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Clash of the Mashers: Beat-em-ups you can’t miss

Castle Crashers
Castle Crashers left is a beat-em-up with RGP elements that sees you battle your enemies with up to three of your friends. (Photos: IGDB)
Whether you’re playing a fighting game, a first-person shooter, or any game that falls under the massive umbrella of genres there are, there’s always something extra satisfying about beating down the opposition. And with beat-em-ups, boy is that itch scratched repetitively. اضافة اعلان

If you’re looking to feel the satisfaction of beating everyone around you into a bloody pulp, here’s a few games to get you where you want to be.
 


Castle Crashers
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, macOS, Classic Mac OS

Castle Crashers is game that can be played with up to four players with RPG elements, where you and your friends play together to slash down your opposition. Whether it’s sword slashing or magical spells, the game has a plethora of ways for you, the player, to play how you see fit. As you progress you can use points to either upgrade knights or unlock new ones whilst battling with your buddies.  

With quirky enemies and bosses, a fun soundtrack, and the sheer amount of chaos you and your friends will experience, it’s safe to say Castle Crashers is a solid choice with heaps of fun.
 


Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation 3

Yes, I am aware how old this game is, but D&D:CoM is a truly timeless title. Offering you a fantastic story accompanied by that good old nostalgic arcade feeling, this game will definitely have you defeating baddies with glee. While D&D:CoM might seem like a typical beat-em-up game on the surface, your choice of character is selected from a roster of D&D classes, each of which offers you a distinctive play style.

Take that and add the strange mechanic of throwing your weapons to deal damage to your enemies, the waves of baddies coming your way, and the pure chaos that may arise while playing with your friends, and you have yourself a great game that should definitely be given a try.
 


Streets of Rage 4
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, Linux, macOS, Stadia

An in-your-face swagger slugfests go, SoR4 is a must-play game for beat-em-up fans. If you ever played the SoR trilogy back in the day, then this game requires no introduction, but to those who have never heard of it, be prepared for a treat.

With incredibly detailed stage designs, a stellar soundtrack, and impeccable character designs, it’s safe to say SoR4 will not only provide you with pure satisfaction in fisticuffs, but also it’ll also bless your eyes and ears. There isn’t a single moment that feels dull — a combo counter constantly pushes you to mash those numbers up, and the game offers you myriad ways to achieve it.
There’s just too many good things to say about SoR4, so I implore you to give it a shot and get ready to have the time of your life.
 


Mother Russia Bleeds
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS, Nintendo Switch, Macintosh operating systems, Classic Mac OS

Mother Russia Bleeds, set in Soviet-era Russia, is so bloody that it almost has the Mortal Kombat games beat. There are five characters that the player controls, each boasting one of four stats: force, speed, range, and jump. The protagonists are street warriors who awaken in an underground laboratory after being kidnapped by government agents. They must now fight their way to the surface in order to be free.

The game includes various unique features that set it apart from other beat-em-ups, such as having enemies drop syringes that can be used to heal your character or provide them with a temporary boost in power.

It might all sound a bit on the strange side, but MRB is definitely a game that will satiate your beat-em-up needs.
 


Yakuza 0
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Amazon Luna, Microsoft Windows

The Yakuza series doesn’t need an introduction, and has been providing us with a great number of fantastic beat-em-ups since 2005. But, if I were to choose which one I think everyone needs to play right now, that would be Yakuza 0. 

Yakuza 0 has you alternating between two characters throughout the game, each with their own story progression and characteristics. It’s a strange sensation to develop an emotional connection to the progress of a screaming man who bashes people with a bat, but a welcome one nonetheless. The crazy and bizarre world of Yakuza is also ever so prevalent, providing you with laughs and sheer confusion every step of the way.
 
With a solid story, great character development, and satisfying combat to go along with it all, Yakuza 0 is a must-play title that everyone is sure to enjoy.
Hopefully this list ends up providing you beat-em-up enthusiasts with some new titles to try out, or maybe convince players who don’t usually play the genre to give it a try. However if beating up baddies in rapid succession sounds like something you might enjoy, then these are five beat-em-ups to satiate your mashing tendencies.

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