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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
Developers
Extend Studio
Publishers
Origo Games
Aksys Games
Engines
XNA
Release dates
Windows October 3, 2014
Taxonomy
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

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Can be played without Steam running.[1]
Windows
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

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

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

System Native Notes
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Stores up to 976.56 KB of game save online (maximum of 10 save files).

Video

General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
For unlisted resolutions see Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution.[2]
4K Ultra HD
3840x2160 cannot be selected in-game; edit configs.ini for 4K resolution.[3] FMV videos are 1280x720.[4]
Field of view (FOV)
2D game that zooms in or out view at certain points.
Windowed
Toggled from the Options menu under Settings.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced through your GPU control panel.[5]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Only forced post-process anti-aliasing such FXAA works.[5]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Widescreen resolution

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.

Input

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

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
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
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

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

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Other information

API

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

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
AMD Athlon x2
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
Shader model 3.0 support

Notes

  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.

References

  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 2021-11-13
    The highest resolution for the game on a 4K display appears to only go up to 2560x1600 prior to editing the config.ini file manually.
  4. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-05-19
    Examined the game's .wmv video files.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Verified by User:AmethystViper on December 22, 2018