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The Most Popular Beat 'Em Up Games Out Now

Updated January 7, 2020 577 votes 92 voters 2.5k views22 items

It’s pretty fun to game with friends; it’s even more fun when you get to beat those friends up! That’s why we’re ranking the best beat ‘em up games out now in 2020. Vote below on which games deserve top spot regardless of which platform they came out on.

If you love anime, then you'll have to try out Dragon Ball FighterZ and Jump Force, both anime beat 'em ups include your favorite character from one of the best anime series of all time. If you need a little story with your fist flinging, then the newest installment in the Devil May Cry series, Devil May Cry 5, is one beat 'em up game you need to try.

From side-scrolling action classics that still hold up, like Castle Crashers, to 2D platform fighters like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Brawlhalla, these beat 'em up games are sure to keep you wanting more. If there is a beat 'em up game that's not here, go ahead and add it below regardless of which platform it comes from.

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    Gang Beasts
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    Batman: Arkham Knight

    DeveloperRocksteady Studios

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game

    Batman: Arkham Knight is a 2015 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    DmC: Devil May Cry

    DeveloperNinja Theory

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure, hack and slash

    DmC: Devil May Cry is an action-adventure hack and slash video game developed by Ninja Theory... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Batman: Arkham Asylum

    DeveloperRocksteady Studios

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Action game, Beat 'em up, Stealth game

    Batman: Arkham Asylum is a 2009 action-adventure video game based on the DC Comics superhero,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Batman: Arkham City

    DeveloperRocksteady Studios

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Beat 'em up, Stealth game

    Batman: Arkham City is a 2011 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Pummel Party
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    Devil May Cry 5

    DeveloperCapcom

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure, hack and slash

    Devil May Cry 5 is an action-adventure hack and slash video game developed and published by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Castle Crashers

    DeveloperThe Behemoth

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Action game, Adventure, Beat 'em up, Role-playing video game

    Castle Crashers is a 2D beat 'em up video game independently developed by The Behemoth and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Devil May Cry 4

    DeveloperValve Corporation, Capcom

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Beat 'em up, Hack and slash

    Devil May Cry 4 is an action-adventure hack and slash video game developed and published by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Jump Force
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    DeveloperSpike Chunsoft

    Genres (Video game)Fighting

    Jump Force is a fighting game developed by Spike Chunsoft and published by Bandai Namco... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Yakuza 0
    Yakuza 0 is a 2017 action-adventure video game developed and published by Sega. A prequel to... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid

    DevelopernWay Games

    Genres (Video game)Fighting, beat 'em up, action

    Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is a fighting game created by San Francisco-based game... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate
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    Dragon Ball FighterZ

    DeveloperArc System Works

    Genres (Video game)Fighting

    Dragon Ball FighterZ is a 2018 2.5D fighting game developed by Arc System Works and published... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Ape Out
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    DeveloperGabe Cuzzillo

    Genres (Video game)Beat 'em up

    Ape Out is a beat 'em up game developed by Gabe Cuzzillo and published by Devolver Digital.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Brawlhalla
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    DeveloperBlue Mammoth Games

    Genres (Video game)Fighting

    Brawlhalla is a free-to-play fighting game developed and published by Blue Mammoth Games for... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Dungeon Fighter Online

    Genres (Video game)Action role-playing game, Action game, Beat 'em up, Fighting game, Massively multiplayer online game

    Dungeon Fighter Online is a multiplayer PC beat 'em up video game developed and published by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Bayonetta
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    DeveloperPlatinum Games, Sega, Nex Entertainment

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Third-person Shooter, Action game, Beat 'em up, Hack and slash

    Bayonetta is a third-person beat'em up for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, developed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Closers
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    Dragon Spear
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    SAMURAI WARRIORS 4-II
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    Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn

    DeveloperSaber Interactive, Big Deez Productions

    Genres (Video game)Beat 'em up

    Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is a 2018 beat'em up video game developed by Saber Interactive and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button