You are the ultimate weapon with an ultimate sidekick – Collect secret items and get power ups to become the perfect weapon.
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Mixed (704 reviews) - 68% of the 704 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 20, 2011

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About This 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)
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Pro Frankenstein
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
First of all the game is ok, i mean the graphics are nothing special (not awesome but not bad either) the gameplay is very good and u can expect it to run well on any computer.
The big problem is that this game is very short 5 levels only.
If u wanna buy it i would recommend on sale.
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Silentwill
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
A.R.E.S is a fun side-scrolling platformer, kinda like Megaman games (the first thing it made me thought of). It provided some decent challenge (at least if you play on Hard difficulty) and the storyline was a pass. You unlock 4 weapons throughout the game which you can upgrade into stronger versions, 5 levels each with its own boss, so the whole game was fairly short and could be finished within 3-4 hours. Although, there is a lot of replayability value if you want to upgrade all your weapons, find all the secrets and get perfect SS score on each level, and other things that are listed in the achievements.

For $5, I'd say the game wasn't bad and definitely worth trying. However, I do want to point out that there is a similar game called A.R.E.S: Extinction Agenda EX which is available for $5 extra (if you already own this game) and is apparently an improved version of this game with more content. I haven't got to play the EX version yet, but I'd say that this game has at least earned my recommendation.
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( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
This game was a fun side scroller with an awesome story line then you get to the last boss and you realize that everything leading up to him was all a lie because this game tricked you into believing you were an awesome robot with ninja like reflexes and a heart of gold, but then BOOM boss makes you cry like the first time the doctor spanked your butt comin out of your mothers birth hanger.
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Wedge
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
Beat it, still don’t get what A.R.E.S. stands for.
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Trevor
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda is a 2.5D side-scrolling action platformer. The game is pretty short, with 5 levels and a boss at the end of each level, which takes about 3h to finish on the normal difficulty. But, there is some replay value for a higher difficulty, increased score and secrets.
Also, there appears to be a newer version available: A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX, that improves a lot from the original. So, I would like to point you to the newer version, since here I did encounter a few problems, such as no music, and a few crashes that made me restart the level I was on.
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Silph Co. Lapras
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 14
I will recommend this game only when it is discounted. The gameplay is okay, a little awkward for controller to use both sticks to shoot (yes you can use buttons, but trying to aim and not move easier with the sticks). But my major issue is in the third stage where platforms won't load, picking up an upgrade will port you off the screen and kill you, a check-point will kill you, getting the armor upgrade will kill you. This game has a lot bugs. Otherwise it's all right.
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RatBastard
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
♥♥♥♥ game
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Pendymion
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 21
Way too short, too boring, the customization is laughable, and the graphics look like cardboard cutouts pasted ontop of eachother.

I'm only making a review now because I saw this trash heap in my library and it was too late to refund it.
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Golden_Cashew
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
This game would be better suited as a browser flash game. The inculsion of Xbox controls really made the game feel like a cheap port.
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TrisKeLion
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 25
Too short to my taste... Story meah..

But some replay value.
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Unidentified
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 23
Shoot things and they die. Move off the screen and they un-die.

