Axiom Verge (PC) Box (http://www.axiomverge.com/) Those familiar with the great Joss Whedon are familiar with his recent work on the Avenger’s movies for Marvel Studios as writer, producer, and director if his films. Tom Happ, much in the vein of the aforementioned film giant, is the sole developer, artist, and musician of Axiom Verge, the result of nearly 5 long years of determined work (an incredible feat considering Happ commitment to working full time). Though not restricted by the technical limitations of the era, Axiom Verge draws heavily from the NES/SNES era of gaming, and, at first glance, could be mistaken for a Contra/Metroid reimagining. The sounds, layouts, and graphics harken back to an era where games were simple, yet relentlessly challenging, and while the graphics are absolutely gorgeous, the gameplay what separates this gem from many retro indie titles flooding the market in recent years.

Axiom Verge (PC) Box Axiom Verge (PC) Box (http://www.axiomverge.com/) Those familiar with the great Joss Whedon are familiar with his recent work on the Avenger’s movies for Marvel Studios as writer, producer, and director if his films. Tom Happ, much in the vein of the aforementioned film giant, is the sole developer, artist, and musician of Axiom Verge, the result of nearly 5 long years of determined work (an incredible feat considering Happ commitment to working full time). Though not restricted by the technical limitations of the era, Axiom Verge draws heavily from the NES/SNES era of gaming, and, at first glance, could be mistaken for a Contra/Metroid reimagining. The sounds, layouts, and graphics harken back to an era where games were simple, yet relentlessly challenging, and while the graphics are absolutely gorgeous, the gameplay what separates this gem from many retro indie titles flooding the market in recent years.


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Is it Worth it?
Axiom Verge, at its core, is a Metroidvania-styled action-adventure-platformer game, allowing the player to explore the annals of this beautiful world at their own place, fighting a wide variety of enemies, bosses, and upgrades along the way. Anyone who’s played the Metroid titles on the NES/SNES will feel right at home with the initial gameplay structure of Axiom Verge, but as you progress, certain items open up a variety of tools at your disposal such as drills, disruptors, and even a sentry bot that allows the player to explore crevices too small for the protagonist to fight through. Boss battles are fun and challenging, though, I never found them as difficult as they probably should be. The attack patterns of certain bosses were easy to recognize and take advantage of, though, I never felt like I was breezing through the game. Some gamers may feel lost as Axiom Verge leaves exploration and direction up to the player’s own devices. I found myself taking a significant amount of time during my play-through just finding the next area to explore.

The price of admission is a little steeper than what people have been accustomed to in the current digital marketplaces, but I found the experience to be worth every penny. As someone who grew up with the games Axiom Verge clearly aims to emulate, I found the entire experience to be fulfilling and nostalgic. At its core, Axiom Verge is a solid action game with tight controls and gorgeous looks, but there are a plethora of unique gameplay elements I refuse to spoil in this review that make it an incredibly inimitable game. Whether it’s today, tomorrow, during the inevitable draught of summer games, or sometime in the future, Axiom Verge is well deserving of your time and money.

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