Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Collection of arcade classics packs a punch.

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Positive Messages

Though games in the collection tend to follow the "good guys vs. bad guys" formula, the nature of the games is that everyone solves their problems with their fists (or weapons).

Positive Role Models & Representations

Many player characters are typically presented as "heroic," but not much in the way of character development. In many cases, any character could be substituted for another, are simply a way for players to punch or shoot their way through trouble.

Ease of Play

Old-school side-scrolling arcade action in its purest form. Not a lot of strategy required. "Punch, jump, kick, repeat" tends to be the button-mashing mantra.

Violence

All the games in this collection are centered on fighting -- it’s called the "Beat 'Em Up Bundle," after all. Characters punch, kick, shoot their way through wave after wave of enemies. Bodies fly around indiscriminately, with some grunts and occasional splashes of blood, but nothing's explicitly gory or graphic.

Sex

Some female characters are shown in revealing outfits, suggestive poses. They have a fair amount of pixelation, though, due to age of original games.

Language

No profanity in actual games, but online feature opens players up to potential offensive language from other players via online party chats.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some characters are shown drinking and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle is a downloadable collection of seven classic arcade side-scrolling action games on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Violence is a given in this "beat 'em up" collection, with each game's central focus being fighting against waves of enemies. There's some occasional blood but nothing particularly graphic or explicit, with defeated enemies falling on the ground and vanishing from play. Some games show female characters in revealing outfits and poses, as well as smoking cigars and drinking alcohol. While there's no profanity in the game, online play does potentially open players up to offensive language from other players in party chat.

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What's it about?

It's time for an old-school arcade throw down with CAPCOM BEAT 'EM UP BUNDLE, a collection of seven classic "beat 'em up" games from the past, available for download on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. The games included in this collection are Final Fight, Captain Commando, The King of Dragons, Knights of the Round, and Warriors of Fate, with the console debuts of Armored Warriors and Battle Circuit rounding things out. Players can go solo through these action-packed adventures, or team up with others in both couch co-op and online play. Players can also tweak the gameplay with features like extra lives and adjustable difficulty; they can even choose between original English or Japanese versions of each game.

Is it any good?

In this era of home consoles, massive multiplayer titles, and epic adventures, it's easy to forget the days of hitting the local arcade, quarters in hand, for good old-fashioned button-mashing fun. Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle hearkens back to those days with some reflex-testing classic brawlers. While it's true that all these games are more than two decades old and can't help but show a bit of their age when compared to more modern games, the gameplay holds up surprisingly well even after all these years.

One of the big draws of this kind of gaming was getting together with friends and teaming up to take on the bad guys in co-op play. Capcom recognized this and made sure to bring that to home consoles by giving each game support for drop-in local and online multiplayer play. It's just a lot of fun to relive the excitement of working as a tag team to beat the snot out of those pesky street gangs, cyborg crooks, medieval minions, and other assorted baddies. And being able to tweak things like extra lives and difficulty helps to keep things challenging without ever getting overly frustrating. Each of the seven games has its own little quirks and personality, meaning that despite similar gameplay, they never feel like you're just playing the same thing over and over. And for the price, there's plenty of content to keep players' interest while saving those quarters.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the violence in the Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle affected by the constant fighting in the game? Would the impact be intensified if the graphics looked more realistic instead of pixelated?

  • How have games changed since the days of crowding around a cabinet at the local arcade?

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