• 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. Jun 8, 2020
    90
    Thunder Force AC is a solid port of a classic shmup. If you are craving some retro shooting action on the Switch or want to give the genre a try, give this game a shot.
  3. Jun 25, 2020
    82
    Like most (perhaps every) Sega Ages releases, Team M2 has done another great job. There’s an argument to be made for the lack of including the Genesis and SNES versions of the game given that they are a bit different than this arcade port, and seeing as how Sega Ages titles in the past have sometimes included the other versions of games, too… I suppose we maybe got a bit spoiled in having the best of all of the versions included in one release, but I did want to mention that this particular release is just the arcade one. Still, it’s a great game, arguably one of the better SHMUPs of at least the early 90s, and M2 has done another great job of making it available on the Switch.
  4. 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.
  5. May 29, 2020
    80
    SEGA AGES Thunder Force AC is yet another fantastic addition to the SEGA AGES range. Thanks to its combination of eye-popping graphics, cool bosses, depth-enhancing features and enjoyable new additions, one of the best horizontally scrolling shooters is now even better. If you’re a fan of the genre or just remember playing a Thunder Force game or two all those many years ago, this is a must.
  6. 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.
  7. Aug 4, 2020
    60
    Thunder Force AC may not be the shining light of the SEGA AGES collection, but space shooter fans and high-score enthusiasts will certainly be able to enjoy the experience. It’s short, but decent enough arcade fun.

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