Indie Game Spotlight

Indie Game Spotlight: Axiom Verge

Axiom Verge is an 8-bit  “Metroidvania”-style action side-scroller. You control Trace, a scientist who awakens in a strange world after a lab experiment goes terribly wrong.

Upon awakening, Trace is contacted by an being calling itself Elsenova. She reveals herself to be a Rusalki, a race of war machines developed by the ancient civilization of Sudran. She then enlists Trace’s help to restore power to her and the other Rusalki to combat Athetos, an evil scientist who brought the Sudran civilization to the brink of extinction. As Trace, the player must explore this world to collect power-ups and weapons to aid him in battle.

 

Axiom Verge

System: PS4, PS Vita, PC, OS X, Linux, Wii U

Developer(s): Thomas Happ Gamesaxiomcover.png

Release Date(s):
March 31, 2015 (PS4)
May 14, 2015 (PC, Linux, OS X)
September 1, 2016 (Wii U)
September 30, 2016 (Xbox One)

Price: $19.99 USD (All Platforms)

 

The Gameplay:
To say that the game handles well is an understatement. The buttons are beautifully mapped. They allow for use of either the left stick or D-Pad for movement (The D-Pad does allow for more precise movements). Many of your tools you’ll be using to explore have their own exclusive keybindings. Weapon management (There is a HUGE amount of weapons available!) is handled by moving left or right on the right stick. This game focuses on exploration, as you’ll often find yourself backtracking once you acquire new tools and abilities. The map system makes backtracking a breeze. The boss battles are difficult starting off, but become easier the more you explore, and power up. I found the story a bit hard to follow at first, but it does start to clarify the more you progress. Fans of the Metroid series of games will feel right at home, as Axiom Verge has the feel of a Metroid title, but a uniqueness all its own.

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Final Grade: 90%
Axiom Verge has nearly everything I look for in a game. Puzzles, a variety of abilities, and solid platforming. The soundtrack is fantastic, and really draws you into the game. The secret areas of the game are randomly generated every time you start a new game, adding significant replay value. The game also includes a speedrun mode for hardcore gamers looking for a new challenge.

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PROS-

  • Clean control scheme
  • Phenomenal soundtrack
  • Massive arsenal of weapons and abilities
  • Good replay value

 

CONS-

  • Difficulty can be a bit overwhelming at times
  • Objectives aren’t always clear
  • Story can be hard to follow at first

 

 


Here is the official trailer for Axiom Verge. Be sure to check it out!

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