It should have been an easy sale. Multiple players careening around quasi-medieval settings with lots of blood and power-ups made the original Golden Axe a huge success. Beast Rider takes a different direction by focusing on the combat and beasts instead of instant gratification. While the counter-attacks and the beasts add something to the lacklustre gameplay, everything else from cameras to enemies makes it a chore to slog through one end of a level to another. Gamers looking to take a trip down memory lane might want to find another ride.