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Love Action? Classic Brawlers Rule!
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Do you love action?  Do you crave that adrenaline rush when you were a kid and wanted to channel it in a video game?  Let me tell you that nothing beats a good classic video game where you beat the crap out of unsuspecting enemies!  Using fists, equipped weapons or even breaking objects to reveal environment weapons, classic brawler games never cease to excite me! 

Now you might be thinking "beat 'em up games have gone by the wayside and all are but dead nowadays".  I do agree that brawler games have become less popular over the years, no doubt about it.  However, brawlers always hold a special place in my heart because they are the type of games that I come home to after school when I was 5-10 years old.  At 3pm, I'd be exhausted from school and I'd pop in a brawler game and I just immerse myself in it, especially since I always selected Co-Op with my brother!  So much fun and so many memories that live up to this very day, let me tell you.

Today I want to share with you a quick list of all of my favorite brawler (beat 'em up) games from my childhood, and believe you me, I have a few of them!

Final Fight is my ultimate favorite brawler game.  The Co-Op mode is just superb and I love punching enemies until their health bars drop to ZERO!  Throwing them around like old dishrags never gets old!  Cody's my favorite player and those right

Golden Axe showed me how to cast "room-clearing" magic spells for the very first time.  It was pretty sweet throwing fire and lightning all over the place!  The running charge attack was cool too since it was very useful in getting you out of tight situations and provided crowd control against clustered foes.  Riding a dinosaur-like creature while mauling your foes was pretty cool too!

I had the privilege to try Arabian Fight in the arcades at least once!  The visuals were very good for the era and characters jumping into the foreground to unleash special abilities was almost unheard of back in 1990.  I remember always running out of quarters in the Arcade machines and borrowing money from my dad.  Despite being a visually-stunning game for its time, it was very hard without a partner!

Can't have a brawler without Streets of Rage!  My favorite character was Axel and my brother was always Adam.  We kicked butt like you wouldn't believe!  We always saved the food for later when we took down bosses like the Boomerang boys as well as the "Claw Dudes" we used to call them.  For some reason, me and my brother liked beating on the Female Twins and got some satisfaction out of it.  Yes, this was brawler gaming at its best!

Double Dragon, baby!  Remember that game when you played as Billy and Jimmy inflicting some serious gang-related violence?  I always played as Billy because I always say myself as Billy throughout school as a role model, even though I was the one getting picked on by bullies all the time.  You could say that Double Dragon helped me through those tough early childhood years.  I could just imagine myself as Billy knocking the stuffing out of my oppressors and feel that stress release at the same time.  It was therapeutic for a small boy like myself!

Another brawler game I always played after school was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV - Turtles in Time for the SNES.  I loved the TV show as a kid and the video game was spectacular with cool graphics, gnarly ninja-kicking action and the most catchy music you could ever hear!  There was Shredder, Bebop, Rocksteady, the Rat King and even Krang!  Man, it was a thrill ride just to lay those guys flat!

That's it!  These are the brawlers I grew up with and I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I enjoyed writing it.  Take care!


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