The land of Yuria has been invaded and is now ruled by the iron fist of Death Adder, who secured his throne by seizing the Golden Axe™. Three brave warriors now rise to the challenge of defeating Death Adder and his soldiers and returning peace to the Kingdom.
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Release Date: Jun 1, 2010

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The land of Yuria has been invaded and is now ruled by the iron fist of Death Adder, who secured his throne by seizing the Golden Axe™.
Three brave warriors now rise to the challenge of defeating Death Adder and his soldiers and returning peace to the Kingdom.

System Requirements

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    • OS: Windows® XP or higher
    • Graphics: 32MB or greater graphics card
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0 or greater
    • Hard Drive: 50MB free disc space
    System specs for classic launcher.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® XP or higher
    • Graphics/CPU: NVidia GeForce GTX 280 or ATI Radeon HD 6630 or equivalent DirectX® 9c or higher 1GB VRam / Intel i3-2100 or AMD Phenom II X4 940 or equivalent dual core CPU
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9c or greater
    • Hard Drive: 50MB free disc space
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71 of 83 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: December 2, 2012
While the mega drive version may have worse gameplay than the arcade version, the music is so much better, and a extra mode and a extra level this is still a great version of the classic.
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31 of 31 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xj-cKztMHko
OldSchool Retro Fantasy Stuff
Some could say Golden Axe is a Dark Souls Game of the 80´s its rather hard at start and you end up dying a lot in the start, but once you figure out how to exploit the games mechanics it will be a easy ride. For its time it was considered among best games on its console, however it may not have lasted that well through the years, but it still was enjoyable nostalgia experience for me.

Make sure to play it on a controller i have feel that keyboard might be pretty bad choice. There is option to bind your keys which is really nice thing.

Good Stuff
  • Some pretty fantastic Retro Music
  • Not an easy game, offers challenges
  • Co-op Support
  • Quicksave support (Not available on original sega version)
Not So Good Stuff
  • The game is rather short especially if you are good at it, the different game modes however may increase the replay value
  • The characters aren´t the most balanced
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Its been so long since I played Golden Axe, I bet I still have the genesis cartridge somewhere! If you looking for classic Sega games might I recommend, Golden Axe, Altered Beast, anything Sonic, Eternal Champions, Streets of Rage, Ecco, and Shinobi 3. While there are many more I have got to say I don't want this review to go on for days. Golden Axe has been out since 1989 so I don't actually know realistically what I should mention here that you probably don't already know besides the fact that I have not had any trouble with the emulator and that its almost exactly as I remember it was.
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Yeah, Goodgame. I Would like to buy & play Golden Axe 2 and 3 too. (iloveoldschoolgames)
9/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Golden Axe is a early Conan-styled beat-em-up originally made by Team Shinobi part of Sega of Japan for the arcades in 1989. It became a big hit and soon was ported by Sega of Japan onto Sega Mega Drive around 1989-1990. 4 Megabit ROM cartridge, up to 2 player action, ayiep.

The game that you have here is nothing more than emulation of Sega Genesis version.


Now, for usual technical part about Sega's emulation here:
The Sega Classic games that you purchase on Steam count as DLCs for "Sega Mega Drive & Genesis Classics" game that should appear in your library.
By default it runs 3D bedroom Hub. Since emulator itself is based on 2006 one made in Java and 3D Hub is made in Unity, both famous for having not-good optimization, the performance in this hub varies from one PC to another. Sound lags as well.
It's recommended to run Simple Launcher, which can be done by Right Mouse Clicking the Sega Classic title in Steam library and selecting it. It still isn't perfectly accurate emulation, but it's acceptable. Sadly, it doesn't have user-friendly access to mods.
However, Simple Launcher has it's fair share of glitches as well. It can crash. And it does the second time you go to main menu, so always quit after saving there so it doesn't crash when you want to save next time! Also, yes, emulator supports quick saves.
As alternative, you can use external emulator to run games that you purchased. Kinda like when people use ZDoom source port to run Doom on Steam. Sega kindly placed in all games that you purchased in "uncompressed ROMs" folder that program itself doesn't use, the file for this one being "GAXE_W.68K".
I also demand you to read digital manual of this game first. Go to "manuals" folder of game root and open "GA_PC_MG_EFIGS_US.pdf".

While the game has multiplayer mode for two players, the emulator doesn't have any online function for that, so it's local only.


The plot of Golden Axe takes us on a journey of Ax Battler, the barbarian, mother massacred by Death Adder, Tyris Flare, the amazon, parents murdered by Death Adder, and Gillius Thunderhead, the dwarf, brother killed by Death Adder. They all want to get to Death Adder for obvious reasons. Oh yea, and apparently Death Adder stole the powerful Golden Axe and is invading Yuria land so it's time to go barbarian-style on him.
My favourite part of Sega Genesis port however is that it doesn't have golden axes in it. While in original both Death Adder and Gillius had one, for some reason.

