Axiom Verge

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85 / 100
May 13, 2015

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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IGN

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7.9 / 10.0
Mar 30, 2015

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

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Recommended
Mar 29, 2015

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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7 / 10
Apr 21, 2016

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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9.3 / 10.0
Mar 30, 2015

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

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8 / 10
Mar 29, 2015

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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7 / 10.0
Apr 1, 2015

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

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Mar 29, 2015

The ways that Axiom Verge resembles Metroid help set up and drive home the ways that Axiom Verge is most definitely not Metroid.

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Kotaku

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Yes
Mar 30, 2015

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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Mar 29, 2015

Although it closely follows the Metroidvania blueprint, the brilliantly designed and executed Axiom Verge adds enough new and original features to make it a truly great game in its own right. An absolute must for retro fans.

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