Excerpt: The bitch is back! ...And no I don’t mean me. The third and final part of the blastfest is out and it’s time to see if it ascends above the previous two entries or simply descends into monotony.
Excerpt: There are certain requirements, across all genres of gaming, that a game needs to fulfill to be considered good. On top of that, there are requirements for the top-down shooter genre. Alien Breed 3: Descent, from development studio Team 17, fulfills very few of these requirements, if any at all. You play as Conrad, some sort of space marine who boards a ship. But the ship is evil, and being controlled by an insane old British man! This is essentially the entire story.
Excerpt: Teams 17′s Alien Breed trilogy has come to a close with Alien Breed 3: Descent , and with it comes the familiar top-down, dual-stick action fans of the series have come to know well. For better or for worse, Team 17 has left the game’s core mechanics unchanged since the first two entries on XBLA and PSN, and delivers a shooter that feels somewhat flat and predictable. As an Unreal-Engine game, Alien Breed 3: Descent looks great.
Excerpt: It makes sense that Team 17 chose to resurrect Alien Breed after telling the world that they were going download only. The original, released on Amiga, was in the charts for over a year and is still frequently mentioned in the likes of Retro Gamer magazine and on retro gaming forums. This is the third and final instalment in Team 17’s series of revamped virtual bug hunts, but don’t worry if you missed the other two: there’s a handy recap at the start.
Conclusion: Those who’ve enjoyed the earlier instalments will no doubt want to download the third title for some closure and curious newcomers will find it fun in parts. If though , in a future day, Team 17 return to the two stick shooter, they’ll need to show a great deal more ambition in either story or gameplay to get the industry interested again. Alien Breed 3 has its fun moments, but there isn’t really a place for it in today’s market.
Conclusion: I'm fascinated by the trend of episodic digital releases. It's a new way of developing games that wasn't possible on this scale a mere five years ago. The danger as it turns is that you risk turning an idea that was barely fleshed out enough for a traditional downloadable title, into something that drags on too long and really suffers from being compared to a full retail release (what a few downloadable episodes amount to in terms of price).
Pros: Nice graphics, challenging, good weapons variation, intense tempo.
Cons: Poor weapon upgrades, no co-op campaign, poor camera.
Excerpt: It goes without saying that marketplace games have it a little tougher than retail games. They will never be placed on the same level as their tangible brethren nor will they ever be lavished with the development funds which generally means sub-par production values. Alien Breed 3: Descent is just such a game, from Team17 (the team responsible for the Worms series) and it’s the third and supposedly final game in the current generation.
Pros: Controls are simplistic, fun and make it easy to pick up and play, Graphics are reminiscent of the 1990’s top down shooters, Plenty of weapons to use and things to do
Cons: Camera is infuriating at best, inconsistent and hard to control, Far too easy throughout the game, even bosses go down with little effort, Formulaic missions make it boring on the second play-through
Conclusion: Alles in allem ist das Spiel ein solider Shooter und die PS3 Besitzer können sich auf knallharte Action der alten Schule freuen. Das Fazit nach dem Alien Breed 3 Test war überwiegend positiv, wenn gleich das Spiel nicht mit den großen Namen der letzten Jahre mithalten kann. Es bietet definitiv viel Action, eine lange Spielzeit, eine bedrohliche Atmosphäre, eine gute Auswahl an Waffen und einige Überraschungsmomente.