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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Laurent G.
I recommend this product

Another Must Have book from Bitmapbooks

So far, the best bookInread on one of my preferred retrogaming style. From arcade to home console or computer, japanese or American, you will find everything on this multiplayer golden age! Not to mention the amazing wide scene AT size !!! So just go and take one, your memories will thank you for that!

Poland Poland
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Top of the top

Absolutly amazing. Highly recommend this masterpiece. I have many "gaming" related books but not many of them can be compared to this in terms of quality.

Lucas H.
Australia Australia
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Arcade classic

The book arrived very quickly and in good condition and is a fantastic book.

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Nick W.
Germany Germany
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Go Straight

As usual, a comprehensive overview of the subject in a great, quality made book.

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scott m.
United States United States
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Excellent book

I opened the book and I was very happy with it. I liked how the book was designed. It is colorful and has detailed information about each game. I will read the book from cover to cover. I recommend the book. I am glad that I purchased the book.