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Golden Axe: Beast Rider

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
49
3.3
Xbox 360
53
4.0

User Reviews

A tragic end to a familiar and popular franchise PlayStation 3 Kadeem Gomez (38)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 3 5 3.3
Xbox 360 3 4.0
Combined MobyScore 8 3.6


The Press Says

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75
Xbox 360The Video Game Critic
Beast Rider may be rough around the edges, but if you're looking for some down-and-dirty hack-n-slash action, this is your game.
72
Xbox 360Atomic Gamer
Beast Rider is far from perfect, and it won’t overthrow Kratos' Greek empire anytime soon. Another pass of polish might have done wonders, as clipping, collision, and invisible wall issues abound. Additionally, check points are few and far between, assuring you’ll be playing some later sections over and over. However, if you can get past these mostly minor issues—and let go of that no-co-op grudge—you’ll discover a balls-out, action infused romp that wears its Mature rating like a badge of honor; if you dig over-the-top blood flourishes, lopped limbs, decapitations, charred flesh and bosom-brimming heroines that grunt like Serena Williams every time they swing an oversized sword, then you’ll want to give this beast a ride. Or possibly a rental.
68
Xbox 360TeamXbox
Pick Golden Axe: Beast Rider up if you’ve beat Ninja Gaiden 2 and need a fix of button mashing and blood. The rest of you would be better off giving Golden Axe: Beast Rider a rent first before committing to the buy. Or perhaps just save that loot and buy an original Golden Axe cabinet to relive the franchise’s 16-bit glory.
62
PlayStation 3GamingXP
Spielerisch hat sich „Golden Axe: Beast Rider“ nicht wirklich weiterentwickelt, sondern eher an die heutigen Spiele angepasst. Grafisch ist es eher oberes Mittelmaß und beim Sound darf man heutzutage sowieso keinen Fehler mehr machen. Es ist zwar amüsant, bei den Wurzeln zu bleiben, da man dann vieles wieder erkennt, was für einen Lacher bei den Fans sorgt. Aber genau diese werden bemängeln, dass man zu sehr von dem alten Original weggegangen ist. Da das Spiel sehr Geschmackssache ist, empfiehlt es sich auch für Hack and Slay-Fans das Spiel zuerst anzutesten.
58
PlayStation 3Game Revolution
The Golden Axe name is liable to do Beast Rider more harm than good. Fans of the original will criticize this title for the liberties it takes with the arcade classic—particularly the lack of co-op—and younger gamers will dismiss it as a forgettable nostalgia piece. That Beast Rider is neither of those speaks well to its content and poorly to its packaging. Ditch the “Golden Axe” moniker and just call this baby “Beast Rider”. Like those old ‘80s barbarian fantasy flicks that also had their share of serious faults, Beast Rider is blunt, exploitative, and plenty of fun when no one else is watching.
58
PlayStation 33D Juegos
Golden Axe: Beast Rider confunde el homenaje a lo retro con la jugabilidad plana y carente de chispa. Lo nuevo de SEGA queda en lo mediocre en la práctica totalidad de sus apartados, y resulta un fracaso en su intento de recuperar una franquicia legendaria y convertirla en un producto digno de la Next-Gen.
55
PlayStation 3Play.tm
Gripes aside, the overall package isn't bad, and the combat system is decent enough without any major issues. The graphics are possibly a bit under-par for the current generation, and aren't anything special, on the other hand. Unfortunately the main gimmick of the game is pointless at best and frustrating at worst. There are challenge modes available after the game is completed and extra costumes to unlock, but nothing to offer real replay value. In conclusion, if you like a fantasy brawler there are much better games out there to have a look at.
50
Xbox 360GameSpot
At the very least, the campaign is fairly lengthy and will likely take you upward of 10 hours to complete. There are level-by-level replays and combat arenas if you want still more action, but these bonus modes only highlight the conspicuous absence of the cooperative play that put Golden Axe on the map back in 1989. This baffling omission is par for the course in Beast Rider, a game with lofty potential that ends up wallowing in mediocrity.
50
PlayStation 3GameSpot
