Based on the James Cameron (Avatar,
and Aliens movie series, Aliens Infestation on the Nintendo DS
allows gamers to lead their own hunt against the deadly xenomorphs.
Inspired by the films, you will visit authentic locales such as Sulaco
and LV-426 as you engage with your Colonial Marines in this side
scrolling game that is also reminiscent of the excellent Metroid series.
As you search these areas, missions are generally a search and destroy
tactic with the odd NPC thrown in
here and there plus stealth is sometimes a key to victory.
game begins on the USS Sulaco with four marines which drops the gamer
into the universe of Aliens from its environments (graphics) and the
awesome sound effects, especially that ever scary motion tracker sound that detects the
xenomorphs. Just like Newt from Aliens, they mostly come out at night...
mostly and before you know it, you're gripping your pulse rifle and
firing at these never ending hoard of aliens.
In terms of your small
marine corp, you will find your favourite marines that you try to
protect more than the others but sometimes this is difficult in the heat
of the battle. If they do die, you do find new recruits littered through
the various environments and there is a total of around 20 who can join
your crew. However, nothing is more fun than trying to save your
party members when they have been captured. Because we all know what
happens when an Alien sits on a human!
difficulty of Aliens Infestation can be quite challenging at times,
especially the sometimes long distances between save points which will
have you swearing like the folks from good old Aliens the movie. Once
you do reach a save point, it's definitely an elated feeling of
happiness and relief. Enemies are based on the films from soldier
xenomorphs that just hunt to deadly boss battles of gigantic aliens that
are sometimes quite tricky to defeat. The scariest aliens are the face
huggers which are small, numerous and fast.
Enemies are generally quite dub yet quite powerful and if you stay in
the same location too long, they respawn which does increase the anxiety
for the player. Another issue is that you're also limited to ammunition,
so you need to be quite pedantic in conserving ammo. Running plays a key
strategy to the game as well because you do need to run to save your own
bacon and then to compound things, you have a stamina metre. There is
even a cover system employed into the game and surprisingly it works quite
well, especially when you duck and fire. But when in doubt, running
To help you with your plea, you will find weapon upgrades littered
through the environment and thankfully all the weapons are based on the
movies because they are so cool to use such as the pulse rifle or the
flamethrower. Apart from upgrades and health, there are plenty more
references to the movie littered through the game and there's some cool
example, like Bishop, the android from Aliens, you get to perform that
famous knife trick where he
placed a marine's hand on the table, his on top, and then put a knife
between each finger at super speeds. Another cool trick is to weld doors
shut to prevent the aliens from bursting through. With that said, the bottom screen of
the DS is used for your party statistics and navigating your weapons and
ammunition etc. Thankfully the touch screen is used sparingly but
overall, this is one well made and fun game.
Graphically, Aliens Infestation is one of the coolest looking movie
games on the DS and even though it's all sprites that harken back to a
simpler time, it certainly pays homage to the Alien movies. It should
also be noted that the 20 or so marines that you encounter have been
designed by comic artist Chris Bachalo who gives them their own
personalities. Needless to say, I enjoyed these 80's inspired sprite
graphics. The soundtrack is quite eerie and when the action heats
up, so does the music, so I would recommend a set of headphones to enjoy
the title. Sound effects go hand in hand with the gameplay to enhance
the overall Aliens experience, especially the ticks of the motion
tracker, the pulse sound of the rifles and those squeals of aliens.
end, SEGA have created a very cool arcade game based on the Alien
universe and this side-scrolling title with elements of Metroid works
very well on the DS. I wish this was a 3DS title because it was so much
fun to play but best of all, you can play this title again, thanks to
the dynamic story which is effected by your recruitment choices and
slightly changes the overall gameplay direction.