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My most-played game on the Genesis! Genesis Ivan Obretenov (33)
A solid medieval beat 'em-up and the best of the series Genesis Roedie (5252)
The Best Of The Series. Genesis MasterMegid (902)
Sometimes, more is not better but just more Genesis Elliott Wu (44)
There was a reason it was not released in the USA. Genesis Majestic Lizard (676)

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Genesis 37 3.7
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Combined User Score 37 3.7

Critic Reviews

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GenesisSega Force (Sep 30, 1993)
GA 3 är precis rätt spel att ta hem för att förgylla en trist höstkväll, men du behöver inte bunkra käk, sätta på svararen eller så: om du inte brukar gå vilse i trappuppgången eller har svårt att träffa lador med en näve grus, så fixar du detta spel i lagom tid för att se de sena TV-nyheterna.
GenesisVideo Games (Oct, 1993)
Die Charaktere sind mit einer Vielzahl von Bewegungen ausgestattet worden, was sich positiv auf den Spielspaß auswirkt. Die Grafik fällt zwar im Vergleich zum ersten teil etwas ab, dafür untermalt der mystische Sound das Geschehen bestens. Sehr gut gefallen hat mir auch das Feature, seinen Weg selbst bestimmen zu können. Was unterm Strich übrigbleibt, ist ein überdurchschnittliches Beat'em up, das für meinen Geschmack etwas zu leicht ist, aber das Flair der ersten beiden Teil gut rüberbringt.
GenesisSEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) (Jan 06, 2008)
Golden Axe III n'aura vu le jour qu'au Japon et on pourra le regretter puisqu'au final il est clairement plus abouti que ses deux grands frères. Bien sûr on n'osera pas le comparer au second épisode arcade sorti un an plus tôt, car la Megadrive a ses propres limites, mais on pourra trouver dommage qu'il soit tout de même si inférieur à Streets of Rage 2. Dans tous les cas le jeu aura apporté à la série des stages plus nombreux, une meilleure durée de vie, et le système de cheminements très agréable. Un bon titre en l'état, et sûrement le meilleur de la série sur Megadrive.
All in all, Golden Axe III is a decent game - if you can get past the quality of the graphics and music, there's a lot to like about it. Why Sega of America passed on the game is still a mystery to me... then again, they passed on Treasure's Alien Soldier too, the idiots. It's worth picking up if you can find it - be warned, though, you will need a Mega Drive converter to play it, as it was apparently one of the first Mega Drive games to have a regional lockout installed. My Magic Key III works just fine with it, as it turns out. Interestingly enough, all of the in-game text is English, so it's very import-friendly. Strange, though... it's like Sega did intend to release it outside of Japan. Also, on another note... I never thought I would say this, but the Japanese can put out some absolutely godawful cover artwork. Unfortunately, Golden Axe III has some of it. Check out the box scan below to see for yourself.
65 (Mar 26, 2004)
Aquellos que busquen en este juego una continuación de la saga no encontraran una tercera parte, sino un cambio de estilo que no esta a la altura de las demás entregas. Si os gusta mucho esta saga o no sois muy exigentes podréis entreteneros bastante con este juego, de lo contrario la diversión solo os acompañará durante algunas partidas. Probadlo y decidid.
60 (UK) (Oct 06, 2007)
Like the prior Golden Axe games it's passable fluff, and amusing enough on the most basic retro level, but offers no compelling reason to choose this over any of the dozens of similar games already out there. It should come as no surprise that Sega couldn't even be arsed releasing the original cartridge outside of Japan.
iPhone148apps (May 16, 2011)
All things considered, Golden Axe 3 is best played for a nostalgic step back to the heyday of early gaming consoles. The touchscreen controls of this port will quickly frustrate and annoy, but fans of the hack and slash genre will enjoy this classic and it’s quirks.
iPhoneTouchGen (May 14, 2011)
Overall, Gold Axe 3 isn’t great, but it’s not terrible either. I wish there was some word in the English language to describe something that isn’t great, but isn’t bad… Oh right it’s decent. There are better side scrolling hack and slash games out there, and some are even made by SEGA. (Streets of Rage being one example.) If you are a huge Golden Axe fan then this game is worth a look, otherwise there are better choices out there.
iPhoneModojo (May 25, 2011)
All of this makes for a solid adventure that'll appeal to retro fans in search of a Genesis fix. At the same time, there's little to do once you plow through the main quest, aside from inviting a friend to play via Bluetooth. Regardless, the game takes roughly two hours to complete. This makes Golden Axe 3 way overpriced (all of these games should be $0.99). That said, we still had fun pounding monsters into oblivion.
WiiNintendo Life (Oct 06, 2007)
Ultimately Golden Axe 3 is a brave attempt to revitalize the series after the underwhelming second game. Sadly it doesn’t quite pull it off.
WiiGameSpot (Dec 12, 2007)
The Wii Virtual Console has started offering games that weren't readily available in North America, which means that less import-savvy players in this region can now finally experience these games. However, some of these selections amount to little more than curiosities and fan service, which perhaps shows why they weren't widely released over here. Golden Axe III, originally available in North America only through the Sega Channel download service, falls into the latter category, with clunky controls and an absence of the key qualities that made the original so memorable.
40 (Jun 24, 2004)
All in all, I can only recommend this game if you just have to have the complete trilogy or if a friend's little brother trades it to you for a pack of Yugioh! cards. Aside from that, stay far, far away.