If you were ever hoping that Golden Axe would transform itself from a
side-scrolling adventure into a Street Fighter-like fighter, than the Duel was a
dream come true. Originally appearing in the arcades, The Duel
quickly made a new appearance on the short-lived Sega Saturn in 1995.
far cry from the punch and kick attacks of the original, The Duel did little to
add to the story or legend of Golden Axe. A magical axe is
discovered. Rumors abound that it is the legendary Golden Axe that Gilius Thunderhead used himself to defeat the evil Death Adder. Warriors come to
do battle for possession of the axe. None of the marquee players make an
appearance, minus the head ruler of evil himself, Death Adder. Here is the
Kain Blade -- An orphan raised by a legendary warrior. Any
relation to Sternblade? Maybe Ax-Battler? Who knows for sure?
Milan Flare -- A princess of the kingdom of Winwood and a
descendant of Tyris Flare. We are only left to wonder who the father
is. My money is on Ax-Battler.
Gilius Rockhead -- The great-grandson of Gilius Thunderhead.
Zoma -- A former advisor to the king of the evil land of Lustan.
Doc -- A healer from the island of Miribar.
Keel -- An elf warrior from the northern province of Crystal.
Jamm -- A girl raised by animals and protected by a wilderness
Panchos -- A big fat guy who's fond of bombs.
Green -- Lone survivor of a race of half-human, half-plant giants.
Using button-combos, warriors perfected attacks in a style Golden Axe purists
loathe. For example, Gilius's moves play out as follows:
Axe Gash: BACK, DOWN, FORWARD + X Button
Shoulder Rush: DOWN, FORWARD + A Button
Thunder Strike: DOWN, BACK + X Button
Power Stone: FORWARD, BACK, FORWARD + X Button
Rapid Kick: (close to opponent) FORWARD, BACK,
FORWARD + A Button
Smasher: FORWARD, DOWN, BACK, UP + X Button
Axe the Duel was met with little excitement. Both home and arcade
users found themselves deluged with other games, including new versions of
Street Fighter, Virtua Fighter, and Mortal Combat. The lack of attack
"combos" like those found in other games turned off even those who
indulged in the genre.
this point, the market had seen the side-scrolling hack-n-slash go by the
wayside. Golden Axe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The X-Men, and even
the Simpson's all dipped their hand into the genre. The world now
focused on first-person shooters, and combo-based fighting games. Has
the golden age of Golden Axe finally slipped into the past? Will a resurgence
of allied game-play one day resurrect Golden Axe from its
ashes? We will have to wait and see.
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