Wulverblade Review - Ancient British History Meets Golden Axe
Wulverblade - Quick Glance
- Platform: Nintendo Switch
- Players: 2; Local Co-op
- Achievements: Yes, In Game
- Retail Price: $19.99
High Level Premise: Side-Scrolling beat'em up with a British historical twist.
Graphics/Style: Beautifully Illustrated sprites and environments that have a retro flair
Music/Soundtrack: Intense Celtic-inspired battlefield anthems
Story: The Roman empire is invading Britain, it's up to you and your friends to stop them.
Replay-ability: Medium - Wulverblade provides multiple characters to try out and multiple levels of difficulty to complete. Battle arenas with endless waves of enemies also are available to test your might.
Time Commitment: The game has eight areas, each will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.
Value: $19.99 is about right, it's rare you see a unique beat'em up that actually holds up. Really wish there was online play, maybe in future versions? Really wish a physical version existed for the shelf.
Favorite Element: Cutting off an appendage of an enemy, then using said appendage to beat the heck out of another enemy.
Golden Axe and Golden Axe II remain to be two of my favorite Sega Genesis games ever. There is nothing more satisfying than partnering up with a friend and destroying baddies with a large weapon. Several years of beat'em ups came afterwords, some even perfecting the formula such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and X-Men the arcade game. But after the mid-90s, the genre kind of died. Sure there were a few hidden gems throughout like Die Hard Arcade and Jackie Chan Stunt Master, but for the most part people had forgotten about beat 'em up games. Finally, a renaissance of sorts happened when Castle Crashers came on the scene back in 2008. Lots to do and unlock, the game became an instant hit and the Beat'em genre had triumphantly returned.
Wulverblade pits you, northern folk from Britain against the invading Roman army. With some historical references scattered throughout the gameplay, Wulverblade likes to teach you about ancient British history as you slaughter hordes of invaders. The gameplay mirrors just about any other beat'em up, multiple move sets exist along with plenty of objects to pick up and utilize in your arsenal. Knives, hammers, tree branches, and even appendages that you have sliced away from the body of your foes can all be used as weaponry in Wulverblade. The twist to Wulverblade is a special attack that comes in the form of summoning a pack of wolves to chow down on your enemies when the fighting gets too intense. There is also a rage meter that when filled allows you to perform a super fast attack while holding two blades at once.
Wulverblade contains 8 zones that provide different environments for you to battle through. Battle alone or with another local player, you can even change the format of the game from a casual session with unlimited continues to an "arcade mode" where after 3 lives your game is over. Additional content includes arenas where you can duke it out and battle until you can no longer survive, as well as in game achievements, and unlockable extras such as historical tidbits for you to view. However, unlike games like Castle Crashers, there are only three characters to select from. Similar to Golden Axe, these can roughly be described as a light, medium, and heavy character. Nevertheless, Wulverblade still packs a good punch and fills a great beat'em up hole in the Nintendo Switch library. Anyone looking for a violent beat'em up to scratch that itch, Wulverblade would be right up your alley.