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Ultracore Review | interspersed

Before DICE was fired up in the giants that is Electronic Arts they went by the name Digital Illusions and made entirely custom games for completely different publishers. One of them was Psygnosis and one of the projects was hardcore. hardcore was supposed to come to Commodore Amiga (and probably CD 32), SEGA Mega Drive and SEGA Mega CD. hardcore must have been close to gold status and the gaming magazines (including Sega Power) had started the shark. Then the plug was pulled out; the publisher got cold feet.

Releasing a two-dimensional run ‘n gun game in the same era as the impending polygon revolution with PlayStation in the front had in itself been a bold step. However, it wasn’t a publisher Psygnosis intended to take, and so it ended up hardcore in the dark for 25 years.

The resurrection

In 2019, the publisher came Strictly Limited Games over source code and materials to hardcore. They let the game polish up and released it as ultra Core together with the aftermarket console Mega SG. Since then, the game has received a physical edition each for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch as well as a Mega Drive- / Genesis-compatible cassette release. Now the game is released on digital fronts, to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and (eventually) PlayStation Vita.

Ultra Pithy

It is noticed directly ultra Core what kind of game it is talking about. From the title screen with its approaching, pulsed FM sound to the first rocky tones, there is no doubt that this is a game with lots of pangpang. The closest relative of ultra Core should be the Turrican games. It’s a very flattering parable, and ultra Core is even an even stronger star in run ‘n gun heaven is the majority of games in the Turrican series.

It is with great pleasure fans of the old school settle down ultra Core, which may appear. The trajectories contain lots of secrets, trapdoors, tough platform jumps – and of course plenty with destruction-hating enemies, determined to empty your life meter. An observant and accustomed player can easily see patterns in the design and decide everything from hidden passages to enemy patterns at a glance. The remaining players are allowed to learn for themselves without pardon as extralife and continues to end.


It’s just in ultra Cores embrace of the design type “learning by doing” as the largest stock in the game. Although the game comes with a password system (so oldschool!), It is rarely used. After all the continuation is over, it is still GAME OVER and usually just as good to start over. Everything to get better prepared for the last place of death this time. The fact that the password is 16 characters long and should be put into a fairly slow and dry menu obviously weighs in a bit in this fact; the whole system is pretty redundant in a game like this. A valid password remembers what path you are on, how much ammo you have, what weapons you have and their levels. In addition, it also (unfortunately) remembers the number of extra lives and continues you had when you got the password.


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