In the '90s you couldn't walk five feet without tripping over a beat 'em up game. Often when a video game genre becomes oversaturated, you end up with mostly stinkers. Not so with the beat 'em up, no sir! It seemed that, the more their popularity grew, the more inventive they became. Soon you had six player X-Men games, babies piloting robot suits along side ninjas, mummies, and commandos, and the freaking Simpsons, of all things. But of all these fantastically fun beat 'em ups, two franchises stuck out as the kings -- Streets of Rage and Final Fight. Now we're pitting these two in a final fight, of sorts, to determine which face-punching, pile-driving, two-player badguy-beatdown-fest is the best.
Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. One is a franchise known for rural brawls and fireballs, and the other is an American IP known for flying spears and "Get-Over-Heres." Both are huge franchises, spanning many spin-offs and re-imaginings, but when you compare them in a head-to-head battle, which one comes out with the most life bar left?
Batman and Spider-Man are two of the most recognizable faces in popular culture. They're both multi-billion dollar franchises, with scores of comic books, movies, and cartoons all detailing their adventures in superheroing. When it comes to video games, though, each hero has had a storied past. Some of their games have been exceptional, others were so monstrous they were an affront to all things holy. Let's take a look through some of the highs and lows of these heroes' gaming histories, and see which of them swings ahead.
The original NES was a miraculous piece of hardware— for many gamers, it became the portal to the first virtual adventures they'd ever have. They jumped with Mario, plumbed the depths with Samus, and found the treasure with Link. B