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Castle Crashers has gotten well-deserved praise, and may have re-invigorated the beat 'em up genre.

What others would you say are the best modern beat 'em ups? By which I mean ones released between 2006 and 2018.



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Dragon's Crown, Odin Sphere, and Muramasa Rebirth come to mind!



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

Aren't those more action RPGs?



Dynasty Warriors!



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Scott Pilgrim v. The World
Guacameele
Dead Rising
God of War 3
Madworld



 

 

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Smartie900 said:
Scott Pilgrim v. The World
Guacameele
Dead Rising
God of War 3
Madworld

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



CaptainExplosion said:
Smartie900 said:
Scott Pilgrim v. The World
Guacameele
Dead Rising
God of War 3
Madworld

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.



 

 

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.

Yes, but Golden Axe: Beast Rider did EVERYTHING wrong.

Maybe more beat 'em ups should be like River City Ransom, which blended beat 'em up combat with an open world environment. It was almost like a prototype of Grand Theft Auto or Yakuza. And maybe add some other elements, like give playable characters the option to equip weapons or carry healing objects. It could work for franchises like Final Fight or Streets of Rage, right? :)



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CaptainExplosion said:
Smartie900 said:

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.

Yes, but Golden Axe: Beast Rider did EVERYTHING wrong.

Maybe more beat 'em ups should be like River City Ransom, which blended beat 'em up combat with an open world environment. It was almost like a prototype of Grand Theft Auto or Yakuza. And maybe add some other elements, like give playable characters the option to equip weapons or carry healing objects. It could work for franchises like Final Fight or Streets of Rage, right? :)

Yakuza is actually a really good example I didn't think of until you said it. If developers were to make a beat 'em up, it would have to be closer to the styles of 16 bit games. I think adding an open world isn't going to do much for the game and will slow down the overall game like it did for MGS 5. This genre works most efficiently in a linear and straightforward manner. I heard that there was a Double Dragon game that was pretty good made a couple years back. River City Ransom was a really good game, but I'm not sure how some of its elements like open world would translate to other games.