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Housemarque's latest offers brilliant loot and levelling, but it's the moment-to-moment action that truly excels.
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.
A disappointingly bland top-down shooter, that while entertaining enough with friends lacks the finely tuned splendour of Stardust and Resogun.
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.
A deeper twist on twin-stick shooters for the player who doesn't mind some complexity and challenge
Housemarque's Alienation delivers an excellent multiplayer shooter with timeless appeal.
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.
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.
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.
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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