Axiom Verge is a breath of fresh air for the metroidvania genre. And I mean no disrespect to some of the other more recent metroidvania games, there are some great ones, but Axiom
Verge has that “it” factor that sets it apart from the others. Starting out it’s easy to notice how visually similar it is to the Metroid series. The next thing you notice how kick ass the sound track is for this game, with the exception of “Inexorable”, that song blows, trust me you’ll know what song I’m talking about the second you hear it. It should also be noted that this entire game, including that bomb ass sound track was created by one amazing man, Mr. Thomas Happ.
So Axiom Verge plays like your standard metroidvania style game where you start out weak as shit and have to find upgrades and weapons so that you can kill the baddies and progress further into the game. I feel that a major part of metroidvania games is the enjoyment you get out of exploring the levels yourself and finding all the cool hidden shit in the game, so I’m not going to give too much away in this review. But trust me, there is a lot of cool ass hidden shit in this game. You will encounter a number of bosses throughout the game and of course some old fashioned metroidvania backtracking! One thing I will speak about is the Glitch Gun. This gun is really fucking cool. Whenever you shoot it at a bad guy, it changes him into some other crazy kind of monster, sometimes they help you, sometimes they fuck you and discovering the consequences is half the fun. This game also adds a few new gameplay tools unique to this game in the form of items. And I’m definitely not going to tell you about those.
As Far as the story is concerned it can be very difficult to follow, even if you pay attention to every text box in the game, it will still probably leave you with questions. But don’t worry, there are a ton of online forums discussing the lore and fan theories. There’s even a puzzle deep in the game still trying to be solved, but beat the game first, before you worry about all that nonsense until you finish the game.
Axiom Verge will definitely warm the hearts of metroidvania fans, who may have felt abandoned in the recent past. This game does it right and gives me hope that other metroidvania games of this caliber might get developed. Even if you have never touched a metroidvania title in your life, this is the perfect place to start. The game does have a Normal and Hard mode depending on how much of a challenge you want. I will tell you this, the final boss is one hell of a fight. If you are having trouble defeating him, you probably need to find more weapons, trust me there are always more weapons to find in this game.
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Disclosure: We DID NOT received a copy of this game for free. I paid for it because its a good game.
Check out the Developers and Publishers: Thomas Happ Games LLC