Golden Axe Series (Arcade/Sega Genesis)

So inspired by a friend discovering the Sega Genesis for the first time in years, I decided to do a Golden Axe theme night! I planned on playing both the arcade brawlers through MAME, and the 3 Golden Axe titles for the Genesis in Fusion. I think I finished the arcade Golden Axe on stream one time months ago, but never heard of Revenge of Death Adder! I never really got into the Golden Axe games: I loved the high fantasy concept of them but the stiff controls and archaic style never really got to me, even as a teen. Plus I kinda suck at most brawlers anyway. lol But i figured lemme give these a try with some mini-reviews like i did with the Famicom games a few months ago! I skipped the arcade Golden Axe: The Duel fighting game due to not working so great on MAME (and I suck at fighting games, lol).

ARCADE GOLDEN AXE: This game is old and it shows, it’s still fun though! You have your cast of 3 and they all have a basic moveset of attacking, jumping, jumpkicks, throwing, and using magic. Magic is stronger by getting more magic jars. All enemies are the same as you travel to fight Death Adder, just different colors. Controls are clunky, resulting in taking damage that you don’t want, and getting crowded too easily. Graphics are colorful enough, even if being kinda drab for this high fantasy setting.

ARCADE GOLDEN AXE: REVENGE OF DEATH ADDER: This arcade game is so good!! It’s a crying shame Sega never ported this to the Saturn, Dreamcast, or PSX. The new cast all has new strengths and weaknesses, and there’s a team attack since you can play up to 4 players. The movesets are great as is the magic, and great use of 3d effects in some stages. A few stages you can take multiple paths to your goal. New creatures to ride include giant scorpions, skeleton dragons, and praying mantises. New goons to fight include witch doctors and animated trees (I called them the Groot Squad). You can interact with objects like levers or hanging bags to reveal powerups, open cages to save people, and light torches. Graphics and music are wonderful and colorful, though not as polished as a Capcom brawler, this is worth playing on MAME! 4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS!

GENESIS GOLDEN AXE: So Genesis Golden Axe is pretty much the same as the arcade version. The controls are still clunky and you can get trapped by enemies easily like the arcade. Graphics are still kinda drab and the sound is decent. magic is aquired and used the same as before. 3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS!

GENESIS GOLDEN AXE 2: Ok now things are changing for the better. Graphics and music are quite good and the controls aren’t as clunky. Your attacks and those of enemies seem faster and you don’t get trapped as much between foes. New enemies and bosses litter the landscapes and instead of getting magic or food from gnomes, you beat up different colored wizards (which look like evil Jawas). Getting more pots of magic allow you to use your one magic spell more often, instead of saving it for a large attack when you hit max. The new areas look great and I loved the fire area! 4 OUT OF 5 STARS!

GENESIS GOLDEN AXE 3: So Golden Axe 3 was only available at first on the Sega network and never got a real home release until Genesis collections started popping up. This game is great! New cast of heroes with some new and different moves, and you have to use some strategy to fighting some of the bosses now instead of just blindly throwing your attacks at them, especially when fighting one of the possessed heroes or the Griffin King. The graphics are quite colorful and the music is very good. magic is back to the system it was in the 1st game, where more magic pots mean a stronger attack. The 5 heroes all attack and move differently for a variety. Taking different paths in your journey can mean saving possessed heroes to possibly lead you to a better ending. Controls are smooth and easy to figure out! 4 OUT OF 5 STARS!

So here’s some gameplay:

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