I'm a fan for beat em ups since there a great way to pass the time. Many often consider the original Golden Axe to be legendary, but I think this one surpasses both predecessors by an enormous mile. There are a few negatives, but that does little to distract the enjoyment. Don't believe the magazines claiming this game was bad, it isn't! You get 4 characters, a barbarian, amazon, pantherman, and a giant each with strengths, weaknesses, and special abilites. The barbarian can now shoot fire out of his sword, and the amazon can throw her sword like a boomerang. Even better is there are now branching paths which boost replayability and offer two different endings along with difficulty adjustment as well. The only negatives are the bland graphics and music. This game deserves a second chance should you find it.