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Published on August 25th, 2021 | by gareth


Aliens Fireteam Elite Delivers The Look And Action That Fans Of The Series Have Waited For

In January of 2018 news was released that Cold Iron Studios; a new studio comprised of industry vets would make a new Alien shooter game. There was very little news to follow and when the studio faced its publisher being sold to a mobile developer and their subsequent moves; many wondered if the game would ever arrive despite the reassurances of the developer that it was in the works and coming along.

Thankfully earlier this year Aliens Fireteam Elite was revealed formally and has arrived at long last.

The game is a third-person squad-based game where three players or a mixture of players and A.I.-controlled bots battle across four segments; each three chapters long.

The prequel novel Aliens Infiltrator provides a solid base for the game but it is not necessary to have read it to play the game though it does provide a solid amount of details.

Players take on the role of a Colonial Marine and can customize the look, class, and weapons, and abilities of their player and then set off on a series of missions. Before and after each mission they can return to their base and there are several NPC characters that allow them to learn more about their situation through a branching dialogue tree as well as obtain new weapons and enhancements.

The settings of the game are very detailed and are full of nods to the film series and Alien Universe and it is great fun to explore the locales even though they are infested with all sorts of deadly creatures.

From ambush attacks to waves; the enemies are relentless. Along the way, players can obtain items such as ammunition, health kits, mines, and sentry guns to help thin the ever advancing hordes and they are numerous. While you cannot crouch; players are at times able to cover behind objects and fire from a supported cover.

With the endless waves as well as mutations, Boss monsters, and other threats that come up in the game; this is not always ideal and players need to find a tactic that works best. I would often hang back against a secured door or wall and pick enemies off as able and lobbing a grenade when my Motion Tracker showed a pending swarm.

Being able to substitute a Shotgun for a Flame Thrower was a big help and did help in a crunch. The biggest issue I had with the game is that you must complete a segment to advance and having to repeat 36 intense minutes can become frustrating especially when you are playing on your own and the Bots make a mistake that a human player would not.

The other issue is that despite the fun; wave after wave of Aliens and enemies can get old after a while and it seemed like I was simply moving from one wave to another with a few random Aliens thrown in.

That being said; the sounds in the game are great and immerse you in the setting and the graphics while not eye-popping are very solid and enjoyable.

Upon completion of the game, a Horde Mode is unlocked and I am hoping that the studio will release more DLC and missions along the way as it does seem to indicate there is more of the story to tell.

With a $39.99 price point; the game is especially attractive and fans of the series that are willing to overlook the shortcomings will likely enjoy the detailed settings and abundance of action.

4 stars out of 5


About the Author

Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”. He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show. He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.

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