11/10 would kill again
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Corvus
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 18
It is very short game and the level design doesn't support the platforming at times. But if you can get it at a low price, maybe. Soundtrack is good.
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Sessuro
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 4
Pretty decent game, rather solid. Has alot of nifty info about the world that is used as collectables for you to find that also give slight powerups. It only has 5 levels so don't expect to play it for long. Even 99% the achievements doesn't take too long if you know what you are doing probably under half a hour, hour tops. IMO the Berzerker suit is op, granted it is dlc but levels 1-4 can easily be played though with it with very little trouble completely removing the need to upgrade other weapons and stuff. The last level makes the suit a little harder to use making you probably need to upgrade 1 weapon (Tho I didn't).
Personally I think keyboard and mouse are btter for it than controller, you get alot less control over your blaster with controller, mainly because its controlled with the right stick where as with the mouse it has a target reticle that you can use put on what you want dead and then fire.
All in All I'd give it a 8/10
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Good-Natured Filth
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 31, 2015
This game was okay for a Mega Man clone. The music is super fast the whole time and won't quit, which got on my nerves. It only took about 2 hours to beat, so whatever.
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Mizipzor
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 30, 2015
A game that tries to be a Metroidvania but comes across as a college project. Everything in the game from graphics and sound to tightness and responsiveness of the controls feels extremely mediocre. I played the first level and the first boss and is already writing my review, which is telling. This game does nothing unique and everything like it out there is better.
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Zintix
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 13, 2015
This is one of those games that was sitting in my steam library that I've always glanced over. So I downloaded the game and it was a nice suprise, it's one of those games where all you need to know are the buttons and away you go. I would recommend this game and it was a pretty platform shooting game
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MroTralisk
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: December 6, 2015
It's a good game. Think Mega Man X series game play. Controls are a little different and take some getting used to. I used a controler and didn't think it was that bad. I enjoyed the story and the music too. It's a short game but there is some replay value if you liked it enough to go back and find all the secrets. As for all my reviews, buy it on sale. haha

7.5/10
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asmodeusnecro
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 3, 2015
A short but satisfying shooter with a great soundtrack, solid gunplay and massive boss battles. Whilst not without its flaws, there's a whole lot to like and plenty of replay value after the intial two-or-so hour campaign.
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DRAGANBORN
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 1, 2015
It is good for me, as a fan of Megaman X8 game, which i played A LOT when i was a child.
Yet still Megaman X8 is better.
5/10
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GAGMR
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: November 29, 2015
There's a new edition of this game available so if you really wanted to try it you should probably go play that one instead.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/315340/

Overall this version of the game is average at best & I didn't really get into it enough to say anything more than that.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda is a 2.5D side-scrolling action platformer. The game is pretty short, with 5 levels and a boss at the end of each level, which takes about 3h to finish on the normal difficulty. But, there is some replay value for a higher difficulty, increased score and secrets.
Also, there appears to be a newer version available: A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX, that improves a lot from the original. So, I would like to point you to the newer version, since here I did encounter a few problems, such as no music, and a few crashes that made me restart the level I was on.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2015
It's a good game. Think Mega Man X series game play. Controls are a little different and take some getting used to. I used a controler and didn't think it was that bad. I enjoyed the story and the music too. It's a short game but there is some replay value if you liked it enough to go back and find all the secrets. As for all my reviews, buy it on sale. haha

7.5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
It is very short game and the level design doesn't support the platforming at times. But if you can get it at a low price, maybe. Soundtrack is good.
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39 of 45 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 23, 2015
NOTE:
Don't buy this version but instead, take a look at “A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX” which is essentially an upgraded version of the game. I'm only recommending this game based on my experience before the new version released.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/315340/

TL:DR? See Conclusion

INTRODUCTION:
A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda is a 2.5D side scrolling action platform game that attempts to fill-in for the Mega Man (Rock Man) drought.

Like the aforementioned Mega Man series, this game places you in the shoes of an advance combat android named Ares. After a mysterious asteroid collided with a Deep Space Reprocessing station, a group of scientists were sent to investigate an energy emission radiating from it. Shortly after arriving, the team discovers that all the machines inside the station are now hostile to human life after being exposed to a new vapor gas called Zytron which came from the Asteroid. The Scientists, before being trapped, was able to send samples of the Gas back to earth who then develops Ares, an android immune to Zytron. Ares is now sent on a search and rescue mission on the Minos Space Station and along the way, discover the true nature of Zytron.

PROS:
+ High resolution graphics with a nice and colorful artstyle
+ Crafting System for weapons and item upgrades
+ Good weapon variety
+ Good character designs
+ Outstanding soundtrack
+ Responsive controls (specially on a gamepad)

CONS:
- Very short
- The game relies on grinding to extend gameplay (what I call “game time through attrition”)
- Story is under developed
- Cinematics are dull with no voice acting and, more importantly, no sound effects except the soundtrack in the background.
- Underwhelming bosses

CONCLUSION:
GOOD GAME which is reminiscent of the Mega Man franchise. It has good high resolution graphics with a nice and colorful artstyle; it features a crafting system based on materials you collect from the world and enemies; the game shines with its amazing soundtrack and responsive controls specially with a game pad. For its cons, the game is very short and the cinematics are a bit boring and unrewarding but for the price however, this game would make as a good casual experience for younger audiences.

