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Axiom Verge is a 2D metroidvania platform shooter centered around the protagonist Trace, a scientist who, after an experiment gone wrong, finds himself on the world of Sudra. By the time Trace arrives on Sudra he finds this world and his civilization collapsed due to the release of the "Pathogen". With help of the Russalki (giant war machines that guard Sudra), Trace has to fight back the invading forces and return back across The Breach to Earth.

The world of Sudra is an open world in which Trace can travel back and forth, but needs access to better gear and weapons to keep progressing. Several areas can be travelled to by means of opening up pathways with the items Trace can find along the way. This also involves backtracking. Such items include for instance the Modified Labcoat, Grapple, Laser Drill, Address Disruptor and Remote Drone. Some weapons can be used to open secret paths. None of the available energy based weapons consume ammo. Upgrades for health and weapons can also be found while exploring every nook and cranny. Backtracking is needed for optionally completing the game entirely, but most of the weapons that are needed to finish the game can be found in a linear playthrough.

The amount of alien flora and fauna on Sudra varies from area to area. The enemies respawn after leaving the general area. After killing them they leave behind some health.


Axiom Verge Windows Title screen.
Axiom Verge Windows Oh, you bet. Bosses ain't here to fool around.
Axiom Verge Windows Short range, but pretty powerful weapon. The shotgun of the game, one might say.
Axiom Verge Windows Simple items menu.

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Axiom Verge Screenshot
Axiom Verge Screenshot
Axiom Verge Screenshot
Axiom Verge Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "アクシオムヴァージ" -- Japanese spelling

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Giant Bomb PlayStation 4 Mar 30, 2015 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) PlayStation 4 Mar 01, 2016 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Giant Bomb Windows Mar 30, 2015 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Link Cable Gaming Wii U Sep 07, 2016 9.6 out of 10 96
Garage Band Gamers PlayStation 4 Mar 31, 2015 9 out of 10 90
PC Gamer Windows May 12, 2015 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) Windows Apr 28, 2015 84 out of 100 84
Darkstation Windows May 13, 2015 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Games TM PlayStation 4 2015 7 out of 10 70 Windows May 15, 2015 62 out of 100 62


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