A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda EX

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A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda EX
A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda EX cover
Extend Studio
Origo Games
Aksys Games
Release dates
Windows October 3, 2014
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Scrolling, Side view
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Platform
Art styles Stylized
Themes Sci-fi
Series A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda
A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda EX on MobyGames
A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda
A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda 2010
A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda EX 2014

This page is for the 2014 remake. For the original game, see A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda.

Key points

A remake of A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda, which was previously released for Xbox LIVE Arcade. This remake features extra levels, a second playable character, improved graphics, a new soundtrack, and streamlined gameplay elements.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Can be played without Steam running.[1]
All Steam owners of the original A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda are given the Apollo drone to use in this game; the drone can only be accessed from a Steam log-in.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\ARES_EX\configs.ini
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/315340/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\ARES_EX\steam-*\save.profile
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/315340/pfx/[Note 1]
If the game is being played without a Steam log-in, by default the save file will be stored in the player folder instead.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Stores up to 976.56 KB of game save online (maximum of 10 save files).


General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
For unlisted resolutions see Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.[2]
4K Ultra HD
FMV sequences are 1280x720.[3]
Field of view (FOV)
2D game that zooms in or out view at certain points.
Toggled from the Options menu under Settings.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced through your GPU control panel.[4]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Only forced post-process anti-aliasing such FXAA works.[4]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Set resolution in configs.ini[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Edit configs.ini.
  3. Change width= and height= to the desired resolution.


Keyboard remapping.
Keyboard remapping.
Controller remapping.
Controller remapping.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Game Menu is bound to Tab and an Air-Boost combination are tied to Dash+Up keys and cannot be remapped.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
DirectInput and XInput controllers are supported.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Movement and Aim & Fire controls are respectively bound to left and right analog sticks, and the System Menu and Game Menu are mapped to Start and Back buttons, which cannot be remapped.
Controller sensitivity
Digital movement.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Xbox 360 variant.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
DirectInput controllers references buttons by number.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
XInput only and is disabled by default.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, FX
Surround sound
All dialogue is text based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Game does not pause when out of focus.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 3.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
AMD Athlon x2 Processor
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7600 series
ATI Radeon HD 2400 series
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/315340/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (315340) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Verified by User:AmethystViper on May 20, 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX | WSGF
  3. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-05-19
    Examined the game's .wmv video files.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Verified by User:AmethystViper on December 22, 2018