Excerpt: Of all the brands that helped form the Sega mystique and ultimately jettison them past Nintendo (with a little help from a certain blue hedgehog) during a time when doing so seemed unachievable, Golden Axe is among the most revered and has remained untainted by a potentially damaging 3-D makeover for 20 years.
Excerpt: with a fistful of quarters. With a few friends, it was always a blast; the 2D action side-scroller featured plenty of non-stop combat, complete with those awesome beasts to ride and little gnomes to nab. Many years later, we can run around and participate in non-stop combat, ride beasts, and nab gnomes all over again…except this time, it’s in a 3D world and the experience is more irritating than anything else.
Summary: Golden Axe: Beast Rider, developed by Secret Level, delivers action-RPG thrills as a small band of Riders embark on an epic adventure to recruit allies, expose the enemy and prevent the annihilation of their breed.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Through my many years of gaming, arcade games have always held a soft spot for me. Even today, I can wander into a games arcade and pop in a few coins to play Street Fighter. But one of the classic arcade games that I used to play with my friends was Golden Axe. Nothing beat the thrill of running around on screen hacking away at waves of monsters while summoning precious pillars of fire to obliterate the enemy.
Excerpt: Golden Axe: Beast Rider isn’t just a fresh coat of paint over a 16-bit classic. It’s more a case of out with the old and in with the new. With 3D visuals, the revival of a sword-slashing heroine, and a familiar, yet distant, cast of evil-doers, is it a trip down memory lane, or a whole new, less-desirable one? It’s bad news for the tranquil Axirin tribe.
Excerpt: "What blasphemy is this?" These are the first words that Golden Axe's lead character Tyris Flare says when she sees the destruction of her homeland. It is also the perfect act of foreshadowing, as I ended up asking the same question while playing Beast Rider. To me, recreating an arcade or console classic can go one way or another: it can be done with great care to the original product; a true tribute to the fans of the series (such as Bionic Commando Rearmed or the...
Summary: A flashy hero with formidable combat skills sets off on an epic adventure through fantastical environments. Sound familiar? These basic elements are the framework upon which countless action adventure games have been constructed. While many games seem to expand and embellish far beyond this rudimentary foundation, Golden Axe: Beast Rider does not.
Pros: Brutal dismemberments, Campaign is reasonably challenging and long
Cons: No cooperative mode a la classic Golden Axe, Many, many invisible walls, Combat system rewards inaction, Lame sound effects deflate dramatic moments, Beasts handle like plodding mechs
Excerpt: Here's the original review I wrote of Golden Axe: Beast Rider , which "updates" and reworks the formula that claimed so many quarters in 1989 as the arcade (and later Genesis) game called Golden Axe : If you're hungry to revisit the classic side-scrolling beat-'em-up through the prism of current game design, please forget this stillborn runt and enjoy Castle Crashers instead. Thank you. Unsurprisingly, that terse estimation of the game's value isn't quite to spec.
Excerpt: Ah, Golden Axe... the mere mention of the name happily tugs at this writer's heart-strings. It harks back to the days before you even knew there were such things as 'games magazines' (let alone online resources) and would buy a game simply on the strength of its cover, happily whiling away the hours of summer in a hot, sweaty room, glued to a screen displaying poorly animated 2-D barbarians. Ahem. Those were the days.