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Alien Breed Evolution (X360)

Alien Breed Evolution (X360)

Veteran gamers among you will remember Alien Breed which was released in 1990 on the PC, it was a top down shooter and placed you into an sci-fi style movie complete with a hostile alien race. Alien Breed Evolution is a ‘reboot’ of the original game, updated for 2009.

The story is based around a mysterious spaceship which has crashed into your own ship and you suddenly become overrun with alien intruders, some of which are clearly drawing their appearance from the face huggers in Aliens. Most of them are insect by nature and they all fit in perfectly with the Horror/SciFi ethos. Your job is to find out what is going on and why these aliens are killing everything in sight.

Alien Breed moves you from location to location in a very linear nature, forgoing free roam options for a more focused game style.

You search from room to room as you are directed and simply blast everything in sight … if it twitches, kill it. There is a strong horror element with the game, you are surviving the onslaught while dealing with other issues such as weapon ammunition shortages and overwhelming numbers. Sometimes when you trigger a spot in the environment aliens will appear from a hidden location causing you to jump and fight for your life.

So far you would assume that Alien Breed is in fact getting all of its design ideas from sci fi survival movies and you would be totally correct. A game doesn’t always have to be fresh or massively original to be a lot of fun. The combat elements in Alien Breed Evolution are entertaining and there are enough weapons to keep long term game play a distinct possibility. The environments also deserve a mention because they are very indicative of what you would expect in this situation – flames are leaping everywhere and debris and objects are skewn across the rooms.

The aliens unfortunately aren’t that diverse and many of the models are reused with different colour schemes in the effort to make them appear like new designs. It is unfortunate that the developer didn’t dedicate a little more time and effort in creating more diverse enemy characters.

While by today’s standards the graphics are quite pretty, but when compared to the original is it a huge overhaul. As the game is using the Unreal 3 engine it runs smoothly and the dynamic lighting really sets the tone. This is complimented by the audio side which is very well handled and helps enhance the mood to keep you on the edge of your seat.

The left stick handles your movement and you aim with the right stick which is pretty much what people will expect from a modern day game of this nature. The camera is handled by the bumper buttons which works pretty well.

Alien Breed Evolution is a high quality title with a fine level of polish throughout – between levels the gamer is presented with comic book panels and voiceovers with very tongue in cheek style artwork.

There are a total of five chapters on offer which take a bit of time to complete and after each stage you get a stats readout with a score tied to an online leaderboard so there is a lot of replay value for those players who like a challenge with other human players.

The developers have also introduced a cooperative dual player mode either locally or online which is a feature newly added to the mix. Both will share the same screen locally and you can’t wander off out of sight of the other player as the camera is tied to a central point. If the aliens kill one of the players in cooperative mode then you respawn in a few seconds as long as the other player is still alive and kicking.

Alien Breed Evolution is a straightforward action game with solid gameplay and decent, updated visuals. Sure it is borrowing ideas from a wealth of areas but it is none the worse for it and remains a an entertaining romp in space. If you were a fan of the original there is no doubt you will welcome this remake with open arms, but even if you just like a plain, simple, old fashioned shooter then this should keep you happy for quite some time.


Simple game mechanic, but it works well.
The engine runs smoothly and the lighting is great.
Very good alien ambience noises and the soundtrack is effective.
The entire game can be played through with more than one player and even online.

A fun and enjoyable game.

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Stuart Davidson

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