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Golden Axe II (Genesis)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

More of the same but with less impressive graphics Roedie (5226) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars
Golden Axe expansion pack... Majestic Lizard (655) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
One of the best sequels I have ever played. Also, it's great as a stand-alone game, and I think it is the best of this type of game that I have ever played. J. David Taylor (28) unrated
More Silver Than Golden ETJB (447) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
Took me Five minutes to complete... emmamomocat (30) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Overall MobyScore (33 votes) 3.8

The Press Says

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The Video Game Critic
I really love this game. It surpasses its predecessor in every way, although both play pretty much the same. The same three characters are back (warrior, babe, and dwarf), but the enemies are much more interesting this time around. Skeletons rise from their graves (as if from an old Ray Harryhausen film) and large demonic creatures tower overhead. The graphics are slightly refined, as are the controls. You can now aim left or right when performing throws, adding a bit more strategy. Another new feature is controlling the "strength" of your magic attack. By holding down the magic button for a certain duration, a visual meter displays the degree of carnage you're about to unleash. The medieval scenery looks great and the musical score is first-rate. Golden Axe 2 is fun enough with one player, but the two-player mode is where it really shines. Fans of the first Golden Axe should feel right at home with this one.
Hobby Consolas
Bonitos niveles de factura lírica, encantadoras melodías de ambiente medieval y una jugabilidad capaz de elevar la adicción al límite de la realidad, crean un juego que, por segunda vez, hará historia.
La sensación final que nos deja Golden Axe II es la de un juego muy conseguido en todos sus apartados, con un gran despliegue visual y sonoro, que pese a no innovar demasiado en la jugabilidad, consigue perfeccionar la mayoría de los defectos que arrastraba Golden Axe. Un gran juego que hará sentir a los fans de la primera parte como en casa.
GamePro (US)
In a nutshell, Axe II is a fun free-for-all which may not be a step forward for Axoholics, but isn't a step backward, either. Any complaints are in the "too bad" department and don't overly detract from an otherwise solid slice-n-dicer. So if you've got an axe to grind, even if it's a bit rusty, grab a friend and take a swing at Golden Axe II!
Overall, Golden Axe II is a competent sequel that falls short compared to its source. A little innovation would have improved its final score but the great quest and ramped up difficulty ensure that Golden Axe charm does indeed remain.
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Make no mistake it's a fab game in its own right, but we were all expecting improvements and additions which just aren't there. Quite simply this is more of the same to the same standards of it's predecessor, which were admittedly very high. It's fair to say the graphics have been tweaked, the backgrounds look great and sound is cool - but it's just not a significant advance over the original. If you're a brand new Megadrive owner and are looking for good thump 'n' slash laffs then i'd recommend you get this cart, but if you've already got Golden Axe don't bother. Why pay extra cash for something you've already got?
Power Play
Mit Golden Axe 2 ging Sega auf Nummer sicher. Spielerische Änderungen gegenüber dem Vorgänger oder der Sf-Variante "Alien Storm" sucht man vergebens. Lediglich ein paar aufgefrischte, neue Schlagtechniken beherrschen die gleichen Helden, die auch schon die erste goldene Axt wiederbeschafften. Auch technisch hat sich nicht allzuviel getan. Zwar unterwarf Sega dem Actionveteran einer Grafikkur, aber die neuen Pixel täuschen nicht darüber hinweg, daß der Levelaufbau bei beiden Spielen nahezu identisch ist. Wer schon Golden Axe 1 hat, sollte es sich zweimal überlegen, ob er die Fortsetzung kauft - außer er prügelte sich total begeistert durch den Erstling. Neueinsteiger werden allerdings ihre helle Freude haben. Vor allem zu zweit und im Duellmodus kitzelt man aus der dumpfen Prügelei eine ganze Menge Spielspaß heraus. Solo fällt das Vergnügen aber etwas ab. Leider knickt die ansonsten ziemlich hohe Motivationskurve nach dem Sieg über Dark Guld deutlich ab.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
If I have any gripes, there are two minor ones: the music is weak compared to the first version, and the death screams leave something to be desired. Despite these two shortcomings, Golden Axe 2 is a must for hack and slash fans.
Golden Axe II è un buon giochino, sfrutta il nome che porta e non fa molto altro per elevarsi dalla massa sfoggiando uno scenario e delle meccaniche pigre ed indolenti, fin troppo congruente al primo GA intristisce per non essersi saputo evolvere su Mega Drive, per non aver spinto la saga ben oltre i livelli raggiunti, cosa peraltro realizzabilissima con un piccolo sforzo da parte dei programmatori. Uno sviluppo sulla falsariga di quello di Bare Knuckle dal primo al secondo episodio avrebbe acceso una nuova stella nella ludoteca MD, peccato.
All Game Guide
Several features could have been added to help set this title apart from Golden Axe. New twists like riding a dragon through the skies, playing as a monster, gaining levels, mastering finishing moves, or even using different weapons. One thing that has changed are the original game's elves and potions -- now they're cloaked magicians and books, respectively. It gives the game a whole new feel... All kidding aside, those looking for a significant departure from Golden Axe should pass on this sequel. It is the same hack-and-slash action with a slight change of scenery. The game is still enjoyable for what it is, however, and fans of the original probably won't mind that it's more of the same.