Top 30 Best Beat 'Em Up Games

by Zabon | created - 04 May 2012 | updated - 08 May 2012 | Public

This list incorporates a collection of beat 'em up games; those included here are likely the most compelling in terms of story, characters, and boss battles. Of course, boss battles are a very prevalent feature in beat 'em ups as well, due to the anticipation of reaching the next big fight. Another deciding factor is likely the music and mood that the game offers. Well, these would be a few titles that are very recommended for beat 'em up fans overall.

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1. Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage (1994 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.0
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Comic-book based platforming action starring Spidey himself.

Votes: 118

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.4
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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are stars in the arcade with this big four player game that is loaded with action, adventure, and fun! The evil Shredder is at it again! This time he ... See full summary »

Directors: H. Ohyama, H. Toyoda

Votes: 864

3. Spider-Man & Venom: Separation Anxiety (1995 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.1
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Mayhem-packed sequel to Maximum Carnage with appearances from loads of other Marvel Comic-Book characters.

Votes: 40

4. X-Men (1993 Video Game)

Not Rated | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.7
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A Sega Genesis-exclusive game based on the very popular comic hero team.

Stars: Melissa Sue Anderson, Alex Carter, Marcia Cross, David Hemblen

Votes: 131

5. The Simpsons (1991 Video Game)

E | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

8.7
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Smithers kidnaps Maggie so Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa set off across Springfield, from Krustyland to Moe's Tavern, to Channel 6 and finally to the power plant to take on Smithers and Mr. ... See full summary »

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Hiroshi Iuchi, M. Samejima

Votes: 436

6. Final Fight (1989 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.1
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Metro City is the most dangerous place in the world. Mayor Mike Haggar's daughter:"Jessica" is kidnapped by the Mad Gear gang. So it's up to Haggar, Cody, and Guy to rescue her.

Votes: 227

7. Ultimate Spider-Man (2005 Video Game)

T | Action, Sci-Fi

7.6
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You play the Marvel Ultimate Universe versions of Spider-Man and his nemesis, Venom, as both clash with each other and others.

Director: Chris Busse | Stars: Sean Marquette, Andrea Baker, Arthur Burghardt, Bob Glouberman

Votes: 691

8. Bujingai: The Forsaken City (2003 Video Game)

T | Action, Sci-Fi

8.5
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Director: Hiroshi Aoki | Stars: Gackt, Kôichi Yamadera, Abie Hadjitarkhani, Maaya Sakamoto

Votes: 24

9. Shinobi (2002 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Mystery

7.3
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Director: Tori Shimizu | Stars: Daisuke Kishio, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Satsuki Tsuzumi, Kan Tokumaru

Votes: 57

10. Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (2005 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.7
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A battle has raged at the end of the first tournament and now earthrealm warriors are facing their greatest challenge:mortal kombat

Director: Martin Stoltz | Stars: Adam Hernandez, Ben Sarason, Beth Melewski, Brian Chard

Votes: 469

11. Final Fight 2 (1993 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.6
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After Haggar, Cody, and Guy saved Haggar's daughter Jessica and defeated the Mad Gear Gang, peace returned to Metro City. Cody and Jessica were off taking a vacation, Guy went on a training... See full summary »

Votes: 45

12. Final Fight 3 (1995 Video Game)

T | Action, Crime

7.6
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Following the annihilation of the Mad Gear Gang, a new criminal group named the Skull Cross Gang emerges as the new dominant criminal organization in Metro City. When Guy returns to Metro ... See full summary »

Votes: 41

13. Final Fight Guy (1992 Video Game)

Unrated | Action

6.9
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Votes: 26

14. Bayonetta (2009 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.9
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A trigger happy witch wakes up with no recollection of who or where she is. A flashback takes her 500 years back in time and leads her on a quest to retrieve artifacts known as "Eyes of the... See full summary »

Directors: Hideki Kamiya, Scott Martin Gershin, Yûji Shimomura, Shinobu Shindo, Mitsuru Toda | Stars: Hellena Taylor, Grey DeLisle, Chick Vennera, Yuri Lowenthal

