Preview on Gamesta

Daav Valentaten of Gamesta did a nice Preview of Axiom Verge:

The man  is currently creating oldschool gold with Axiom Verge; a Metroidvania game straight out of the 16bit era. He’s singlehandedly creating this title that just screams nostalgia; complete with gritty, obscure graphics and tons of exploration.

I also like this one:

there’s also a slight connotation with bizarre title Mystic Defender on Mega Drive

Anyone remember that game?  It was one of the earliest releases, possibly a launch title.  I always like the destruction effect for the creatures, a kind of glowing orb of incineration that goes left to right with the direction of your attack.  Some of the explosions in Orn were based off of that effect.