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You are the ultimate weapon with an ultimate sidekick – Collect secret items and get power ups to become the perfect weapon.
Release Date: 19 Jan 2011
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Includes 3 items: A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda, A.R.E.S.: Berzerker Suit, A.R.E.S.: Original Soundtrack

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Carbon Stealth Suit: (Yellow)

A light weight and non metal alternative to ARES traditional armor. Proves to be pleasing to the eye.

Indigo Pulse Suit: (Blue)

A prototype suit made of special materials discovered by United Earth which was estimated to be immune to Zytron Gas.

About the Game

A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda is the first chapter in a full featured episodic hardcore action packed side scrolling platformer, in the traditions of retro classics, where you play as Ares, a combat robot created for the sole purpose of saving humanity. Can you live up to the task or will you be reduced to nuts and bolts?
You are Ares, the first Zytron immune robot. A symbol of how far human technology has come, you are the most advanced robot in existence; built to run faster, jump higher, and fire quicker. In addition to these core attributes, your design includes a system for converting spare parts and resources into valuable items, armor, and weaponry. You will need to use everything at your disposal in order to reach and rescue the survivors aboard the Zytron infected space station.

Key features:

  • Play through various locations in the A.R.E.S. universe, each a beautiful, unique, 3D environment with challenging obstacles.
  • You are the ultimate weapon with the ultimate sidekick – Collect the secret items and get power up to become a perfect weapon.
  • Come face to face with colossal opponents, learn their patterns to defeat them in battle.
  • Destroy enemies, collect their parts, and then recycle them to make incredible items, including health packs, ammo, and weapon upgrades.

System Requirements

    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core™2 Duo Processor, AMD Athlon x2 Processor
    • Memory: Windows XP:1GB, Windows Vista, 7:2GB
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 series, ATI Radeon HD 2400 series
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB
    • Sound: DirectSound compatible (DirectX 9.0c or higher)
Helpful customer reviews
24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
276 products in account
18 reviews
5.5 hrs on record
A.R.E.S. is one of those games you can only recommend to a certain few. There isn't anything particularly special about A.R.E.S. and although it attempts to be a solid platformer, it falls short through a frustrating "crafting/shop" system. The majority of items in the game require nearly all three of the specific currencies to construct and unfortunately, one of those currencies is in very short supply throughout the game. After three full playthroughs, the needed currency is always scarce. So farm if you must, though like any hardcore platformer fan, you'll persevere without the upgrades -- even if it kills you.

The game itself is rather short and each successive playthrough becomes shorter because you can keep your unlocked items. My final run through of the game was a little over 40 mins. The cutscenes are decently created in a typical "fanime" style. The story tries to be more than it is and is mostly ignored except in between chapters. There are only 5 chapters with none of the stage environments or enemies revealing anything about the world A.R.E.S. is set in.

I had hoped A.R.E.S. would've been more than what I played and because there is really nothing memorable about the game, I can only recommend this to those that play for the learning experience of game development.
Posted: 25 November 2013
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
252 products in account
3 reviews
4.0 hrs on record
As far as Mega Man clones go, this one can be quite enjoyable. Before you buy it though, be aware that the Xbox 360 version, A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda EX, has a ton of worthy extra content not found on this version such as a new playable character, expanded story and improved graphics.

If you happen to own a Xbox 360, get that version. Otherwise, grab the PC version here on Steam instead. While it may lack all of the 360 version's extra content, it's still worth to play.
Posted: 13 February 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18 products in account
1 review
2.2 hrs on record
A great side-scroller with upgradable weapons. Great for those who like side-scrolling and action games.
Posted: 14 March 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
425 products in account
19 reviews
2.5 hrs on record
It was not the game of the year, but it is pretty entertaining. Music is good, difficulty is very well balanced, and it has some very cool features. Is was a bit short though, but highly replayable.
Posted: 13 March 2014
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
286 products in account
1 review
1.7 hrs on record
Actually isn't that bad. In fact, it's kind of good
Alright, I know starting a review with that type of header isn't likely to inspire a lot of confidence. But trust me on this one:

This game actually isn't that bad. In fact, it's kind of good?

A.R.E.S. feels straight out of the 90s in both design, story, fidelity, and - let's face it - name. It's an action side-scroller and you control a robot dude. You have access to several types of weapons (that you're never not spamming the entire level), and you use them to mow down hordes of enemies and the occasional boss. There are some RPG-lite elements, like weapon upgrading and new suits, but it's all pretty shallow.

It's short, and not all that hard. Its understanding of level design is...uh...questionable. It's colorful and full of neon. Did I mention you're constantly firing guns? Like, all the time?

That's it. That's all there is. But there doesn't need to be anymore, right? This isn't a "fake" retro game, there are no surprise plot twists or usage of ironic "bad design"

In fact, maybe that's why the experience felt so good: it was genuine. It felt like a dumb action game that was perfectly content providing that exact experience - a callback without all the "heh, remember THIS?!" that plagues so many others.

It's a fun game, and I think you'll have fun with it as well.
Posted: 15 February 2014
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