Publisher Bitmap Books has announced that the preorder period has begun for Go Straight: The Ultimate Guide to Side-Scrolling Beat-’Em-Ups, a hardbound 456-page goliath covering the whole delightful history of that particular game genre. The book will begin shipping on February 25, and those who purchase it will receive a digital PDF of it as soon as the physical copy ships. And long story short, if you want a comprehensive book about beat ’em up video games, this is definitely the thing for you.
Here is an overview from Bitmap Books of what to expect from Go Straight: The Ultimate Guide to Side-Scrolling Beat-’Em-Ups:
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.
Speaking from a manufacturing perspective, Bitmap Books is known for printing incredibly high-quality products. My personal favorite book from the publisher is A Guide to Japanese Role-Playing Games, which is focused on the RPG genre and is even more massive than the one you are presently looking at. I would really like to add Go Straight to my collection as well though.
Let us know if you plan to preorder Go Straight: The Ultimate Guide to Side-Scrolling Beat-’Em-Ups and indulge in the ultimate beat ’em up book experience.