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Smartie900 said:
CaptainExplosion said:

Good choices, but again, mostly ones that blend beat 'em up with other genres. Is that the only way beat 'em ups work now?

I don't think developers know how to make a pure beat 'em up game anymore. It's incredibly hard to make a long game with gameplay elements that get repetitive quickly. If they don't blend RPG, puzzle, or other genre elements, the game starts to get really tiring. Consumers were a lot more accepting of games like Streets of Rage back in the 1990's because games weren't particularly long. Games have evolved and I don't think players would be accepting of such simplistic games anymore unless it's something constantly fun like Mario. I think a good example of this is the Golden Axe game that was made fore the 360 a couple years back which was hated by everyone.

This is probably quite true. In Street Fighter II, hitting a car was considered novel.

I really can't even remember beat em ups even existing in the 64/PS1 generation. It died with 3D.



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I'd consider Bayonetta 2, Wonderful 101, Devil May Cry 3, Kingdom Hearts, and the Warriors series to be beat em ups. And good ones.



JWeinCom said:
I'd consider Bayonetta 2, Wonderful 101, Devil May Cry 3, Kingdom Hearts, and the Warriors series to be beat em ups. And good ones.

Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn't consider Hack 'n Slash/Beat 'em Up genre to be the same sub-category in the fighting game genre ...



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Mar1217 said:
JWeinCom said:
I'd consider Bayonetta 2, Wonderful 101, Devil May Cry 3, Kingdom Hearts, and the Warriors series to be beat em ups. And good ones.

Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn't consider Hack 'n Slash/Beat 'em Up genre to be the same sub-category in the fighting game genre ...

No, Hack ’n Slash is not the same as a Beat ’em Up, they play and feel completley differently.



CaptainExplosion said:
RJTM1991 said:
Dragon's Crown, Odin Sphere, and Muramasa Rebirth come to mind!

Aren't those more action RPGs?

Action RPGs meshed with the old side-scrolling beat 'em up style!



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Spindel said:
Mar1217 said:

Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn't consider Hack 'n Slash/Beat 'em Up genre to be the same sub-category in the fighting game genre ...

No, Hack ’n Slash is not the same as a Beat ’em Up, they play and feel completley differently.

Yes, I know. Of course, a game like Bayonetta or Vanquish will feel completly different than your typical TMNT (OG Games) or Streets of Rage. But I wonder if it's not just the dimensional plan that makes them different.



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