Sometimes you just need a good beat ‘em up game to let all your frustrations and anger out. A stress reliever if you will. There’s nothing wrong with it and honestly if it helps you control your emotions, why not? Plus, beat ‘em ups are generally a lot of fun.
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Here are some of the best hardcore beat em ups you can find in the video game market today, guaranteed to leave you wanting more.
Streets of Rage 4
A revival of the classic arcade beat ‘em ups, Streets of Rage 4 brings old school nostalgia to the modern-day world. Some elements of the game were modernized whilst some elements were preserved in order to keep the game’s old school vibe. There’s a variety of challenging modes to try out and cool stuff to unlock as you beat people up along the way.
The game’s story is presented in a comic book panel, and the ongoing animations are done in the modern 2D. The game brings back its two OG characters with the addition of two new ones as a balance between old and new. Each of them has their own special moves of course.
Considered the sixth main entry in the Yakuza franchise, Yakuza 0 tells the story of Kazuma Kiryu’s rise through the ranks of the yakuza into being the big boss of the crime world. As such, you’ll be brawling with everyone on your way to the top. Yakuza 0 has a 3D animated look to it when compared with most beat em ups that prefer the flat 2D animation style.
It is also set in an open world environment through a third person’s perspective. There are two characters to control: Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima as you fight for control. The Yakuza series as a whole is a treat to experience, with its dramatic and absurd characters and situations.
River City Girls
Coming from one of the older beat em up franchises, Kunio-kun, River City Girls is a continuation of River City Ransom: Underground and is considered one of the best beat em ups the franchise has to offer. The gameplay is fast-paced, so you won’t have a dull moment in sight and seeing the little characters in action would leave you excited for more.
The game features hot-blooded high school kids running the streets on a mission to rescue their kidnapped boyfriends. Not every day do you get to control two high school girls and beat up anyone in their way. The game incorporates humour and some of the best synthpop beats to its remarkable 16-bit pixel gameplay.
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Another game that fans have waited for the longest time and was absolutely knocked off the charts when it was released, Scott Pilgrim vs The World brought justice to its loyal fans. In fact, since it has a movie and a widespread graphic novel series, you would know what to anticipate in the game.
You’ll be fighting against Ramona Flower’s 7 evil exes as you go through each stage. Of course, the difficulty increases and the variety of enemies changes as well. There are four characters you could choose to control in order to defeat your enemies: Ramona Flowers, Scott Pilgrim, Kim Pine or Stephen Stills. Either way, it remains a fun and quirky game you should try out at least once.
With a retro aesthetic, Fight’N Rage pays homage to the 90s classic beat ‘em up brawlers but with a modern twist of its own. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans are enslaved by mutants but all of that is about to change as you start fighting back.
There’s a lot to do in what seems like a simple beat ‘em up. There are sub-paths and missions that continue to branch out for you to discover if you decide that the main game is getting too boring for your taste. Note that this game gets a little raunchy so kids, avert your eyes!
Dragon’s Crown Pro
A hand-drawn game in a distinct art style, Dragon’s Crown allows you to beat up monsters while enjoying the beautiful illustrations and backgrounds. With four characters to take charge and six classes to choose from, this side-scrolling brawler is mixed with elements of an RPG for you to enjoy.
Dragon’s Crown Pro is the remastered version of the OG for you to enjoy on the PS4 and hopefully the next generation of consoles in the future. The story follows your group in search of the magical Dragon’s Crown across the country of Hydeland.
Double Dragon: Neon
The two brothers who were a hit in the 90s brawlers era are back and modernized for the newer generation to experience for themselves. This is for those looking for a co-op beat ‘em up brawler, you’re presented with two brothers on an adventure!
Of course, everything is now in 3D and the graphics were significantly improved from its predecessors. The brothers are out on a rescue mission to save Marian from the grasps of familiar villains of previous instalments. Since this is a co-op game, combos can be pulled off with your partner through precision and cool moves. Take your enemies down in style!
Mother Russia Bleeds
Now this one is not for the faint-hearted or the young ones, which is evident from its name. If you fit into those two categories, look away. Another co-op brawler that is absolutely filled with violence that can be disturbing to see.
There’s an option for you to suck up the juices of your enemies’ corpses and inject them into your own veins to add to your health or unleash berserk mode, which sounds cool but is pretty disgusting in theory. There’s a variety of weapons and levels to get through and can be played alone or with a group of friends.
That’s all we have for now, but these are definitely some of the best beat ‘em ups to be found out there and they didn’t gain that recognition without leaving a mark on their players. So, have fun but stay safe and don’t practice these moves on anyone!
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