Although I'm placing my recommendation, please don't buy this version and take a look at the “A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX” instead. It's essentially an upgraded version of the game.

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33 of 44 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
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.
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33 of 45 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2014
Faulty's scorecard :-

1) Essential purchase
2) Recommended purchase
3) Recommended purchase during a sale
4) Not recommended unless heavily discounted
5) Not even recommended for Steam game collectors

When I first heard about A.R.E.S Extinction Agenda, a small flutter of excitement overcame me. You see, I grew up on Mega Man and his countless adventures on the NES - with some of those games still to this day being able to rekindle a gaming joy within me when I feel the current slew of gaming titles are doing nothing but putting a damp squib on my desire to play and complete them. There is just something inherently appealing to me about 2D platform side-scrollers that I will always love (again this is probably due to my younger years harboring an almost fanatical fascination with games like Contra and Mega Man) so I didn't hesitate for a second to add A.R.E.S to my collection. At the time it was touted as Episode 1 in an ongoing series of episodes and the price-tag of $9.99 back in 2010 I felt was a little steep for what was essentially a downloadable first chapter.

It appears something went awry as we are already half-way through 2014 and A.R.E.S has yet to see an Episode 2. Searching the game developers bare-bones website, http://www.x10interactive.com , it appears not much has been going on for quite some time which leads me to believe they are most probably now defunct which is sad in any event but after playing through A.R.E.S (once back in 2010) and now recently in 2014 (for the Steam Trading Card business) I can’t help feel that they had much of a future to begin with. A.R.E.S for all intents and purpose tries so desperately to mimic the successes of the past games yet doesn't even come close. The entire game feels like a cheap imitation of a mid-nineties Mega Man game and the kicker is that is poses very little to no challenge at all. Even ramping up the difficulty levels does very little to put it on par with some of the more challenging Contra and Mega Man fare released almost 20 years ago.

Whilst the 2D artwork may look nice and the techno buzzing soundtrack amiable providing the listener with tunes to hum to while playing, the platform jumping and shooting mechanics are somewhat borked and will have you flinging more than a few unkind words around the room. Boss fights are an absolute joke and require very little tactical thought on the player’s part where it is simply a case of find a corner and blast away until the enemy is no longer.

I had high hopes for A.R.E.S but in the end I can only lightly recommend this title. Since it appears we will see no continuation of the story, if you must pick up the game (particularly if you want the card drops) rather wait until this the game is being offered at a discount price since currently there are a dearth of more endearing indies games you could be spending a tenner on.

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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2015
A.R.E.S. Goes EXtinct

This is not a bad game, it is actually pretty decent. It looks great, has solid gameplay featuring some cool weapons, and decent level design. However, it does suffer from being way too short and lacking difficulty. That is not why I'm not recommending this game though. The reason is that they have an IMPROVED version for the SAME price now available! If you are interested in this title, then stop now and head to the A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX page!

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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2013
At best, A.R.E.S. is competent. It doesn't know whether it wants to be Mega Man or Metroid, and suffers for it. The level design includes both large multi-scrolling rooms and more platforming-oriented sections, and it's never entirely clear which drops are bottomless pits and which lead to other parts of the stage. I'm also not happy with the upgrade mechanic, which encourages literal grinding as you kill enemies for the three types of items that are needed to upgrade your weapons. The controls also feel a little slow, with the dash move in particular always feeling like it's just a little too long to execute and traverses just a little too short a distance to avoid enemy attacks.

At least the boss fights are pretty fun, and it's entertaining when you get into the groove of blasting enemies and jumping from platform to platform. But all of its other problems make it hard to recommend. You could do worse, but you could also do a whole lot better. Try Cave Story+, Noitu Love 2, or They Bleed Pixels if you want to play a really good action-platformer.
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2013
Shoulda called it JUMP 'N SHOOT MAN. A Megaman tribute or ripoff or something, A.R.E.S. is a "walk to the right and shoot" platformer with a tacked on crafting system. It lacks a lot of polish, and the controls seem awkward, but if you're into Megaman style games it might be worth a look.

