always hated those annoying little gnome thieves..
posted by MrMunk (KENDALLVILLE, IN) Oct 20, 2008
Member since Oct 2004
gamers (88%) found this review helpful
i was an extreme Golden Axe fan back in the day of arcade rooms. i could play that game for hours. this new rendition isnt so much different, yet is no where near the same game. the basics of gameplay are still there; hack and slash style fighting, hordes of enemies popping into existence from nowhere, little annoying gnome thieves avoiding your every swing and slash. the biggest problem i have is the lack of character options. i wanted to take the little dwarf with the axe. how can this be Battle Axe without actually having the option to wield an ax? add that with not having the ability to bring a partner in to aid you in your quest, and this game is sub-par to the original. the original Golden Axe was your basic hack and slash where you could take one of 3 characters and your friend could take a different one and you could scroll through the levels slashing and hacking your way through the goblin hordes. Beast Rider is your basic hack and slash game with no frills and nothing really that interesting to play for except maybe some nice costumes for the one character the game offers and a mediocre story with decent graphics. this could be a weekend rental for the avid gamer, but for someone looking for a great game to occupy your time, theres alot better ones out there. oh, and i only played this for 30 mins, and 'i' actually do enjoy it, so im keepin it til i finish the game.
Ok, I played the original Golden Axe. And it's pretty sad when an 80s arcade machine that had to squeeze its measly code onto ROM chips is better than a 21st century next-gen title that cost seven figures to produce.
The biggest goof here is tying down the PS3 to the conventions of the original. Yeah, Golden Axe in 1989 was linear. Yeah, enemies came popping out of nowhere and wandered on the screen. Attention, designers: that was a limitation of the old tech! Not! A! Template! For! The! Future!
Things look swell enough and it's a shame, because if the designers understood fun better they'd have let this one jump off the rails and wander around in a nonlinear world. As it is, you're endlessly squeezed into this tiresome Yellow Brick Road path with your barbarian Dorothy. Follow the yellow brick road, kids.
Not worth renting if you can read reviews, but small children may be amused. Nice triceratops ride, too, while it lasts.
posted by GotGame (MCKINLEYVILLE, CA) Oct 19, 2008
Member since Jun 2008
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
..style hack-n-slash fun. You'll have a great time playing this game, the camera works, the controls are good...blood, nudity, and combat, blended with the right amount of magic. Do not listen to negative reviews from "over-gamed", "spoiled-brats", this game is a great quest for all who have the warriors heart..fight on!!!!!