Game:Alien Breed 3: Descent
Alien Breed 3 is …. A surprise. Alien Breed 2 just came out on September 22 2010. Alien Breed 3 came out on November 17 2010. The guys at Team 17 are putting in some overtime. We take a look at the third and last installment of the series to see if this title is worth your ten bucks, or should have Team 17 put in a little more time.
This game is very similar to the previous Alien Breed. You are Chief Engineer Conrad on a ship that is infested with aliens that want to poke your eyes out (kill you). You find out there is a ghost of a crazed scientist in the ships computer that is spawning all these mosters onto you.
You move with AWDS on your keyboard and point and shoot with your mouse. Its seems pretty simple getting into the game. Once your playing you notice that the camera isnt as refined as you would have liked it. To move the camera angle you use Q or E on your keyboard. The problem with this is that you have to constantly be playing with the camera to see the enemies. There were times where I found myself shooting at nothing while I was being butchered withought even knowing it. This would usually happen when your in a narrow corridor or next to wall.
The game can get a little repetitive at times. Aliens pop out at most every room you walk into. You are often shooting down hordes of aliens with little motivation other than to not die. The story seems absent and not explained comprehensively.
Despite of all of this, the game is pretty fun. Its a top-down shooter that gives you the quick pick up and play feel. It might not have a deep storyline because it doesnt need it. Its arcady and made for the casual gamer. Although some hardcore gamers will be attracted aswell. The boss battles can be rather challenging and sometimes frustrating but that is something gamers should expect.
You should be able to beat all 5 levels in about 4 hours depending on your need for exploration, which is rewarded with ammo and guns.
The Changes (from AB2)
You get some new weapons; Project X, Electro-link gun. The biggest change is that you now have co-op mode. There is special maps for co-op, so you don’t get to play the same game you do in campaign. Now you can also play survivor mode in co-op.
The graphics on the console and the PC are the same. You see no real improvement in the PC version except the resolution. The game looks good but not great. It does have its shining moments during explosions and its particle affects. Since its a top-down shooter you can only really see the inperfections the few times you get a camera close-up during cut scenes. It was developed using Unreal Engine 3 which we are all familiar with.
The weapon and explosions effects sound nice. The voice acting is cheesy but ok for a game of this price range. The aliens sound effects are screechie and scary, especially when you cant see them in your cameras blind spot.
The gameplay really takes a hit because of the faulty camera. I would like to see more of the story explained. A few more weapons would be nice but not that big of an issue.
TQ bottom line
You have to fight with the camera angle to actually see your enemies while your shooting blindly. The menus work well for console but are not efficient on the PC version. There aren’t any hotkeys on PC. This game didnt innovate and lacks self-identity and thats where it suffers the most. This is the last game in the series, so if you played Alien Breed 1 and 2 and enjoyed them you should play this one aswell.
I give this game 3.0/5.0 michelas
(3/3.5 Michelas? What does this mean?) 3 Michelas is like drinking 3 of your favorite drinks, and working on your 4th, you feel relaxed, happy and starting to socialize. Not quite at the peak of your buzz, but not far from it.
Game:Alien Breed 3: Descent
Available on:PS3, PC, XBOX