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No, this isn't Metroid...but it's close enough 0

AAA development of Metroidvania titles have mysteriously halted in recent years. While they were never absolute top-sellers to begin with, a large amount of classics in the genre have been both critically and publicly lauded. Metroid, the innovative series that single-handedly brought about the genre, hasn't seen a traditional 2D entry since 2002's Metroid Fusion for the GBA. Axiom Verge looks exactly like another two-dimensional Metroid; right down to the traditional animations between rooms. T...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Axiom Verge Review 0

Despite it releasing in 2015, Axiom Verge has an essence that harkens back to the nostalgic nineties. The art style, mechanics, game design, and sound effects are pulled straight from games of yesteryear. It’s an action adventure with retro stylings that give the game an atmosphere and a feeling that you don’t get in many other places. It’s a shame however, that I never found Axiom Verge even remotely compelling.Axiom Verge was developed over the course of five years, almost en...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

From the Bench: Axiom Verge 0

Axiom Verge is a game that wants you to know that it carries Metroid in its heart and wears that heart on its sleeve. From the faux 8-bit graphical style, to the midi-eque sci-fi score, and even to the shape of the doors, Axiom Verge spares no effort in reminding you where it came from. The plus side of this nostalgia is that the game is incredibly successful in evoking fond memories of the older Metroid games. The downside comes when you realize Axiom Verge compares pretty unfavorably to both i...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Metroidvania is a Dumb Word. Axiom Verge Review 0

I really love this game. No, more than that. I really love this style of game. The type of ability-dependant progression at the core of the Metroid and Castlevania series offer some of the most satisfying experiences I’ve had over my gaming career. Being of this ilk, what Axiom Verge does, it does very well, and despite culling much of its look from Metroid, Axiom Verge does enough to distance itself from the series making it a familiar yet fresh experience. The game opens with s...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Axiom Verge Review 0

Axiom Verge isn't the first game that has been entirely developed by a sole developer, but the story regarding how the game came into fruition is one for the record books. Working at the talented Petroglyph Games as an engineer, Tom Happ created every aspect of the game over the past five years; the majority of which occurred during his time with the company. Working on the game on nights and weekends, an alpha build of the game was originally part of the Dream.Build.Play challenge in 2012.Since...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

More than just a clone, Axiom Verge is something special. 0

The ways in which Thomas Happ's Axiom Verge are similar to the Metroid series seem like an easy justification to dismiss it as a knock off. However, even after playing it for only an hour, it becomes obvious that there's much more to this package than the Metroid game you may never get again. There is an obvious inspiration, that's undeniable with the way it wears it's influences on it's sleeve, but Axiom Verge does enough different to demonstrate why it is it's own thing. The most important thi...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A Game of Clones 0

Thomas Happ must be a busy man. When he isn’t developing AAA titles, he’s working, solely mind you, on an ambitious 2D side scroller that most closely resembles, well, you know. Its that kind of game which features copious amounts of backtracking and hard to reach sections that seal off entire worlds until the right power up is discovered. I promised myself I wouldn’t use the term while writing this review. The kind of game that begins with tiny snail enemies, and the first di...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Axiom Verge Review 0

Axiom Verge is the type of game that specifically recalls gaming history and wears its inspirations on it's sleeve. Make no mistake about it this game is intended to look much like classic Nintendo games of yore, most obviously Metroid and it plays very similarly to those games as well. Where Axiom Verge shines though is its ability to mix in some more modern gameplay sensibilities while at the same time delivering a classic and immensely fun time.Axiom Verge is a game that on first glance defi...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A review of Axiom Verge (with tons of inevitable comparisons to Metroid) 0

At first glance, Axiom Verge does not tread a whole lot of new ground. It’s a retro-indie platformer that subverts expectations with modernized visual elements and an augmented narrative, and it exists in a sea of other retro-indie platformers with essentially the same gimmick. However, Axiom Verge manages to execute on its Metroid-vania concept so exceedingly well that it establishes an identity all its own. My high praise for this fun, diverse sci-fi adventure isn’t just out of sym...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

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