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Golden Axe: Beast Rider - Playstation 3

by Sega
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews) 44 / 100

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  • Quest for vengeance and engage in vicious melee combat in fantasy world
  • Unleash barbaric killing moves and dismembering attacks
  • Explore huge, ravaged, destructible landscape
  • Weapon upgrades and powerful unlockable elemental-based spells and magic
  • Features never-before seen character skills and abilities
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  • ASIN: B000XJM2AE
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,288 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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As the unstoppable Tyris Flare, players will engage in vicious melee combat both on foot and atop massive mythical beasts, savaging enemies with blades and magic on a quest for vengeance.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid 4 October 20, 2008
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I was excited when I saw this game online before it was released. I watched all the gameplay movies and went to wal-mart to buy it the day it was released. However, walmart didn't have it. I came back and got back online to see it again. I was extremely disappointed to see how terribly the critics had reviewed it. Still I kept my hopes up and bought it over the weekend. A horribly underrated game. I was not a fan of the original Golden Axe and I can see why some would be disappointed with this debut on next-gen consoles, but it is a traditional hack-and-slash game. Lots of blood, but that makes no difference to me. Several things the critics hit on:

Poor storyline: This is true, the storyline is lacking. Yet the developers were trying to make an arcade game next-gen and still stay true to the original. I didn't expect much for storyline.

Counter and Evade lags: Counter and evade work like Heavenly Sword where an enemy glows a certain color before attacking. Counter is a little slow, but once you realize this, it is easy to correct with proper timing.

Bad graphics: It's not the most beautiful game for PS3 (Uncharted or Heavenly Sword wins that for me), but the graphics are as horrible as the critics make it sound. I don't have an HDTV, so I'm just using composite and it looks great to me. Kinda bland with colors of the environment, but that's it.

Problems with Beasts: Yeah, they're slow and hard to turn. That was a disappointment as one expects beasts to be faster than the player's running speed. Another complaint is that the beasts die quickly. I haven't had a problem with that. It makes sense in the gameplay that the beasts shouldn't last long. If your beasts dies, just go back and respawn another one.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated December 15, 2008
By duke_87
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a good game- not perfect, but good.

Yes, the camera can get in the way sometimes- but that's hardly unique among modern games. It's easily adjusted with the right analog stick and it's only a real annoyance when you're backed into a corner... so stay in the open.

Anyone who thinks the beasts are hard to control and are too easy to get knocked off of clearly hasn't played the original Golden Axe in a while- now THOSE were easy to get knocked off of. Yes, some are big and lumbering and none of them turn on a dime- but they're beasts, not ballerinas. When you get the right beast in the right situation, you can really do some damage. There is something very satisfying about using an enraged Miragar to tear apart an opponents beast, or trampling hapless enemies and bowling them off bridges with a timely Cronoth charge.

On foot, combat can be challenging- no doubt about it. But why is that a bad thing? Some complain that you can't simply button mash your way to victory...Good! You CAN button mash and do some damage, but without parrying or evading you're eventually going to get surrounded and take a beating. Once you get your timing down and start pulling off Brutal Counters, combat really starts to get enjoyable with the Tribute bonus system encouraging you to fight better and avoid damage.

Overall, this is a fun, very underrated game. It has some flaws, but should appeal to anyone who can appreciate it's old school gameplay.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game! May 3, 2010
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I really don't understand what people mean by bad graphics and gameplay, I thought the game was excellent. I can understand being upset about multiplayer, but Beast Rider isn't a terrible game as most make it out to be. Most people that say the game is bad haven't even finished it. The graphics are beautiful, in my personal opinion, if the game looks interesting, buy it. It's not that expensive because of the critics reviews, which brought the popularity down greatly. So now, every person that is interested in the game decides not to get it because most Golden Axe fans insist that it's a terrible game. Overall, I think it has a nice combat system, and the storyline is interesting. Don't flame Beast Rider because of it's reviews, try it and see for yourself.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgraceful November 25, 2008
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
There are so many things wrong with this game, I barely even know where to start. So I guess I will start with the good. The ground combat had some pretty clever ideas. While fighting hand-to-hand, the game is focused on chaining together strings of parries, dodges, and counter-attacks. It's fast-paced, and would be a lot of fun. When enemies attack, their blades will glow different colors to indicate which type of defensive maneuver you need to use (similar but not identical to Heavenly Sword). But here the problems start. The camera doesn't track combat well at all. Enemies will often attack you from off the edge of the screen because, for some reason, the game thinks you want to see the terrain behind you rather than the enemies in front of you. This problem is further exacerbated by the frequent screen tearing, sometimes obscuring enemies even when they are on camera.

Things get even worse when you start delving into the mounted combat, which as you might guess from the title is the central focus of the game. The animals are slow, clunky, and bulky. They also have only 3 abilities, two of which actually drain the animal's health to use. Most of the time, riding an animal into combat probably just means that you are going to get knocked off and have your beast jacked by an enemy.

Lastly, if you are a fan of the old Golden Axe games from the Genesis era like I am, prepare for more disappointment. There is no multiplayer whatsoever in this game, and you cannot play as Gilius or Ax Battler at all. Not that Tyris isn't hot, but seriously I wanted to play as Gilius too.

Realistically, there is no reason to ever play this game. Ever.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright...
I thought this game was going to have an amazing story, but it was alright. The play of the game is "eh" and the graphics remind me of playstation 2 graphics. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Animelover212
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Return To Golden Axe!
First off the comment 'would I recommend this game or the Golden Axe Series altogether'?...I think it depends on who you are. Read more
Published 11 months ago by The Mountaineer
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
well first i gotta to say it arrived ahead of time love the excellent services you have i will recommend
Published 16 months ago by Joanna Vazquez
4.0 out of 5 stars Jogo animal!!!
gostei muito deste jogo e aconselho comprar pra quem gosta de monstros e ver sangue misturado com magia é ideal.
Published 20 months ago by Tito
4.0 out of 5 stars A beast that can bear its fangs
As with most of the people interested in this game, I too was a big fan of the original trilogy and arcade releases, so my expectations were already set pretty high. Read more
Published 21 months ago by J. Rich
1.0 out of 5 stars not worth it
this game is lame, its boring , they have ruin the golden axe games.. it simply sucks big time, stay away from it.
Published on October 9, 2011 by Cristiam Aguilar
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
This game is a JOKE! The graphics is ok, but can be better. The battle is a nightmare. You have to watch the colors of the enemies' weapon and perry or block which is often not... Read more
Published on January 3, 2011 by Igor Vargaftik
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic brawler
Kill everyone and defend your self. It is like a dream. The combat is very good but with the time you will see too much blood that you will no play for a week.
Published on February 5, 2010 by Carlos Andres Jimenez Chaverri
4.0 out of 5 stars Deja vu
The game is a fun game, with an interesting story and it is fun if you have to kill time, and riding a beast does makes it interesting. Read more
Published on October 10, 2009 by lagomorph
1.0 out of 5 stars OK Game
Personally, i feel that this game is more a renter, than a buy-er. I did try get into the game, and while i love titles like MGS4, and Devil May Cry 4, this just wasn't there. Read more
Published on May 19, 2009 by P. Ancillotti
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