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Axiom Verge

Tom Happ
Mar 30, 2015 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5

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85 / 100
7.9 / 10
Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
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9.3 / 10
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8 / 10

Axiom Verge Review Summary

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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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Axiom Verge - Launch Trailer | PS4 thumbnail

Axiom Verge - Launch Trailer | PS4

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Critic Reviews for Axiom Verge

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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It draws you in with nostalgia and slaps you with innovation when you think you know what's next

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Axiom Verge works moment to moment but feels less successful as a whole

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Axiom Verge is an excellent example of inspired game design that takes old ideas and improves upon them, leaving a mark that won't soon be forgotten.

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Do you like hunting for a thing to unlock a door so you can find another thing to unlock another door? Then this is your game.

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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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