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Golden Axe – Video Game Review

Do you yearn for yesteryear, whilst still promoting the uses of today’s technologies? If you answered yes to any of the previous sentence, or even if you made a muffled “I ‘unno” sound, then you will love our review of Golden Axe – A classic SEGA game, which is filled with nostalgia – and is available on Steam! 2016-02-22-222013_1920x1080_scrot

The year is 1989 and video games were really hitting their stride. The SEGA Saturn/Mega Drive (depending on where you lived), was dominating sales – It was hanging with the big dogs of Nintendo! With great games on the console and truly powerful graphics and sound, the SEGA console was an utter hit. Games became deeper, more fulfilling experiences; not just a little thing you do to pass some time. The gaming scene was thriving and it was an exciting time to be a developer and a gamer.

Amongst the titles released this year was the incredible Golden Axe, a game that features three different fighters who go on a quest to go and defeat the evil Death Adder. With a name like that, who needs friends anyway?! But, is it any good? Recently, SEGA released their collection on the Steam platform. You can buy Golden Axe for a mere £1.99 as of the time of writing.

 


Review

Story

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Remember those stories of warriors storming through to a castle in the hopes to avenge their fallen brethren? This is one of those stories. Where you fight through as one of the three warriors who have some beef with the primary antagonist of the game, Death Adder. It’s not grand story telling, but it gives you context as to where you’re going and why you’re going there throughout, by way of giving you some text on the screen.

Don’t expect a Shakespearean story to be told throughout the world of Golden Axe; this isn’t the greatest story told – I’d argue Streets of Rage has Golden Axes number when it comes to telling the story of the game (Considering the similarities of the two titles). But you know what you’re getting with Golden Axe: You get a simple, hard-to-fault tale of tyranny being overcome by heroism. Bliss.

Gameplay

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You play as one of the three warriors as previously mentioned, where each has a slightly different playing style. Ultimately however, all three of these characters play the same, deep down. The warrior is the most rounded of the trio; able to use strong magics and having a good amount of health and melee damage. The Dwarf is able to battle enemies with his melee weapons way better than the others, plus his health is much higher… But don’t expect much from his magic. Finally, the Amazon lady is able to kick butt with magics, but is relatively squishy.

Moving in the game is easy: Using the analogue stick on your controller, or the arrow keys, to move around – It’s quite fluid too, allowing you to move in all directions, not just up-down-left-right. You use the one button to use your melee attacks, one button to use your magic attacks and one button to jump. If you double-tap a direction, you will run, which you can combine with your melee attacks for a powerful shoulder bash.

Graphics

What, you’ve not seen this game before? Or are you just looking for a blast from the past? Well, here’s our screenshots:

Music

For the era the game came out, the music from Golden Axe stands head and shoulders above most other games in its category. I’d argue Golden Axe has Streets of Rage’s number on the audio front. As well as being visually pleasing, the game is audibly pleasing too. With some really striking music pieces being on the soundtrack, Golden Axe is a joy to listen to. Why not have a listen to the above link?

Overall

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I’m not going to lie: This game is hard as nails. It knows it’s tough and the amount of people who’ve beaten it must be truly brilliant gamers. I’ve struggled through it, but hey, I’m getting there now. I’m keen to play it through, so feel free to check out our upcoming Let’s Play series on our very own GeekOut Tube. It’s great fun, but it’s super frustrating too – So overall, I’d recommend giving this game a go… But you’d certainly be fine in your life if you didn’t play it. It’s a little on the rough ‘n tough side!

Have you ever played this game, be it years ago, or recently? Is this a trip down memory lane, or have you got this game on Steam? Let us know what you think about this classic title in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter. As always, thanks for reading – We’ll see you around soon!

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4 responses

  1. Golden Axe is pretty fun. You’re not kidding about it being difficult, though; it’s rather unrelenting. Then again, I’m not very good at beat ‘em ups.

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    February 23, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    • Funnily enough, immediately after posting this, I did an impromptu stream… I got near the end! Haha :)

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      February 23, 2016 at 3:27 pm

  2. I loved playing this title during the 16 bit era. My console came bundled with a Mega Games Collection that included Golden Axe, Streets of Rage and Shinobi. My how I enjoyed kicking those thieving imps.

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    February 23, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    • God damn those stupid imps with their stupidly infuriating face I hate them and guess what their mother hates them too and GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

      I too enjoyed kicking the imps.

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      February 23, 2016 at 10:13 pm

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