The Best Spectacle Games

Update : Slave Zero X added at rank #3.
1

The Legend of Tianding (2021)

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IOS iPhone PC Windows

The Legend of Tian Ding takes you on a journey into the depths of Taiwanese history and culture, through fast-paced combat and platforming. This game puts its own spin on the legend of Liao Tian Ding, a Taiwanese Robin Hood-like character, while remaining true to his character. With its mix of kung fu combat and platforming, this game is sure to satisfy any itch for an action-packed adventure set in Taiwan's past.


What we like:
  • Fast-paced combat and platforming
  • Rich story based on real events
  • Charming manhua aesthetic
  • Atmospheric soundtrack
  • Freedom to chain abilities in combat & movement
  • Variety of secrets hidden throughout levels
What could be improved:
  • Cutscenes can be too long & unskippable at times
  • Uneven progression with upgrades only available later in the game
  • Difficulty spikes during some boss battles

  • historical
  • platform
  • spectacle
  • fight
  • side-scrolling
  • comic
  • boss
  • martial
  • boss-fight
  • beat-em-up
  • combat
  • scroller
  • action
  • hack-and-slash
  • book

2

Ultra Age (2021)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Playstation 4

Slash your way through a futuristic Earth overrun with ruthless mutants and powerful robots as Age, a young soldier sent on a mission to prevent the destruction of humankind. Ultra Age is a high-speed character action title co-developed by Next Stage and Visual Dart with Unreal Engine 4.


  • hack-and-slash
  • spectacle
  • action
  • robots
  • post-apocalyptic
  • character
  • third-person
  • rogue-like
  • pve
  • rpg
  • sword-swinging
  • anime
  • violent
  • sci-fi
  • fight

3

Slave Zero X (2024)

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

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

4

River City Saga: Three Kingdoms (2022)

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Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch PC Windows

River City Saga: Three Kingdoms is a modern take on the classic River City Ransom series, combining it with Romance of the Three Kindgoms to create an exciting beat-em-up adventure. Fight your way through hordes of enemies and upgrade your character with weapons, food, armor or special moves by visiting stores in towns. Interact with NPCs and progress through a six chapter story full of dialogue and comedic timing. Enjoy local or online co-op for up to two players and bonus modes like China Heroes.

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What we like:
  • Fun beat-em-up gameplay
  • Upgradeable characters
  • Local or online co-op for up to two players
  • Bonus modes like China Heroes
  • Full gallery with character bios and music gallery
What could be improved:
  • Clunky controls
  • Difficult platforming levels in some areas
  • Very long story dialogue

  • beat-em-up
  • spectacle
  • 2d
  • historical
  • old-school
  • destruction
  • brawler
  • fight
  • platform
  • comedy
  • retro
  • pve
  • family-friendly
  • anime
  • controller-support

5

En Garde (2023)

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PC Windows

En Garde! – the swashbuckler action game! Battle graceless guards and nefarious noblemen in fast-paced fights full of spectacle. Use the environment, your wit and your blade to teach them all a lesson!

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  • swordplay
  • spectacle
  • comedy
  • beat-em-up
  • fight
  • fight
  • family-friendly
  • sword-fight
  • sword-fight
  • third-person
  • cartoony
  • action-adventure
  • colourful
  • stylized
  • wine
  • crowd-fight
  • combat
  • funny

6

Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 Digital Bundle (2021)

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94
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PC Windows Nintendo Switch

PlatinumGames’ universally acclaimed action masterpiece finally comes to PC. Experience the over-the-top stylish action in 60fps at unlocked HD resolutions. The definitive way to play: being bad never felt so good.


  • spectacle
  • hack-and-slash
  • mature
  • all-action
  • character
  • action
  • action-adventure
  • beat-em-up
  • fight
  • single-player
  • third-person

7

HAYAI (2022)

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PC Windows IOS iPhone

You are Ronin. Survive against an onslaught of enemies using a unique, mouse-based combat system. Draw your attack, felling your enemies in one swoop!

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  • spectacle
  • attack
  • score
  • swordplay
  • hack-and-slash
  • beat-em-up
  • arts
  • hand-drawn
  • twin-stick
  • martial
  • anime
  • retro
  • stylized
  • 2d
  • arcade

8

Melty Blood: Type Lumina (2021)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Xbox One

This is the latest addition to the series of 2D fighting games based on TYPE-MOON's visual romance novel, Tsukihime. The curtain rises once more on dramatic battles played out with familiar characters from Tsukihime -A piece of blue glass moon-.


  • fight
  • spectacle
  • pixel
  • lore
  • 2d
  • tutorial
  • esport
  • arcade-era
  • pvp
  • vampire
  • visual-novel
  • competitive
  • battle
  • anime
  • novel

9

ASTLIBRA Revision (2022)

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PC Windows

Confront time and fate in the 2D action RPG, Astlibra Revision. Explore meticulously crafted worlds, fight brutal boss battles, and upgrade your skills to take down enemies lurking around every corner.

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  • japanese
  • rpg
  • spectacle
  • travel
  • jrpg
  • metroidvania
  • time
  • scroller
  • swordplay
  • gothic
  • dragon
  • drama
  • action
  • fight
  • demons

10

Flash Party (2022)

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early access Android IOS iPhone PC Windows

Tinker’s kitten, Cookie, is a super rare male calico cat. They were born in 1/400000 chance and are considered a symbol of luck. Grandpa Tinker is an incredibly talented handyman.


  • spectacle
  • fight
  • 2d
  • esport
  • wrestling
  • comic
  • pve
  • pvp
  • platform
  • cartoony
  • multiplayer
  • 3d
  • book
  • 10-player

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