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Many gamers fondly remember pumping quarters into machines like X-Men and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the late '80s and early '90s, but some other fantastic games in the genre are often forgotten about, probably because there were fewer arcades and arcade visitors in the years that followed. Nonetheless, some of the coolest beat ‘em ups ever made came out in the mid to late 1990s, and many of them came from Capcom. This month, Bryan Vore, Joe Juba, Louis Garcia, and I checked out some of our favorites for this video glimpse into the past.
For more on these lesser known Capcom brawler games, check out our Classic GI article in issue 241 of Game Informer.
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Why can't brawlers of today - the Gods of War, the DmC's... heck, even Sleeping Dogs - do multiplayer like this? Noooo... frickin' God of War decides that COMPETITIVE MULTIPLAYER and LEVELING UP and cr*p is what we wanted - treat it like it's Call of Duty or something. What idiots.
Seriously, if there was an online mode in Sleeping Dogs where 2-4 people could go around Hong Kong beating up drug dealers and gang bangers, that would be AMAZING. Contemporary brawlers are missing out on something great here.
Darksiders and DmC have no excuse either; Darksiders 2 should've had all four Horsemen, a campaign that moved between them all instead of focusing on Death, and a multiplayer mode with all of 'em. DmC, meanwhile, has Dante & Vergil. And we all know that, eventually, characters like Lady, Lucia and Nero show up who could also bang with Dante and crew. I've been waiting for multiplayer to show up in a Devil May Cry since Devil May Cry 2. If Ninja Theory gets to make another one, it BEST feature co-op!
Oh yea I remember Alien Vs Predator. I loved that brawler and sunk a lot of quarters into the machine as a kid.
The reason you guys might not remember it, is likely dependent more on anything on whether or not your favorite arcade carried it or not. Mine just happened to have it.
But you have realize that arcades varied drastically. The one I frequented was pretty big and had lots of games. However I could visit another town and their arcade would have things I'd never seen before and never managed to see again. I mean, I got to play the first Street Fighter game (not a great game) years after SF 2 came out just randomly visiting an arcade at a mall on a vacation. Never saw that cabinet again and if not for that visit, I'd have never played the first Street Fighter.
Anyways I loved Aliens VS Predator. Fun memories. However the first D&D game you guys showed here, I've never seen or heard of in my life. Too bad. It looks awesome.
I have NEVER forgotten Alien Vs Predator. I wish it would come to xbox live arcade.
I used to pump many a quarter in X-men and TMNT arcade games, and many an hour on the console beat-em-ups. I can still sit and waste hours on top of hours playing them now, which is why I love the virtual console downloads and the cell phone emulators. I fondly remember the Die Hard Arcade game on Sega Saturn. AWESOME!
Hey remember when capcom was good? Good times *sob* good times
Looks pretty cool! I would enjoy these games quite a bit.
Has anyone here ever played Cadillacs and Dinosaurs or The Punisher? Those were some pretty fun Capcom brawlers.