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Golden Axe II

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Golden Axe II
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Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console, iOS, Steam
ROM size: 512kB
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
1991-12-27 ¥6,000 G-4062
Sega Mega Drive
US
1992-01 Media:GamePro US 030.pdf[1] $? 1122
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1992-01 £39.99 Media:CVG UK 121.pdf[2] 1122
Sega Mega Drive
AU
199x $?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
AU (Gold)
1996 $? FGOL15SMC
Sega Mega Drive
BR
1992-02 Media:Supergame BR 07.pdf[3] R$?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
KR
1991 ₩? GM4024JG


Wii Virtual Console
JP
¥600 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
$800 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
€800 points ?



Steam
US
$2.99 ?
Steam
EU
€1.99 ? ?



iOS
JP
¥? ?
iOS
US
$2.99 ?



Golden Axe II (ゴールデンアックスII) is a 1991 beat-em-up and the direct sequel to the critically acclaimed Golden Axe. Unlike that game, Golden Axe II is a Sega Mega Drive exclusive, though it has since been re-released as part of numerous Mega Drive compilations. The game features Ax-Battler, Tyris-Flare, and Gilius Thunderhead once again, as they face the new foe "Dark Guld".

It is extremely similar to the previous game, with various changes. For this reason, Golden Axe II has received mixed reviews from critics; many claim the game is merely a re-hash of the previous entry in the series, and that very little is added to the core gameplay. Though some have praised the graphics and music, others have criticised the game's sound effects which are said to detract from the atmosphere of the game.

Gameplay

B is used for attacking and C for jumping, just like in the prequel. Pushing B+C together is now used to perform an all-around-attack rather than a backwards focused attack. Double tapping a direction makes the character run, pushing B while running results in a charge attack. A is used to cast magic. This consumes magic books (replacing potions from the prequel) which have to be collected first. Magic books are dropped by wizards. The strength of the magic attack is determined by the time the A button is held down, but this can be changed in the options screen.

Various game balance related changes have been made. Enemies could be trapped in endless charge attacks loops in the prequel. This is not possible anymore as two consecutive charge attacks trigger a short invincibility window. The previously exploitable jumping attacks have also been tone down in strength, certain enemy types such as lizardmen and claw wielding enemies can also effectively defend against these attacks.

When playing on the lowest difficulty setting, the game ends prematurely. The final boss can only be faced when playing on normal or above. The highest difficulty setting adds new enemies to increase challenge.

At the end of the game, score and a rank is awarded based on the number of enemies defeated and lives lost.

The Duel mode from the original Golden Axe makes a return. Predetermined enemies have to be defeated in an arena.

This game behaves strangely when played with the 6 button controller: Movements are mapped to X,Y,Z and Mode. Holding down Mode while the game is starting removes this problem. Strangely enough, emulators don't seem to have such problem.

All versions of the ROM are identical. The ROM contains no region specific data and can be played on any system

History

Legacy

On the Mega Drive, Golden Axe II was followed by Golden Axe III.

Emulated versions of the game were released for the Wii Virtual Console, Steam and iOS. The iOS version was removed from sale on iTunes in 2015. [5]

Production credits

Source: In-game credits

Artwork

Magazine articles

Main article: Golden Axe II/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Digital manuals

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
78 №54, p67Media:ACE UK 54.pdf[6]Media:ACE UK 54.pdf
78 №121, p48-50Media:CVG UK 121.pdf[2]Media:CVG UK 121.pdf
80 №30, p52-53Media:GamePro US 030.pdf[7]Media:GamePro US 030.pdf
80 №37
86 №40, p134Media:Generation4 FR 040.pdf[8]Media:Generation4 FR 040.pdf
90 №6, p46-49Media:HobbyConsolas ES 006.pdf[9]Media:HobbyConsolas ES 006.pdf
78 №4
82 №22, p160/161Media:Joystick FR 022.pdf[10]Media:Joystick FR 022.pdf
65 №3, p79Media:MDAG UK 03.pdf[11]Media:MDAG UK 03.pdf
92 №9, p20
90 №1, p64
69 №15, p142-144Media:MeanMachines UK 15.pdf[12]Media:MeanMachines UK 15.pdf
86 №16, p56/57Media:PlayerOne FR 016.pdf[13]Media:PlayerOne FR 016.pdf
93 №3/92, p86Media:PlayTime DE 1992-03.pdf[14]Media:PlayTime DE 1992-03.pdf
74 №3/92, p132
81 №27, p28/29
76 №4, p52/53Media:SegaPro UK 04.pdf[15]Media:SegaPro UK 04.pdf
78 №13, p22/23
75 №18, p65
88 №1, p89Media:SegaForceMega UK 01.pdf[16]Media:SegaForceMega UK 01.pdf
84 №2, p68/69Media:SegaForce UK 02.pdf[17]Media:SegaForce UK 02.pdf
74 №1/92, p31Media:VideoGames DE 1992-01.pdf[18]Media:VideoGames DE 1992-01.pdf
Sega Mega Drive
81
Based on
22 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Goldenaxe2 md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
GoldenAxe2 MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Golden Axe II MD EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Goldenaxe2 md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, AU (Sega Gold Collection)
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Cover
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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Cart
Goldenaxeii md br manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, KR
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)
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Cover

Mega Play version

Mega Play,
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Cover

External links

References

  1. File:GamePro US 030.pdf, page 57
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:CVG UK 121.pdf, page 48
  3. File:Supergame BR 07.pdf, page 26
  4. http://www.4gamer.net/games/049/G004989/20110422074/
  5. http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/18/8622645/sega-pulls-games-from-itunes-app-store-google-play
  6. File:ACE UK 54.pdf, page 67
  7. File:GamePro US 030.pdf, page 56
  8. File:Generation4 FR 040.pdf, page 134
  9. File:HobbyConsolas ES 006.pdf, page 46
  10. File:Joystick FR 022.pdf, page 160
  11. File:MDAG UK 03.pdf, page 79
  12. File:MeanMachines UK 15.pdf, page 144
  13. File:PlayerOne FR 016.pdf, page 56
  14. File:PlayTime DE 1992-03.pdf, page 86
  15. File:SegaPro UK 04.pdf, page 52
  16. File:SegaForceMega UK 01.pdf, page 89
  17. File:SegaForce UK 02.pdf, page 68
  18. File:VideoGames DE 1992-01.pdf, page 31


Golden Axe series of games
Arcade
Golden Axe (1989) | Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder (1992) | Golden Axe: The Duel (1994) | Golden Axe (slot machine) (2010)
Sega Mega Drive
Golden Axe (1989) | Golden Axe II (1991) | Golden Axe III (1993)
Sega Master System
Golden Axe (1989) | Golden Axe Warrior (1991)
Windows PC
Golden Axe (1990)
LCD handheld game
Electronic Golden Axe (1990)
Sega Game Gear
Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe (1991)
Sega Saturn
Golden Axe: The Duel (1995)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 5: Golden Axe (2003)
Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3
Golden Axe: Beast Rider (2008)
Xbox Live Arcade
Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe (2012)
Golden Axe related media
Music
Golden Axe The Music (2008)
Book
Golden Axe (199x) | Golden Axe: Beast Rider Official Strategy Guide (2008) | The Art of Golden Axe: Beast Rider (2008)