ALIENATION (PS4) Review

Alienation coverFrom the stables of Housemarque comes this great game called Alienation. More or less of us who might have played Superstar dust HD and Dead Nation are already familiar with Housemarque, and we know, when it comes to awesome games, they are not to be left behind.

Alienation takes place on earth where we obviously have, a lot of aliens needed to be destroyed by…. YOU of course, in the form of three super soldiers. Alienation might look similar to Dead Nation but the thing is it is faster, more stunning and much more addictive. We have the super sneaky, stealthy Saboteur, the exceptional medic that shoots – Bio Specialist, and of course the forcefully muscled, all powerful Tank. You don’t get to use all three at once, which makes choosing a favorite kinder difficult, although you can experience their unique abilities since you can have up to three other players on the battlefield with you in an online multiplayer mode. For me though, I think the Saboteur is the one that can go against all odds, what with, it’s invisibility (temporary), two lightning fast rushes and laser guided missiles.

This game comes with really stunning graphics and mad ass gameplay, like in ice filled places, your character leaves in footprints while he runs. The fact that you can run and shoot at the same time makes it more compelling, audio is satisfactorily awesome combining greatly with the visuals; you get to hear the grunts made by the aliens when they are shot, blood spilling on the ground, sparks that fly away when bullets are shot and explosions that fill up the screen.

Now before each mission, you get briefed on what you are going into before you get dropped into some kind of map and a very massive one at that. Aiming is quite easy, all thanks to a blue laser which points you in the direction to fire. You won’t be dealing with a small army of aliens though, you’ve got some mutated whatnots, some Spidey insects that will lunge at you, carry shields and they shoot with accuracy too; your screen will always be filled with things to shoot at, mobile and stationary, things are always going to blow up, it might be you, your enemies or the both of you. This is where the dashes come to play, the dashes will provide you with extra space so you won’t be overwhelmed.
It’s not only about shooting the aliens on the screen, there are also mini bosses around to defeat, crates in which you’ll find different kinds of weapons with different levels and rarity, there are blue, purple and orange to classify how rare they are, and you can also earn XP to level up your soldier. The more you upgrade your soldier and weapons, the easier it will be for you to get through the stages.

Another thing is, when you are online, a random player can just pop into your game – that is if it’s activated in the startup menu, and start hacking off the offensive, helping you get through more easily. This can come in handy, especially if you are in a tight spot. In the multiplayer mode, you can have up to three other players with you to make it more fun and to show the full extent of each character’s ability. For example, Bio Specialist heals up the team’s XP overtime, releases toxic gas that is dangerous to aliens only and has loads of nanomachines she sends out to kill the aliens, Tank provides massive cover, hits the ground to produce a Shockwave that causes mass destruction and shoots energy that destroys enemies in a straight path; and Saboteur cuts through enemies with the swipe of his sword, mark and call down missiles on nearby enemies and bends light to make all invisible.

All in all, Alienation is a very great game, hour after hour, you jump in your missions, take down aliens, collect crates and XP, level up your players and most importantly have fun 🙂