You are the ultimate weapon with an ultimate sidekick – Collect secret items and get power ups to become the perfect weapon.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (626 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 20, 2011

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Includes 3 items: A.R.E.S.: Berzerker Suit, A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda, A.R.E.S.: Original Soundtrack

 

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"Plays a lot like MegaMan X. Is that not enough?"

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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)
Helpful customer reviews
31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
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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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
A fun platformer,combined with unique action gameplay and artowork,soundtrack and storywriting,it deserves to be played.
Oh,and consinder getting the complete editon for soundtrack. The suit doesn't matter.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Generally robust action platform game with loose Mega Man inspiration. Based mostly on jump 'n' shoot mechanisms with plenty of auxilary weapons to upgrade.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdKob7EbCKE
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Cooler story for a more modern and adult Megaman style game. More customisation and fun in my opinion. Bosses feel much more impressive than you, easy or hard to your taste, beating them doesn't feel like you just won a piece of a puzzle.

You gain currency to buy upgrades, controls are good with a controller IIRC. This review has been a while past playing. Stopped for reasons I can't recall but not for lack of enjoyment.

The levels are beautiful, everything is, and the game looks and plays as impressive as shown here.

I am sure others have some negatives but the foreground sometimes is a bit jagged and clashes with the background but who cares..
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