Quite literally a blast from the past, Ultracore is a product of love, having been restored from an originally unreleased Mega Drive title by the well-known developer Digital Illusions (now known as DICE). Having played some of its contemporaries back in the day on Amiga if you’re familiar with games from that era it will feel just like coming home, featuring a look that was quite common at the time and pretty intense play. Bearing in mind that its throwback authenticity is its selling point, be warned that modern sensibilities aren’t in any way present, this is a platform shooter that expects you to hit the ground running, learn as you go, and perhaps struggle at times as you try to develop your plan of action. Probably its most interesting feature, how you’re able to angle your aim differently as you’re running while only using a single joystick, is both its best and worst point. When it works well you can appreciate how smart an idea it is, but there’s a certain degree of frustration you’ll hit at times when it can feel inconsistent in its behavior. Regardless, if you’re a fan of shooters from that era this is a bona fide contender from that era that even many genre fans likely missed out on at the time.
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