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  • Summary: Life. Afterlife. Real. Virtual. Dream. Nightmare. It's a thin line.

    This is the action-adventure you've been waiting decades for. After a lab accident, a scientist awakens in a mysterious, alien world. Is this a distant planet? The far future? Or a complex virtual-reality computer
    Life. Afterlife. Real. Virtual. Dream. Nightmare. It's a thin line.

    This is the action-adventure you've been waiting decades for. After a lab accident, a scientist awakens in a mysterious, alien world. Is this a distant planet? The far future? Or a complex virtual-reality computer simulation?

    Plumb the recesses of a large, labyrinthine world in order to learn its secrets and uncover your role within it.

    Discover tons of weapons, items, and abilities, each with their own unique behaviors and usage. You'll need your wits to find them all.

    Combat bizarre biomechanoid constructs, the deadly fallout of an ancient war, and the demons of your own psyche.

    And finally, break the game itself by using glitches to corrupt foes and solve puzzles in the environment.

    Life. Afterlife. Real. Virtual. Dream. Nightmare. It's a thin line.

    It's Axiom Verge.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Oct 4, 2017
    100
    This is truly an outstanding port of an outstanding game, no more and no less. We would strongly urge those of you that missed this game on other platforms to pick it up here; this is the full Axiom Verge experience and it's available in a format that supports both handheld and home play. For those of you who have played it before on other platforms, it’s ultimately a question of just how much you love this game. This is the exact same, excellent game that you’ve played before, so whether or not you want to buy it again is personal choice. Regardless of which side you fall on, Axiom Verge is a fantastic example of how to do a Metroidvania right, and we couldn’t be more pleased with it.
  2. Feb 13, 2018
    100
    This isn’t a game for the faint-hearted. It’s a challenging action adventure which forces you to use physical and mental dexterity in equal measure. It wields nostalgia and innovation with laser precision, creating one of the most fun and inspiring games that you will have the chance to play. If you want an excellent adventure platformer, then it would be a disservice not to own this game.
  3. Oct 5, 2017
    90
    Axiom Verge was already one of the best Metroid-style games in years and it lands on the Switch like it belongs there. The game is endlessly creative with new enemies, weapons and tools, making each new area a fun challenge to explore while giving plenty of reason to revisit the older ones. The huge, detailed bosses can seem insurmountable at first, but give up their patterns after an attempt or two, and good odds of receiving a new ability afterwards makes the fight worthwhile.
  4. Feb 12, 2018
    90
    A lesser game would have broken away from the standard Metroidvania fare by referencing Super Metroid and playing out like a 2D Metroid would be expected to. It wouldn't be bad, but it wouldn't be particularly special, either. Axiom Verge is not a lesser game, though. It strictly pays tribute to the original NES Metroid, but not once does it do anything with its premise that feels derivative. Any instance of homage is quickly subverted and thrust down a path all of its own. Solutions to puzzles are genuinely creative and the overworld is filled with more optional weapons and upgrades than actually necessary for a normal playthrough, offering an incredibly rewarding, explorative experience. Challenging, creative, and endlessly endearing, Axiom Verge: Multiverse Edition is the best take on the Metroidvania genre in years.
  5. Oct 25, 2017
    85
    Axiom Verge is a real homage to a time gone by. But instead of feeling old and tired, it injects new life into an old genre by coming up with inventive ways to push you forward. It is also the kind of game that works great on the Switch. Its simple design means it plays well on the go and also doesn’t kill the battery. If you are looking for something to dip in and out of during the busy Fall period, then look no further.
  6. Oct 11, 2017
    75
    Axiom Verge works great as a portable game, and while it's been available before on the Vita, I feel like the Switch is the best possible platform since it looks spectacular in handheld mode and works beautifully as a sit-down, console experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Feb 13, 2018
    10
    This game far surpassed my expectations and considering that it was all done by 1 person, I decided this game deserves a 10/10, if there areThis game far surpassed my expectations and considering that it was all done by 1 person, I decided this game deserves a 10/10, if there are any faults with the game, it would be that some weapons kind of felt underwhelming, I ended up focusing my playthrough on a few weapons only. Axiom Verge is easily one of the best Metroidvania games I have personally played and the fact that it stands next to Super Metroid is all you should need to know if you are considering playing Axiom Verge.

