-Estimated achievement difficulty: 3/10
-Offline 12/12 [400/400]
-Approximate amount of time to 1000 < 5 hours
-Minimum number of playthroughs needed One of each game
-Number of missable achievements A few, but can be got again quickly
-Do cheat codes disable achievements? No Cheats
-Does difficulty affect achievements? No
-Glitchy achievements None
-Unobtainable achievements None
-Extra equipment needed? No
Welcome to the guide and roadmap for SEGA Vintage Collection: Golden Axe. This contains Golden Axe (1989), Golden Axe II (1992), and of course Golden Axe III (1993). Those of us who are old enough will remember these games fondly, those who don't can expect a typical hack-n-slash game, which plays beautifully. Take your chosen hero through the levels fighting lizard men, skeletons and big ass knights to rescue a princess, a king, recover an axe...I'm not sure what really, these games are from before when narratives existed. Anyway, a lot of fun to be had!
All achievements are pretty straightforward, and you can take advantage of the game-state save feature to make things really easy. You can save the game at any point, by pressing
, so saving before and after every battle to make sure you don't lose health, even saving after every successful hit or dodge if you feel like it. I will refer to this as "using the game-state" hereon.
Lets start at the beginning...
Change the difficulty in the settings (hit
) and change the difficulty to easy. Pick Tyris as your character, that is the chick in the red underwear. You will need her for a later achievement, and she is pretty fun to play with too. You will start out with one magic potion, so when you get to your first enemy, hit him until he dies (you will hear him scream), then cast magic (defaulted to
). This will pop your first achievement, "Utter Obliteration"
Carry on playing through, don't worry about dying or anything, but don't use any more magic. Every time you see a creature, make sure to ride it. If you finish any level while still riding one, you will unlock "Temporary Partners"
. If you are having difficulty, use the save-state feature. On the second level, near the beginning, you will see a drop. Jump over the enemy and knock him into the abyss. You will need to do this on each game.
By the third level, you should have maximum magic. If it is, cast it to unlock "I Summon thee, Dragonhead!"
. Once you get to level 5, you will find your final creature. If you have missed the other two, they are all in this level. Ride them all once for "Tamer of the Wilds"
Golden Axe II
Again, change the difficulty to easy and select Tyris as your character. There are plenty of areas to throw an enemy off the edge, so make sure you get one as soon as you can so you can forget about it, although you will probably do it naturally as you play through. Collect but don't use magic, and once you have a full meter (around level 3 again), cast it for "Come forth, King of Fire"
. Be sure to ride the creatures when you find them, and upon riding your third, you will unlock "Master of Beasts"
. Play through until the end, and it will say game complete. Only this isn't the true ending, as you can only get that by playing on medium or higher. But there is a way around this. Use the following steps:
Reset the game.
At the main menu, highlight options then press and HOLD
(A+B+C). Once in the options menu, RELEASE
(B+C): while keeping
(B) to select medium difficulty, and when confirm your selections until the player select. I'd suggest picking Gillius now, he has the strongest physical attack.
The screen will turn black with a 1 in the middle, you can release
(A) until the 1 is a 7, then press
to go straight to the final boss battle and win.
To finish off Golden Axe II, you need to play THE DUEL mode. Select Gillius again, as you have no magic, and abuse the save-state system to beat all 15 rounds, unlocking "Coliseum Champion"
Golden Axe III
You cannot change the difficulty settings on this, so just play through on medium. Select Chronos Lait (the panther guy, far left of the character selection screen). This guy has an unblockable attack,
(Toward, Away, Toward, B+C) where he is also invulnerable. Abuse this move, and use the save-state system, as you need to get nearly to the end without using a continue. You will get choices through the game, always take the higher route as you will encounter all the creatures you need to ride. Upon mounting your fourth, you will unlock "Pacifier of Creatures"
. At some point you will undoubtedly thrown someone over the edge of a cliff or abyss, unlocking "Law of Gravitation"
Once you have defeated Griffin, the griffin (duh...), in the one on one battle, you may use continues, so don't need to worry about the save-state anymore. Upon defeating the second boss, you will unlock "Wielder of the Axe"
and "Golden Axe Forever"
Finally, go into VS MODE. Use Chronos Lait, again spamming his unblockable, invulnerable attack. Defeat all five enemies for "This One Stands Alone"
You should have everything by now, but if you still need to ride an animal or chuck someone to their death, just load up the relevant game and get what you need done. Each game only takes about 20 minutes max to go through so it is not a massive chore if you have missed anything.
SVC: Golden Axe is one of the easiest arcade 400
titles out there. The save state system makes every achievement a synch, even if for some reason you really suck at the game(s). Most people will get this done in under 5 hours with no problems. All achievements unlock when they are supposed to, and there are no annoying online or local co-op achievements. One for the oldies maybe, but fun for everyone, especially if you like easy achievements!