Golden Axe: Beast Rider
Xbox 360, PS3
Oct. 14th, 2008
A scantily clad female warrior who rides powerful beasts is looking to get revenge. Sounds like it
could be a Uwe Boll film, I know, but it’s a bit more engaging, a lot more entertaining and
already looks to be more fun than a trip to one of his wretched movies. With key fighting
elements embedded within the gameplay (i.e., dismembering the enemy) and a variety of beasts
to ride and control, Sega has definitely sought to revolutionize this classic beat e’m up game.
Even though Golden Axe: Beast Rider looks like it could be a beat-e'm-up version of Dead or Alive with free-roaming and large beasts, it might surprise players to know that the game
actually carries some depth to the bikinis and blade-wielding themes. After nearly being killed by
an evil beast-sorcerer, the main character, Tyris Flare, seeks out revenge as she battles through
hordes of baddies and yielding quad-pedal beasts at her control.
GA: Beast Rider is played like a standard third-person, hack-and-slash game. Players will
run around from one destination to the next, hacking and slashing enemies. The upside to the
otherwise arid fighting system is that enemies can be dismembered based on where player’s
attack them. Different weapons also offer up various attributes to boost up the player’s
effectiveness against various enemies, or for using certain attacks. There’s also special finishing
moves that hold back very little blood and gore, but work as pretty good cinematics.
The real meat on the bones of this game resides in the ability to ride any of the five powerful
beasts. Players can run around and gouge, gore, and claw the crap out of enemies. One beast is
so large that he can not only kill, maim and eat enemies, but he can also devour other beasts.
Each one of the vicious creatures also sport special abilities that players can utilize to their
advantage; from brute strength to invisibility. One neat part about the whole beast element, is that
if the player loses their beast they can hijack one of the enemy’s creatures. And while I would
hate to constantly refer to a specific game for free-roaming and hijacking, I’m going to do it
anyway. Golden Axe is a little like a medieval version of GTA, except you can
fight back with the hijacked animal. Yep, there’s the GTA plug for the day.
Aside from the battling on beasts and fighting on foot, there’s also a magic system. Given that
Tyris’ specialized in using fire magic in the original Golden Axe, you can pretty much bet
that there’s going to be a lot of fire to hand out to the baddies. The magic system offers players
area-of-effect attacks, projectiles and summoning. Each one of Tyris’ special moves can also be
upgraded as players progress through the game.
Now iuf all of this isn’t enough there’s also gnomes. Yes, gnomes. They can be kicked, beat and
killed. Sometimes the gnomes may even chase you down and explode, leaving behind a very
deadly poison. I just thought gamers might want to know that. Anyway, Golden Axe: Beast Rider
is due out on October 14th for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Be sure to stay tuned in with Blend Games for more news and info for all the
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