Excerpt: Alpha Prime is set in the future on a distant asteroid where an element called hubbardium is mined. Hubbardium is used for interstellar travel but it also seems to poison people and turn them crazy. When I first learnt about it, I thought it was some Scientology influence but at any rate, you’re asked to leave the confines of your spaceship to go down to the asteroid’s surface and rescue a former comrade. Down on the asteroid, the surface looks every bit uninviting.
Excerpt: series. What is most interesting about this game is that the best parts are toward the end of the game. In the beginning stages I found myself extremely bored, thinking that this was an average or even below average game. Wanting to finish the game before giving it a proper review I pushed myself through the boring and bland early stages and finally, about halfway through, the game started to get more interesting.
Pros: Graphics, The later levels, The $19.95 price point
Cons: The voiceovers are badly overdone, The early levels may make you want to turn the game off, No multiplayer options at all, strictly single player
Excerpt: Stop me if you're heard this one before. Something goes terribly wrong at a mining colony on another planet. The company running the mine is secretive about the disaster because they don't want anyone to find out what was really going on there. A lone warrior enters the facility to find out what's wrong and spends far more time shooting than he does asking questions. Doom 3?
Summary: Alpha Prime is a first person action game with an emphasis on the single player experience. At its core is a Science Fiction story written by the foremost Czech Sci-fi author Ondrej Neff. Game play will be a varied balance of combat and more technical activities such as hacking and remotely controlling robotic devices.
Conclusion: All in all this game is solidly average. It’s a decent if predictable story saddled with a pedestrian game. The scenery is dark but pretty. The puzzles range from easy to irritating. The voice acting is sometimes good and sometimes stilted and forced. I turned off the in game music after just a few levels because it was repetitive and annoying. Combat, and the game as a whole, was adequate but never engaging.
Excerpt: The first-person shooter market is extremely crowded at the moment. Actually, that’s an understatement: the amount of shooters being released at the moment is insane . The bar has been set so high with the likes of Halo and Bioshock , so for an independent studio, releasing such a game can be like releasing a minnow into the ocean and hoping that something bigger doesn’t eat it. Is there any hope for the little guy?
Excerpt: The cool thing about concept cars is they portray future elements and designs that will become more mainstream. Problem is that the original is seldom remembered and more often than not, the majority of the entire design is flushed. In games, we refer to these as tech demo games. Alpha Prime is one of those games that while it may not add up to a great or memorable game, it does have some really good pieces I want to see in future games.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Alpha Prime is a sci-fi FPS with extremely sharp graphics and a very cheesy storyline, courtesy of a company called Black Element Software. Ten minutes into the game and you’ll notice one thing immediately : these guys don’t know shit about audio engineering and story writing. Ahh well, I’ll throw more dirt on that part later. For now, let’s take a look at the gameplay in this relatively unheard-of game.