Overall Golden Axe: Beast Rider is not a bad game, but then it's not one that will be remembered for very long. However it is one of the more memorable and better games in the Golden Axe series, but still doesn't come close to the greatness of the original. The graphics are not bad, and the environments suit the game well.
Some of the puzzles of collect this, put this here, move this item and so on are all pretty much what have been seen before. The combat looks good on the screen and is sufficiently gory too. It just lacks the spark of games like Ninja Gaiden and Devil May Cry. Maybe that is something to do with the source material and story rather than the actual game-play.