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Golden Axe III (Genesis)

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Written by  :  MasterMegid (900)
Written on  :  Jul 18, 2006
Platform  :  Genesis
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Summary

The Best Of The Series.

The Good

Golden Axe III, takes elements of the first two Golden Axe games. All the while introducing new concepts to the series. Making the third installment of Sega’s hack n slash the best.

In Golden Axe III, the heroes have been cursed, after breaking free of the curse, one or two, in two player mode. Golden Axe warriors must save the others including two new fighters. You battle across the land in order to once more claim the Golden Axe, and save the land from evil.

Two new warriors are not the only new entry to the series. There are points were the player must choose a path to travel, certain paths may be harder, and make the game longer. This is an interesting feature, and adds replay value, as you explore all the various paths.

The Graphics in Golden Axe III are easily the best in the franchise. Fighter are large detailed sprites and the backdrops are all colorful and unique. And the magic spells, which are Golden Axe’s version of special moves look better then in the other two games. Each warrior has there own magic element, and each magic has multiple levels of power. The fire magic for example wielded by Tyris Flare, the Amazon, ranges from a fireball, to a fire breathing dragon attack.

The music excels as well. And Golden Axe III’s score is also the best of the series. And the sound effects from the death cries of your enemies to the casting of magic all sound as they should.

The gameplay is further enhanced by new combo moves, and faster gameplay. The warriors no longer feel stiff as they did in previous entries in the series.

The Bad

For some reason Sega of America did not release this game in the USA. Despite the fact that it is the best in the long running series. Therefore American Genesis gamers missed out on one of the best games on the console. That would be like if Shinobi III, Phantasy Star IV, or Shining Force were never available in America.

The Bottom Line

If you are in Japan or Europe you can probably still find this game. If in America you could always play the rom, which is not illegal as this game was never for sale in America. However you have to play it I suggest you give it a try.