Summary: Videogames owe a lot to Aliens . The movie classic gave us the archetypal space marine, then pitted them against a nest full of drooling Xenomorphs, the titular Aliens that have served as a blueprint for so many videogame enemies.
Excerpt: For some of us, mapping our way through lonely 2D corridors and slowly accumulating the firepower to put a hole in the moon is the cream cheese to our bagel. It’s a decades-old obsession begun by Metroid and later championed by Castlevania; lately jettisoned to handheld consoles like the GameBoy...
Pros: Sprite animation is crisp and attractive, Weapons are varied and fun, if too few, Locations from the movies look great
Cons: Repetitive level design, Characters are completely interchangeable, Stiff, awkward controls make the early game annoying
Excerpt: Aliens: Infestation is rated Teen for "Blood, Mild Language, Partial Nudity, Violence." Occasional mild profanity appears as text (no audio). Aliens can be shot and set on fire. They bleed green and may break into pieces when killed.
Excerpt: Alienvania! In space, no one can hear you scream. Up and coming game company Wayforward and Gearbox have created a game where that is a lie. People will hear you scream like a girl. If you are a girl gamer then you will scream like a smaller version of yourself.
Conclusion: Aliens Infestation, while it may be a late entry into the DS library is one of the best games to ever grace the system. While it may seem like a title to get fans ready for next year’s Colonial Marines, this game is no slouch. Infestation is some of the most fun you can have on a Nintendo DS.
Summary: Aliens: Infestation delivers an excellent take on the universe created in the films, and it should appeal to fans of classic video games of the sort that were coming out at around the same time as the movie.
Pros: Excellent use of the Alien license, Permanent death and the environment effectively used to build tension, Fun Metroidvania-styled throwback gameplay
Cons: Clunky controls, User-unfriendly weapon upgrades, Suspense wears off quickly as you learn the maps
Excerpt: Aliens? Like, Sigourney Weaver? I have a confession to make. As someone who suffers from a condition known as "scary bladder", I have never watched an entire Aliens movie. I've seen bits and pieces, but I couldn't sit through a whole movie… horror movies just make me cringe, and the gorier they are,...
Pros: Characters are fluid and gorgeous, Environments are just as pretty, Easy to pick up and play, Touch screen is, basically, useless, No reason to play through again
Conclusion: But these complaints are minor and do little to reduce what is an otherwise enjoyable game. Although the game is largely linear, there is a non-linear feel to it due to the fact that you’ll spend time visiting locations on multiple occasions.