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Available on:Nintendo SwitchJun 23, 2020
PlayStation 4Jun 23, 2020
PlayStation VitaJul 24, 2020
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Developer: Digital Illusions

Publisher: Strictly Limited Games

Genres: Adventure, Platformer

Ultracore is a euro-style Metroidvania-platformer appealing especially to classic 2D-action-game enthusiasts with intricate level design and numerous mid and end level bosses. - Canceled game from 1994 and developed by DICE Studios officially released 25 years later. - Individually numbered and limited to only 3,000 copies. - Region free.

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Ultracore is a blast from the past game that really nails what many side-scrolling shooters were like in the 90s; and coupled with modern controls, it's a game worth playing. Though there are a few oversights like getting hit and not knowing it, unlabeled special items, and low difficulty, it's worth a try.

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How do I review something that I can barely play? I suppose I can start by not recommending it as that section is so brutally unfair that it’s not fun.

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it's really cool that a cancelled 1994 game can get a new lease of life like this, and Ultracore is a good example of its genre. The lack of a save feature, though, is a black mark against it – we can't understand why such an option wasn't included, given other modern features (twin-stick control, the switchable soundtracks) are present and correct. Still, this is solid retro action and a fascinating "what could have been" experience. Of course, in this case, "what could have been" eventually was.

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Granted, you could memorize levels through a lot of trial and error and become an Ultracore master. But for me at least, it's not worth the time and effort.

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