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  • Summary: Life. Afterlife. Real. Virtual. Dream. Nightmare. It's a thin line.

    This is the action-adventure you've been waiting decades for. After a lab accident, a scientist awakens in a mysterious, alien world. Is this a distant planet? The far future? Or a complex virtual-reality computer
    Life. Afterlife. Real. Virtual. Dream. Nightmare. It's a thin line.

    This is the action-adventure you've been waiting decades for. After a lab accident, a scientist awakens in a mysterious, alien world. Is this a distant planet? The far future? Or a complex virtual-reality computer simulation?

    Plumb the recesses of a large, labyrinthine world in order to learn its secrets and uncover your role within it.

    Discover tons of weapons, items, and abilities, each with their own unique behaviors and usage. You'll need your wits to find them all.

    Combat bizarre biomechanoid constructs, the deadly fallout of an ancient war, and the demons of your own psyche.

    And finally, break the game itself by using glitches to corrupt foes and solve puzzles in the environment.

    Life. Afterlife. Real. Virtual. Dream. Nightmare. It's a thin line.

    It's Axiom Verge.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Oct 4, 2017
    100
    This is truly an outstanding port of an outstanding game, no more and no less. We would strongly urge those of you that missed this game on other platforms to pick it up here; this is the full Axiom Verge experience and it's available in a format that supports both handheld and home play. For those of you who have played it before on other platforms, it’s ultimately a question of just how much you love this game. This is the exact same, excellent game that you’ve played before, so whether or not you want to buy it again is personal choice. Regardless of which side you fall on, Axiom Verge is a fantastic example of how to do a Metroidvania right, and we couldn’t be more pleased with it.
  2. Feb 13, 2018
    100
    This isn’t a game for the faint-hearted. It’s a challenging action adventure which forces you to use physical and mental dexterity in equal measure. It wields nostalgia and innovation with laser precision, creating one of the most fun and inspiring games that you will have the chance to play. If you want an excellent adventure platformer, then it would be a disservice not to own this game.
  3. Oct 5, 2017
    90
    Axiom Verge was already one of the best Metroid-style games in years and it lands on the Switch like it belongs there. The game is endlessly creative with new enemies, weapons and tools, making each new area a fun challenge to explore while giving plenty of reason to revisit the older ones. The huge, detailed bosses can seem insurmountable at first, but give up their patterns after an attempt or two, and good odds of receiving a new ability afterwards makes the fight worthwhile.
  4. Feb 12, 2018
    90
    A lesser game would have broken away from the standard Metroidvania fare by referencing Super Metroid and playing out like a 2D Metroid would be expected to. It wouldn't be bad, but it wouldn't be particularly special, either. Axiom Verge is not a lesser game, though. It strictly pays tribute to the original NES Metroid, but not once does it do anything with its premise that feels derivative. Any instance of homage is quickly subverted and thrust down a path all of its own. Solutions to puzzles are genuinely creative and the overworld is filled with more optional weapons and upgrades than actually necessary for a normal playthrough, offering an incredibly rewarding, explorative experience. Challenging, creative, and endlessly endearing, Axiom Verge: Multiverse Edition is the best take on the Metroidvania genre in years.
  5. Oct 25, 2017
    85
    Axiom Verge is a real homage to a time gone by. But instead of feeling old and tired, it injects new life into an old genre by coming up with inventive ways to push you forward. It is also the kind of game that works great on the Switch. Its simple design means it plays well on the go and also doesn’t kill the battery. If you are looking for something to dip in and out of during the busy Fall period, then look no further.
  6. Oct 11, 2017
    75
    Axiom Verge works great as a portable game, and while it's been available before on the Vita, I feel like the Switch is the best possible platform since it looks spectacular in handheld mode and works beautifully as a sit-down, console experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Feb 13, 2018
    10
    This game far surpassed my expectations and considering that it was all done by 1 person, I decided this game deserves a 10/10, if there areThis game far surpassed my expectations and considering that it was all done by 1 person, I decided this game deserves a 10/10, if there are any faults with the game, it would be that some weapons kind of felt underwhelming, I ended up focusing my playthrough on a few weapons only. Axiom Verge is easily one of the best Metroidvania games I have personally played and the fact that it stands next to Super Metroid is all you should need to know if you are considering playing Axiom Verge.

    I loved the soundtrack, the graphics and the movement of Trace was on point, some of the sound effects were a bit screechy and would be the second issue I would have with the game. The speedrun mode is an awesome addition and provides some replayability along with the randomized secret areas, I also bought the Multiverse Edition which is a great physical release, if you are a Metroid fan you NEED to play this game.
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  2. Jun 16, 2018
    9
    An amazing Metroidvania game with great story, gameplay and 8bit graphics. A solid game that shines on the Nintendo Switch.
  3. Jun 12, 2018
    9
    Are you looking for a metroidvania game, that looks great in both docked and hand held mode, that has a variety of weapons to choose from, andAre you looking for a metroidvania game, that looks great in both docked and hand held mode, that has a variety of weapons to choose from, and a ton of secrets to find? If so then this is the game for you. For twenty bucks I believe as a gamer your money will have been well put. Expand
  4. Mar 6, 2018
    8
    The game satisfies in fulfilling all your Metroidvania needs! If you're into sidescrolling - map exploring gameplay in a dark and hostileThe game satisfies in fulfilling all your Metroidvania needs! If you're into sidescrolling - map exploring gameplay in a dark and hostile environment, this game is what you need. Expand
  5. Jul 6, 2018
    7
    Axiom Verge is homage a to Metriod (NES) that shows a lot of love. The Graphics are pixelated, dark and strange. The story is pretty good,Axiom Verge is homage a to Metriod (NES) that shows a lot of love. The Graphics are pixelated, dark and strange. The story is pretty good, mysterious, surreal. Surreal is definitely the a fitting word for it.
    This game would have been one of the greats if it came out back in the NES days, but in modern times it feel like it could have used more mechanics to really make it stand out. Still I recommend it to anyone who loves the genres. I'm definitely keeping my eyes out for future titles by Axiom Verge's creator, Tom Happ,
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  6. Jun 12, 2018
    7
    It's a great game, that's for sure. Great homage to the classic metroidvania style with really nice and original abilities (glitching enemiesIt's a great game, that's for sure. Great homage to the classic metroidvania style with really nice and original abilities (glitching enemies and environment is just amazing). And it was developed by a single person which is most impressive.
    Graphics are a mix bag, with great animations and effect but some weird enemies and backgrounds. But it all works.
    The main complain I have is, though i'm not new to the metroidvania genre, it feels a bit cryptic in places and some of the hidden objects and rooms are too hard (imo) to find without a guide even with the map provided in the special edition and backtracking can get tedious. Story is a bit chaotic but it works.
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  7. May 22, 2018
    4
    The gameplay is sub par, 4-direction shooting is pretty boring to me. The enemies, not bosses, are poorly designed, relatively boring, and notThe gameplay is sub par, 4-direction shooting is pretty boring to me. The enemies, not bosses, are poorly designed, relatively boring, and not memorable at all. The fact that once you get deep into the map, backtracking becomes the only task, is super tedious and can become boring really fast, even with a walk-through. Best part of this game is the story, it's mysterious and you feel the need to help out the protagonist on his adventure, which helps you want to progress more. Expand

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