Alien Swarm: Can You Survive this Monotonous Title
Alien Syndrome has a rather simple plot that is plagued with poor pacing and over used cliches from the sci-fi genre. The use of the cliches wouldn't be as problematic if not for the fact that the story itself will largely be broken up by hours of monotonous gameplay through stages where you'll just run in and shoot up hundreds of aliens.
Alien Syndrome is rather basic game in terms of combat. You'll run around a stage using the analog stick while holding the fire button to kill the spawning waves of enemies that will come after you. This simplicity does offer a simple charm, but the long length of the game makes the combat mechanics feel rather tiresome after the first couple of hours.
The game to be blunt is one of the ugliest games I've played in recent memory. The game is just filled with dark, drab colors that offer little to enjoy. I guess, the color scheme was to enhance the mood, but the color layouts sometimes made it difficult to navigate through a stage at times to be honest because the colors would blend together causing me to walk over the edge of a cliff to my death.
Alien Syndrome probably has a decent soundtrack, but the sound effects for your firearms are so loud that you'll rarely be able to listen to it. The voice acting itself is alright, but the game constantly cuts people off mid-sentence during the cut scenes.
Alien Syndrome doesn't really have any replay value to be honest. The game is just a monotonous chore after a few levels. The game just over stays its welcome and the simple combat engine isn't sufficient to sustain itself over the course of a 20+ hour game.
While the game does offer multiple classes you'll largely play the game the same way anyway since your best option is to specialize in a specific weapon type and spend the rest of your points towards defensive skills and abilities.
Lasting Appeal: 2
Decent, buy if its cheap.
The graphics and style of game play may look fun, but after you get most the way through the game, its very repetitive (Thats coming from a person who plays Runescape at times). The drops are all too much alike, the game is fairly customizable though, I must admit that is a decent part to this game... Sadly the unique drops aren't good enough to keep hunting for them as much as you'd need to. I say this is an average game, and at a cheap price, I would recommend it.
Since i played the originsal Alien Syndrome in the arcade version it's been one of the best games ever (I played the Arcade, the NES, and SEGA Genesis versions). It;s great to know that it's going to be released this new version that i know it's going to be awesome.
If this is anything like the Alien Syndrome games for the Genisis, Count Me In!
it sounds pretty cool. i just don't want to be a girl