by Fox Interactive
|Im a pretty big fan of
survival horror games, and Alien Resurrection is definitely a good representation of this
category. From what I hear, this is a long awaited game, and while there are some
difficulties with controls, the wait has not been in vain. It is a long, perplexing,
first-person journey that is laced with opportunities to be spooked right off of the
couch. "This game is best played in the dark," the screen will tell you as soon
as you start play, and this is advice well taken. Just like that, the mood is set very
well from the beginning, but it is also much harder to play in the daytime or in a room
with windows. The sinister graphics just arent designed to take the light, but when
you can play in the dark, preferably alone, the mood is great. The visuals are good on the
aliens and most other things, but when fighting other humans, they tend to look like
something out of an old Nintendo game rather than the latest release in 2000.
I assume that
the plot is tied into the movies to some degree, but I am not an expert in the Alien
series, so you can judge for yourself. However, my lack of familiarity with the story did
not affect my enjoyment of the game. As with all survival horror games, the object is to
persevere through a lot of challenges and puzzles. Some of the puzzles are very hard,
especially in the beginning. For example, at some point you may go nearly nuts trying to
find a fourth detonator, but trust me, its out there. This seems to get easier as
the game continues and you get into the head of the developers. Alien Resurrection also
has many old standards like ammo under boxes, health packs under stairs, and weapons
leaning against walls, but developers didnt bother to include a map. I cursed this
game many times because of the lack of a simple navigational device. This does greatly
(and needlessly) increase the difficulty of the game
of the better aspects of Alien Resurrection must be the assortment of gear that you can
use. The game has all the standards, from pistol to shotgun. The flamethrower and grenade
launcher are also included, and I was very impressed with a lasers effect on aliens.
If you want to go out like John Woo, they give you the dual pistols, but the electric gun
shouldnt be forgotten. Due to the fact that this game is dark, you must also carry
an all-to-important flashlight. To make the game hard, the flashlight only goes for a few
seconds and then has to be recharged.
only really bad part of the game must be the controls. One analog stick moves your head
while the other moves the body. This becomes a huge problem when you have three aliens
coming at you and you cant find them because your head is going one way and your
body is doing something completely different. This is, at best, very hard to overcome, and
may be enough reason for many people to put the game down for good. But, if you can get
past this, you have a challenging, interesting game.
this makes for a good time. If it werent for the difficult controls, Alien
Resurrection might become one of my all time favorites. They mood is set very well, and
the graphics are good enough in most places to be enjoyed. The soundtrack is not so
annoying that you want to throw it out the window, and if you like a challenging game with
many complex tasks to be done and puzzles to be solved, this is one for you.
Ups: Really spooky; involving game; lots of cool weapons; aliens; facehuggers.
Downs: Hard to play in the daytime; some frustrating parts; control is difficult.
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