Percentile Rank

Alienation is ranked in the 76th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 44 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

72%

Critics Recommend

Based on 44 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Apr 25, 2016

Housemarque's latest offers brilliant loot and levelling, but it's the moment-to-moment action that truly excels.

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GameZone
Unscored
Unscored
May 1, 2016

I had a blast with Alienation, and if you have friends willing to invest to play it with, you'll have a ton more on top of that. The loot system is appreciated as well as the various ways to progress your character and your gear. Yet another top notch game from Housemarque under their belt. Now we just wait to see whether Matterfall ever see the light of day, whatever that game is.

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Scored Reviews

GameSpew
10 / 10
10 / 10
Apr 25, 2016

Trust me, if your eyes could somehow reach orgasm (eye-gasm?) they would. In fact, it looks so good that they'd have multiple eye-gasms

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 26, 2016

Alienation may lack the tactical nuance of Helldivers, but it makes up for it with tight shooting and a tonne of pretty-pretty explosions.

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Everyeye.it
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2016

Alienation is Housemarque's masterpiece. A fast-paced heir of Dead Nation, deeply integrated with RPG mechanics and loot system. Alienation is the Diablo of the Twin Stick Shooter genre, with a short campaign but an enormous endgame.

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The Cube
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 1, 2016

Alienation does top down shooters justice, making every mission more exciting and innovative than the last. As well all the characters are very well balanced as a whole. And for the $20 purchase, it is a great price for the amount of content that is given. Alienation can be played very casually, yet it can also be incredibly competitive and intense, I would recommend this to anyone a fan of this genre.

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 3, 2016

Alienation is a great game for any PS4 owner and is a blast either solo or with a group of friends.

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Gadgets 360
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 25, 2016

Alienation might appear like a fun little distraction but it's a lot more than that. With intuitive controls and a welcome sense of depth, it's an enjoyable romp that will keep you enthralled longer than you think you'd be.

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Wccftech
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2016

With a frenetic gameplay experience, a vast array of customization features, engaging online multiplayer, a good amount of content and very solid performance, Alienation is one of the best shooter games released this year on all formats. The lack of offline co-op might be a detriment for those who don't like to play online, but this is the only flaw of a really solid package. Housemarque definitely capitalized on years of experience, releasing a shooter that's nothing short of impressive.

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IGN
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Apr 29, 2016

Housemarque's previous games have always kept me coming back through the strength of their gameplay alone. Alienation adds a straightforward, but enjoyable power chase on top, making its finely tuned arcade action all the more alluring. Its action-RPG elements won't make it a replacement for something like Diablo 3 or Grim Dawn, but they successfully provide a structure for unending, enjoyable alien slaughter.

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2016

Still, Alienation is one of the best-feeling twin-stick shooters I've played, so I can't be too bummed. It wasn't long before I had that realization, and now that I'm 20 hours and several character save files in, I'm even more convinced. Housemarque could stand to flesh out the endgame content and also add support for local co-op, but even if it doesn't, I love what's here.

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2016

Alienation is an ambitious twin-stick shooter that goes beyond Housemarque doing what they do best. It's gorgeous it's addictive, and its's some of the best fun you'll have on your PlayStation this year - especially if you're the get caught up in the grind for better loot.

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Cerealkillerz
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2016

Alienation setzt das Erfolgsrezept von Dead Nation mit einigen neuen Action-RPG Elementen und größeren Maps fort und überzeugt vor allem in Sachen Grafik und Gameplay. Die große Schwäche des Titels bleiben wie auch schon in Dead Nation die Missionsvielfalt und eine wirkliche Schwache Präsentation in Sachen Audio. Für Fans von Dead Nation gibt es aber eine klare Empfehlung und natürlich auch für alle die gerne mit ihren Freunden online auf Xeno Jagd gehen wollen.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 26, 2016

Alienation is another extremely polished game from Housemarque that takes well known game mechanics and combines them in unconventional ways for an experience that is not only satisfying to play on the surface, but has a layer of depth that most other twin-stick shooters cannot claim. While it could do with a deeper tutorial to engage players in the beginning and the story isn't about to win any special awards, it's a game that I repeatedly find myself coming back to, even if it's just a mission or two here and there with random players. It's one of those games that urges you to continue playing beyond the initial offering and it succeeds in giving us yet another genre to loot a bunch of really cool and powerful weapons in.

