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  • Summary: Golden Axe: Beast Rider delivers action-RPG thrills as a small band of Riders embark on an epic adventure to recruit allies, expose the enemy and prevent the annihilation of their breed. Delivering an intense and unique combat experience, players charge into battle on the backs of ferocious beasts or take their chances with the enemy while on foot. Fighting skill, wits and even magic are all called into action as players immerse themselves in the struggle to defeat an evil intent on enslaving the remains of civilization. [Sega] Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 30
  2. Negative: 17 out of 30
  1. The graphics and sound are great, and the numerous challenges and arena modes offer some diversity. If you're up for a quick hack-and-slash game, rent it. If you want a game with depth, however, this Axe needs sharpening.
  2. Golden Axe: Beast Rider confuses the tribute to retro with the flat and boring gameplay. The new game of SEGA is mediocre in every aspect, and comes as a failure in its attempt to recover a legendary name and turn it into a worthy product of Next-Gen platforms.
  3. While it’s kind of cool to see a new take on such an old game, the presence of a muddy palette and outdated game mechanics combined with the inexplicable absence of co-op makes Beast Rider forgettable and so much less than it could have been.
  4. 45
    Golden Axe: Beast Rider had the potential to be the second coming of the Golden Axe franchise, instead it left fans of the long-running series mulling over what could have been.
  5. It's not worth it, mate. [Christmas 2008, p.116]
  6. 40
    While the counter-attacks and the beasts add something to the lacklustre gameplay, everything else from cameras to enemies makes it a chore to slog through one end of a level to another.
  7. 25
    With the exclusion of co-op -- what people really want to play -- and the constant hint that a sequel's already on the way, Beast Rider feels like a difficult, drawn-out, $60 tutorial. Why bother?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. AllanD
    Jan 5, 2010
    As others have stated this game is underrated. OK so it's not the next Eldar Scrolls but the graphics are great. If you've played Conan you'll know what to expect, there's a lot less combos on offer but this is made up for with the coutering system which I won't go in to here - but if you can master it, it's as satifying a game mechanic as you're likely to find. Really hope there is a sequel! (And to SEGA, leave out the Barbarian and the dwarf, just put in more customisation for Tyris!) I paid £8 pre-owned. If you see this game for less than a tenner, grab it. Expand
  2. Dan
    Dec 7, 2008
    This game is totally underrated. It looks like another critic feeding frenzy where they all get to pile on a game to show how tough of reviewers they can be. The game isn't perfect, but I've found it to be very satisfying and quite challenging. My biggest gripe with the game is that the camera can be frustrating when you're backed into a corner. The combat depends heavily on being able to see and counter your enemy's attacks and sometimes it gets zoomed in so close that you cant tell what they're coming at you with. The solution? Try to stay out in the open more- it's not a game-breaker. Tyris is hot. The beasts are cool. And there's plenty of over-the-top blood and gore. Overall, it's a good game- especially at the bargain bin pricing that it's now found at. Expand
  3. Jun 26, 2013
    I'm changing my score. I gave it a 8 initially, but after playing through most of the game, it just gets worse and worse. Repetition increases, and eventually what story existed in the beginning disappears. I give it a 6 now. Expand
  4. Jan 1, 2013
    Golden Axe tries to bring back the memories but fails to deliver the same quality as the other Golden Axe games. You play as Tyris, there is also other characters that make guest appearances. The combat is just bland and uninteresting. The game just doesn't feel like it lives up to it's past. The game runs nice though and the graphics aren't that bad for a 2008 video game. The game is not that bad it just doesn't feel like the same. Expand
  5. Funkymonk
    Jan 26, 2009
    As a big fan of the classic original I can only express dissapointment at this update. The gamplay is repetitive, the fighting flawed and apart from a few of the characters it doesn't even have much in common with the original. Do not buy this. Not even at a bargin bin price and especially not if you have a soft spot for the old Golden Axe. You're the ones who would be most let down. Expand
  6. RobertV
    Sep 3, 2009
    The game has the potential to be good but the execution is beyond terrible. The games is hard and unfair, making you watch all the cutscenes over and over when you die, and trust me you will die a lot. It gets insanely tedious. The balance in the game is a right mess as well, it seems completely random when you can evade/parry or not, or if your attacks will stun an enemy. I don't know how many times i've timed my button press just right only to get hit anyway, and subsequently get killed by a mob. I was hoping for some mindless hack and slash action with a hint of nostalgia with this game, but the only emotion this game conjured was utter frustration. Stay clear from this one, that's all i can say. Expand
  7. sfamsfam
    Dec 27, 2008
    If I had to describe this game in one word it would be "frustrating." The beasts can't be controlled well, the game LOVES to send incoherent respawn creatures to surround you in an enclosed area, the "necessary" defense stuff really is atrocious, and you get money that you never can use. Truly a waste of $$$ Expand