Golden Axe: Beast Rider

Nearly twenty years after the original fantasy hack and slash arcade game was released in arcades, an all-new quest, Golden Axe: Beast Rider, seeks to reinvigorate the popular action franchise in a mature take on the world of Golden Axe.

Developed by Secret Level, who previously brought back another classic IP with Final Fight: Streetwise, Golden Axe: Beast Rider for Xbox 360 and PS3 introduces the player to a much bloodier and bleaker Golden Axe than they may have known in the past. This darker tone will be evident immediately as adversaries explode into jets of blood and severed limbs as the game's protagonist Tyris Flare tears into them with her weapons. Golden Axe's maturation could be attributed to the fact that anyone who was around to play the original is old enough to enjoy a gore-drenched action game.

Some of the beasts you'll control in the game are definitely large and enchage.

Some of the beasts you'll control in the game are definitely large and enchage.

Golden Axe Grows Up

Besides an increase in violence, classic Golden Axe fans will also notice that only one of the three main characters from the original, the female warrior Tyris Flare, returns as a playable character in the game. Though Gilius the Viking and Ax Battler the barbarian will make an appearance in Beast Rider as NPCs. The team working on the game also told us that they are planning on bringing back the other characters in playable form in the unannounced sequel to Beast Rider.

The decision to stick with only one of the original cast of three was due to the developers wanting to focus on more complicated blade combat and magic systems specifically related to the Tyris character.

Fans of other epic titles such as Heavenly Sword will feel right at home.

Fans of other epic titles such as Heavenly Sword will feel right at home.

Players will be able to possess and control five different beasts in the game, each with their own special advantages on the battleground. The three beasts shown during our demo were an ape-like fiend with enough strength to tear enemies in half with ease, a fire-breathing bird-like creature that can move quickly, and a ram-like beast that can smash through barriers and become invisible.

Several other elements from the original Golden Axe appear in Beast Rider such as slain enemies turning to stone and different color gnomes giving you an assortment of items (some of which are hazardous to your health).

The game is shaping up to be something that fans of Heavenly Sword and Conan will undoubtedly enjoy. For more details on the game, check back later at GamePro.

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MikeTheGreat

FIRST! This sounds decent. nice that they are bringing back old titles. They just need to bring back more.

AntiAmericanArmy

BLOOD, VIOLENCE, GORE, .??. Words of warning? Rent this game first? LOL They really wanted to let people know that a lot of blood is going to be sprayed in you're eye's.

reg1985

i hope it dont suck most of the time when a game gets brought back from the dead it sucks

wariomangreat123

AntiAmericanArmy Posted at: 05/16/08 at 6:08 PM PST BLOOD, VIOLENCE, GORE, .??. Words of warning? Rent this game first? LOL They really wanted to let people know that a lot of blood is going to be sprayed in you're eye's.
There no such thing as too much blood when you own enemies.

JoeyKnuckle

I'll be getting this game but the lack of 2 player mode kind of leaves me with one question. Why? What made the original so great was 2 player co op. But regardless it looks great.

pixelsword

Yeah, there's blood in the game...

...and if you play for 30 days, Tyris will bleed on her own.
OUCH!

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