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Release year: 1991 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Sega (AM7)
Golden Axe 2 (Sega Genesis)
Golden Axe 2 (AKA Golden Axe II or ゴールデンアックス II in Japan) is a 2D arcade side-scrolling beat ’em up video game developed and published by Sega on the Sega Genesis in 1991.
This game is almost a duplicate of the original Golden Axe. Just like the original, Golden Axe 2 is a classic beat ’em up game with a medieval theme with one or two players that hack and slash through six levels of evil wizards or undead warriors. There are, however, new levels and new enemies created for this game and there are some changes in the way you can use magic spells.
The presentation quality and core gameplay are still there.
You can choose to play as an amazon, a dwarf, or a barbarian. You will work your way through by slaying the various wizards, goblins, or skeletons that you encounter. There were no significant changes from the first game when it comes to the fighting system.
When you repeatedly press the attack button, you can go near an enemy and throw them, run toward them and hit them, and perform a series of moves.
If you see an enemy that rides on top of a mutant ostrich or another creature, you can take away the creature and attack using the flame breath or the claws of the creature.
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The use of magic has increased a little bit. In the original game, you will drain your magic power every time you do a spell. In Golden Axe 2, when you tap a certain button, you cast a weak spell that just uses one book. Holding the button longer will cast a stronger spell that usually uses about two or three books.
This upgrade on the use of magic can hardly be called an innovation. If anything, it is more like a fix because it should have been available in the original game.
Golden Axe II has its advantages and you may find it enjoyable to play with a friend. To do this, you can hook up a second controller. You can then go through the duel mode and battle one another or through the story mode and play cooperatively.
However, there is nothing remarkable about it that makes it better than the original. In terms of the design, it does not really offer something new. There are only minor improvements, which include the aforementioned magic attack system.
Golden Axe 2 game has been ported to Genesis (this version), iOS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Virtual Console.