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Axiom Verge Review

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Posted: 5 weeks ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: Thom Robertson, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Axiom Verge is a series of running, jumping and fighting games where you play as Trace, a scientist who wakes up in an unknown ancient world. It's similar to retro games like Metroid and Contra where you explore levels, collect items and progress your character. As you defeat enemies and bosses you earn new abilities and upgrading your arsenal. It's unusual because of the flexible way you can use your powers to solve puzzles and defeat enemies to progress.

It has intricate level design with different biomes to explore. Some areas are blocked and can only be accessed with the required ability -- smashing through a banner for example. There are over 60 items and power ups to discover, each with particular uses for different battles.

Axiom Verge poses a considerable challenge. Boss battles, swarms of enemies or obstacles can be take time and effort to progress. However, this adds to the satisfaction when you beat a level you've been stuck on for a long time. The well written story helps pull you through with believable characters and hostile environments.

Axiom Verge 2 is coming this year.

DetailsGame Details

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Release Date: 31/03/2015, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @AxiomVerge

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 11 hours and 14 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 12 for Mild Swearing and Moderate Violence. The player’s character can be armed with a variety of futuristic weapons, all of which are capable of killing, with degrees of rapidity, all enemies encountered. The enemies are fantasy characters of varying design and sizes, and when shot they will explode into bits. This is masked by a large cloud of blood effects and sparkling lights. When the player's character is killed, it will respawn and the level will recommence.

ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Fantasy Violence and Mild Language. using a blaster-like gun to shoot fantastical creatures (e.g., giant squids, insects, worms) and bosses. One level contains human-like ghouls that shriek as they run towards the player. Enemies explode into particles and pixels when defeated. The words “damned” and “hell” appear in the dialogue.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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