Golden Axe is a old-school beat-em-up, movement in any direction, attacking left or right only. It's somewhere between Double Dragon and Final Fight eras. You move around and attack enemies with your close-range weapons, occasionally riding Bizzarians, that are dragons, when there is one around. Oh yea, and you can collect magic pots and use them when you think the moment is right.

I would say that the main focus of this game is more on avoiding the enemy groups than just outright coming in and punching everything in line. This game isn't simple as you can't usually walk toward enemy in straight line and not get hit by something huge. The AI of enemies is also made to always surround you and try to double up on you, comboing the hell out of you, so you really can't take any time whacking a single enemy. This game is going to make you want to dance around battlefield. No block button, no avoid feature, it's going to make you learn the reason why beat-em-ups have vertical movement in hard way. So you better use it to both approach and avoid enemy.

It also varies up with the fact that levels have elevations, pits and walls. Yup, ain't just tubes like in Final Fight era. And you should make use of those if you want to succeed. Or just because it's fun. Always take the higher ground to knock back baddies trying to jump onto it and have fun throwing all the enemies into pits, even figuring out how to use the ones that are off-screen. The exclusive level that Sega Genesis got is incredible fun with all the pits, a great break after the original final boss. And yep, Genesis port has extra stuff in it not found in arcades, adding exclusive new level and a new (read: recolor) final boss. Though I think that other home ports got them as well. Ending was changed too, no 4th-wall smashing there.

Though, this game is quite weird at times. And port is quite unpolished and not only in a sense that it had to cut animation frames and lower down sprite size. And scream sound that are now ridiculous. Though the music is still epic, but that's a default state with Sega. For example, the throw move is useful but in weird way. You can't knock others by throwing enemy body. Instead you do it because for some reason enemies don't attack you while you do it and all the dash attacks miss you. AI is pretty much one-trick pony, doing same things, while game keeps throwing 3-man groups at you all time. But it also slightly glitchy in Genesis versions, sometimes they run backward and even move unsually fast vertically and sometimes they just freeze in animation until you hit them.

It also doesn't help that you can cheese your way through the game easily by doing cheap moves. Or more exactly, by spamming dash attack. It pretty much turns any 2-man group into no-brainer. Or you can spam Gillius rolling attack that counters bosses well too. Try to restrain yourself from going cheap. Otherwise you end up with game that is hard (not really) to learn and easy to master.

And yep, got three characters there. Amazon has powerful magic but range of weapon is very small. But her dash attack beats anybody aside from amazon. Barbarian is not-exciting average, with decent magic and weapon range. His dash attack also fine, but doesn't work on knight bosses. And dwarf has axe and beard so he is everybody's fav, having less magic but really huge weapon range. His dash works on bosses really well, poor them, but normal enemies out-cheap him. And if you press jump+attack you get a backroll attack which is also cheap against bosses, while amazon and barbarian don't really move with their backward attacks.

Genesis port also added two new modes and options. In options you have access to controls and sound test to listen to music. And you can change amount of life bars from 3 to 5. That's the only difficulty-wise thing you can change, sadly.

One of the added modes is Beginner Mode. It's a complete pushover. You can play only the first three stages, everything is super-easy, magic uses up only 2 bottles instead of them all. But hey, Death Adder Jr.

And another mode is The Duel. What it does actually depends on if you started game in 1 or 2 player mode. In 1 player mode it's an endurance mode where you have to face off 12 rounds of Death Adder's minions. It's quite fun to see how far you can get. There is also no magic so Gillius is clearly the best character, oh well. It also has a timer for some reason, but it doesn't seem to do anything. Maybe it improves the final score if you beat rounds in time.

Oh yea, and you can play Golden Axe with another player. In normal modes it's usual beat-em-up coop. Two players select different characters, they have separate lifes, there is friendly fire so watch out. Should be neat.

For The Duel it's 1v1 duel event. But since it's old-school beat-em-up and not Street Fighter 2 it sucks. Well, to be honest I didn't really get to play it but really, beat-em-up rules don't fit such mode. Looking at all those huge health and a really long invincibility period after getting knocked out, it's probably going to be just two person trying to catch each other.

In the end, setting, with artistic backgrounds, is awesome and game is satisfying to beat up baddies none the less. And this port has more modes and levels than Arcade, whoop.
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21 of 45 people (47%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
They don't make them like they used to! Before I had Coors Light I just had this game. It was great I probably played over 10,000 hours. If you're playing in 2016 be sure to play with retroachievements.

Full disclosure: I got a free copy of this game from my friend who works at SEGA
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23 of 282 people (8%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: August 10, 2012
This is another classic side scrolling beat 'em up game but somehow I did not enjoy playing it again as much as streets of rage. To do well at this you need to master the running attack which did not feel like a natural button combination for me. It does have the cool variety of magic spells and the creatures you can ride but overall I would recommend streets of rage games over this.
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20 of 275 people (7%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: January 2, 2011
First of all, there is no online multiplayer. so right there steam trolled you hard like the steam train it is. second it says co-op and mulitplayer........... WTF that sounds like online play to me. Third its no mass effect
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