    I loved the soundtrack, the graphics and the movement of Trace was on point, some of the sound effects were a bit screechy and would be the second issue I would have with the game. The speedrun mode is an awesome addition and provides some replayability along with the randomized secret areas, I also bought the Multiverse Edition which is a great physical release, if you are a Metroid fan you NEED to play this game.
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  2. Jun 12, 2019
    10
    This is one of my top 3 indie games. It's a fantastic love letter to the NES and Metroid with such uniqueness and creativity. I bought thisThis is one of my top 3 indie games. It's a fantastic love letter to the NES and Metroid with such uniqueness and creativity. I bought this game used thinking meh I might like it and I was absolutely blown away. In my top 10 on switch I can't recommend this title enough! Expand
  3. Oct 9, 2020
    9
    Excellent Metroidvania with a unique set of upgrades and weapons. I played on hard mode and, as someone who hates dark souls, found it to beExcellent Metroidvania with a unique set of upgrades and weapons. I played on hard mode and, as someone who hates dark souls, found it to be challenging but fair. Music is great, and bosses will definitely require some effort. The music in Zi will be stuck in your head forever... Expand
  4. Mar 6, 2018
    8
    The game satisfies in fulfilling all your Metroidvania needs! If you're into sidescrolling - map exploring gameplay in a dark and hostileThe game satisfies in fulfilling all your Metroidvania needs! If you're into sidescrolling - map exploring gameplay in a dark and hostile environment, this game is what you need. Expand
  5. Jun 2, 2019
    8
    Axiom Verge is a 2D side-scroller shooter. This game is a Metroid-inspired game, you go through a claustrophobic dungeon, with alien-lookingAxiom Verge is a 2D side-scroller shooter. This game is a Metroid-inspired game, you go through a claustrophobic dungeon, with alien-looking creatures and structures. I actually have no complaints, this is, indeed, one of the best 2D Platformer Shooters I`ve ever played, and man, I play games like these since 1994...so that's a lot. I can`t say its perfect because its style is not unique.

    However, I must say the following: (i) The artwork is amazing. This is a pixel art game, and it is as good as it comes. The environment is amazing; (ii) The gameplay is fluent and easy; (iii) The difficult is extremely balanced. It's not easy, but not overly frustrating; (iv) The story is interesting enough for you want to keep exploring the mystery; (v) The gadgets you have are beyond awesome, and you have so much fun with them. So, without further delay..., it's a great game, and perfect for the Switch. Don't miss it.
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  6. Feb 28, 2021
    7
    A very passionate indie project by the developer, who's clearly very talented. Great story, solid soundtrack and neat visuals. The game doesA very passionate indie project by the developer, who's clearly very talented. Great story, solid soundtrack and neat visuals. The game does feel very dated gameplay-wise though. It's not like the gameplay is poor, just that it fails to stand out in any real way when compared to some of its contemporaries (ESA, Hollow Knight, Guacamele). Overall a good game which I'd recommend to anyone who's a fan of the genre. Expand
  7. Apr 23, 2021
    3
    Good things: Gameplay is fun. Visuals create a Metroid-ish mood. Soundtrack is good.

    OK things: Controls are smooth, once you're in-game.
    Good things: Gameplay is fun. Visuals create a Metroid-ish mood. Soundtrack is good.

    OK things: Controls are smooth, once you're in-game. The idea of "glitching" seems like it could be fun game mechanic....although at first it seems to just mean you take damage if you try to follow certain paths.

    Bad things: Clunky menu controls. Map design seems based on the principle of "feeling stuck and resorting to shooting every wall was the best part of the Metroid games!" Some of the visuals look like they weren't just 'inspired' by Metroid, but were lifted from the early games. I mentioned earlier that the soundtrack is good...but the audio mix is all over the place, and some of the synth sounds completely swallow the mix, becoming completely blaring. It left me with little choice but to turn the music volume nearly all the way down. The result is a good soundtrack gone to waste.

    If this were a student project, things like idiosyncratic menu control layouts, a bad audio mix and "way-too-familiar" art wouldn't be a huge deal....but this is a product being sold via retail. The result is a game that feels like an amateurish money-grab by someone with a lot to learn before they're ready for prime-time.

    I bought the game on sale at half-price, and even that left me with buyer's remorse. I wish there had been a demo...or that I'd bought it somewhere that offered refunds (eg. Steam). The sequel is apparently coming to the Switch store this year; I doubt I'll pick it up unless there's a demo that lets me confirm that it won't feel like a waste of money.
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