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Title: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: TL on January 29, 2014, 22:45:32 PM
[align=center:2cwith9p][size=140]Simple question, what's your favourite scrolling beat 'em up series and why?[/size]

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Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: SnakeEyes on January 29, 2014, 23:18:17 PM
was close, as I love the streets of rage and Final fight games, but due to the original Arcade game, the master system version ( I know its not great but the memories ) and the amazing NES version of DDII means I have to go with double dragon.
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: Shadowrunner on January 30, 2014, 03:41:28 AM
Renegade is the first game of this style that I really loved in the arcade, but was very disappointed by the NES version. Final Fight would be the next one, and I was very happy with the Sega CD version so it gets my vote.
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: Vyothric on January 31, 2014, 03:19:39 AM
Of the ones I've played Streets of Rage is by far my favourite. There are many on that list that I've yet to play though, so I didn't vote.  I like the Final Fight games and Batman Returns on the SNES is cool.
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: TrekMD on January 31, 2014, 03:55:19 AM
I'm going to vote for the one I've played the most, Double Dragon.  I have several versions of it and I love it. 
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: TL on January 31, 2014, 12:05:47 PM
Quote from: "Vyothric"
Of the ones I've played Streets of Rage is by far my favourite. There are many on that list that I've yet to play though, so I didn't vote.  I like the Final Fight games and Batman Returns on the SNES is cool.

I had enabled it so you can change your vote at a later date if you want  8)
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: Mire Mare on January 31, 2014, 12:27:22 PM
There are so many fabulous games in that list that I'm struggling to choose.  I'm even struggling to narrow it down based on multi-player sessions with mates because I played; Double Dragon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ninja Gaiden, Streets Of Rage, Renegade, Final Fight, Golden Axe an awful lot!

However, I'm voting for Kung Fu Master.  I still play it, have fond memories of the C64 version, and adored the arcade cabinet.  In fact, I'd very much like one in my house!  So, as brutally difficult as it is I choose KFM.
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: TL on February 01, 2014, 21:29:55 PM
Interesting to see Double Dragon winning this so far!
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: Minerals on February 02, 2014, 15:09:27 PM
Close one for me, but went for SoR in the end, DD a close second.
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: Arcane Fox on February 03, 2014, 18:49:37 PM
Hmm... Target Renegade is an amazing game, but Renegade 3 is a travesty...

I'd probably have to say Final Fight out of the listed options. I dislike the original SoR too much, and the first two Golden Axe games are too samey.
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: TL on February 06, 2014, 22:30:41 PM
Quote from: "Arcane Fox"
Hmm... Target Renegade is an amazing game, but Renegade 3 is a travesty...

Target Renegade on the Spectrum was amazing, definitely the best beat 'em up on the machine.

ZX Spectrum Longplay [021] Target Renegade (http://http)
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: TL on February 18, 2014, 03:02:00 AM
[align=center:2s3aej5c]Game Sack - Final Fight and Streets of Rage (http://http)[/align:2s3aej5c]
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: Jagman67 on February 23, 2014, 04:57:04 AM
I have to go with Splatterhouse on this one. I like this one so much I have every version made(including the handheld). I don't know, something about that hockey mask  :59:
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: TL on February 26, 2014, 18:15:12 PM
Quite an interesting range of choices so far  :39:
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: Megamixer on February 27, 2014, 22:04:34 PM
Has to be Streets of Rage although some of my favourite beat 'em ups like AvP and Violent Storm are solo releases not included in series' so if they were allowed too then the vote would be a tougher choice.
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: 64bitRuss on March 04, 2014, 01:38:32 AM
The Punisher is my favorite with The Combatribes a close second!

I guess I kind of like the one-of-a-kind in this genre, and not necessarily a whole series. Knights of the Round, AvP, Ninja Gaiden(arcade/LYNX).
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: TL on May 02, 2014, 21:13:13 PM
Quote from: "64bitRuss"
The Punisher is my favorite with The Combatribes a close second!

I guess I kind of like the one-of-a-kind in this genre, and not necessarily a whole series. Knights of the Round, AvP, Ninja Gaiden(arcade/LYNX).

Ninja Gaiden is on the list!
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: Arethius_RGC on May 07, 2014, 17:18:31 PM
I would say Street of Rage as I played the fiest one countless of hours.

But I love the heroic fantasy Capcom ( knights of the Round, king of Dragon)...

So hard to choose.


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Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: TL on May 11, 2014, 12:14:43 PM
All square between Double Dragon and Streets Of Rage
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: WiggyDiggyPoo on May 11, 2014, 12:26:24 PM
I was all ready to go get some fantastic video of guilty gear, then realised its strictly a side scrolling list.

So can someone change my vote to 'Golden Axe', then also why only side scrollers? Why not stuff like Guilty Gear, Streetfighter etc?
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: TL on May 11, 2014, 12:27:40 PM
Quote from: "WiggyDiggyPoo"
I was all ready to go get some fantastic video of guilty gear, then realised its strictly a side scrolling list.

So can someone change my vote to 'Golden Axe', then also why only side scrollers? Why not stuff like Guilty Gear, Streetfighter etc?

Because those are not beat 'em ups, they are fighting games - different genre.

And anyone can change their own vote.
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: WiggyDiggyPoo on May 11, 2014, 13:31:18 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"


Because those are not beat 'em ups, they are fighting games - different genre.

And anyone can change their own vote.

I'll accept your view as 'the way its done' :33: :4:

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Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: Alberto 2K on May 11, 2014, 13:52:44 PM
I loved this genre in the arcades, Double Dragon I & II and Golden Axe are among my favorites, also Dungeon & Dragons were awesome, Capcom did a superb work with these:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axBRSw0gDWk# (http://http)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU8NUWMVXRE# (http://http)

I only played Streets of Rage 1, I need to try the sequels...
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: TL on June 13, 2014, 20:25:57 PM
Yes the D&D games on the Saturn and in the arcades were superb, I am lucky enough to own the Saturn twinpack.

Have you really only played SOR1  :35:
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: Shadowrunner on June 14, 2014, 01:16:58 AM
Quote from: "The Laird"
Yes the D&D games on the Saturn and in the arcades were superb, I am lucky enough to own the Saturn twinpac

Now that you have a 360 you should check out the HD versions on Xbox live!
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: TL on June 19, 2014, 21:46:42 PM
Quote from: "Shadowrunner"
Quote from: "The Laird"
Yes the D&D games on the Saturn and in the arcades were superb, I am lucky enough to own the Saturn twinpac

Now that you have a 360 you should check out the HD versions on Xbox live!

Yeah I probably will, need to get the bloody thing fixed though as it has the x-clamp problem.
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: arcadehero on June 20, 2014, 03:01:48 AM
A couple of my favorites that aren't very well known:

Oriental Legend 2 - Taiwanese take on the D&D kind of games but with elements of a standard fighting game (special moves based on control combo), leveling up, data saves, randomized level elements. Only draw back is that a full Engrish translated version doesn't exist but you don't need to know the story to enjoy it.

Review: Oriental Legend 2 (IGS) @ The Game Grid Arcade, UT (http://http)

Crystal of Kings - Also fairly obscure but fun. Too bad it never generated a 4 player sequel.

The Crystal of the Kings (ARCADE) (http://http)
Title: Re: What's the best beat 'em up series?
Post by: wyldephang on June 23, 2014, 06:21:36 AM
For me, it's a toss-up between my two favorites, TMNT and Streets of Rage.  I think TMNT is stronger as a whole, but Streets of Rage II is the perfect beat-'em-up game with a great art style, soundtrack, and tight gameplay.  Turtles in Time is a close second.