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Golden Axe II (Genesis)

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Written by  :  Majestic Lizard (655)
Written on  :  Nov 01, 2006
Platform  :  Genesis
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Summary

Golden Axe expansion pack...

The Good

Golden Axe II is basically a re-hash of the original Golden Axe, but with slightly inferior graphics. There are more levels in this game and more types of enemy sprites (such as lizardmen). The playable characters are slightly more detailed than they were in the original. (However, the enemy sprites and backgrounds are noticeably less detailed and less originally designed than the original game.)

Its slightly harder than the original Golden Axe and you may actually have to play it a few times to beat it (Golden Axe was one of the easiest Genesis games ever).

It was interesting that you were now given the option of using a certain amount of your magic rather than shooting your entire wad at one time, but the spells were not as visually stunning as in the former game.

The Bad

The backgrounds and enemy sprites are less detailed than the original Golden Axe. The music is not as good as the original score, though it isn't bad. The levels are uninspired and generic looking. Some of the enemy sprites seem to have only a few frames of animation. The magical spells are not as good as they were in the original game either.



The Bottom Line

Revenge of Death Adder is the only worthy sequel to Golden Axe. However, this game is decent enough. Its more like an expansion pack to the original Golden Axe than it is a separate game. Its very, very close to being the same thing.