Aliens: Infestation (www.sega.com/games/aliens-infestation) Rated T for Teen by ESRB. It’s the horror series that made many of us as children afraid of what lurks in the shadows; the one that told us: “In space, no one can hear you scream”. The horror series I’m talking about, of course, is none other than “Aliens”. “Aliens” has been an epic movie series for over three decades, and is the ultimate space-horror classic in many people’s minds. The “Aliens” DS game–that’s right DS, not 3DS–decides to try and be a faithful entry into the “Alien” saga, and it does it terrifyingly well.

Aliens: Infestation Aliens: Infestation (www.sega.com/games/aliens-infestation) Rated T for Teen by ESRB. It’s the horror series that made many of us as children afraid of what lurks in the shadows; the one that told us: “In space, no one can hear you scream”. The horror series I’m talking about, of course, is none other than “Aliens”. “Aliens” has been an epic movie series for over three decades, and is the ultimate space-horror classic in many people’s minds. The “Aliens” DS game–that’s right DS, not 3DS–decides to try and be a faithful entry into the “Alien” saga, and it does it terrifyingly well.

 

 

Presentation:
You choose to take command of one of 5 squad members, in a recovery mission to save a ship that came “under attack”. Your job is to go in and find the one human survivor remaining aboard the ship, and bring them in. This job is easier said than done. Once you get inside the ship, you find that something has gone terribly wrong, and that the crew was under attack not by other humans, but by—yes, indeed–aliens. Coincidentally, the aliens have already started for home in the ship, and aren’t exactly enthused about your intrusion. The game does make references to the “Alien” films, and really does seem like a faithful extension of the movie series.

Graphics:
“Aliens” goes for 2D graphics and enhanced 16-bit era styled graphics. It looks like a Metroid game you might play on the Gameboy Advance, but a little more crisp and detailed. You run on a 2D plane, go up and down ladders and elevators, and can enter into rooms, too. Most of these rooms require you to stand in front of them, then press up, giving the game some degree of depth.

Unfortunately, the details of the aliens don’t quite look as good as they should. While the character animations are convincing enough, the aliens seem sort of “bricky” and stiff at times. This wouldn’t be much of a problem if you didn’t see the aliens every 10 seconds. The lack of realistic aliens doesn’t take away the horror factor, though; the aliens are still fast, scary, and a force to be reckoned with.

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Sounds:
The music in “Aliens” is excellent; it really helps to set the tone of a creepy abandoned space station. It also picks up nicely when the actions picks up. One of its largest successes is how terrifying the sound is when you activate your scanner to detect life forms–and all you hear are the beep-beep-beeps of the scanner, while seeing thousands of little dots, which are the aliens, right above you.

Gameplay:
“Aliens Infestation” feels good on the DS. The controls are easy, and really utilize the touch screen to change weapons and scan the map, which is very helpful to have all on the same screen. The controls can be picked up easily by anyone, and present very few complications.

You’ve got a wide selection of characters to choose from, including the scared stiff new kid, and all the way up to the gun-blazing veteran. Other characters in the game feature sort of comic-like designs, almost to the point of being cartoony. This comic style is very welcome on the DS, as it helps to make everything look crisp, rather than blocky.

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Innovations:
This “Aliens” game is the first one in many years to really feel like it was done right. It presents the player with a good, engrossing story, as well as some very solid gameplay–all the while presenting it in 2D, which is very rare at this age in gaming. Another cool feature is that if a squad member dies, the story continues on without them, with 4 to choose from. The story switches out to delete the dead member, and re-wraps itself around the 4 remaining ones, which is pretty cool.

Conclusion:
“Aliens Infestation” stays loyal and true to the series, giving players a chance to use a wide choice of enticing weapons, flamethrowers– and even the infamous powerloader robot to battle some of the aliens. If you’re a fan of the series, this is a must buy. If you love 2D shooters, or old school games, this is a great game for you, too. “Aliens Infestations” is a very well done game, and shouldn’t be missed. Just don’t think anyone is going to hear you, if you scream in space.

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