Excerpt: There was a moment in the eighth season of 24 where I started to question Jack Bauer's luck. Here's a guy who, in the course of only a few years, survived several nuclear strikes, becomes a drug addict, has to rescue his daughter multiple times, gets shot on multiple occasions and thwarts several assassinations on a rogues gallery of politicians. He's lost friends, marriages, colleagues and more, all while fighting for what he thought was right.
Excerpt: On paper, Sega and Totally Games' new Alien Syndrome remake for the Wii and PSP has everything it ought to. The top-down perspective, the hordes of mutated alien abominations, and the trigger-happy gameplay all seem to honor the memory of Sega's 1987 arcade classic. What's more, some light RPG elements have been added, including distinct character classes and a fairly granular level of ability customization.
Pros: Size of PSP screen hides some of the rough edges of the visuals
Cons: Drab level design, Monotonous combat, Aliens are constantly recycled, dull to look at, boring to fight
Excerpt: Although there are still many people who think of video games as a silly hobby, it has grown to be an enormously lucrative business over the years, and like any industry, ours has seen a lot of companies come and go. Sega's been around a very long time, and although they've left the hardware market, they've still got a huge library of games to draw on when they ponder what new games to make.
Excerpt: Sega don't often do 3D shooters, and with the PSP version of Alien Syndrome, their latest release, you can see why. Even turning a blind eye to its soulless plot and stereotype riddled themes, you're still left with a very bland adventure. You assume the role of Aileen Harding, a hardened warrior sent to discover why a deep space human outpost has ceased communication with earth.
Excerpt: If there is one thing that video games have taught us its that if you are several thousand years in the future and you lose contact with some space station way out in the middle of no where, its best to just assume them dead. Seriously, they never send in a unit of soldiers to find the reason nobody is responding is because they’re too busy eating cotton candy and getting laid.
Excerpt: It's 2007, and after a 20-year absence, Alien Syndrome returns to console. This time it has had a graphical boost and a little bit of a story pumped into it. You play as female marine Aileen Harding, who responds to a distress signal sent from a distant space station. On her arrival, she discovers aliens and takes it upon herself to destroy them and save the station.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is When game studios run out of ideas for new games, there’s always the fail-safe backup plan of resurrecting a past game, revamp it, and then launch it into the market. Some of the classic game remakes have been successful in the market, while others have been flat-out rejected by the gaming community. The original Alien Syndrome was an arcade game developed by Sega in 1987, and later ported to its various consoles.
Summary: Alien Syndrome is ugly, boring, repetitive and hard to recommend. And worst of all, it's just no fun whatsoever. Not even fans of the old school arcade game will find much to enjoy in this half-assed resurrection. This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games.
Excerpt: Imagine waking up one day, going into the kitchen and making a piece of toast with butter. You stand eating it, contemplating what to do with your day, only to be startled as your mom gives you a blank stare and asks you how you can dare to do that in public. You look down, only to find hat your right hand has been ... busy ... and you didn't even know it. This is just the kind of situation that you can expect in Alien Syndrome.