• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: May 28, 2020
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  • Summary: Fasten your seatbelts! It's gonna be an eye popping, pulse pounding, mind blowing ride! Your super-powered starship is under attack on land, air and sea in this Action/Arcade thriller. But you're prepared to go out with a bang. Zap! Blast your way through a fire storm. Splash! Use the waveFasten your seatbelts! It's gonna be an eye popping, pulse pounding, mind blowing ride! Your super-powered starship is under attack on land, air and sea in this Action/Arcade thriller. But you're prepared to go out with a bang. Zap! Blast your way through a fire storm. Splash! Use the wave weapon to pulverize an enemy. It's an 8-stage intergalactic fight to the finish. And even the multi-level scrolling and haunting sound effects are out of this world. Boss characters with the most chillingly realistic graphics try to show you who's the boss. But if you're quick enough and smart enough, you can prevail. Expand
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  1. May 28, 2020
    100
    If you haven’t checked out one of these excellent SEGA AGES releases so far, Thunder Force AC is a pretty good place to start. It’s one of those games that rarely gets ported, certainly not to current consoles, and is a neat little bit of video game history in its own right. I would highly recommend picking it up when it hits the Switch eShop today.
  2. May 22, 2020
    80
    Given the presence of Thunder Force IV in the Sega Ages series, it’s fair to say that Thunder Force AC isn’t as big a novelty as other Sega Ages arcade games, like Virtua Racing or G-LOC. This doesn’t necessarily matter, though; it’s still one of the better shoot ‘em ups of its time, and the addition of a new mode aimed at less experienced players gives a much-appreciated entry point for gamers who’ve always been interested in the genre but felt intimidated by its generally high level of difficulty. Whether you’re a shmup fiend or a complete amateur, there’s fun to be had here.
  3. May 28, 2020
    80
    Thunder Force AC is a fantastic classic shoot 'em up, and its inclusion on Switch, along with some added bonuses, is a welcome addition to the SEGA AGES line-up. It is only held back by the lack of the original version, Thunder Force III, of which this one is but a slightly remixed version. Seems like a lost opportunity, but here's hoping the developer won't dare releasing it separately.
  4. May 28, 2020
    79
    As far as classic shmups go, Thunder Force AC is one of the best and the opportunity to play it on a modern console is a treat.
  5. 75
    SEGA AGES Thunder Force AC isn’t a must-own shooter, but it’s a solid one that fans of the genre will really enjoy. The final boss is a bit of a letdown, but the leaderboards and unlockable ships add decent replay value. The accessibility options are robust, too, as we’ve come to expect from these classic SEGA re-releases. Although Thunder Force IV, which released as Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar is the better game, its predecessor still manages to bring a healthy dose of shoot-’em-up goodness.