A pretty good game that fixes some of the flaws of the original Golden Axe, but loses the spirit and the nostalgia.
From a modern perspective, the Golden Axe games seem like a relic of the fantasy beat-em-ups so prevalent in earlier decades like the 1980s, a period piece. Where the game is most senile is its controls: you have to kind of waddle around the enemies to avoid getting hit, but the controls are so unresponsive and you can be attacked from all angles. After the fluidity of analog this is hard to go back to and doesn't seem worth it. I preferred Altered Beast if only because you just move up and down, simplifying matters considerably.