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9 October 2021

Axiom Verge 2 | OneAngryGamer Honest Review

Axiom Verge 2 is almost a prequel, except that it takes place after the first game’s events. Even while it’s still a Metroidvania, and there are a few small parallels between the newest game from developer Thomas Happ and its predecessor from 2015, these little similarities pale in comparison to everything else that’s fresh and different about this surprise sequel. An excellent example of this is the game’s plot, which begins similarly to the previous game’s, with our human protagonist being transported to a strange alien planet.

While the quest starts in the Antarctic’s tundra, you will soon find yourself in an arid desert and a flooded temple, a stark contrast to the previous game’s vast underground labyrinth. If Axiom Verge 1 was influenced by the “Metroid” portion of the genre’s name, then Axiom Verge 2 is more influenced by the “Vania” part of the equation, which replaces the gloomy constraints of its underground labyrinth with a more expansive and detailed setting. There’s a learning curve in the early stages of the game that requires some strategic thinking.

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This concept has a strong feeling of character development. Still, the one-dimensionality of the action means it lacks the same gratifying punch and intensity that the previous game’s bullet cacophony provided. Since the battles themselves are a mirror image of the game’s fighting, with no strategy needed to beat each one, you are not even losing out on anything.

The Breach, on the other hand, is a second map that lies beneath the normal one, akin to the parallel worlds seen in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, although this analogy is somewhat reductive in Axiom Verge 2.

However, The Breach’s creativity comes from the way it pushes you to solve navigational problems, not from the assaults it makes use of a grappling hook to go past. Trying to figure out how to get around obstacles and use the various tools at your disposal is a fascinating problem that is always a joy to solve. Even if you manage to go around most of the obstacles on your way, there will be times when you run into a brick wall and have to go back. The Axiom Verge 2’s biomes seem different enough, and you get a bit more direction this time around, thanks to a mystical compass that shows you the way.

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Axiom Verge 2

Axiom Verge 2 is almost a prequel, except that it takes place after the first game’s events. An excellent example of this is the game’s plot, which begins similarly to the previous game’s, with our human protagonist being transported to a strange alien planet. While the quest starts in the Antarctic’s tundra, you will soon find yourself in an arid desert and a flooded temple, a stark contrast to the previous game’s vast underground labyrinth.

There’s a learning curve in the early stages of the Axiom Verge 2 that requires some strategic thinking. This concept has a strong feeling of character development. Still, the one-dimensionality of the action means it lacks the same gratifying punch and intensity that the previous game’s bullet cacophony provided.

However, even in these fights, you have infinite respawns to reduce the health of the boss. Compared to other games in the genre, which often involve being trapped in a small area with an enormous enemy, this emphasizes the importance of free exploration. Since the battles themselves are a mirror image of the game’s fighting, with no strategy needed to beat each one, you are not even losing out on anything.

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The game’s primary objective is Axiom Verge 2’s main combat takes a back seat to exploration. Because of this, the way you interact with the linked game world has undergone a significant redesign. The Breach, on the other hand, is a second map that lies beneath the normal one, akin to the parallel worlds seen in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, although this analogy is somewhat reductive in Axiom Verge 2. However, The Breach’s creativity comes from the way it pushes you to solve navigational problems, not from the assaults it makes use of a grappling hook to go past.

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It’s possible to see where you are located about other dimensions using the map. The level design of Axiom Verge 2 is eerily reminiscent of a classic Metroidvania, with objects and passageways just out of reach. Trying to figure out how to get around obstacles and use the various tools at your disposal is an engaging problem that is always a joy to solve. Even if you manage to go around most of the obstacles on your way, there will be times when you run into a brick wall and have to go back. The game’s biomes seem different enough, and you get a bit more direction this time around, thanks to a mystical compass that shows you the way.

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