You’ve got 7 days to live.
Just think, where would you go if you literally have nowhere to go but a new Earth several millennia away? Ultra Age pits a hero to task as he explores a world in ruin, filled with beasts and automata to hinder Age – the adolescent protagonist with a week to spare before meeting his maker. How will he survive the new Earth? what will he do about the Orbital Arc losing communication? Visual Dart and Next Stage’s shot at an indie hack-and-slash is here and maybe as much excitement as the trailers have told.
Ultra Age’s visuals are reminiscent of Monster Hunter Rise’s run. The world itself is guided by a singular path. Age – that’s his name – is charged to find a relic by a group that switched sides and set targeting to kill him. Age fights against fauna and mecha in several open spaces, but the encouragement to push to rewind at times feels. Crystals allow the upgrades to happen at save points. The crystals can enable healing abilities, also.
Change Your Blade, Change Your Destiny
Ultra Age bodes a challenge. Age holds several blades in his arsenal. Switching between blades is a breeze to do, which literally helps him survive the buildings of Earth’s dystopian future. Thanks to his companion, Helvis, Age is able to fast-forward time to gather assets and resources to strengthen his blades. Each hit depletes a blade, and at a low percentage, Age’s blade gives him an Ultimate move before the count decreases. Each weapon strikes differently, and enemies would need certain weapons to fight with, which antes up the challenge. Once that gets to zero, the blade is lost.
Bosses take on strategies at some of the fastest and most memorable runs. The addiction is in the gameplay itself. Death pushes the time to half a day, resetting the enemies in the area. Age also can deal higher damage in a critical hit. I found myself literally waking up the next day to take on dystopian Earth.
There’s a few stifles in the wake of Ultra Age. The PlayStation version matches the trailer at a more tighter hold. The speed and visuals are noticeable, but it doesn’t ruin much of the fun. Story-wise, Ultra Age doesn’t necessarily piece much together. Unless Helvis intervened, it was hard to determine how to feel.
Voiceover-wise, Age lacks the heart needed to convince one of its’ world minus the Yu gi oh’s Kaiba knockoff in the voice. The linear path and the shutting down of past areas do hinder replayability in the game. Some frame drops can be seen and I’ve probably had one crash in the game, yet it seemed to be a one-time thing. Some save points are far off from the different parts and could be thought out better.
Ultra Age is quite an adventure. While not as well-polished as other frantic hack-and-slashers, or even as the trailers say, with many comparisons to a Platinum Games take or even classic God of War, Ultra Age holds up for a decent run. Ultra Age is definitely an itch scratcher for the action game genre of quick kills. While there’s much to be desired from an indie title, Ultra Age checks off boxes well for sleeper hit material.
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Platform: PlayStation, Nintendo
Release Date: 09/09/2021
No. of Players: 1
Category: Adventure, Action
Developer: Visual Dart, Next Stage
Publisher: DANGEN Entertainment
Download link: US eShop / UK eShop