This expertly made Flash game fell out of nowhere for me. I had seen traditional arcade style beat-em-up games done in Flash before, but this one takes the cake.
Guardians of Altarris: The Sinless Blade is a free web-based game that is available at shockwave.com. The gameplay is very similar to classics like Final Fight or Streets of Rage. You get to pick your character, and then punch, kick, and butt heads with the invading enemies. The art style is top notch, with a mix of cell-shaded 3D and new Flash 8 visual effects. The design and gameplay really can’t be beat as far as games like this are concerned.
The only thing that is a shame is that like most games of this calibur: it is quite short, almost a demo of sorts. Regardless, you owe it to yourself to try it out.