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Post by SanAndreasX on Sun Nov 02, 2014 1:48 am

This genre includes games of the Devil May Cry/Bayonetta/God of War ilk. I did this one in honor of Bayonetta 2 and because there has been a decent proliferation of these games. May also include stuff like the 6th and 7th gen 3-D Castlevanias, as another example.

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Re: Top 5 3-D Beat-em-up games

Post by TripOpt55 on Sun Nov 02, 2014 2:40 pm

Good idea San. I'm going to think on this some more, but it is a fun topic.
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Re: Top 5 3-D Beat-em-up games

Post by BretBaber on Sun Nov 02, 2014 4:18 pm

Other than God of War games, I don't usually play this genre too much. Do the Batman games count as these?

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Re: Top 5 3-D Beat-em-up games

Post by SanAndreasX on Sun Nov 02, 2014 5:03 pm

My top 5.

1. Bayonetta 2 - everything the first game was on steroids.
2. Bayonetta 1 - The previous record-holder, loved its incredibly over-the-top combat action.
3. Ninja Gaiden: Black - Tomonobu Itagaki at his best. The series as a whole has been pretty good, but this was his best effort, and it still shines in the different moves and movements you can do.
4. El-Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron - This was a game done by another former Capcom/Clover alumnus with a great cel-shaded artstyle, a lot of spiritual themes and a unique battle system for the genre. It flew more under the radar than other games because it was published by a small and now-defunct publisher (UTV Ignition) although the creator still holds the rights to the series and says he's looking into making a sequel for 8th-gen consoles.
5. Lollipop Chainsaw - on a technical basis, this is the one of the weaker games in this genre, but I loved the personality of it enough to make up for technical shortcomings which ultimately weren't that big of a deal to me.

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Re: Top 5 3-D Beat-em-up games

Post by SanAndreasX on Sun Nov 02, 2014 5:44 pm

BretBaber wrote:Other than God of War games, I don't usually play this genre too much.  Do the Batman games count as these?  

Eh, since I mentioned Castlevania, I really don't see why not.

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Re: Top 5 3-D Beat-em-up games

Post by volvocrusher on Sun Nov 02, 2014 11:26 pm

1. Batman: Arkham Asylum- Liked it's more rhythmic combat more than AC's more button mashy kind. This game's great at getting me in a zen like state whenever I'm trying to use every item in a perfect combo.

2. Metal Gear Rising- Above Bayonetta because I like its parrying more than Bayo's dodge. It feels REALLY rewarding to parry ten hits in a row.

3. Bayonetta 2- Just some good, fun over the top combat with a lot of nice depth to it.

4. Ninja Gaiden- I have a hard time getting through these games because they're so tough, but I but love all the depth they put into the combat

5. God of War- Not the deepest or best designed of these games, but satisfying as hell.

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Re: Top 5 3-D Beat-em-up games

Post by ajapam on Sun Nov 02, 2014 11:45 pm

SanAndreasX wrote:My top 5.

4. El-Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron - This was a game done by another former Capcom/Clover alumnus with a great cel-shaded artstyle, a lot of spiritual themes and a unique battle system for the genre. It flew more under the radar than other games because it was published by a small and now-defunct publisher (UTV Ignition) although the creator still holds the rights to the series and says he's looking into making a sequel for 8th-gen consoles.

I always wanted to pick this game up. Judging by the demo, the combat couldn't match some of the better games in the genre but the environments were incredibly gorgeous

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Re: Top 5 3-D Beat-em-up games

Post by TripOpt55 on Mon Nov 03, 2014 7:52 pm

It is tough to compare the two groups in here. Things like God of War and Batman: AA are more well-rounded experiences to me than stuff like Ninja Gaiden or Bayonetta. They are more action/adventure games than pure action. But NG/Bayo are miles ahead in terms of combat, but generally don't do other things as well.

I'd say Ninja Gaiden 1 (Sigma or Black) is my favorite over all. It's style of combat is my favorite. Really tough and aggressive AI, more of a defensive focus. I also think compared to Bayo and NG2 and other pure action titles it has a better level structure... or I like it better at least. This series has been downhill since. NG2 has a great battle system, but lots of issues elsewhere. Obliteration Techniques and the Scythe are awesome though. NG3 is a straight up disaster.

God of War is probably my favorite overall series here. 2 being my favorite. Not only do I like its gameplay balance (combat is fun enough and puzzles and platforming are eventually pretty solid), but I prefer the Greek Mythology backdrop to the other games discussed here.

I had fun with all three Batman games. AA is definitely my favorite for its level structure. The combat is certainly fun in them, but I prefer stuff with enemies that feel threatening. I really dug learning about a lot of Batman stuff through the game. This was the rare game where reading unlocked bios and stuff like that I really enjoyed.

I love Bayonetta's core combat, but most everything around it isn't really my cup of tea. I am liking Bayonetta 2 much better so far though and seems to have cut the fat a bit. Once I finish that up I will try and make a proper top five. I wonder if I'm forgetting something from the genre.

I don't know if I'll ever get back into MGS so I may just cave and play MGR which I'm guessing I'll enjoy more.

I think DMC is really good, but never finished any of the original games because I didn't play games quite as much back when they released. DmC isn't as good as any of these others. I'd like to go back and play through all of 3 and maybe 4 one day.
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Re: Top 5 3-D Beat-em-up games

Post by avidacridjam on Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:51 pm

1. God of War
2. Batman: Arkham City
3. Bayonetta
4. DmC: Devil May Cry
5. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

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Re: Top 5 3-D Beat-em-up games

Post by TripOpt55 on Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:42 pm

I forgot about Mark of Kri. That game had a great art style. Cool finishers too.
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Re: Top 5 3-D Beat-em-up games

Post by Miraculous Kaydybug on Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:50 pm

heres a list might expand on it later.

1. Bayonetta 2
2. Drakengard 3
3. No More Heroes 2
4. Hyrule Warriors
5. Devil May Cry 3

Honrable mention goes to Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus because it is actually pretty good as a beat-em up despite its heavy fan service. As well as the original Drakengard cause it's one of the best experiences in gaming, but its one of the worst fucking games ever.

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Re: Top 5 3-D Beat-em-up games

Post by SanAndreasX on Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:48 pm

I prefer pure action with this kind of game myself, but I wouldn't mind seeing a full-on Zelda-style action-adventure-RPG game done by Platinum Games. Hence I stuck with pure action titles. I've also been playing a lot of musou-type games like Dynasty Warriors 8 and Hyrule Warriors and enjoying those, but again chose to strictly high-octane action games like Bayonetta.

I also enjoy the Yakuza series. Yakuza 3 and 4 were among my favorites on PS4. I didn't include them here because they're more deliberately-paced games and they're more like Grand Theft Auto or RPGs than like Bayonetta.


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