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Golden Axe: Beast Rider

Moby ID: 49117
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Golden Axe: Beast Rider is the first game in the series played in a 3D world. The player is again tasked to fight against Death Adder. This is accomplished by taking control of Tyris Flare, the Amazon. Unlike the other games, there's no choice of character, although Gilius Thunderhead the dwarf and Tarik the Ax Battler do make cameo appearances as NPCs. There are three modes of play; the main game is played through a campaign mode, there is a challenge mode where previously completed levels are played again, and there's an arena trials mode where the enemies in a level are fought in an arena style environment.

There are two types of attacks, a quick attack and a powerful attack. You can choose to parry or evade enemy strikes, each is used for the appropriate type of attack. There's also jumps, kicks, and magic. While riding a beast, you can choose a normal, special, or ranged attack.

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Average score: 52% (based on 21 ratings)


Average score: 3.3 out of 5 (based on 15 ratings with 1 reviews)

A tragic end to a familiar and popular franchise

The Good
I know it's hard to be a fan of the Golden Axe Sega Mega Drive era, but Golden Axe hasn't been in a next-gen console since the Saturn pulled its legs and continues to beat Sony and Nintendo, but it wasn't enough. But it's still one of the best consoles since the Genesis. When Golden Axe: Beast Rider was released in '08, I thought this was going to be a bigger comeback to the series, but since I read the negative reviews I was like saying "OUCH! Maybe it's too little too late for a reboot." The good news is that Tyris Flare is smokin' hot in that Conan-like style outfit. I wonder if in the future, Golden Axe could still be an M-rated title since Beast Rider was the first.

The Bad
With poor gameplay, a sloppy story campaign, and a strange combat system, I don't think Sega is not ready for a sequel or a reboot. If they want to stick with the old Golden Axe's 1 and 2, that's fine. But if they have Beast Rider and you played it and thrusting your fingers handling a few problems with the game, maybe you could sell it on Ebay and leave a feedback to the seller saying "I Want My Money Back, You Jerk!".

The Bottom Line
After the departure of the now-defunct developer Secret Circle, what will Sega do to the series? Things aren't looking too good for the company that Sonic built. The economy is rough sometimes and layoffs are really depressing when it comes to bad sales and no marketing advertisers. Well, I feel bad for SEGA and hopefully, maybe there is a second chance to bring back the Golden Axe universe. But Beast Rider is a forgotten game. Still, you could stare at Tyris's bikini body.

PlayStation 3 · by Kadeem Gomez (31) · 2012


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Game added December 23, 2010. Last modified May 29, 2024.