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Video GameAxiom Verge 2 (Series) Review
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Posted: 19 months ago, last updated 3 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 an 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.

DetailsGame Details

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

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Role-Play

Developer: Axiom Verge (@AxiomVerge)

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 11 hours and 14 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

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.

Rated for younger players in the US. 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.

Skill Rating

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. This is a challenging game that is quite hard from the start. You need good resilience along with accurate running, jumping and fighting reactions. You need to be able to persevere to find the right way to progress.

CostsCosts

Axiom Verge 2 usually costs £14.99 to £31.18.
 

Axiom Verge

XBox Store Xbox One £15.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £14.99
Steam Store PC £14.99
Switch Store Wii U £14.99
Switch Store Switch £14.99

Axiom Verge 1 & 2 Bundle

Switch Store Switch £31.18

Axiom Verge 2

PlayStation Store PS4 £14.99
Steam Store PC £15.49
Switch Store Switch £16.19
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Axiom Verge 2 Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@AxiomVerge) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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