Daily Rant, Video Games

Day 198: Beat ’em Up Games

Remember these? Well Capcom sure does, as they’ve recently released a special bundle containing some of their classic arcade games.

Finally, I’ll be able to beat these without dropping a thousand quarters.

Back before FPS games were all the rage, most games fell into one of two categories: platformers or beat ’em ups. Between the two, the ladder had the more licensed games, such as cartoon and comic book licenses.

Naturally, I played a ton of beat ’em ups as a kid. And I sucked at all of them.

Despite this, I still played a shit ton of them. The Simpsons arcade game, Turtles in Time, the X-Men arcade game (I beat that with a group of my friends at a birthday party, it was sick) the list goes on and on. But oddly enough, the ones I loved the most were the ones I played at home.

Like Sonic Blast Man 2.

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I’m willing to bet that most of you have never even heard of this game. But trust me, it was great. You got to play through an entire B-movie level comic book story, and it was both entertaining and hilarious.  Why B-movie, you ask?

Just look at the box art for five seconds.

It was quick, snappy, and not so challenging that I couldn’t beat it. One of my favorite memories is sitting down with my brothers and playing through this from start to end, switching with the third person whenever one of us died. It was pure childhood delight, and I still love it to this day.

Although it doesn’t have the same quality as my other favorite: Dungeons and Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara.

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This game is fucking awesome! It has a lot of 1980s charm, as it was made just before the original Advanced D&D came out. It’s very simple, challenging and best of all: it captures the charm and fun of an actual D&D campaign. Playing this game is simply a delight.

Even though it thoroughly kicked the living shit out of me.

If there ever comes a day in which a party member can’t show up for a session, I’d recommend you just bring this game and play through to the end. That’s what I intend to start doing, anyways; I need an excuse to play this again.

Maybe I’ll just slack on my DM notes for a week or two…

God, there’s so many of these. I could fill a whole novels worth of content just talking about them. But I think this makes for a good stopping point.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go get my ass kicked by that Dragon again…

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