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A Nearly Canceled Gem.,
This review is from: Aliens Infestation (Video Game)
Here is a game that was almost canceled, when I saw a video demo of it, it looked promising, which disappointed me when I heard it got canceled. Luckily, they eventually did release it.
Story- You're a squad of Marines whose mission is to: "board the USS Sulaco (the spaceship from the movie Aliens), locate and identify the life forms, then secure and extract them back to the USS Sephora."
Gameplay- If you played Alien 3 this game plays like that, but without a time limit. This game is a 3rd person shooter where you hunt for weapons and item to open doors to progress further into the game. You play as one Marine at a time, but you have 4 Marines in a squad, (sort of like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES) and when one dies you can replace them by finding other Marines in the world. With a total of 19 Marines (4 you start with) all with different sprites.
You can only carry two weapons at a time, one of those is always the pistol, so your reduced to only being able to carry only one main weapon at a time. You can switch out this main weapons at the save areas. Included with the two weapons you carry, you have explosives: grenades and C4.
Controls- Plays like other shooters like Contra but with a unique way of aiming and shooting. When shooting you get locked, shooting in that direction. So if your facing right and start shooting and press left you will walk backwards while still shooting right, unlike other games where you shoot where you press the on the D-Pad. To reload there is no button, you have to use the touch screen and press the weapon that you are using picture.
You can run, jump, crouch, climb, cover against boxes, and also included is very useful roll where you can dodge pass an enemy with out taking damage(This is useful especially against bosses).
Graphics: When comparing graphics it should be relative, not to the most top-of-the-line system available; This game is a 2D game and the graphics should be compared to other 2D games. The sprites and backgrounds are very detailed and with special effects like parallax-scrolling. The animation on characters have more frames for more realistic movements. Also at some parts in the background, you can see animation of aliens attacking some marines. Also there are portraits of all the characters in a comic book art style, which I like.
Sound and Music- Authentic sounds from the movie are included, like the sting when the girl opens her eyes and the distinctive gunfire. The end credits play a shorten version of the song "Requiem" by Holy Light of Demons, which I really like.
Replay-ability- The game is a little short, I felt it could have been at least 3 more parts and bosses longer.
You have 19 characters to play the game through, only the dialogue and sprites are different between them, no special stats or attributes.
Also have a "Knife Trick" mini-game, if you seen the movie you'll know how this game is played, but with the stylus instead of a knife.
No online multiplayer co-op.
Recommendation- If you're a fan of the Alien series and like shooters with some exploration I highly recommend this game. This is a game that meets my expectations of a good Alien game, only thing I can fault it is it's a little short.