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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. 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. Volumetric weight: 2.5kg.

Games featured

64th Street: a Detective Story / 99 Vidas / Abobo’s Big Adventure / The Adventures of Bayou Billy / After the War / Alien Storm / Alien vs. Predator / Altered Beast / Altered Beast: Guardian of the Realms / Ane-San / Arabian Fight / Arabian Magic / Armored Warriors / Astérix / B.Rap Boys / Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja / Batman Forever Arcade / Batman Returns / Battle Circuit / Battletoads / Battletoads / Battletoads Arcade / Battletoads in Battlemaniacs / Battletoads/Double Dragon / Bébé’s Kids / Blade Master / Brawl Brothers / Brute Force / Bucky O’Hare / Bud Spencer and Terrence Hill: Slaps and Beans / Burning Fight / Cadillacs and Dinosaurs / Captain America and the Avengers / Captain Commando / Castle Crashers / CB Chara Wars / Charlie Murder / Cliffhanger Code of Princess / Coffee Crisis / The Combatribes / Comix Zone / Cosmo Police Galivan II: Arrow of Justice / Crime Fighters / Crows: The Battle Action / The Crystal of Kings / Cutthroat Island / Cyborg Justice / D.D. Crew / Dancing Sword Senkou / Dead Island: Retro Revenge / The Death and Return of Superman / Death by Degrees / Denjin Makai / Die Hard Arcade / DJ Boy / Double Dragon / Double Dragon 2: Wander of the Dragons / Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone / Double Dragon II: The Revenge / Double Dragon IV / Double Dragon Neon / Dragon Ball GT: Transformation / Dragon’s Crown / Dungeon Magic / Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara / Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom / Dungeons: The Eye of Draconus / Dynamite Cop / Dynamite Düx / Dynasty Wars / Eight Dragons / Fight ‘n’ Rage / Fighting Force / Final Fight / Final Fight 2 / Final Fight 3 / Final Fight: Streetwise / The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa / Gaia Crusaders / Gang Wars / Gekido Advance: Kintaro’s Revenge / Gekido: Urban Fighters / Gladiator / God Hand / Golden Axe / Golden Axe II / Golden Axe III / Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder / Gourmet Sentai Barayarō / Growl / Guardian Heroes / Guardians: Denjin Makai II / Guardians of the ‘Hood / Hachoo! / Hook / Iron Commando: Koutetsu no Senshi / Jackie Chan Adventures: Legend of the Dark Hand / Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl / Jim Lee’s Wild C.A.T.S. / Jitsu Squad / Kamen Rider / Karate Blazers / The King of Dragons / King of the Monsters / King of The Monsters 2: The Next Thing / Knights of the Round / Knights of Valour / Knuckle Bash / Kung Fu Kid / Kung-Fu Master / Legend / Lethal Weapon / Mad Stalker / Mazin Saga: Mutant Fighter / Metamorphic Force / Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker / Mighty Final Fight / Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie / Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks/ Mother Russia Bleeds / Mug Smashers / Mutation Nation / My Hero / Mystical Fighter / Nekketsu Oyako / Night Slashers / Ninja Baseball Bat Man / Ninja Clowns / Ninja Combat / Ninja Gaiden / The Ninja Kids / The Ninja Saviours: Return of the Warriors / The Ninja Warriors / The Ninja Warriors / Oriental Legend / The Peace Keepers / Pirates of Dark Water / P.O.W.: Prisoners of War / Panzer Bandit / Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds / Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon / Pu·Li·Ru·La / The Punisher / Raging Justice / Rastan / Renegade / Renegade III: The Final Chapter / Riot City / Rival Turf! / River City Girls / River City Ransom / River City Ransom: Tokyo Rumble / River City: Underground / Robo Army / Rollergames / Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game / Sengoku / Sengoku 2 / Sengoku 3 / Shadow Force / Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn / Shin Nekketsu Kouha: Kunio-Tachi no Banka / Shui Hu Feng Yun Zhuan / Silent Dragon / The Simpsons / Skull & Crossbones / Sonic Blast Man / Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage / Spider-Man: The Video Game / Spikeout: Battle Street / Splatterhouse / Splatterhouse 2 / Splatterhouse 3 / Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith / Stone Protectors / Streets of Fury EX / Streets of Rage / Streets of Rage 2 / Streets of Rage 3 / Streets of Rage 4 / Streets of Red: Devil’s Dare Deluxe / Super Double Dragon / Takeda Shingen / The Takeover / Target: Renegade / Tecmo Knight / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Tekken Force / The Tick / Three Dirty Dwarves / TMNT / TMNT III: The Manhattan Project / TMNT IV: Turtles in Time / TMNT: The Hyperstone Heist / Tough Turf / Toxic Crusaders / Treachery in Beatdown City / Two Crude Dudes / UFO Kamen Yakisoban: Kettler no Kuroi / Undercover Cops / Vendetta / Vigilante / Violent Storm / The Warriors / The Warriors: Street Brawl / Warriors of Fate / Way of the Passive Fist / Wulverblade / X-Men / Zombie Revenge


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Reprint Updates

The original edition’s gatefold pages have been removed, and there’s been a slight design reworking around those pages to make everything work together and look great. We’ve also added some new game profiles for Ane-San, My Hero, and Pirates of Dark Water.

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