BEAT 'EM UP!

I've bought Streets of Rage 4 recently, which I'm sure many are already typing "Streets of Rage 4 isn't retro!" and don't worry, the thread won't be about this newer title, but the thing is, I grew up with the Streets of Rage trilogy and loved 'em to death, especially the 2nd installment, and then I thought... damn, I actually grew up with a ton of titles from this genre, it was all over the place! It seems that for licensed video games especially, it would either be a platformer, and if it wasn't, it'd be a beat 'em up, so the home console market at the time had tons to choose from, and the arcade also, most major characters had one at a point.

I'm trying out many of those, as I think just going through the Streets of Rage trilogy as I wait is a move that could make the revisit a little less of a treat, I want Streets of Rage 4 to be my 1st time into the series after years, to feel brand new as I learn everything from scratch. Anyways, I'm sort of finally getting back into the genre, and it's so unique, a lot of them are quite difficult, but not in the traditional sense, most "difficult" titles a lot of people struggle with can be simple if you just keep a cool head and plan out your moves in advance... but here? You just have to keep going, it doesn't ever stop. It's really something else...

>How do you feel about beat 'em ups as a whole?
>Did you always play them or got into it recently?
>Do you have any particular special memory still?
>What's your favorite beat 'em up of all and why?

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    played the shit out of SoR2 as a 5 year old kid with my brothers. The music is ingrained in my brain and probably heavily influenced my tastes. 10/10 memories
    SoR4 was a fricking blast btw

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Great music and stuff, fun to play... And I know it is sacrilege but I still like final fight more. I think the first FF is peak beat'em up. The whole game revolves around crowd control and positioning other than a few bogus ass bossnfights.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >few bogus ass bossfights
      Glad I'm not the only one that struggles with them. As you said you've got stages full of intelligently designed encounters with perfectly synergized enemy types and peak bmup crowd control gameplay, then suddenly bosses where you have to read up on their AI code to stand a chance.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    My favorite beat em up is King of Dragons. I love D&D shit, and it plays great and looks amazing on the SNES. Apparently genre purists don't consider it a "real" beat em up.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Frick purists who can't even regognise a subgenre. There are people who think that anything that dopes not follow the capcom punch combo model isn't a real beat em up.
      I'm with you on King of Dragons, its great. If you haven't, I reccomend Blade Master which plays in a similar way and also looks gorgeous.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Blade Master

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >How do you feel about beat 'em ups as a whole?
      Kind of boring and they got repetitive. They were a lot of fun in arcades where you could pop in a quarter and play with some random people who knew the game well, blasting through the game a lot easier than you ever did or helping out some newbies beat down some bosses.

      At home, though, it got kind of dull. Even with friends, there were only so many times you could play through the same stages repeatedly. There were some fun options to help mix things up, but after a few plays, any one game got a bit boring.

      After Chronicles of Mystara and River City Ransom, I think most of the genre felt more bland.

      >Did you always play them or got into it recently?
      I used to play them. Kind of got out of them once they stopped getting popular in arcades. Gauntlet Legends sort of revived the idea (in 3D) but that fell off after a few years, too.

      >Do you have any particular special memory still?
      The X-Men arcade game felt like it never really got enough love. The different characters had different abilities and some variation in attacks, so it really did matter which characters you were playing.

      Whoever was playing Storm had better be aware of what they were doing, since Magento would catch her whirlwind super and throw it back if he wasn't getting juggled when she used it.

      >What's your favorite beat 'em up of all and why?
      Don't really have one.

      Frick purists who can't even regognise a subgenre. There are people who think that anything that dopes not follow the capcom punch combo model isn't a real beat em up.
      I'm with you on King of Dragons, its great. If you haven't, I reccomend Blade Master which plays in a similar way and also looks gorgeous.

      King of Dragons was great. Your choice between melee vs ranged had a big impact, since some shit was really hard without ranged attacks and some were very annoying without a block. Leveling up was kind of wacky, since if you knew what you were doing, you'd be a lot stronger and make the end a bit easier.

      I never played it two player, so I don't know how well sharing the EXP works out.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    not retro

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I kek'd

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Play the fangame Streets of Rage Remake, it contains all of the content of the original 3 and more

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Streets of Rage?
    Final Fight?
    Nah.. for me, it's Sailor Moon.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous
  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I like Alien Vs Predator and The Ninja Warriors Again along with a ton of others.

    I'm also making my own.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Hey, that sounds cool. Any screenshots?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Here you go! Super Robot Mecha themed, hooked up with a JP artist to do mecha designs. Single plane like The Ninja Warriors, has an emphasis on dashing around enemies to break their guard.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I really like the look of it, anon. Also if it has cute anime girls like in the top left I usually dig it anyways, but those sprites and the art in general looks good, really like the environment and emphasis on speed, hope you manage to release it in the future and that it's successful aswell.

          Good luck, anon.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Thanks anon <3 it's influenced by a ton of my favorite games and things I wanted to see in a game.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Thanks anon <3 it's influenced by a ton of my favorite games and things I wanted to see in a game.

