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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Robert L.
United States
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A must have for king of beat em up lads

a phenomenal collage of every beat-em-up imaginable, compounding the history and style that made the genre as well remembered as it is 5 stars, a must-have for gaming historians and beat-em-up fans alike

Jason B.
United States United States
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A Gut Punch of Nostalgia

This book exceeded expectations, from the thick glossy pages to the chronological ordering of every release I was blown away. I highly recommend this book to anyone who grew up in the heydays of the arcade and gaming scene and has a love of beat ‘em ups.

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Chang C.
United States United States
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Huge book and pages.

Carol R.
United States United States
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Well Crafted Book

This is my 2nd Bitmap Books purchase and it does not disappoint. It is a wonderfully put together volume filled with great artwork, interviews and interesting information behind almost every title in the genre released since it was published. Highly recommended for fans of side-scrolling beat-'em-up games.

Argentina Argentina
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Amazing book for a beloved genre

This book is fantastic. The quality is amazing and the love and care they put on this book is outstanding. Great work!