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IGN Middle East
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2016

If you’re coming into this game expecting something like Helldivers or Dead Nation (and according to Housemarque it’s supposed to be the latter’s “spiritual successor”) you’re going to be happily surprised. The gameplay is smooth and rewarding with varied alien types, fast-paced action, and total alien carnage. It’s definitely a better experience when you’re playing co-op as some of the levels are too daunting for solo-play but you will find that either way the game is worth both your time and money.

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COGconnected
81 / 100
81 / 100
May 2, 2016

With beautiful graphics, simple and concise controls, and a decent array of weapons to choose from, Alienation only really falters from a tired plot and lack of character customization.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 24, 2016

While Alienation might lack Resogun's instant hook, it retains its visual flair and stacks enough firepower in its core to keep even the most ardent shooter fans busy for a long time to come. Sure, the storyline might be somewhat hackneyed, but it's a genre that doesn't really require a deep narrative and its robust play mechanics, competitive/co-operative multiplayer options, and deep layered rank progression more than compensate for any shortcomings in plot. Housemarque has once again remained true to its arcade roots and delivered a solid twin-stick that channels its many influences into a game far exceeding the sum of its parts.

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Suitably Bored
Jun 26, 2016

Alienation is all about the gameplay, and holy crap, does it play well. It does not take the game very long to throw you straight into the action, and I love really loved that aspect of the game. Alienation is without a doubt a very well-crafted and solid twin stick shooter, outstanding graphics and physics, with lots attentions to details makes this a must own game for the PlayStation 4. And even if indie games aren't your cup of tea, I truly believe if you do not play this you are missing out on a truly addictive twin stick shooter. I only have one big complaint with Alienation. With the inclusion of internet, co-op play why not also have included in local co-op? It really is a no-brainer in my opinion, but for some obscure unknown reason, it is completely missing. Which begs the question. Why?! It would have been an excellent edition to an already amazing game.

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Stevivor
8 / 10.0
Jay Ball

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2016

Alienation is a must-buy for any fans of twin stick shooters. Featuring fun gameplay, a deep weapons system (for the genre), smooth visuals and plenty of reason to repeat missions it’s certainly worth your $30.00 AUD.

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games(TM)
8 / 10
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jul 13, 2016

A short but uniquely brilliant strategy shooter

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Digital Spy
Apr 25, 2016

You'll fall for Alienation's great twitch gameplay, but it's with its RPG-like elements that the hooks really sink in. Alienation has created something that's part twin-stick blaster, part sci-fi dungeon crawler, with all the looting, levelling and upgrading that implies. Limited locations and the repetitive shoot 'em up gameplay might make it a less enticing prospect a few weeks in, but right now it's impossible to resist.

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gameranx
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 15, 2016

Alienation could stand to be better in a lot of the ways I've already mentioned, but it's also one of the best twin-stick shooters I've played, so I can't complain too much. Even with its shortcomings, I found it to be a good waste of time.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 25, 2016

To describe Alienation as a spiritual successor to Dead Nation is a misnomer – this is a far bigger, deeper game, pulling in elements from RPGs and dungeon crawlers to great effect. The gorgeous visuals and addictive, tactile combat make this a feast for the eyes, with intense action never more than a few seconds away. Grabbing loot and fighting off aliens in co-op is stupendous fun, and the game opens up in meaningful ways the more that you play. If you're looking for some high-octane, arcadey action with a fiendishly gripping gameplay loop, then this comes highly recommended.

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USgamer
Apr 27, 2016

Alienation's plot and gameplay might lack originality, but that's soon forgotten as you get your teeth into its slick, addictive, over-the-top action. Along with gorgeous environments and absolutely spectacular pyrotechnics, the game features surprising depth thanks to its upgradable characters and loot system. It all adds up to a really enjoyable multiplayer shooter that's highly recommended.

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SelectButton
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 13, 2016

The chaotic and explosive nature of the action in Alienation is both addicting, and a pure pleasure to watch unfold. The vibrant, colorful, neon palette used for players armor and all of the items pop off the screen, along with the sheer amount of destruction. Cars will explode, trees will fall over, wind gusts blow snow across the barren landscape, and everything in the environment is affected by players weapons. Alienation is best played with others, as you can easily be overwhelmed by the higher difficulties when playing solo. The loot and upgrade mechanics were a pleasant surprise, and the inclusion of unique end-game content will expand the life of this twin-stick shooter for quite some time. I just hope that offline cooperative play arrives sooner rather than later.

