Sega gave Master System owners a Zelda-style game set in the Golden Axe universe, and though it’s far from original, it’s a an excellent homage to Nintendo’s 8-bit classic. A large world, good story, and lots of secrets make this often overlooked title one worthy of addition to any Master System library.
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Sega’s arcade hack-‘n-slash coin-op spawned a franchise that has lasted for decades and became an instant classic. Released amid a flurry of Double Dragon clones, its fantasy setting and awesome magic effects gave it a strong identity that caused brought in tons of quarters. This is the one that started it all.
Most everyone loves the Golden Axe series. The main trilogy is considered sacred by hack-‘n-slash fans, but all cringe when talk of the spin-offs comes up. For some reason, Sega was never able to really capture the same magic (vases) with later outings, and most of what’s out there is better left untouched. Case in point: Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe for the Game Gear. Is it trying to be like Zelda II? If so, we don’t think Link has too much to worry about with this one.
Sega recently plunged its arm into the reservoir of properties its been sitting on for years. What it pulled out was a new Golden Axe game, one that would reboot the franchise and bring it into the current generation. Unfortunately, the reboot resulted being more like a swift boot in the ass, as Beast Rider is everything a Golden Axe title should not be. Sega-16 put the game through its paces, and we’re not only disappointed; we’re downright mad. Instead of a great new game destined to bring the series back to greatness, what we got was a snoozefest with a weak combat system, bland level design, and a horrible camera.
E3 is underway and it didn’t take Sega long to drop a bombshell on old school fans. Next year, we can expect a return of that classic franchise, Golden Axe! Details are sketchy at this point, but one thing is clear: it’s going to be an action/RPG! Have a gander at our preview and see what Sega and newly-acquired developer Secret Level have been up to!