Beat 'em up
A beat-em-up is a genre of video game where the player controls a character who uses close-combat to defeat a multitude of opponents to achieve a goal. These games began as 2D side-scrollers and make heavy use of martial arts, but over the years, the genre has expanded. Some gaming databases make a distinction between a beat-em-up and hack-and-slash. Hack-and-slash games usually have a fantasy setting and the player's character has weapons, but the play mechanics are effectively the identical, so I group them together. Beat-em-ups differ from fighting games because they put less emphasis on complex individual character battles and more emphasis on defeating many basic opponents.
In general, I find the classic beat-em-up to be a flawed gaming idea. It was good for draining quarters in the arcade, but it doesn't create a very rewarding experience. Some beat-em-ups place less emphasis on developing perfect timing and player control, and more on the game's environment and story-telling, which I prefer. My favorite beat-em-up is River City Ransom.
This is a list of beat-em-ups that are important to me.
|Bad Dudes Vs. Dragon Ninja||1988-04-??||Data East|
|Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu||1990-12-??||Now Production|
|River City Ransom||1989-04-25||Technos|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||1989-??-??||Konami|