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Beat 'em up (also known as brawler) is a video game genre featuring hand-to-hand combat between the protagonist and an improbably large number of opponents. These games typically take place in urban settings and feature crime-fighting and revenge-based plots, though some games may employ historical, sci-fi or fantasy themes. Traditional beat 'em ups take place in scrolling, two-dimensional (2D) levels, though some later games feature more open three-dimensional (3D) environments with yet larger numbers of enemies. These games are noted for their simple gameplay, a source of both critical acclaim and derision. Two-player cooperative gameplay and multiple player characters are also hallmarks of the genre.
The first influential beat 'em up was 1984's Kung-Fu Master, with 1986's Renegade introducing the urban settings and underworld revenge themes employed extensively by later games. The genre then saw a period of high popularity between the release of Double Dragon in 1987, which defined the two-player cooperative mode central to classic beat 'em ups, and 1991's Street Fighter II, which drew gamers towards one-on-one fighting games. Games such as Streets of Rage, Final Fight and Golden Axe are other classics to emerge from this period. The genre has been less popular since the emergence of 3D-based mass-market games, but still some beat 'em ups adapted the simple formula to utilize large-scale 3D environments.

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  1. Gunbuggy

    Post your Battle Worn AR15's / AK's! Not cerakote, REAL WEAR & TEAR!

    I use the heck out of my rifles. My cousin commented before that my HD gun "looks like its been through hell and back" as if it were a bad thing. His LE6920 has been in is safe for 10+ years and probably has only 1000 rounds through it at the most. Lets see your beat up, disgusting, high round...
  2. Wombat of Doom

    Beat up hi power.

    I got this cheap and I believe the current finish is black house paint. I am wanting to cerakote it and I am debating going non traditional and maybe going for a gloss aluminum or a gloss aluminum slide and a deep blue or green frame. It is an old Belgian one and it probably would look amazing...
  3. jsparks747

    Most Beat Up

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