September 15, 2023

The Underdog That's Surprising Us All: Axis Football 2024 (PC) Review

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The Underdog That's Surprising Us All: Axis Football 2024 (PC) Review

By Joel | September 15, 2023
With an intricate franchise mode, improved animations, and a passion that rivals big titles, Axis brings its A-game, all at a fraction of Madden's price.

In the electrifying world of digital football, every now and then, a title sprints onto the field, dazzling and surprising us. Enter Axis Football 2024, the brainchild of the talented indie team, Axis Game Studios.

Seven years ago, I had the chance to review Axis Football 2016 that, while raw, held promise. Today, that potential blooms like a late bloomer proving critics wrong on the big stage.

With an intricate franchise mode, improved animations, and a passion that rivals big titles, Axis brings its A-game, all at a fraction of Madden's price.

Going Deep

Now, I need to set the field straight, Axis Football is no Madden, but that's its charm. Imagine, for example, walking into a stadium expecting the flashiness of a Super Bowl halftime show, only to discover the raw passion of backyard football. That's Axis for you. Madden might have the superstars, but this game feels like home, where every neighborhood kid gets the chance to dream and play big.

One of the most touted features that Axis Football 24 carries is its overhauled blocking system that showcases 75 different animations, bringing the gridiron to life in a way that even some AAA titles haven’t achieved. The realism doesn’t stop there either. Dive into a sea of options with the custom playbook editor, choosing from over 100 defensive plays. Interested in designing your dream team? Axis has you covered with user-created teams and dozens of logos.

Yet, what truly makes this game the football aficionado’s dream is its franchise mode. Signing, drafting, trading, and managing contracts turn into a cerebral battle, with every decision echoing in the annals of your team's history. Don’t like a player’s performance? Engage in shrewd trades and grab those crucial draft picks. From tracking progress through weekly and annual awards to meticulously managing stats, Axis Football offers a veritable treasure trove for simulation lovers.

Read the All-Time Best half-Time Super Bowl Performances

With an intricate franchise mode, improved animations, and a passion that rivals big titles, Axis brings its A-game, all at a fraction of Madden's price.

A Challenger Steps Up

Of course, like any player with raw talent, Axis Football 24 has areas it can refine. Player movement, for example, sometimes jar with reality, and though the crowd has its moments, the chants could use more vigor. Also, the color commentary has its flashes of brilliance, however, there are times it seems out of sync with the high-octane action onscreen.

Despite the game's shortcomings, let’s talk numbers. Axis Football 2024 retails for a mere $20, less than half the price tag of Madden 24. It’s like getting a rookie card that might one day rival the legends. Philosophically speaking, in a industry where game development is dominated by Goliaths, Axis Game Studios stands as a David, hurling its stone of passion and hard work against the giants.

Developing an alternative football game, especially in the shadow of mammoths like Madden, is no easy feat. And yet, here they are, a testament to the belief that a passion for football, in any form, will find its fans.

History of Digital Football Games

With an intricate franchise mode, improved animations, and a passion that rivals big titles, Axis brings its A-game, all at a fraction of Madden's price.

The Underdog's Triumph

All-in-all, Axis Football 2024 it's not about replacing Madden, it’s about choice. We are cheering for the underdog and celebrating creativity in gaming. If you support developers who take risk, you need to support this team. In doing so, we not only get a solid football game but also the spirit and passion of a small team trying what a few dare to do. And remember, in football as in life, it's not the size of the team but the heart with which they play.

If this review had you doing a touchdown dance in your living room, you'll find more like this in our Review section.


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