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TrustedReviews
Apr 25, 2016

It might not have the arcade purity of Resogun, but Housemarque has crafted a genre mash-up smash. This is a smart, addictive twin-stick shooter with no shortage of adrenaline, yet it also works as a compelling action RPG with potential for a lot of co-op mileage. Alienation has short-term appeal and eye-candy spectacle, but also replay value and long-term depth. It's furiously entertaining AND has the legs to keep you coming back.

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NZGamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 4, 2016

Alienation is a Mountain Dew and Doritos experience. It's a weekend game to satiate the teenage memories of LAN parties and junk food binges. An unregrettable one-night stand with that girl from ages ago. Another reminder that shameful, when done well, isn't that shameful at all.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 25, 2016

Alienation is a slick and polished twin stick shooter, filled with huge explosions and seemingly endless enemies to kill, but it's let down in a lot of little ways. It's still a great game, but I didn't fall as madly in love with it as I did with its predecessor.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 10, 2016

Housemarque's Alienation delivers an excellent multiplayer shooter with timeless appeal.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
May 12, 2016

Although it has some minor drawbacks and can be frustrating at times, Alienation sucks you back in quickly with its beauty and incessantly fun gameplay.

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
May 12, 2016

Alienation is a game that dodged my radar, mostly in part to how many other games are vying for my time lately, but I cannot stress it enough, don't sleep on this game. The addictive loot-gathering nature is extremely satisfying, and the spot-on controls and cooperative play really make this a game easy to recommend to a gaming group of friends. For those looking for that supplement to Diablo, Alienation should be right up your alley.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2016

Ultimately, the objectives in Alienation aren't anything special, but the good shooting mechanics and abundance of things to do make up for that. The loot and XP systems will keep players addicted, while the campaign length is just right. It could've used more weapon variety and local co-op, but overall, Alienation is a dependable addition.

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IGN Italy
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2016

Alienation is good at what it does and what it does is shooting endless waves of filthy aliens. Even though the game lacks some contents as bosses and some variety in missions, the experience is still fun as a solo players or with up to 3 friends.

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Game Informer
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
May 4, 2016

A deeper twist on twin-stick shooters for the player who doesn't mind some complexity and challenge

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Post Arcade (National Post)
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 27, 2016

Housemarque's twin-stick shooter aspires to be nothing more than a bit of mindless sci-fi entertainment, and it works

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 28, 2016

On the one hand, Alienation is a joyous, punchy co-op romp of a twin-stick shooter, with every on-screen detail a veritable celebration of beautiful chaos. On the other, it's a step backwards in terms of what Housemarque could do. What is undeniable though, is that Alienation is a rather good time.

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GamesRadar+
Apr 25, 2016

The world won't stick with you, but beautiful visuals and excellent twin-stick looting make this a co-op blast…once you figure out what you're doing. You could get lost for weeks in its end-game content, but only the most obsessive will care about climbing Alienation's leaderboards.

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Digitally Downloaded
May 2, 2016

Alienation is a hugely enjoyable game, but it's one that's playing the ball a little too safely, and resting too heavily on the successes of games that have come before it. Ultimately I don't think this will be remembered as a classic, and it doesn't need to be; what Housemarque has created is a bit of fun with friends around, no more, and no less.

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TechRaptor
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
May 4, 2016

While Alienation does everything it tries to do well, it fails to be as deep and rewarding an experience as it tries to present itself as.

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The Jimquisition
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Apr 29, 2016

I can't see this game being anywhere near memorable in the long run. It's okay, but it just doesn't do anything anywhere near special enough to make it little more than an aping of games and sci-fi media that have come before.

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New Game Network
60 / 100
60 / 100
May 7, 2016

Alienation feels like a series of half-measures that never come together, destined to be little more than a mediocre arcade shooter.

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We Got This Covered
Apr 25, 2016

Alienation is a solid shooter that halfheartedly ends and then asks players to do it all again. The hooks just aren't there though to make it a game that you want to replay after completing its relatively short campaign.

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 26, 2016

A disappointingly bland top-down shooter, that while entertaining enough with friends lacks the finely tuned splendour of Stardust and Resogun.

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GamingBolt
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
May 3, 2016

Alienation isn't a terrible game by any stretch, but it's not great either. It's monotonous and lifeless, but can entertain in short bursts and with friends. Housemarque has done better in the past, and they should have done better here.

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