Capcom have brought together seven button-bashing bonanzas, starting with Final Fight (1991), but you’ll be partaking in many fights. I don’t agree with hitting women, but in videogame land, you’ll get your ass kicked big-time if you don’t jump in. After all, the Mayor’s daughter’s life is at stake!
With the other games being Captain Commando (1991), The King of Dragons (1991), Knights of the Round (1991), Warriors of Fate (1992), and two games which have never been ported from the arcade originals before – Armored Warriors (1994) and Battle Circuit (1997) – you must punch and kick your way through these 16-bit experiences. It can get a bit annoying when you get to push a baddie to the edge of the screen and you have to take a step back because you can’t really fight what you can’t see, but that’s the nature of these types of games.
For Armored Warriors, I did wonder why normal humans were hanging around the battlefields as you stomped about in your mech robot, fighting other mech robots, since they’ll easily get stomped on!
Capcom Beat Em Up Bundle – Footage from every game in this collection! – DVDfeverGames
One of my favourites from this collection is The King of Dragons, since from the five characters you can select – Elf, Wizard, Fighter, Cleric and Dwarf – it feels like Gauntlet: The Beat ‘Em Up!
Similar to their Street Fighter and Mega Man X releases, you can remove the artwork on the side of the screens if you want the pure experience. I know I’d prefer black bars on the side, so I can just concentrate on the games themselves.
Both the English and Japanese versions of each game are included and while a beat-em-up is not difficult to get into, they can be hard to master. There are apparently also options to give you additional lives and continues, but I can’t seem to find those. Each of the games has multiplayer if you have friends round for some mutual fun, but if you don’t, then there’s plenty you can do to just play with yourself.
And now, it’s time for the gallery, where there’s one for each of the seven games, each with game concept and animation artwork. You know the drill here – Capcom know how to serve the hardcore collector brilliantly, so when you’re inbetween games, head this way.
Check out the gameplay videos above for action from each of the seven titles!
Capcom Beat Em Up Bundle is out now on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch – all from their respective online stores, while the PC/Steam version has been delayed.
- Publisher: Capcom
- Players: single player, multiplayer
- HDTV options: 720p/1080i/1080p
- Languages: Various forms of grunting sounds
- Subtitles: None
Capcom Beat Em Up Bundle – Annoucement Trailer – Playstation
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