At the very least, the campaign is fairly lengthy and will likely take you upward of 10 hours to complete. There are level-by-level replays and combat arenas if you want still more action, but these bonus modes only highlight the conspicuous absence of the cooperative play that put Golden Axe on the map back in 1989. This baffling omission is par for the course in Beast Rider, a game with lofty potential that ends up wallowing in mediocrity.
50
PlayStation 3Thunderbolt Games
Despite Golden Axe: Beast Rider’s numerous shortcomings you can find small fits of amusement when the counter system clicks for you or when you trample through a horde on the back of a beast, but these moments are infrequent. More often you’ll find yourself using some truly barbaric language as you struggle with its archaic game design and unforgiving battle system. As you attempt to cut through your enemies in grisly fashion you’ll recall a simpler time, where you rode a purple chicken and kicked gnomes in their fannies.
48
PlayStation 3Cheat Code Central
Golden Axe is best remembered as what it was – a 16-bit sidescrolling hack-and-slash meant for two players to plow through in under an hour – not a multi-hour gore fest with an Amazonian woman riding around on asinine creatures. If you must get a Golden Axe fix ,don't pay the premium price tag for Beast Rider – get the original from Xbox LIVE Arcade or the Wii's Virtual Console.
48
Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
A repetitive and badly made game that makes me wonder if the series has any kind of future. This game feels extremely rushed and just can’t compare to games of a similar ilk. I hate to harp on about this, but if a co-op mode had been put in here things would have been so much better. My advice: let Death Adder win this round as it’s just not worth your time.
45
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Golden Axe Beast Rider est une preuve de plus, s'il en fallait, qu'il ne suffit pas d'une bonne licence pour faire un bon jeu. Surtout quand on la vide de ce qui en faisait tout le sel : son mode coopératif. Les amateurs de la série se sentiront donc trahis, tandis que les autres trouveront bien mieux ailleurs en matière de technicité des affrontements et de réalisation. Il reste que les beat'em all proposant des combats montés sont rares, et que cet aspect permettra peut-être au jeu de trouver son public.
45
PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com
Golden Axe Beast Rider est une preuve de plus, s'il en fallait, qu'il ne suffit pas d'une bonne licence pour faire un bon jeu. Surtout quand on la vide de ce qui en faisait tout le sel : son mode coopératif. Les amateurs de la série se sentiront donc trahis, tandis que les autres trouveront bien mieux ailleurs en matière de technicité des affrontements et de réalisation. Il reste que les beat'em all proposant des combats montés sont rares, et que cet aspect permettra peut-être au jeu de trouver son public.
40
Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
I can’t really recommend Golden Axe: Beast Rider to anyone, apart from maybe the die hard fans. The combat can be fun, but ultimately it’s rather boring and uninspired, the beasts are sluggish and unresponsive, and the defence is just plain annoying. This is just more proof that some franchises should stay dead, no matter how good they were back in the day.
32
PlayStation 3IGN
I could go on and on with complaints, but know that I would never get to a point where I say that something is even remotely decent. This is a game worth avoiding like the plague, even if the classic remains deep and warm within your heart.
30
PlayStation 3Gamereactor (Sweden)
Nej, det här är rent bedrövligt dåligt. Sega borde aldrig ha kallat detta Golden Axe ens och släpat ett starkt namn i smutsen. Undvik Golden Axe: Beast Rider till varje pris, det är inte ens värt ett riktigt lågt reabackspris och Sega får ställa sig i skämshörnan (tillsammans med George Lucas) för hur de behandlar gamla klassiska fenomen som folk faktiskt älskar och bryr sig om.
30
Xbox 360Gamereactor (Sweden)
Nej, det här är rent bedrövligt dåligt. Sega borde aldrig ha kallat detta Golden Axe ens och släpat ett starkt namn i smutsen. Undvik Golden Axe: Beast Rider till varje pris, det är inte ens värt ett riktigt lågt reabackspris och Sega får ställa sig i skämshörnan (tillsammans med George Lucas) för hur de behandlar gamla klassiska fenomen som folk faktiskt älskar och bryr sig om.