Watch a few gameplay videos, and if it seems interesting, grab it on sale.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
A.R.E.S. is a fun game though it doesn't have anything that really makes it stand out from the rest of the platform games. It's a sci-fi futuristic platformer with cumbersome controls. It's not a horrible game by any means, but it lacks the ability to keep your attention and wanting more. I did beat the game, but it sat in my library for a very long time prior to beating it. Look somewhere else for a good action platformer.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2015
This is an easy game to beat. It has only 5 stages, each has one mid-boss and a stage boss.You start out with just a simple gun and a simple moveset, and you unlock more variations when you move on.

In my opinion, when you are playing sidescrolling platformers using a keyboard, you are playing it wrong. So a controller is highly recommended.

I like how the different gun types are designed to be used for different kind of playstyle and situation instead of the boring strength/weakness thing.

The graphics and music are cool and futuristic. The plot is neglegible.

100% achievement requires some practice and luck. It is challenging but not impossible. All the stages have the exact same enemy spawn, and each bosses have the exact same pattern, so you can practice and memorize the stages to improve your score to get the required rank.

My score: 7/10
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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2015
A real gem of a platformer. I loved the currency system in here as you can replay previous missions to collect more recycled parts to create power-ups and upgrades to your character's weapons.

The actual levels are very well designed, there are plenty of jumping puzzles which can get frustrating but it's still a required feature in any platformer.

I really enjoyed using the plasma field weapon, you feel pretty overpowered while using it, although you are far from it as you will find yourself dying over and over again but wanting to come back for more.

Really recommend this as it's good few hours gameplay for cheap!
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19 of 33 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2015
Presentation in this game is fine, the graphics are okay. I really struggled with the control system and the character is too large. Pretty sure a double-jump covers almost the height of the screen!

There didn't seem to be any way to remain stationary and fire at a diagonal which was really my main gripe. If there is a way around this then someone let me know and I'll go back in game and have another play and rewrite this review.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2011
Do not buy unless you are a SERIOUS Mega Man X junkie in need of a fix, and even then be aware you'd probably have more fun replaying X7 or X8 than this game. It's short, controls are janky, and it gets cheaper and cheaper as you go through its five levels.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2014
Some people would consider this a MegaMan clone. It seems any platformer with a gun is considered a MegaMan clone.
A.R.E.S. stands on its own very well though. With each enemy kill, you can "recycle" parts from the enemy and use them to heal yourself or upgrade your weapons. Of course, they do reference their own closeness to MegaMan by having a walkway before the bosses similar to the famous boss hall in all of the MegaMan games.
The 2.5D graphics are great, the controls are fun, the design is great and the story intrigues me. If you like MegaMan or any other gun driven platformer, definitely pick this up. It is well worth the price point.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2014
This game is very entertaining! If you are a fan of Megaman games, this game has a lot of those same features. There's a good variety of weapons and enemies to keep you interested for a long time, as well as secrets that will make you replay levels to collect. Overall, it's a top of the line game in the $10 tier, so definitely worth the buy.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2014
I tried to like this game, but it just really doesn't appeal to me.
The controls feel slow, and the jump is absolutely abysmal. Several platforming puzzles lead to frustration just because of how short the Character's jump was.
You're also told early on that you can change suits, but the game does not give any explanation as to why you'd want to do this, and how each suit affects you. From what i experienced, there isn't any discernable difference between the suits anyway, aside from the berserker suit.
The enemies are more of an annoyance than anything else, and it's very difficult to dodge their projectiles as your character is rather large. And even if you do get hit a lot, you can easily craft a cheap healthkit that heals most of your bar. Speaking of the crafting system, you can also make grenades. But i rarely found myself using them, aside from when they were required to bypass obstacles, they can also be used to perform an air dash move, but this needs to be charged up and so is only useful in specific situations.

