Aliens: Dark Descent Reviews
It's a result that seems to have been created by people who love the franchise, and wanted to put their own spin on it.
Review in Greek | Read full review
Aliens: Dark Descent delivers a mediocre Real Time Strategy experience, but other than that, from poor story to repetitive missions, you will be given ample reasons to drop the game halfway through
Review in Persian | Read full review
Aliens: Dark Descent is a real-time strategy game where you have to think hard about your choices. The story isn't Oscar-worthy, but it's still compelling enough to enjoy Aliens: Dark Descent. You have to be a real fan of the movies and this genre game, otherwise you will get bored quickly.
Review in Dutch | Read full review
Aliens: Dark Descent is an intense tactical game with a thick atmosphere of horror and fierce battles, which in its best moments gives an unforgettable experience. But it's obvious that Tindalos Interactive didn't have enough time and money to realize all their ideas.
Review in Russian | Read full review
it has the potential to improve and I may revisit it after a few more patches, but as it stands right now, Aliens: Dark Descent is more risk than reward.
Aliens: Dark Descent is one of the best games in the franchise that have come out in recent years, with an interesting story that fits very well within its universe, in addition to being a horror game, it is possible to transmit a heavy and burdensome atmosphere with which they have to deal from the characters we send to the missions, as well as the player himself, because a false step can be the end of the peloton and making us restart from the nearest control point, which do not usually abound too much. For all this, I think it is at the height of Alien: Isolation and can be put in any top of best titles developed with these fierce aliens.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Aliens: Dark Descent does a wonderful job of blending genres, taking the familiar troop management and base building of XCOM, then plying it with stealth mechanics, and a surprising amount of customisation. There’s a tense story brewing under the surface and a genuine horror at every turn. You will absolutely feel every death. A high difficulty curve may be offputting for some players and others could encounter a glitch or two along the way, but none of it is enough that I can’t recommend this as one of 2023’s best games and a delightful horror experience that really gets under your skin.
Aliens: Dark Descent successfully adapts a real-time combat system to a genre of games that are traditionally turn-based. Tindalos Interactive has clearly put in a lot of love and care, and it shows.
Aliens: Dark Descent has shown that good Alien games are not tied to any genres, and you can scare and create a viscous atmosphere even in tactical projects. And while not everything went smoothly, the Dark Descent campaign definitely deserves attention.
Review in Russian | Read full review
These are slight issues in the grand scheme of things. Aliens: Dark Descent managed to do something that no tactical game even came close to it: fill me with dread and fear. Not fear of losing progress or losing a marine, the actual fear of opening a door, of what lies beyond it, of what lurks in the shadows. It achieves heights that until now I considered that only Alien Isolation could, to turn even the most mundane activity into the most excruciating, anxiety-inducing and nerve wrecking thing anyone will ever do. You ask me if I’m ready to leave the shelter 5 years from now and my reply will be the same: “No, I am not ready”. I don’t think I ever will.
Aliens: Dark Descent does a great job of mashing up tactical action and the tension and fear of its source material. Not without its pain points however such as the lip syncing during cutscenes, controller buttons not being recognized usually when in the heat of battle, and some other bugs and glitches. I commend these developers for taking so many different things and successfully putting them together to deliver a wonderful tactical strategy game, some more time gestating and this one would have been ready to really burst forth and do some real damage.
Ultimately the shift to real-time combat was a difficult transition that the game was unable to effectively make. For me, the simplistic systems do too little to provide longevity or replayability. However, if you have wanted to get into XCOM but couldn’t because you hate turn-based combat, this may be the game for you. The story, too, is worth your time, but as for me, my time with Aliens: Dark Descent is over.
Aliens: Dark Descent is well designed and badly built. At once a brilliant collection of wonderfully presented ideas and a defective debacle, it could have genuinely been a Game of the Year contender were it not such a shambles. I love this game to the point of being enthralled. I’m angry at this game for costing me hours of progress. I adore what it so often is. I despise what it so often does.
Aliens: Dark Descent showcases care and respect for the works that it is based upon. This is the antithesis of a cash-grab – this is a game that tried to deliver something different, something exciting that isn’t a mere rerun of previous offerings. It’s moody, the odds are clearly stacked against your squad but that makes each success even more rewarding, and the tactical scope is extremely enjoyable. Fans of a good real-time squad-based game shouldn’t think twice and just dive into this nightmare, weapons blazing.
Aliens: Dark Descent is a more than exciting title with much to offer, especially in terms of gameplay, thanks to an exciting mix of game genres. The developers have managed to capture the Alien atmosphere perfectly, and this could be a dream come true for fans of the movie prequel. I would love to see a second installment allowing players more tactical options. Additionally, it's a shame that the game didn't avoid annoying bugs that spoil the overall impression of an otherwise great game.
Review in Czech | Read full review
Aliens Dark Descent is currently my favourite game of 2023, which is a massive surprise as it’s one of the most challenging games I’ve played in ages. That’s not usually my style of game. It has exceptionally well-realised game mechanics paired with challenging difficulty, all wrapped up in an engaging little story that adds to the ever-increasing lore of the Alien franchise. If you get the chance, please try this game but be warned, be prepared for pain!
Aliens: Dark Descent offers an unique look at the Aliens universe. However, it's full of technical issues at the moment.
Review in Slovak | Read full review
Aliens: Dark Descent captures the unique atmosphere of the 1986 film, and delivers a thrilling tactical experience.
While Aliens: Dark Descent adds an interesting RTS-twist to the typical tactical RPG, and nails the visual aesthetic of the film, the not-quite polished systems and underwhelming plot diminish what could have been one of the best games of the year.
Aliens: Dark Descent is a tense real-time strategy shooter that will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you prefer not to be stressed out playing video games, it is certainly not for you. On the other hand, if you have the patience and mental fortitude to withstand relentless Xenomorphs, it is a clever take on the RTS genre that can be tough to put down.