"I'm an action game obsessive and nothing gets me going more than a solid, brainless, gory hack n' slash. Part of the blame for this love of action can be traced back to the good old days of the scrolling brawler, a genre to which Golden Axe once proudly belonged.
One of the most famous brawlers ever, Golden Axe was a huge arcade and Mega Drive hit, widely popular amongst kids for its violence and simple co-op formula. Although it really wasn't all that great a game, it remains a hugely nostalgic title for many gamers, and with nostalgia comes the lure of the cash-in.
Fast-forward to 2008, and our cash-in has arrived. Golden Axe: Beast Rider makes only the most tenuous of connections to the original franchise, throwing away the retro brawler style, the famous playable characters and even the staple co-op, providing instead an action game that is Golden Axe in nothing but name."