Originally, back in the 80's and 90's, The term beat em ups applied to any
game with large sprites where you smacked other people in.
This split into what were called walk along beat em ups, ie, final fight,
streets of rage, golden axe etc, and one on one, ie, street fighter, mortal
combat, virtua fighter.
The 2D walk along beat em ups I actually used to enjoy quite a bit more than
some of the one on one ones,because of the chance to wander through
different places and encounter different enemies (I grew up on golden axe),
this genre in 2D however, has largely died out, and accept for the odd retro
themeed remake like double dragon advanced they aren't really amde anymore.
Now, there are 3D brawlers like heavenly sword, the lord of the rings game
final fight streetwise and the bouncer, which share the 3D perspective of a
game like tomb raider, but instead of exploring, you wander around knocking
out waves of enemies in 3D, often with intermitant cut scenes or rpg
elements like leveling thrown in for good measure.
due to the 3D perspective, I've never really tried these and wouldn't
naturally sit down with them, though it is possible they'd be playable with
As for action adventures just running around, well frankly that just
frustates the hell out of me!
some of the most depressing memories I have are the hours I spent with
original tomb raider and Mario 64 as a teenager, trying to get my limited
spacial perception and lack of vision to work through the games, sinse I was
so desperate to play them, only to find I'd be running into a different
coloured wall thinking it was a door, or attempting to walk across what I
thought was clear floor and falling down a hole who's contours were only
visible due to some shading which I couldn't see.
I must confess I'm an all or nothing sort of person.
This is why i've never bought mega man x 8, which mixes 2D and 3D gameplay,
sinse even though it's possible I could play some of the 2D sections, I'm
not going to frustrate the hell out of myself by getting part way through a
game then running around at random like an idiot until i get frustrated and
If I buy a game, i want at least the possibility that I'll be able to get
through it with enough practice, ---- heck there are games in the Mega man
series like Mega man x 6 and mega man 7 I've not finished due to them simply
being very tough, but I do know that if I stick them on and practice for
long enough I can get through them eventually.
Beware the grue!
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