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Axiom Verge
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Best PS4 Games #41 – Axiom Verge

Developer: Thomas Happ Games

Synopsis: Taking place in a high-tech world full of mysteriously alien wonder, Axiom Verge is a land accidentally discovered by our protagonist Trace. He was a scientist who suffered a near-fatal injury, awakening in this unknown universe with nothing but courage to guide him. Gameplay is centered on a 2D, side-scrolling plane, where over 60 items, weapons, and other power-ups guide Trace through the mysterious mazes, monsters, bosses and puzzles that face him.

Why it’s one of the 50 best PS4 games: It’s a throwback to the Metroidvania of SNES past, especially drawing upon the strengths of Bionic CommandoCommando and, of course, Metroid. 8-16 bit graphics provide the visuals complemented with an excellent scoring that drives a classic alien planet feel. Axiom Verge is allowed the freedom to pick and choose the best elements of all these classic games in order to meld them together and mold a strong adventure of its own.

Familiar to classic players and eye-widening to newcomers, Axiom Verge shows that you can make a contemporary game while using the technology of old and cross boundaries between generations of players.

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