Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Beat ‘Em Up

Double Dragon: Neon struts onto Steam, punches everything in sight

Double Dragon Neon (360, PC, PS3) Steam Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

After cleaning up the consoles’ mean streets, Billy and Jimmy Lee have taken their brand of suplex-heavy justice to the PC with the release of Double Dragon: Neon. The beat ‘em up, now on Steam for $9.99, features the same high-fiving, side-scrolling action as its console predecessor, with the brothers bashing through the Shadow Warriors gang to face off against its leader Skullmageddon for the fate of Marian. In addition to the multitude of kicks and punches at their disposal, the duo now has the ability to evade as well as pump each other up, share health, and resuscitate one another by high-fiving. Cassette tapes can also be collected and stacked for access to special abilities.

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PC News

Demo launches for co-op brawler Final Exam for consoles, PC

Final Exam (360, PC, PS3) Demo Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new demo has gone live for Rocket Studios’ action title Final Exam. The trial of the 2.5 side-scrolling brawler features the tutorial, the first chapter (with support for up to four players in co-op), and several weapon, skill, and combo unlocks. And for that extra touch of fancy, the demo also has its own leaderboards.

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PC News, PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Cross-Play coming to Atlus beat ‘em up Dragon’s Crown

Dragons Crown (PS3, PSVita) April Screens Announcement - Screenshot 2

Atlus has announced that a new Cross-Play-enabling update for Dragon’s Crown will be launching in North America as well as Japan. Vanillaware’s beat ‘em up was released on both PS3 and PS Vita, but until now, gamers haven’t had a way to venture forth into the wilds with one another. That will all change soon, but just how soon is unknown as a release date for the patch wasn’t revealed. To celebrate the news, Atlus is knocking off $10 from either version for this week only.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation Vita News

(PlayStation 3 Review) Dragon’s Crown

(PlayStation 3 Review) Dragon’s Crown

“… another feather in Vanillaware’s crowded cap.”

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PlayStation 3 Reviews

(PS Vita Review) Dragon’s Crown

(PS Vita Review) Dragon’s Crown

” … another feather in Vanillaware’s crowded cap.”

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PS Vita Reviews

(Xbox 360 Review) Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara

(Xbox 360 Review) Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara

” … offers gamers two great beat ‘em ups that feature robust combat systems, branching campaigns, and a plethora of extras.”

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Xbox 360 Reviews

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara now on PSN and Steam

Dungeons and Dragons Chronicles of Mystara (360, PC, PS3, Wii U) PC and PS3 Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

The quarter-destroying duo of Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom and Shadow over Mystara have been brought back from the past with the release of Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara today for PC and PS3 and tomorrow for 360. The Iron Galaxy-developed double pack features both beat ‘em ups and a host of extras, including unlockable concept art, new House Rules customization options, and four-player local and online multiplayer support with drop-in/drop-out play. Players will select one classic D&D class, from the deadly warrior to the powerful mage, and go on an adventure that features branching paths, a lite RPG-style leveling system, and a new dynamic Challenge system.

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PC News, PlayStation 3 News, Wii U, Xbox 360 News

Dragon’s Crown gets new launch promo, free Voice Pack DLC

Dragon's Crown (PS3, PS Vita) Free DLC Promo Announcement - Screenshot 1

Atlus has announced that Vanillaware’s upcoming beat ‘em up Dragon’s Crown will come with free launch DLC. The pack will replace the original narrator with one of the six characters—Amazon, Dwarf, Elf, Fighter, Sorceress, or Wizard—depending on the player’s preference. The pack is free only for the first month, after which it will cost $1.99 to download.

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DLC, PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation Vita News

The Warriors continue their journey to the Bronx, now on PS Store

The Warriors (PS2, PSN, PSP) PSN Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

It’s hard not to toss in a “Come out to ppllaaaaaayyyyy!” with the announcement that The Warriors is now on PSN. Well, it seems I did anyway. For those who missed it, The Warriors is based off the timeless action film from the 1970s that follows the Warriors attempting to battle their way through a New York City filled with themed rival gangs. Rockstar licensed the property and turned it into a beat ‘em up in the early 2000s, and it’s available today for $9.99 as a part of the PS2 Classics line.

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PlayStation 3 News

Sacred Citadel launches for 360, PC, and PS3

Sacred Citadel (360, PC, PS3) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Sacred Citadel, a new side-scrolling brawler set in the Sacred universe, is now available for 360, PC, and PS3. The primarily action-RPG series is branching out with this arcade-style beat ‘em up from Southend Interactive, which features fives characters—a mage, ranger, shaman, and warrior—battling it out using a combo-based combat system and leveling via RPG-style mechanics. Four-player multiplayer, complete with drop-in/drop-out co-op, is also supported in all versions.

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PC News, PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News