The Best Beat-em-up Games - Page 2

Update : Slave Zero X added at rank #17.
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Dawn of the Monsters (2022)

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80
Review score
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stadia Playstation 4 Xbox One Xbox Series X PC Windows Playstation 5 Nintendo Switch

Dawn of the Monsters is an action-packed kaiju game that puts you in control of powerful fighters to battle a horde of giant monsters known as Nephilim. Customize your fighter with Augments and unlock devastating Rage Attacks and Cataclysm attacks. Face off against challenging bosses, appreciate beautiful visuals and captivating music, and embark on a riveting story with interesting characters.


What we like:
  • Complex combat system
  • Unique characters with different playstyles
  • Rich story with interesting characters
  • Beautiful visuals and captivating music
What could be improved:
  • Stages start to feel similar after a while
  • Lack of clarity in the ranking system
  • Training room could use more options

  • cooperative
  • 2-player
  • beat-em-up
  • side-scrolling
  • two-player
  • action
  • scroller
  • fight
  • beat'em
  • brawler
  • boss
  • action-adventure
  • combo
  • local
  • 2d

12

ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4 (2020)

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91
Review score
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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 4

ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4 is the latest evolution of PIRATE WARRIORS action! Based on the concept of "experiencing a real ONE PIECE battlefield," buildings will come crashing down during the action and attacks will throw up smoke and dust, placing you in the thick of the ONE PIECE world!


  • beat-em-up
  • anime
  • pirates
  • hack-and-slash
  • split-screen
  • pvp
  • fight
  • cooperative
  • musou

13

Tribal Hunter (2022)

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88
Review score
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PC Windows

An action platformer with size-changing mechanics. Be quick and nimble or large and in-charge!


  • foreign
  • beat-em-up
  • platform
  • action-adventure
  • scroller
  • nature
  • cartoony
  • pixel
  • 2d
  • cute
  • anime
  • hack-and-slash
  • colourful
  • funny
  • fantasy

14

Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise Of The Dragons (2023)

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74
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Playstation 4 Xbox Series X Xbox Series X/s Nintendo Switch Playstation 5 Xbox One PC Windows

The Double Dragon brothers return in this fresh addition to the iconic beat 'em up franchise. With roguelite elements, every playthrough is a chance at new action. Tag in with 2 of 4 starter characters or unlock 9 additional characters, each with their own special moves and unique playstyles.


  • cooperative
  • boss
  • rogue-like
  • beat-em-up
  • brawler
  • local
  • martial
  • combo
  • retro
  • arcade
  • fight
  • side-scrolling
  • online
  • classic
  • action

15

Jitsu Squad (2022)

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81
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Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4 PC Windows

Jitsu Squad is a four-player co-op fighting game inspired by the Marvel vs Capcom series. The players take on the role of four heroes on a mission to thwart an evil sorcerer’s ambitions and retrieve a powerful demon's soul stone. With beautiful hand-drawn visuals and an over-the-top chop socky soundtrack, this game will have you feeling like you're playing in one of your favorite Saturday morning cartoons.

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What we like:
  • Varied characters
  • Super transformations and screen filling super attacks
  • Visually stunning graphics
  • Entertaining soundtrack
  • Variety of enemies and bosses
What could be improved:
  • Difficulty distinguishing between characters in multiplayer mode
  • Limited number of puzzles
  • Not difficult even at the end

  • ninja
  • beat-em-up
  • 1990s
  • scroller
  • cooperative
  • hack-and-slash
  • fight
  • character
  • swordplay
  • 2d
  • comedy
  • superhero
  • old-school
  • retro
  • linear

16

Reloader: test subject (2022)

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95
Review score
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PC Windows

Reloader: test_subject is an experimental "Bullet Counting Reload Action" game. Experience being a Reloader: having legendary shooting skills and engaging in Close-Quarters Combat(CQC). You just have to remember how to use the gun you’re holding.

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  • voxel
  • noir
  • beat-em-up
  • 2.5d
  • scroller
  • shoot-em-up
  • cyberpunk
  • 2d
  • tactical
  • hack-and-slash
  • real-time
  • pixel
  • shooter
  • simulation

17

Slave Zero X (2024)

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75
Review score
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Nintendo Switch (Nintendo Switch) Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4 PC Windows Xbox Series X/s j

Slave Zero X is a stylish 2.5D character action game set in the biopunk world of Slave Zero (1999). Run & Slash your way through a dystopian future in this character action game which will resonate with fans of Devil May Cry, Strider, and Guilty Gear.


  • spectacle
  • beat-em-up
  • cyberpunk
  • mech
  • hack-and-slash
  • dystopian
  • 2.5d
  • ninja
  • post-apocalyptic
  • platform
  • historical
  • dark
  • alternate
  • futuristic
  • horror

18

River City Girls (2019)

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100
Review score
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Xbox One PC Windows

Step into the shoes of Kyoko or Misako in River City Girls, a beat 'em up extravaganza! With its vibrant pixel-art, riveting manga story panels, and catchy synth-pop soundtrack, you'll enjoy every punch, kick, and combo you unleash on the bad guys. This wild, action-packed adventure is a nostalgic trip filled with humor, stunning art, and epic gameplay.


What we like:
  • Excellent quality OST and pixel graphics
  • Hilarious writing with matching voice acting
  • Fun co-op mode
  • Beautiful hand-drawn animated cutscenes
  • Engaging gameplay and music atmosphere
What could be improved:
  • Poor AI leading to repetitive combat
  • Slow recovery of downed enemies disrupts combo flow
  • Limited DPS through aerial combos
  • Lack of control customization

  • brawler
  • cooperative
  • anime
  • beat-em-up
  • fight
  • boss
  • pixel
  • boss-fight
  • rpg
  • local
  • retro
  • couch
  • combat
  • side-scrolling
  • classic

19

Sprocket (2021)

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88
Review score
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early access Android PC Windows ps2 gamecube

Carefully balance mobility, firepower and armour in a dedicated tank designer. Then uncarefully put them to the test in a series of combat scenarios progressing through the ages of the tank. Here, your limit is what you can fit inside your hull and turret while still being able to move forwards.


  • i
  • war
  • wargame
  • cold
  • building
  • world-war-2
  • beat-em-up
  • tps
  • military
  • sandbox
  • customization
  • pve
  • gun
  • tokusatsu
  • side-scrolling

20

Troublemaker: Raise Your Gang (2023)

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100
Review score
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PC Windows Xbox One

Grab a backpack, boxing tape, and focus on what high school is all about: Beating the ever loving crap out of one another! Troublemaker blends favorite action-adventure-beat-'em-up elements from the strongest traditions in the genre.

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  • japanese
  • action-adventure-beat-em-up
  • arts
  • beat-em-up
  • 3d
  • rpg
  • martial
  • fight
  • education
  • hack-and-slash
  • jrpg
  • multiple-endings
  • romance
  • third-person
  • action-adventure

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