I have a love/hate kind of relationship with A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX. Mainly, because the demo beat me at E3 2013. It wasn’t pretty. I may have been close to throwing a controller. But regardless, I thought the Xbox 360 updated incarnation of the PC game had potential. Which is why I’m now excited that it’s been released.
Aksys has now officially launched ORiGO Games and Extend Studios’ baby on XBLA, and it’s generally good news. In an age where major companies, like Capcom, are abandoning run-and-gunners, like Mega Man, it’s good to see another company support a similar game. Which is what A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX is. Ha! I got you interested now, haven’t I? Now you’re seeing this $14.99 game as something you can enjoy while you wait for comcept to finish up on Mighty No. 9.
A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX follows two Atzai agents named Ares and Tarus as they head to Minos Station to eliminate hostile rebels, lead by a criminal named Zytron, who want to exterminate mankind. That’s where the Extinction Agenda comes into play. People can go through either Ares or Tarus’ stories, as they attempt to retake Minos Station. Each character excels in different areas, meaning gameplay is a bit different depending on who you control. I played as Tarus during my E3 experience and, as I read up about the two, I think I may have had an easier time with Ares. Mainly because my problem was with being agile enough to get through obstacles in an auto-scrolling area. Ares is faster, so it might have been easier.
Now, as for changes. The whole Tarus storyline is new. The original A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda didn’t have it. There are also new weapons, abilities, enemies, areas and visuals. There’s so much new content that you could really consider A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX an updated remake, rather than a port. You can see for yourself, as there’s a free demo available. I mean, the demo’s free. You can’t say no to that.
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