Go Straight: The Ultimate Guide to Side-Scrolling Beat-’Em-Ups

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Get ready for the fight of your life in Go Straight: The Ultimate Guide to Side-Scrolling Beat-’Em-Ups. Written by award-winning author Dave Cook, and opening with a foreword by legendary Double Dragon creator, Yoshihisa Kishimoto, this odyssey through bare-knuckle nostalgia features over 200 games spanning 37 years, starting with Irem’s 1984 arcade mash, Kung-Fu Master, continuing through the genre’s ‘90s heyday, and finishing with indie brawlers such as Mother Russia Bleeds and Streets of Rage 4.

At over 450 pages, Go Straight takes a deep dive into familiar beat-’em-up legends like Double Dragon, Golden Axe, Final Fight and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as delving into the more obscure brawlers you just have to try, like Denjin Makai, Shadow Force and Gaia Crusaders. As well as reviewing each game, Go Straight features hints, tips and guides to levels and enemies. The book is packed full of screenshots, sprites and level maps, all lovingly curated and presented to our usual high standards.

Go Straight is printed lithographically to the highest standards. This ensures that the colours in the book are really vibrant and that the pages have a high-quality, luxurious feel to them. As standard, each book is offered in hardback with a spot-varnished fascia featuring artwork by artist Jorge M. Velez.

If you have fond memories of playing side-scrolling beat-’em-ups at home on the couch or in noisy arcades, or if you’re excited by the genre and jumping in for the first time, Go Straight is the perfect guide for you.

Book specifications
456 pages. 210mm × 297mm. Hardback. Gatefold pages. Spot-varnished cover. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Shrink-wrapped. Free PDF for viewing on the go.

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Carl D.
United Kingdom
I recommend this product

Great book, full of good quality nostalgia

This book is amazing, Bitmap Books never fails to impress me, the quality of the pages, the colours of the inks and the content are brilliant. This book is a must for anyone who used to play side on beat em ups. The information is well laid out, great photos and screenshots and the extra double fold out pages on some of the games are genius and really works well. Highly recommend this book.

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Renato M.
Japan Japan
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Go Straight: The Ultimate Guide to Side-Scrolling Beat-’Em-Ups

What a pleasure to revive the 90s Beat'em Ups that I used to play when I was a kind and also to find hidden gems that I didn’t know about their existence. Bitmap Books did it again! High quality assured!

Juan P.
Spain Spain
I recommend this product

Best beat em´ up documentary source ever!

As book, video-game lover and librarian, I just can say this work is one of the best which are already in my collection, essential for nostalgic and any retro gamer. Excellent job guys, congratulations! Greetings from Spain! Juan Pablo

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Arved S.
Germany Germany
I recommend this product

Great book

The book is great, contains lots of games, many which I have never heard about and is of very high quality. The pages are thick and the images look awesome. Highly recommended!

Paolo F.
Italy Italy
I recommend this product


Side scrolling beat’em up heaven!