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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Marcus K.
United States
I recommend this product

2 Siblings playing Streets of Rage 2 on a Saturday Morning.

Streets of Rage 2 is one of my favorite beat-'em ups of all time I appreciate the love that they put into this section. As usual, the quality of the book and pages are immaculate and if you are a fan of beat'-em ups, you would be foolish to miss out on this.

Mr M.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product

Go Straight

The item was superbly packaged and delivered promptly. The book itself is a fantastic resource for retro gamers and I would highly recommend it.

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Darren H.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Huge Recommendation

I loved Beat 'em Ups growing up and was a big fan of Final Fight and tons of others in this book. This book does a fantastic job taking you through the eras and titles within, talking about the improvements and evolutions of each entry and the authors personal takes on many of the games. If you are just a nostalgic gamer or retrogaming fan, you need this on your shelf. Separate from the content of the book, the actual book quality is amazing. It's huge and high quality, and it is probably the single greatest secure packaging and shipping combination I have seen. Buy the book.

Jamie S.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Third book and amazing

Once again excellent condition on arrival and better book then I hoped, very detailed and fold out pages excellent touch! Waiting now for the fps book in October!

Thyago M.
Brazil Brazil
I recommend this product

Great buy

Fast shipping and super well packed.