          You got somewhere that I can follow this? I'd be interested in checking it out when it's finished

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They were fun back in the day, but I don't particularly play them anymore. Think it's because they're the most fun in multiplayer and I don't really have anyone to play vidya with nowadays.

    No special memories with them, played a few in the arcades, but moved on to emulation as soon as it became feasible, which was pretty early all things considered, so no stories about losing a bunch of quarters etc. from me.

    Favs being Knights of the Round, both DnD games (Shadow over Mustafa preferred because I like the thief girl), Golden Axe (played this one on the Amiga actually, probably a so-so port, never compared it to the arcade original) and Alien vs. Predator.

    One game I don't really see mentioned much is a 3D beat-em-up, Fighting Force. Played this a lot with a friend on my PC as a kid and had fun, but looking at it today it's kinda meh.

    I also played some Castle Crashers on the 360, probably the last game of this type I've tried. Fun but the LOL RANDOM humour seems a bit cringy nowadays.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    How do you guys prefer to play beat 'em ups? Arcade stick? Diamond-Button layout? 6-Button layout? Analog stick? I personally prefer the SEGA controller style with a 6-Button layout.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      6 button for SOR and for "serious" gameplay and arcade stick just to fool around and have fun

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Do you prefer arcade sticks with joysticks or those newer ones with just buttons?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      6 button if I'm emulating NES and Genesis/Saturn, diamond if I'm emulating SNES or PlayStation.
      6 button just feels more right though.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Do Kunio-kun games count as Beat em Ups?

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Streets of rage 4 is definitionally retro, it's not vintage

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      All jokes aside, in a few years when PS3 and Xbox 360 turn "retro" I think a split between retro and vintage in a couple of boards is ideal, keep both 6th and 7th generarions in their own place, while 5th and earlier stay on a different one.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        We already proposed this before the new rules here to no avail.
        /vr/ will basically be Ganker 3.0 and you will like it.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    >why isn't it considered a "real" beat 'em up?
    Blade Master and King of Dragons are real beat em ups they are just thier own subgenre. You still have to do the same things you do in the more common kind of beatem ups like enemy prioritisation, crowd control, etc but the way you fight is different.
    There are no combo strings or throws or that sort of thing. You have one attack that happens when you push the button. You usually have to be decisive about when and where you strike, where you stand, etc.

    King of dragons had two ranged characters who can shoot, with them the game resembles the Robocop 2 arcade game a little more but it ammounts to a different style of the same dance.
    Blade Master has an interesting parry system where you character has a second weapon that they use when thier main weapon clashes with an enemies weapon.
    In both cases, enemies don't get locked into a combo when you attack them so you have to use your judgement as to weather you can get away with subsequent hits.
    I think King of Dragons is the better game overall, but try them out, they're good!
    Also they both look incredible.

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    How are the 90's Spider-Man & Venom beat 'em ups? I see them get mentioned sometimes, with Maximum Carnage even being mentioned often as one of LJN's only decent titles, though it does suffer from the same fate a few beat 'em ups at the time had, which is being single-player only, I believe Separation Anxiety put multi-player, but it seems to not be as fondly remembered at all.

    Is Maximum Carnage only fondly remembered as one of the few LJN and licensed titles from the time that didn't completely suck or is it actually a good beat 'em up? How does its sequel compare?

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    NOT RETRO

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The big thing for me and this genre was playing with friends, and now that I am a 34 year old boomer I have nobody to play with.

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Beatdown Fists of Vengeance on OG Xbox was my favorite beat em up of all time. It's a semi-open world with some leveling up/RPG elements. You progress through the game, ranking up by beating up enemies & winning boss fights. When you lose multiple times to a tougher opponent, your rank goes down & your character gets PTSD. You can't fight that opponent anymore until you get your rank back. I hope they re-release it on modern consoles one day.

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    > How do you feel about beat 'em ups as a whole?
    I don't follow the genre closely but I've played a few of the more popular ones. I like playing them in co-op
    >Did you always play them or got into it recently?
    I used to play them as a kid but I played a few of them recently again and greatly enjoyed them
    >Do you have any particular special memory still?
    Dynamite Cop in the arcade
    >What's your favorite beat 'em up of all and why?
    Either Dynamite Cop or Streets of Rage 4. I used to play Dynamite Cop in the arcade with a friend in co-op when we were kids and it was too much fun. Playing SoR4 in co-op with a different friend recently brought back those arcade memories.

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    not my favorite genre
    especially alone
    but with a friend or two it I'm OK with it I guess

    recs:
    knights of Valor
    sengoku series
    cads and dinos
    spinmaster

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Double Dragon 1, even w its flaws, is prob my favorite since it got me into the genre & I played the absolute hell out of it.

    Memory? Well, in 6th grade I took my buddy w the family on spring break in Daytona Beach FL. At the boardwalk, they had rides, games & an absolute huge arcade right on the beach. We played through DD for the first time there & got to the end where you fight each other. He didn't know & fell onto the spikes at the end & I won the girl. He was so fricking pissed.

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