As a new feature, Gamer Limit is reaching out to the community to see which games are the “best” in their respective genre. Our new “Mash Up” feature showcases one retro and one modern game fighting for the crown. The first competition category is “beat ‘em ups”: hit the jump for a look at both games, and instructions on how to vote!
Streets of Rage 2
Streets of Rage 2 is in just about every Genesis enthusiasts’ collection. Released in 1992 during the golden age of beat ‘em ups, Streets of Rage became a classic. One of the few beat ‘em ups at the time that had 4 vastly different selectable characters at the beginning, the Streets of Rage series pioneered many new beat ‘em up mechanics. A departure from others in the genre at the time, Streets of Rage 2 had life bars for every enemy, and boasted an upgraded weapons system.
Also, just like Streets of Rage, you could do team attacks with your partner. While the story was nothing to write home about, the gameplay was incredibly challenging, and most of all, fun. Streets of Rage 2 has withstood the test of time, and is still one of the best beat ‘em ups to this day.
Or Marvel Ultimate Alliance?
Marvel Ultimate Alliance was developed by Activision, and released in 2006 on every platform imaginable. It was the successor to the very popular X Men: Ultimate Alliance series, and ended up becoming more successful. Ultimate Alliance boasts over 40 playable characters, counting unlocks and downloadable content. The gameplay is similar to typical beat ‘em ups, but also includes small RPG elements. Your character, after leveling up, may increase his stats or unlock new abilities.
The band of superheroes has to stop a scheme of epic proportions: Doctor Doom has teamed up with every villain imaginable to conquer the world. Players travel through unique locales like Arcade’s Amusement Park, Murderworld, to Asgard, the mythological realm of Thor and Loki. Marvel Ultimate Alliance smashed other action games at the time in terms of sales, and the next-gen versions hold a respectable 82% over at Gamerankings.
Feel free to post your choice, and reasons for your opinion, here in the comments section. Also, look over to the sidebar, find the poll in the lower right corner, and officially vote! After this poll, we’ll be right back into action with our next topic:”shoot ‘em up mash up”. Thanks for participating!
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