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Summary: Axiom Verge is a shining example of the Metroidvania genre which carves its own identity while still respecting its roots. However, its comparisons to Metroid may be to its fault as it does not live up fully to its elders
Developer: Tom Happ
Genres: Action, Adventure
Axiom Verge - Launch Trailer | PS4
It's just a shame that given the obvious talent and passion involved, it doesn't really have much of its own to add to the Metroidvania template. As charmed and delighted as I often was with its smartly paced escalation, its perpetually teasing construction, I kept waiting for some new element to appear, a eureka moment that either hadn't been thought of in 1986, or that could only be done today. It never quite happens. Axiom Verge seems content to be a homage, rather than a revival or reinvention. That's fine, since there's already plenty to justify your interest, but it feels like Happ has more to contribute than he's showing here.