Summary: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If anything about that statement is true then Alien Rage is one hell of a flattering game. Paying homage to games like Halo and Gears of War, this first-person alien shooter actually manages to take such blockbuster franchises and make their elements tedious and boring.
Excerpt: The alien Vorus peacefully mine Promethium from a remote asteroid — right up until they start blasting every Earthling in sight. As an “elite commando” (read: space marine), you’ll throw on some armor, grab any nearby guns, and make with the first-person pew-pew. Alien Rage ’s metallic corridors and fiery explosions are pretty enough in their generic way, and a simple progression system eventually rewards you for mastering kill-streak scoring with selectable perks like...
Pros: + Blistering pace courtesy of powerful and fleet-footed foes; sharp graphics; decent scoring system.
Cons: ? Why do you lose acquired weapons between levels?
Conclusion: There's nothing terribly wrong about CI Games' efforts to bring a solid FPS gameplay experience to the gamer. Everything you need to play this FPS is firmly intact. It's not perfect by any means, but it's not dreadful either. The main issue with Alien Rage is that it doesn't go out of its way to do anything exceptionally well for the first-person shooter genre. The potential to be great is right there at its door, but it chooses to ignore the knocking.
Excerpt: While Sonic was the face of the Sega Genesis, the system had a wealth of awesome games, including the classic Streets of Rage series. Streets of Rage tasked you to take to the mean streets and clean up the thugs, using your fists, pipes, knives, baseball bats, even phone booths, whatever you could lay hands on. If you’re under fire and need a helping hand, call in a powerful attack from off screen, but these are limited.
Excerpt: What is it about the end of the world that captures our collective imagination so easily? Is it the idea of a clean slate, where everyone is inherently equal because we are all trying to simply survive? Or is it the notion that from those dire circumstances we can rise up and be the hero for the downtrodden? Or do we just want the opportunity to shoot stuff from the comfort of our living rooms without the inconvenience of the apocalypse?
Summary: : Look, I don’t know what to tell you here. Rage is a game I expected would be a Borderlands clone without the RPG elements and it ended up being a game I literally didn’t want to stop playing until I completed it. The car battle multiplayer might not be for everyone, the last mission was a little weak in comparison to everything leading up to it, and it’s taking up a decent amount of space on my hard drive, but really?