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  • Summary: Change Your Blade, Change Your Destiny. Ultra Age is a high-speed, sword-swinging action game set in the far future that follows the story of young warrior Age, who embarks on a mission to save humankind from extinction. Use your blades to cut through robotic and mutant foes, exploreChange Your Blade, Change Your Destiny. Ultra Age is a high-speed, sword-swinging action game set in the far future that follows the story of young warrior Age, who embarks on a mission to save humankind from extinction. Use your blades to cut through robotic and mutant foes, explore futuristic locales, and unravel a vast conspiracy concerning the fate of the planet. Far in the future, the resources of Earth have become insufficient, its ecosystem long ago changed irrevocably by a passing meteor. Humankind has divided into two: the people who have escaped Earth and relocated to the space colony, 'Orbital Arc,' and the others who have remained on Earth in a facility called ‘The Shelter.’

    Humanity vanished from Earth after civilians from The Shelter failed an experiment that was meant to be the last hope for humanity, while people from Orbital Arc sent expeditions to Earth in search of resources. Failing to find any signs of life, a young sword-wielding warrior named ‘Age’ falls down from orbit to Earth. Accompanied by his floating android, Helvis, he must find the indispensable key to the survival of humankind.

    -Unleash Combos with Blade-Changing Action-
    Slash through foes with a variety of blades in high-speed, stylish action! Change blades on the fly with powerful moves to create linkage and run devastating combos. Different attributes and varied actions call for unique strategy against different types of foes.

    -Narrow Gaps Using the Wire-
    Launch the wire skill to pull smaller enemies toward you, or Quantum Warp to get instant access to larger foes! Use the wire to strategically overcome numerical inferiority, traverse gaps on land and quickly grab items.

    -Get the Edge with Skills-
    Gather elements to enhance your blades, expand your skills, and learn new combos. Install modules and power gear to level up Age and increase your arsenal of blades to take down the toughest of enemies. Use Helvis to burst into Critical Rage, cast Healing Pocket to recover, or Time Shift to loot more items.

    -Experience a Post-Apocalyptic Earth-
    Follow Age on his journey in the year 3174. Experience cutscenes that tell the story of Age’s mission across futuristic mecha, forests and deserts developed with Unreal Engine. Encounter mysterious characters and overcome menacing bosses to uncover the story behind the fate of humankind.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Sep 12, 2021
    80
    Ladies and gentlemen, you're looking at one of the sleeper hits of 2021. The game is short and the story can be confusing (also, don't get me started on the voice acting), but gameplay-wise this is a very fun and rewarding action game. Also, it looks incredible on the Nintendo Switch so that's a plus.
  2. 80
    I had a blast with Ultra Age and will continue to play this long after this review is written and posted. Even though its narrative is a little thin in its 15+ hour runtime, it truly is the stylish and adrenaline pumping combat that keeps you coming back for more and elevates Ultra Age to the tier of great Switch titles.
  3. Sep 9, 2021
    70
    Ultra Age is a solid indie hack-and-slash effort that delivers some fast-paced combat and a handful of unique mechanics to keep its battles interesting. It may have some ropey voice-acting, the graphics have predictably been dialled back on Switch and there's the occasional frame rate wobble here and there, but overall this is a surprisingly decent budget effort that's well worth taking a look at if you're hankering for some Devil May Cry-style action.
  4. Sep 14, 2021
    70
    Personally, the engaging combat was more than enough to keep me interested through the game’s fifteen or so hours. The rest of the game around those battles is decent enough glue. Awkward and rough, but charmingly awkward and rough.
  5. Nov 20, 2021
    70
    With its memorable boss fights, a balanced combat system and a very interesting weapon management mechanic, Ultra Age's gameplay comes out on top when faced against its dated visual environment and lack of an interesting plot. Hack and slash fans will find this a very interesting and enjoyable game.
  6. Sep 19, 2021
    60
    How willing are you to forgive a title's flaws to enjoy its fights? This is the question to ask yourself if you are interested in Ultra Age. On the one hand, the title suffers from dated visuals and a jagged rhythm. On the other hand, his clashes benefit from animations and dynamic effects. By this ambivalence, the title remains to be reserved for fans of beat 'em up able to disregard many aspects to appreciate a rather nice gameplay.
  7. Sep 20, 2021
    60
    Ultra Age is the sort of game that could have benefited from more polish and a stronger narrative. The performance on Nintendo Switch is disappointing, but the largest problems with the title are with the narrative structure and presentation. If there is ever a future for this franchise, the focus needs to be on building the existing combat into a cohesive storyline, because right now, it just doesn't cut it.

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  1. Oct 5, 2021
    9
    Insanely good for what it is: an indie-level, fast-paced character action game. Combat gives the likes Devil May Cry and Nier: Automata a runInsanely good for what it is: an indie-level, fast-paced character action game. Combat gives the likes Devil May Cry and Nier: Automata a run for their money at indie game pricing. Attacking is sleek, fast and fun. The game will have you rapidly switching swords on the fly to use their unique, special techniques like air launching, aoe attacks, counter stances and shield breaking. This gives you great control over your combat tactics and encourages you to experiment with the options available to you. Combined with a hookshot that always ensures you're in the thick of the fight and you're got a top-notch combat system. Worth checking out for its combat alone. Expand
  2. Feb 1, 2022
    9
    Looks great, runs butter smooth and for the low price it cost, its an absolute steal of a indie game!
  3. Sep 10, 2021
    9
    This game is a ton of fun. Looks Great and playe even better. For a AA game to put out some great content blows my mind. Almost no dipsThis game is a ton of fun. Looks Great and playe even better. For a AA game to put out some great content blows my mind. Almost no dips running into battle. Only 2 times in the start of the game but was minor. I am 13 hours into it and i am havin alot of fun. Thank You Nintendo, u still a good job with a 3rd party game. Go and bye!!!!!! Expand
  4. Dec 17, 2021
    8
    Especially given the continued “unknown date” status of Bayonetta 3, Switch fans looking to beat or slash things up with some intense combatEspecially given the continued “unknown date” status of Bayonetta 3, Switch fans looking to beat or slash things up with some intense combat may be feeling a little twitchy. Ultra Age is here to help you work out some of those frustrations, featuring some good ideas married with a reasonable level of challenge. I will admit that as it opened and the focus was a bit more on the game’s story, featuring some of the worst voice acting I’ve heard in quite some time, I had my doubts. However, once everything opened up and I could begin moving between blade types, searching for extra crystals for gear, and tweaking my skills to better suit my slashing style my opinion turned around pretty quickly. I’m hoping not to trigger some Breath of the Wild players but your blades will degrade with use, though the fact that’s put to good use and allows you to do some nasty damage shattering them against your enemies should help make up for it. It absolutely isn’t as refined or polished as the likes of Bayonetta or the Devil May Cry series, but at half the asking price I think this comes out to a fair compromise. Given the fact that, especially in terms of indies, the pickings in this area are pretty slim Ultra Age is an appreciated effort and since there’s a demo being able to take it for a spin beforehand is a great bonus.

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