Excerpt: I love the Golden Axe series. While the side scrolling hack & slash is all but extinct now, games like Golden Axe were once an oft explored genre. And while there were a number of top tier games, Golden Axe laid waste to the competition, at least in my opinion. Just choose your character, prepare your blade and magic potions, then leave a blood soaked trail in your wake. Not much in terms of depth or strategic decisions, just a war of attrition with hordes of enemies.
Excerpt: Years will pass, games will evolve…and still, we’ll love Golden Axe . There’s just something about this sidescrolling action-fantasy series that charms us silly, be it in arcades, on ancient consoles, or on our 360s. Like Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (2009), this compilation includes all three Golden Axe games (the first was previously available by itself on XBLA), but these versions definitely have the most supplemental features.
Pros: + Offers all three, + Supports local and online co-op; tons of nifty bonus features.
Cons: ? Do you love Tyris’ strongest magic (a giant, fire-breathing dragon’s head) as much as we do?
Summary: Not bad, but inferior to so many competitors available on XBLA at similar prices. Fans of arcade-style brawlers should still pick it up, but only after you have gone through better games first.
Excerpt: What with the current trend in retro remakes actually being pretty good, we had high hopes for SEGA's Xbox 360 and PS3 Golden Axe: Beast Riders. All we really wanted was a good two-player hack 'n' slash that had lots of brutal combat, great graphics and some beasts to ride. We got one of the three, and sadly the beasts aren't even that much fun to ride.
Excerpt: Before Street Fighter II revolutionized video arcades in 1991 with its brand of competitive one-on-one fighting, side-scrolling beat-'em-ups were the next best thing. The best games of this sort featured intense-looking action, just enough story to draw you in, interesting characters, and skill-based gameplay that encouraged you to get better so you could play longer for your 25 cents. Best of all, you could play these games together with a friend.
Pros: Three different playable characters and lots of memorable bad guys, two-player action and a duel mode add to the depth and variety, responsive controls and good variety of moves
Cons: This version of the game was inferior to the arcade original, small number of levels means you could blow through the game quickly
Conclusion: For co-op win you need to play with a friend on your console if don't have a friend to play with or another controller. The online co-op achievement is quite hard because the online is dead so I would advise you to boost with a friend get it. Overview - A fun little game with easy achievements which doesn't last long due to its short story but it can be great fun with a friend.
Conclusion: Huge Shame to include Online Co-Op but lock you out from getting any Achievements that way. Perhaps not worth 800Mpts but Def worth 400Mpts during DOTW. My personal favourite is 'Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage' but this is it's Fun but not quite so attractive cousin. If you Loved the originals you'll love this package.
Conclusion: Beat the game without continuing. If you’re a fan of the original Golden Axe , this is definitely worth a download, as it’s essentially the exact same game you played in the arcade. The combat is just as basic, the magic looks just as bad-ass, and the end boss is still frustratingly tough. If you’re looking for more, however, this might not be the game for you. Aside from the welcome Xbox Live co-op mode, there really isn’t much in the way of extra features available.
Conclusion: There's no such thing as a forgotten Sega franchise, but as to whether we want them reinvented or simply remembered, that's much less certain. The reputation of Golden Axe has outlived the genre to which it was king, so venturing back now to the land of Yuria is harder than merely mounting a cockatrice saddle once more. Two decades on, can Golden Axe still fight?