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Certainement pas inférieur au premier épisode, Golden Axe II n’en est pas pour autant meilleur. Le peu d’améliorations graphiques, le recyclage des ennemis d’un opus à l’autre et le gameplay statique vous donneront l’impression de jouer à un prolongement de la série plutôt qu’à un nouvel épisode. Si c’est votre premier Golden Axe, vous pouvez vous jeter à corps perdu dessus, dans le cas contraire, ils est à réserver à ceux que le premier épisode n’a pas lassés.
Re-released on a download service that is hardly suffering from a lack of side-scrolling brawlers, there's really no reason to make this a priority and yet...it's still damn good fun. Not a patch on Streets of Rage, but certainly in the upper echelons of its genre. Your move-set is nicely varied, with numerous context-sensitive slashes, grapples and throws, while the ability to ride dragons and unleash smart bomb magic attacks go some way to break up the relentless pounding. It's also kind of easy, so those who shiver at the thought of the legendary toughness of retro games need not be afraid. Decent, then, but non-essential.
Though the game has its merits and can be fun to play with a friend, there just isn't anything noteworthy about Golden Axe II that would set it above its own predecessor. It's like a rerun of the scene from 1991 – new players may have discovered the Golden Axe franchise through downloading the original on the Virtual Console, but will be disappointed to find that this follow-up does nothing new with the design. If that's you, don't bother spending the 800 Wii Points on this one. If you haven't yet downloaded either one, and want to, then this sequel gets the very slight nod on the merits of its minor improvements, like the upgraded magic attack system. But only the most nostalgic of Sega fans should consider owning both, because it's like having the same game downloaded twice.
It's a shame that Sega expected the general public to pay good money for a game they'd already played to death over a year beforehand, but Golden Axe II is still a worthy purchase for fans of the series. This sequel does lose some of the charm that the original had so if you are a newcomer to the series we recommend you start with the first game which is a better game all-round.
In most respects, Golden Axe II is a carbon copy of the original Golden Axe. Like the first game, the sequel is a medieval-themed beat-'em-up that lets one or two players hack and slash their way through six levels of undead warriors or evil wizards. Sega concocted new enemies and new levels for this second game, as well as tweaked the way magic spells are used. But otherwise, it left the underlying gameplay and presentation quality alone. Unfortunately, the one aspect of the original game that didn't make it into the sequel is its charm. More to the point, Golden Axe II lacks all of the stylish nuances that made it so easy for players to overlook the first game's shortcomings and have a good time.