It’s no secret that I love throwback action games.  I write about them all the time in the Free and Worth Every Penny column on Colony of Gamers, and an absurd percentage of the purchases I’ve made from XBox Live Arcade or the Indie channel on Steam have been games that could have come from the late 80’s or early 90’s, except for a nice new coat of polish.

So it should be no surprise that when a sidescrolling shooter in the vein of Abuse and the SNES Mega Man games showed up on my radar, I was excited to try it out.  A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda takes its cues from a lot of different sources, and the result is a tight little game that feels nostalgic in some ways, and modern in others.  It’s got a very nice look, addictive upgrade and high-score mechanics, tight controls, and HUGE bosses to take down that’ll remind you of some of the best 2D action classics.  It’s also $10 on Steam, which seems pretty reasonable.

So that’s what Robert, James and I are talking about this time around.  If you’d like to hear more, come on in.  The water’s fine.

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