I’m sure a bunch of people are going to scream at me for thumbs-downing Axelay in the latest Retro Roundup… and honestly, I’m a bit surprised myself. When I heard it was on its way to Virtual Console last night, I dug up my copy and played a bit of it in anticipation. I was promptly stunned by how poorly it holds up compared to a whole lot of other shooters already available on VC. I mean, yeah, sure, the pseudo-3D effect is still pretty cool, but it’s easy to see through the chicanery now that we have years of true 3D as a reference for comparison. Mode 7 makes for a pretty thin visual veneer these days, and when the underlying gameplay isn’t all that great, what’s the point?
I’m embarrassed to admit my affection for the game was entirely based on its graphics. I now make amends by means of a thumb pointing downwards against a field of angry red.
Also, to everyone who sent me money via PayPal for my spring cleaning project, I will be mailing your goods in the next couple of days. I just need to round up enough boxes, basically.