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Has it lived up to the hype?
on 14 February 2013
...in a word, no. but lets be honest NO game with ALIENS in the title ever will. how can a game live up to the classic film?
Well the game tries in it's own way. The film was a action/horror work of art were as the game goes for action with alittle suspense. Yes, the graphics aren't amazing but they are a hell of alot better than the "remastered" Doom3 which had more flat surfaces than a stealth bomber. their are some real nice touches in the game, from computer screens in the sulaco showing the original view of lv426 from ALIEN, to the spooky remains of hadleys hope. The NPC characters move alittle stiff but to be honest I was too busy enjoying myself wandering around the sulaco to notice...
The gameplay is standard FPS, but then again what do you expect? this kind of game has been around forever and it's getting harder for developers to find that special something. The enemy AI is ok, think the first F.E.A.R game and you'll be about right. the human bad guys shout to each other and duck/crouch behind stuff, fire blind at you etc... just like in FEAR, and the aliens come from just about every angle possible. the much slated motion tracker has it's uses as several times the aliens/bad guys stop moving and hide in the dark, you can't see them but the motion tracker finds them. another plus, your trusty flash light doesn't need to recharge, when it's on, it stays on!
After reading that the game is too easy I'm playing it on "hardened". the humans take several shots to put down, and are lethal with grenades. The aliens attack in packs and deliver pretty hard punches. if you want a challenge skip "recruit" and "soldier". I'm finding the game just about right for me.
The music is a mix of "Alien" haunting background music to "Aliens" dramatic battle music with some spooky sound effects inbetween. The weapons sound right and feel right, true to the film.
So to sum up, nothing will ever be ALIENS the film in a game, but this tries it's hardest. It looks like the film and that's a good thing, it's better than I think it's getting credit, it sounds good, and plays ok for a FPS. Their are worse FPS out there...
If you love the corps and have a open mind to treat this as just a ALIENS game and not a film tie-in I think you'll love it, i certainly do!
And the alien powerloader statue is just so cool, great detail! the ship schematics etc... I think are too small, it needs to be bigger but it's ok.
for me at least it isn't a waste of money and I hope you agree with me!