Posts Tagged ‘beat-em-up’

Finish Her: Skullgirls Coming To PC

By John Walker on May 2nd, 2012.

GIRLBIFF!

Are you staring through the window at the kids outside, watching them all having fun playing Konami’s Skullgirls while you’re grounded? Well, fear no more! The fighty-fighty game is coming to PC later this year, following its release on PSN today. Your mum won’t be able to stop you.

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At Long Last, It’s Martial Arts: Capoeira

By Adam Smith on November 23rd, 2011.

It's a perfect way to exercise those abs while losing several teeth under the repeated hammer-like blows of an opponents heel

Perhaps I shouldn’t admit this, but one night last week I awoke drenched in cold sweat, my hands gripping the bedclothes as if they were the only viable scraps of flotsam to emerge from the splintered wreck of the good ship Sleep, which had been torn asunder by the crashing waves of doubt and the Kraken of existential angst. The question which plagued me was one which every man, woman and child has asked themselves, often in the hours just before a winter’s dawn when the streets outside are indistinct and all existence seems poised to crumble like a biscuit in a blender. Has there ever been a PC game that captures the noble and exotic art of Capoeira?

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Smashed To The Past: Super Smash Land

By Adam Smith on September 19th, 2011.

the first kid to get a gameboy at my school used to charge us 20p for a go on it, money better spent on Tangy Toms

Here’s some words you don’t see on RPS every day: Mario, Link, Megaman…Pikachu. Yet there they all are. The reason is Super Smash Land, a free, downloadable demake of Smash Brothers, the game were Nintendo characters pummel the crap out of one another. There is no love in that family. Dan Fornace, the creator, has previous with this sort of thing. He once half-made a Smash Brothers alike using Lord of the Rings characters. This project is different though; it’s Smash Brothers as made for the original Gameboy. Except on your PC. Take a look.

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HII! ACK! NNGGHH! Zone 4: Fight District

By John Walker on July 13th, 2010.

WHooPS!

Have you ever played a beat-em-up and thought, “What this needs is to be in much brighter colours, with a far larger mix of combat styles, and a billion other people on the screen at the same time? We all have. Which is why there’s a Zone 4: Fight District. Watch the trailer below. If you can survive it without wanting to stare at a grey wall until you calm down.

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Epic Saga

By John Walker on September 10th, 2007.

Pyschonauts developers, Double Fine, have released a new range of free, web-based minigames to play. And by “range”, I of course mean, “one of them”. But as the site says under its grand banner, “When there’s only one candidate, there’s only one choice!”

Stolen from Double Fine.

The game is Epic Saga, a beat-em-up that quite literally matches the glory of Rise of the Robots. Looking an awful lot like the wonderful Videlectrix old-skool game spoofs by the Homestar Runner people, it’s hardcore retro something something. (Is this the “delirious rambling” GSW were on about?)

Right and kick, then.

It’s interesting to see that often missed gaming technique of creating games that are hard to not win. Also, it’s really very funny, with comments such as, “Oh my the gods, what have I done?” after a win. Sadly it’s the same end sequence whichever character you play, but if you’ve had enough of Virtua Kombat XVIII constantly beating you because you haven’t practised at it since you were seven months old, this is all quite a relief. (Thanks to Richard Cobbett for the link).

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