Top 30 Best Beat 'Em Up Games

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)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Comic-book based platforming action starring Spidey himself.
 
2.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are stars in the arcade with this big four player game that is loaded with action...
Director: H. Ohyama, H. Toyoda
 
3.
Spider-Man & Venom: Separation Anxiety (1995 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Mayhem-packed sequel to Maximum Carnage with appearances from loads of other Marvel Comic-Book characters.
 
4.
X-Men (1993 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A Sega Genesis-exclusive game based on the very popular comic hero team.
 
5.
The Simpsons (1991 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Smithers kidnaps Maggie so Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa set off across Springfield, from Krustyland to Moe's Tavern...
 
6.
Final Fight (1989 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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.
 
7.
Ultimate Spider-Man (2005 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
8.
Bujingai: The Forsaken City (2003 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Director: Hiroshi Aoki
 
9.
Shinobi (2002 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Tori Shimizu
 
10.
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (2005 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
11.
Final Fight 2 (1993 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After Haggar, Cody, and Guy saved Haggar's daughter Jessica and defeated the Mad Gear Gang, peace returned to Metro City...
 
12.
Final Fight 3 (1995 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
 
13.
Final Fight Guy (1992 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
 
14.
Bayonetta (2009 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A trigger happy witch wakes up with no recollection of who or where she is. A flashback takes her 500...
 
15.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (1991 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The turtles are back- In time! The evil Shredder is back and this time he's picking up a woman: The statue of liberty...
Director: G. Suzuki
 
16.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up (2009 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The video game based on the tmnt movie. The turtles fight against the foot clan in New York city
 
17.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus (2004 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles set out on their mission to defeat The Shredder and shut down the Foot Clan...
Director: Naomi Kaneda
 
18.
Ben 10 Protector of Earth (2007 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Fight as Ben Tennyson to protect Earth. Battle against all of Ben Tennysons's foes.
 
19.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1994 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Play as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as you save the planet from evil.
 
20.
Battletoads (1991 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
While escorting the fair Princess Angelica across the galaxy and back to her home, the Princess grows bored...
 
21.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2007 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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.
 
22.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare (2005 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
In their third outrageous, bodacious adventure, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles must save New York from an invasion of that unruly alien race...
 
23.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The Ninja Turtles finally get to go to the surface and try out their Ninja moves by defending the weak...
Director: Yuji Kojima
 
24.
The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian (2002 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Experience the beginning of Mathayus' journey through Akkad.
Director: Edward Linley
 
25.
Streets of Rage 2 (1992 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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...
Director: Noriyoshi Ôba
 
26.
Batman Returns (1992 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The game follows the storyline of the movie. Batman must fight two new criminals, The Penguin and Catwoman, which threaten the peace in Gotham.
 
27.
Streets of Rage (1991 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A horizontal side-scrolling beat-em-up. You fight your way through hordes of enemies, collecting weapons along the way.
 
28.
Guardian Heroes (1996 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
 
29.
Splatterhouse 3 (1993 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Third entry in the Lovecraftian horror series.
 
30.
Captain America and the Avengers (1991 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X