Golden Axe III is a follow-up to the first two Golden Axe games and is the last release of the series. The video game was published by Sega for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis platform in 1993. The game was only released in Japan. The North American version was released for Sega Channel only.
Later the game was ported on many consoles: PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo Wii (2007), Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Exactly like in the first two games, the Golden Axe is stolen by someone. This time is the Price of Darkness, Damud Hellbringer, who took the Axe and put an evil curse over all the warriors. Only one of them has the curse taken away and goes to make the things right. He needs to take the curse off the other warriors, defeat the antagonist and then return with the Golden Axe, a symbol of the game’s fantasy world.
There is not a very different gameplay featured in this game, compared to the previous versions, yet there are few improvements. Golden Axe 3 brings new characters, new attacks and magic spells, but also junction points where you can choose which path to take.
The giant Proud Cragger, a humanoid black panther called Chronos “Evil” Rait, Kain Grinder (a swordsman who resembles Ax Battler) and Sahra Burn, who resembles Tyris Flare are the new four heroes of the game. Gilius Thunderhead is the only character from the first two games still featured in this sequel. However, he is not a playable character and appears only during cut scenes.
Kain Grinder boasts excellent reach and priority with his sword and possesses no apparent weaknesses. He can cast ice magic spells and is a balanced character. Sahra Burn is a very quick character who can perform a double jump. Her magic is fire. Proud Cragger is a slow character, but is very powerful. The game can become very challenging when controlling him, because he is slow and lacks a special attack. His magic is earth. Chronos “Evil” Rait, the humanoid panther, seems to be the most powerful character in the game, mainly thanks to his super move, an unstoppable attack. His magic is wind. Gilius Thunderhead retired before this game, but acts as a guide during the player’s quest.
Overall, Golden Axe III is a good game. While after the second game critics stated the version doesn’t bring anything new, after the third and last one everybody was happy with the release and considered the game enjoyable and fun. GameSpot users rated it with 8.1 out of 10.