Votes: 919

15. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (1991 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.3
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The turtles are back- In time! The evil Shredder is back and this time he's picking up a woman: The statue of liberty! En route to get it back, the turtles are sent back in time to deal ... See full summary »

Director: G. Suzuki | Star: Miki Chang

Votes: 905

16. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up (2009 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Comedy, Family

8.1
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The video game based on the tmnt movie. The turtles fight against the foot clan in New York city

Director: Kazuhiro Yoshida | Stars: Michael Sinterniklaas, Wayne Grayson, Gregory Abbey, Sam Riegel

Votes: 33

17. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus (2004 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.3
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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles set out on their mission to defeat The Shredder and shut down the Foot Clan. Baxter Stockman's Mousers add madness to mayhem, but with the help of Master ... See full summary »

Director: Naomi Kaneda | Stars: Gregory Abbey, J. David Brimmer, Greg Carey, Darren Dunstan

Votes: 44

18. Ben 10 Protector of Earth (2007 Video Game)

Adventure

8.0
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Fight as Ben Tennyson to protect Earth. Battle against all of Ben Tennysons's foes.

Stars: Tara Strong, Meagan Smith, Paul Eiding, Richard McGonagle

Votes: 42

19. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1994 Video Game)

Action, Family

7.2
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Play as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as you save the planet from evil.

Stars: Ryan R. Johnson, Liz Logan, Richard Perez, Thuy Trang

Votes: 108

20. Battletoads (1991 Video Game)

E | Action

7.7
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While escorting the fair Princess Angelica across the galaxy and back to her home, the Princess grows bored. To appease her, the biggest Battletoad, Pimple, takes her off the 'Toads' ship ... See full summary »

Votes: 193

21. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2007 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Family

6.7
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The Ninja Turtles have since grown apart. But through vigorous training and thrilling battles against all new opponents, they learn to unite and work together as a family in order to save the world from invading monsters.

Stars: Nolan North, Mitchell Whitfield, James Arnold Taylor, Mikey Kelley

Votes: 158

22. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare (2005 Video Game)

Action, Adventure

6.1
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In their third outrageous, bodacious adventure, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles must save New York from an invasion of that unruly alien race, The Triceratons, who have come in search of ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Sinterniklaas, Wayne Grayson, Sam Riegel, Gregory Abbey

Votes: 39

23. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.3
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The Ninja Turtles finally get to go to the surface and try out their Ninja moves by defending the weak. When suddenly they run smack-dab into a street gang known as the Purple Dragons. Not ... See full summary »

Director: Yuji Kojima | Stars: Gregory Abbey, Greg Carey, Darren Dunstan, Wayne Grayson

Votes: 86

24. The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian (2002 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.7
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Experience the beginning of Mathayus' journey through Akkad.

Director: Edward Linley | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Mark Hamill, Billy West, Earl Boen

Votes: 239

25. Streets of Rage 2 (1992 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Adventure

8.4
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One year after the big battle between Mr. X and Axel, Blaze and Adam. The City was peaceful again. Until evil cast it's deadly shadow overhead. Mr. X was back! He kidnaps Adam and sends ... See full summary »

Director: Noriyoshi Ôba

Votes: 533

26. Batman Returns (I) (1992 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Crime, Fantasy

7.5
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The game follows the storyline of the movie. Batman must fight two new criminals, The Penguin and Catwoman, which threaten the peace in Gotham.

Votes: 222

27. Bare Knuckle (1991 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.1
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A horizontal side-scrolling beat-em-up. You fight your way through hordes of enemies, collecting weapons along the way.

Directors: Hiroaki Chino, Hiroshi Momota

Votes: 549

28. Guardian Heroes (1996 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.3
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Directors: Ethan Einhorn, Masaaki Fujita, Hiroto Matsuura, J. Patrick Riley, Chris Southall, Masaki Ukyo | Stars: Mitsuaki Madono, Yoshiko Kamei, Ikue Ôtani, Tôru Ohkawa

Votes: 26

29. Splatterhouse 3 (1993 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.4
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Third entry in the Lovecraftian horror series.

Director: Sammy Shimotsuma

Votes: 49

30. Captain America and the Avengers (1991 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.7
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Votes: 85