All in all, I think this game isn't really that good. If you like platformers such as megaman, then i'd recommend buying it during a sale. But other people probably won't enjoy this.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2015
Title: A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda
Genre: Action, Indie
Developer: Extend Studio
Publisher: Extend Studio, ORiGO GAMES
Release Date: 20 Jan, 2011

You're a lady in a spacesuit, on a space station with mad robots. Shooting things.


Main Review

You're a woman in a spacesuit on a lone mission to find out what happened in deep space, on an abandoned junk station. Something about this game feels strangely familiar. Ah well, at least she's called Valkyl and not Samus, right?
Anyway, after speeding straight into the game, I'm placed as a space suit warrior lady in a a seedy, futuristic station, where all the machinery has gone mental and is now trying to kill everything. The learning curve is harsh, you more or less need to learn yourself the mechanics, deal with weird little robot things fast or die miserably. A lot. I like that you have to figure out everything by yourself. At the same time I dislike it. It's part of the charm of retro games. And that includes the sounds!

At least with all this you can upgrade your stuff so it looks more awesome AND kills things a lot faster.
I think the design is pretty cool, futuristic shiny green and blue space, with rusting machinery as backdrop. The enemies, and there are a lot, from security system robots to weird little vacuum cleaner things that don't like you. I'm not usually a fan of futuristic style games, but this one has something about it I like.

The controls take some getting used to, and they're part of what make this platformer challenging. That, and the oops I didn't expect that to happen moments when you slide under a wall and get blasted by sentry turrets on the other side. I think the controls could be better crafted or more responsive.
What I find annoying is how far back a level/save point resets if you die, which can mean you have to refight tough monsters you already killed, and repeat a lot of content, which could make it stressful fast. Though there is a sense of achievement getting past those ANNOYING OBSTACLES.

Pros

Cool space graphics
Old school sounds
Puzzles progress well.
Getting weapons is awesome!
Throws you straight in(makes it more old style)

Cons

Kind of stressful (because of the controls)
Not very long
Throws you straight in (No help)
Controls are clunky

TL;DR

Overall Verdict
I want to like this game, but the controls I feel drag down the quality of this platformer. The story is small but you know what's going on. Everything about the game I think can be amazing, but the responsiveness of the controls, and the situations you find yourself in with them let it down. I like everything in the game, except for the gameplay.

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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2014
ARES is a Megaman clone where you try to save the world against some catastrophe with assistance from your special suit and an ally to give you guidance. I played with a gamepad, so movement is with 1 stick, and shooting is with the other. The story was not the most gripping, standard save the world type stuff. Your suit makes you immune to some chemical that is being released, which is why you are mostly going alone.

I found the enemy types to be pretty repetitive at the beginning. It seems in the first level I fought about 100 copies of the same 3 enemies. The boss design was a little lacking. The best strategy seemed to be to hide out in a corner or tank the fight. The controls were somewhat sloppy. It was difficult to get the tight movement necessary to dodge some attacks.

The graphics are bright and colorful, but I found the animation to be choppy. The environments didn't really do enough to draw me in to the game. Seemed like I was just fighting in giant labs of warehouses. The soundtrack does a little to pump you up, however. It may have been the high point.

I feel that there are enough entries in the Megaman/Metroidvania platformer genre that are more worthy of your time than ARES. Try it if you are a huge fan of these games and are running out of quality options, but I cannot recommend it to everyone.

Grade: C-
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Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2014
The universe in peril from a malevolent AI and all the other heroes won’t answer the phone? Better send in someone who has finished this game then, they surely know how to kick butt.

This game is a great example of a 2D ish shooter. The controls are tight; the story is pretty good and even though not fleshed out it left me wanting more. The enemies are diverse and can be tricky to overcome if on the harder difficulties. There are also enough challenges to keep you coming back for more and possibly enough to play through a few times just to complete everything.

One of the many positive notes that really stands out is the soundtrack which is pretty awesome. The weapons are fun to use although with the limited in-game economy their upgrade options are a little stunted, still nice to have though.

I would recommend this game for anyone who has a few hours to kill and wants to spend them blowing away robots. If it’s on sale it is a 100% must buy.

Have fun ^_^
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