Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Much like a lot of the arcade games back then, Golden Axe is fairly short and doesn't have a lot of replayability, as every enemy will appear in the exact same spot every time you play, and there are no branching paths. But for 400 MS points, a classic brawler with functional online play is something that belongs in your Live Arcade library.
  2. Short but still ass-kickingly sweet! [Sept 2007, p.110]
  3. Between its unlimited continues and crusty looks, you're probably only going to be interested in this game if you liked it back in 1989.
  4. Golden Axe, then. Big, brutish, three-button sprite-based fantasy brawler with bags of nostalgic moments and inexplicable co-op charm: Yours to buy for the 39th time for just 400 points.
  5. There's online co-op available too, but, unlike Sonic's outing, we feel it would be hard pushed to attract many beyond-nostalgia hunters. [Issue#24, p.100]
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 8, 2013
    8
    I would have preferred to review the arcade version as that is when I first played this game. Still, the XBLA version is perhaps the mostI would have preferred to review the arcade version as that is when I first played this game. Still, the XBLA version is perhaps the most loyal port that is almost identical to the original game.

    With that said, it's still allot of fun, but today it does really feel dated. In the old days I would have rated this a 9, but my reviews are based on both my old and current opinions.

    Overall:
    Golden Axe is, and always will be a tireless classic. However, this game is perhaps best left as a nostalgic memory as the more I play it today, the less I think of it.
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  2. Jan 17, 2013
    6
    Awesome game back in the day. Classic.
  3. MiguelG.
    Aug 24, 2007
    9
    Nostalgia at its best. Nothing more, nothing less than the original. The "end-cut scene" is glorious in all its kitsch mood, and "cute" too. Nostalgia at its best. Nothing more, nothing less than the original. The "end-cut scene" is glorious in all its kitsch mood, and "cute" too. Brilliant in a very special way. Too bad its historical value is lost for the lack of a "proper" box, and box-art. Full Review »