Sunday 26 June 2022

Golden Axe III (Sega Mega Drive / Genesis review)

Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1993

Golden Axe III is a side-scrolling hack 'n' slash that was only released physically in Japan.

+ The level design switches things up from the first two games and includes some cool set-pieces to surprise players.

+ Gameplay feels fresh with each play-through due to the introduction of multiple paths throughout the stages.

+ Action is faster and smoother (something the combat benefits from) and the awesome new moves even the playing field.

+ Playable characters have been increased from three to four, and their unique weapons / attacks adds longevity.

- Collision detection is spotty and at times it's difficult to accurately line yourself up on the same vertical axis as an enemy.

- For some bizarre reason, you now have to press a button to collect items rather than simply walking over them.

- The majority of the music is ill-fitting for a medieval theme and would perhaps better suit a more futuristic setting.

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