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Golden Axe: Beast Riders

The quintessential fantasy-flavoured brawler from the 1980s is back! Golden Axe: Beast Riders is a fresh take on the popular hack n’ slash action RPG, designed exclusively for next-gen consoles.

  • The quintessential fantasy-flavoured brawler from the 1980s is back! Golden Axe: Beast Riders is a fresh take on the popular hack n’ slash action RPG, designed exclusively for next-gen consoles. Check out the following slideshow for a glance at what’s in store.

  • According to Internet rumour, the new game will incorporate bucket-loads of mature content, including dismemberments, gory finishing moves and even nudity. No doubt this decision was prompted by the success of similarly-themed games, such as God of War.

  • One of the key gimmicks in the original Golden Axe was the ability to ride a variety of scaly four-legged beasts. If its name is anything to go by, Golden Axe: Beast Riders will place a stronger emphasis on mounting and controlling steeds.

  • Pitching your beast against similarly mounted foes is bound to be lots of fun – provided that Sega gets the controls right.

  • Naturally, traditional hack-and-slash action will also make up a large portion of the game. Hopefully, we’ll see a return of the ‘spinny-backwards’ attack, which dispatches enemies creeping up behind you.

  • We feel compelled to point out that a bikini isn’t a particularly sensible outfit for somebody who frequently engages in sword fights. (Perhaps she plans to distract enemies with her unfeasibly toned belly.)

  • Is it just us, or are some of these beasts a bit goofy looking?

  • At the time of writing, the only ‘classic’ character confirmed for the sequel is Tyris Flare; the impractically armoured amazon babe with a penchant for fire and dragons. Other playable characters to have graced the Golden Axe series include Gillius Thunderhead (a dwarf), Axe-Battler (a shirtless Conan wannabe), Goah the Giant (a, um, giant), and Dora (a female centaur).

  • If Golden Axe: Beast Riders manages to capture even half of its ancestor’s sense of fun, it will surely be a next-gen classic. Fingers crossed, eh?

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