Golden Axe: The Duel Reviews (SEGA Saturn)

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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.4
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.2
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Overall User Score (5 votes) 3.4

Critic Reviews

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GameFan Magazine (Dec, 1995)
I love Golden Axe so you can imagine how I feel about The Duel. Quick pixel-free scaling backgrounds, traditional Sega Axe art and sounds, plus major supers you obtain by whacking those great little Golden Axe elves makes this a great game. It's at least four times faster than the coin-op and costs around $70 bucks, so who's complaining? So it isn't as complex as SF2, what is?
Hobby Consolas (Jan, 1996)
Sega se ha permitido el lujazo de ofrecer en Saturn un «Golden Axe, The Duel», que es un calco de la recreativa. Esta versión resulta realmente impresionante ya que su aspecto visual es muy atractivo, presenta unos escenarios trabajados a fondo y está protagonizada por unos personajes asombrosamente ágiles y que se controlan a la perfección. Precisamente en la rapidez reside gran parte de la gracia de este juego, que, a pesar de tener una competencia muy dura, conseguirá hacerse un hueco entre los grandes "monstruos" del género.
Consoles News (Jul, 1996)
Bon, j'ai bien rigolé avec ce jeu, mais je déplore que l'animation rame un peu par moment, malgré sa fluidité dans les mouvements et que les combats sont un petit peu lents. Golden Axe The Duel n'est pas mauvais, mais par rapport à Street Fighter Alpha et Vampire Hunter, il ne fait pas le poids. A posséder donc si vraiment vous êtes un collectionneur de jeux de baston.
Mega Fun (Oct, 1995)
Axe Project 3 hat seine Schulaufgaben äußerst gründlich gemacht. Sie nahmen einfach die Steuerung und das Gameplay von SF II, ferner das Waffenarsenal von Samurai Shodown und garnierten die ganze Balgerei mit einem Schuß Innovation, fertig ist ein weiterer Beat'em Up-Ableger. Mir persönlich hat der neue Golden Axe-Aufguß von Anfang an sehr gut gefallen. Das Gameplay wirkt durch die faire Kollisionsabfrage und vielen spielerischen Möglichkeiten vollkommen ausgereift, sprich, auch der Prügel-Freak dürfte hier ansprechend unterhalten werden.

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Mean Machines (Jan, 1996)
Not quite as appealing as Virtua, but if you found it in your Christmas stocking, you wouldn't be disappointed.
Mean Machines (Feb, 1996)
The game is made worthy by its speed, solid graphics and some amazing special moves which are worth practising. The only gilt-removing factor is Acclaim's forthcoming, and undeniably superior, X-Men, but you'll have another month to wait for that. Availability at least should make Golden Axe desirable.
High Voltage Online (Oct 01, 2006)
The game is another welcome addition to my already incredibly smug Saturn collection, but it’s not something I’d go out of my way to play, and as such isn’t really worth the undoubted effort and cost associated with rare Saturn software.
Shin Force (Dec 28, 2005)
Golden Axe: The Duel has nostalgic value, nice zooming graphics and decent gameplay. It's no Street Fighter II replacement, but it's not a drink coaster either. I can only recommend this game to fans of vs. fighting games and the Golden Axe series.
Electric Playground (Nov 11, 1996)
I'd stand behind a recommendation to rent this one in a second, although I'd have a little difficulty encouraging gamers to spend more than $30 to buy the game. It does have quite a bit of playability unto its own but it's impossible to ignore how many games like this we've all played before and how many good ones are currently available for the Saturn.
The Video Game Critic (Apr 30, 2004)
The animation is fair, but the fights lack flow and feel stiff and mechanical. The camera scales in and out (a la Samurai Shodown) but is never really a factor. The mage can transform you into a frog, but this frog can still kick some ass! Little elves run across the screen periodically, dropping potions when you strike them. When you gather enough potions, you can "power-up" for a short period of time. The Duel's backgrounds reflect the medieval flavor of the series, but they look grainy and boring. The best aspects of this game are the sound effects and splattering blood. Otherwise it is completely forgettable.