screenshot from Battle Circuit
Title Screen
Screenshot from Batman Forever
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