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Axiom Verge

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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

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Available on:PlayStation 4Mar 30, 2015
Xbox OneSep 29, 2016
Wii UAug 31, 2016
PCMay 13, 2015
PlayStation VitaApr 18, 2016
Nintendo SwitchOct 4, 2017
Xbox Series X/SNov 10, 2020
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Developer: Tom Happ

Genres: Action, Adventure

Explore and uncover the mystery of a surreal alien world by blasting aliens and glitching your environment in this intense retro side-scrolling action/adventure.

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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.

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A massive, challenging retro-flavoured shooter that takes the Metroid formula and runs with it. Old school, but with a modern edge.

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7.9 / 10.0

Axiom Verge isn't a perfect homage to Metroid, but we still enjoyed our time in this strange, familiar world.

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It spends too much time recreating the genius of Metroid rather than adding to it, but this is still one of the best examples of the genre in recent years.

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Axiom Verge 2 has Been Announced

Axiom Verge 2 has Been Announced

It has been announced that Axiom Verge 2 will be coming to the Nintendo Switch next year

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