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The Best Undiscovered Beat-Em-Ups

The Best Undiscovered Beat-Em-Ups

Presented by Gamerforlife See the rest of our Hidden Gems Series The beat ’em up genre flourished during the late eighties and into the nineties.  In addition to seeing a constant flow of quarters in the arcades, they would also develop a strong presence on consoles with popular titles like Streets of Rage 2.  The genre also helped big companies like Capcom and Konami further establish themselves with a number of classic and lucrative arcade games from both companies.  Eventually, [...]

Beat’em-Ups 101: All You Need to Know About Brawlers

Presented by Gamerforlife Note from racketboy: I’m proud to welcome the forum veteran, Gamerforlife to the contributer team.  His passion for the Beatemup genre really shone through with this piece and I look forward to more guides from him.  Enjoy! BTW, this is our second installment of our Genre 101 series, following up on Ack’s Survival Horror 101. About The Beat’em up Genre Beat’em ups, which are also known as Brawlers (and belt scroll games in Japan), generally focus on [...]

Legend of Spyro: Eternal Night (GBA) – Impressive Combo-Filled Action

Since you probably never thought you would see me bother to review a Spyro game, let me cut to the point — Legend of Spyro: Eternal Night on the Gameboy Advance ROCKS.  I can honestly say that this game can easily be put in the same league as Metroid Fusion, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, and Astro Boy: Omega Factor as the best action games on the Gameboy Advance and put up a phenomenal fight.  The fact is, the GBA version [...]

X-Men Arcade: 6-Player Beat-em-up Bliss

Pioneering games like Double Dragon and Final Fight really got the side-scrolling brawler genre off to a solid start, but Konami had a number of excellent beatemups in the early 1990’s that became some of the most popular quarter-collectors of the era. While their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle arcade games were some of the most popular of Konami’s brawlers, the X-Men arcade game is an overlooked gem that is my personal favorite. X-Men’s gameplay, at its core, isn’t much different [...]

Meta-Review: The Red Star – PS2

As a victim of Acclaim’s financial problems, The Red Star was delayed many times and been cancelled at least once. However, XS Games took over the project as it’s publisher and released this shmups/beatemup hybrid game as a budget title for the PS2. Ever since I first laid eyes on The Red Star back when it was an XBox demo, I knew this would be a modern treat for the old-school gamer. I also happen to be a real sucker [...]

Ninja Turtles Arcade Is A Cheap Thrill on XBLA

As one of my all-time favorite games of my childhood, I was glad to see the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game come to the XBox Live Arcade. It isn’t a deep game by any means, but it is filled with nostalgia and is loads of fun when whacking Foot Soldiers with a bunch of friends. Since one of the great advantages the XBox Live Arcade has over the Wii’s Virtual Console (so far) is that developers usually throw [...]

Castle Crashers Shown Off At GDC ’07

Between the fact that I have been waiting years for a new game like Guardian Heroes and my love for The Behemoth’s artistic style, Castle Crashers is the most highly-anticipated XBox Live Arcade game in my book. (see my initial Castle Crashers post) I didn’t have many doubts about the game after seeing early versions in action, but I was still anxious to see how the game progressed after further development. Joystiq was at the GDC ’07 Conference and was [...]

Ninja Turtles on XBLA, New Brawler, and More!

As a child of the 1980’s, I was all but obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was a kid. (Fortunately, it didn’t make this much of an impact on me) So imagine the nostalgic thrill I’m having with the new wave of Ninja Turtles goodies resurfacing to coincide with the release of the new Turtles movie. I know in the forum, we have had some mixed opinions about if the style of the new movie is as [...]

Die Hard Arcade / Dynamite Cop Sequel In Testing Stage

The side-scrolling beat-em-up is still alive. However, you better keep your fingers crossed if you want it to be worth your time. Even though we were never treated to a Streets of Rage 4, the Sega Saturn was privileged to have an excellent port of Die Hard Arcade (aka Dynamite Deka in Japan) and the Dreamcast also had its not-as-wonderful sequel Dynamite Cop. Die Hard Arcade, in particular, made one of the best transitions in the brawler genre to the [...]

Gameplay Videos: X-Men Arcade

Here’s some decent YouTube clips to give you a taste of X-Men Arcade. The boss battle videos with the 4 players probably give you the best idea of some of the character’s Mutant Powers. Intro & First Level Boss Battle: Wendigo Boss Battle: Nimrod Entire X-Men Arcade Speedrun:

Retro Gaming Dream Machines

Over the last decade or two, we have seen a wide variety of gaming hardware — each with its own strengths and weaknesses. Personally, I would love to be able to play with just about every unique piece of hardware at least once. However, some of the most interesting gaming machines are both difficult to find and out or our budgets. I posed the question in this forum thread regarding what gaming machines we have been dreaming about getting, but [...]

Top 10 Dying Game Genres Revisited

It’s always fun to go back and read old articles that make predictions and see how acurate they are. I pulled this article out from the GameSpy archive. It’s an enjoyable read concerning the gaming genres that are dying in the modern gaming industry. Here’s the list: 10. Space Shooter (Shmups) 9. Puzzle 8. Light Gun 7. Text Adventure 6. Maze 5. Virtual Reality 4. Educational 3. Full Motion Video 2. Beatemup 1. Graphic Adventure Keep in mind that this [...]

My Impressions of Red Star

Yesterday afternoon was quite an adventure for me. I was in the middle of running errands around town (stopping at Blockbuster, sending some mail, grocery shopping) when I got a flat tire. I got the spare tire on and headed to Wal-Mart for get a new tire. (I have their protection plan so I get replacements for free). So while I was there waiting for them to work on my car, I did my grocery shopping and then headed to [...]