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3.1 out of 5 stars
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3.1 out of 5 stars
Platform: PlayStation 3|Change
Price:£17.31 - £26.22


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on 18 October 2008
Having never played any Golden Axe titles of old, I wasn't sure what type of game I was going to be faced with. After playing it for about 4 hours I can say that it's a lot of fun, and quite hard, even on the easiest difficulty setting (Normal), I've died 3 times and I'm still on the first level (which is very long). The graphics are very good and although I've only seen two cut scenes they are very impressive. The combat is where the fun comes from, the parry and block counter attacks are great fun when you pull off the good ones (there's one where you mount your opponents shoulders from the rear and decapitate him - bloody and cool!). Controlling the beasts takes some time to master but is pretty cool when you can. I've heard some negative reviews about this game but personally, I don't agree, I think this is a great new-generation arcade action adventure epic with brilliant graphics, great gameplay and offers many many hours of bloody battling, especially with the inclusion of the survival arena and challenge modes, which you can use your new swords and outfits in (earned during the main story game). I would recommend Golden Axe to all PS3 owners who enjoy these arcade-type actioners.
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VINE VOICEon 25 July 2009
Golden Axe: Beast Rider is a halfhearted franchise revival. Its still a hack and slasher, but a basic and ugly one.
Golden Axes heroine is Tyris. The `storyline' involves the kidnapping of `the last of the great Titans' by the Bogeymen. Which leads Tyris on a quest to rebuild the legendary Golden Axe.
Memories of the originals are hazy, but there some references. Gilius Thunderhead, the axe-wielding dwarf makes a few early appearances, but disappears by the end of each cut scene. This also happens with the entire Sisterhood during the opening ceremony. The gnomes also feature, complete with fast music. Attacking them causes items, health and cash to drop, acting like a bonus section.
Dragon statues act as continues, found during certain levels. Once these are used, death means a restart to the beginning. It's a nice, old school touch, but a checkpoint system would have worked better.

The fundamental change is the inclusion of beasts (hence the title) that can be used in battle. There is an interesting selection. Some have cloaking powers, others can breathe fire. It provides some welcome variation. However, later stages have large numbers of enemies on beasts. As soon as Tyris is knocked off, (which happens far too easily), an enemy will mount your beast too. It's a bit like carjacking in GTA. Creature respawn pads are usually located at the beginning of each level, which forces backtracking. Moreover, if your creature hasn't been killed, nothing will happen. Harsh and frustrating.

The combat system seems deep initially. Coloured attacks correspond to the shoulder buttons. So orange attacks are countered with L1, blue attacks with R1. Yet even during the tutorial stage, the controls feel unresponsive, with a noticeable delay between button prompt and animation. It leads to a button-bashing affair, and ruins the counter attack system.
Levels, or `Challenges', consist of basic puzzles, mixed with repetitive combat. The next section opens once all enemies are killed, or a puzzle is completed. Sometimes it's both!
Spells are included, but drain magic quickly. Recharging pads are scattered, but their general use is limited to emergencies, or when mission specific. It's extremely frustrating to reach a puzzle, need magic to pass, and have to scour the level, looking for an unopened crate or pad.

On the positive side, there's gore everywhere, and even a statistic for limb dismemberments. Loading screen artwork is a nice touch. And the music is above average. However, there is no trophy support, its also prone to split second freezes and graphical glitches. The camera can be very problematic. Levels are painfully linear. Enemies appear from thin air, which is a cheap move. Graphics are also under whelming. In a similar style to Viking: Battle For Asgard, the bright, cartoon-like aesthetic fails to hide an unattractive game.
Golden Axe has a few extras. Trials of Tyris is a selection of battle arenas that feature in the main quest. Challenge mode allows completed levels to be replayed, along with unlocked outfits and blades. But they all suffer the same problems as story mode, and remain almost no fun to play.
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on 9 August 2010
The game is OK if you don't want to spend to much. But after a while you get very bored with walking around a lot and the fighting scenes are very repetetive
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on 17 June 2015
My son got this game using his birthday/Christmas money; He enjoys this type of game
and would recommend it to anyone who likes this type of game.
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on 25 June 2014
A poor game which bears no resemblance to its arcade father, viewing angles can be annoying at times and the warrior and dwarf are hugely missed :-(
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on 25 November 2016
this game is not anything like as good as the original game but compared to the ps2 japanese remake it's not the worst golden axe game ever made
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on 21 August 2015
Okay graphics okay game play. I prefer the original one though as it brings me back to my child hood!
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on 19 October 2008
AS A FAN OF THE CLASSIC SEGA GAME I COULD NOT WAIT FOR THIS TO BE RELEASED AND IM SUPRISED ITS TAKEN SEGA THIS LONG. THIS GAME HAS EVERYTHING FROM THE CLASSICS ALONG WITH MUCH MORE GAME PLAY.
OBVIOUSLY BEING ON PS3 THE GRAPHICS ARE INCREDIBLE ALONG WITH THE OLD FEATURES INCLUDING THE BEASTS YOU CAN RIDE AND THE MAGICS YOU CAN USE AGAINST THE ENEMIES WHICH REALLY DOES BRING THE GAME TO LIFE.
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on 15 May 2009
I am new to this genre. The game is good, but should get better.
Good Points: Controls easy to learn, difficult to master, Bosses easy to beat.
Improvement areas: The moves need to more fluid,save points should be introduced. Its annoying that new weapons / attires can not be used once unlocked during game play. Some of the Bosses have a greater advantage over the player.
The game is fun, still have 10 levels to go so watch this space.
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on 5 June 2009
If like me you're a big fan of the originals then stay away, this game is dreadful...the game play is nonsensical...the story...is lost...the levels are just the same over and OVER again. A horrid return to a game that could have been served up much better if the creators looked to God of War for guidance instead they served a game which seems half finished the sounds, the music, the lag.

The whole thing is a complete waste of time, I'm glad I only spent 10 quid on it and it certainly won't be staying in my gaming library.
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