PSU Offers Up a Stellar Axiom Verge Review

It's an homage to golden age of gaming, but it also proves that "you can teach an old dog new tricks."

It’s an homage to golden age of gaming, but it also proves that “you can teach an old dog new tricks.”

“Retro” is in these days. But what’s always more interesting is games that adopt an old-school style, but also throw in a bit of modern advancement to help round out the experience. Tom Happ’sĀ Axiom Verge appears to be a perfect example of just such a blend, and critics everywhere are responding. Amid the myriad of positive reviews, we’ve chosen PSU‘s as our favorite, mostly because it offers a similar analytical blend.

Many of us forget that old-school 2D games suffered from a variety of issues, many of which simply wouldn’t be allowed today. Refinement has been a major part of the industry’s advancement, and we get that refinement nestled within an old-fashioned theme. That’s what Axiom Verge is all about, apparently, and PSU critic Adam Byrne does an excellent job. He goes into the review with a full understanding of Happ’s vision: Byrne acknowledges that it’s a throwback homage, but also makes sure readers recognize the modern-day twist.

This is one review that hits all the high points and remains consistent throughout. It’s well-written, nicely paced, and it properly rewards the developer for making good on his promise. That’s what we like to see.

Congrats, Adam!

It's a game that fuels our nostalgia but also reminds us that 2D doesn't have to be "old-fashioned."

It’s a game that fuels our nostalgia but also reminds us that 2D doesn’t have to be “old-fashioned.”

Why We Like It:

Nicely structured, paced and written. It’s one of those reviews that reads like a professional analysis and doesn’t come across as a blog entry from a random gamer. And yes, there is a difference, whether you like to admit it or not.

— While acknowledging the game’s retro roots, the critic also notes the modern influences that make this game particularly special. A good, informed critic should make this plain for the interested reader.

— The review is a solid mix of objective and subjective analysis, a balance of which not all critics are capable.

Read Adam Byrne’s Axiom Verge Review Now

4 thoughts on “PSU Offers Up a Stellar Axiom Verge Review”

I could never play those old games because they were too hard for me. I wonder if this is just as hard as those old-school titles…..can anybody who’s played it help me out…?

No, it’s not as hard. It’s actually playable. šŸ˜€

Thanks! I gave it a try after I saw your comment and while it’s a LITTLE tough for me (I’m mostly an RPG gamer), it’s still great fun and I like the challenge. šŸ™‚

Love it! Good review, great game.

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