Experience the explosive science fiction arcade-shooter that resurrects a much revered franchise in an epic single player and co-op multiplayer campaign.
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Release Date: Jun 3, 2010

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About This Game

Alien Breed™ Impact is an explosive science fiction arcade-shooter that resurrects a much revered franchise with an epic story, swarms of highly intelligent alien enemies, high-impact weapons, highly detailed and rich environments; all implemented with superb technology in a state-of-the-art gaming experience. In addition to the thrilling single-player campaign mode, the game also offers a relentless, action-packed, online two-player co-operative battle mode.

Key Features:
  • Alien Breed is back! - An action-packed mix of arcade-shooter, survival-horror and tactical weapons upgrades and customisation.
  • Epic single-player story mode - The single-player campaign mode that follows the narrative of the game through five huge and challenging environments.
  • Single-player free-play mode - A single-player challenge mode – beat your high score on a previously completed campaign mission.
  • Two-player co-operative play mode - Work together to defeat the alien horde across three specifically customised maps.
  • Additional Steam online features - Quick Match, Create Game, Friends Lists, Voice Chat, Leader-boards and Co-operative Achievements.
  • FREE TRIAL - The "Prologue" sample section – a specifically designed introduction to the game; play in either single-player or two-player online co-operative mode.
  • NEW – Upgrades shop - Search fallen comrades and lockers to accumulate cash, and then tactically spend it on weapons/kit upgrades in the shop.
  • NEW - Enemies - Re-imagined and improved Alien Breed enemies.

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS: Windows® XP SP2 or later
    • Processor: 2.0+ GHZ Single Core Processor
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA 6800+ or ATI Radeon X700+ Video Card
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1.5 GB
    • Sound: Windows Supported Sound Card
    • Other Requirements: Internet connection required.
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KDD!^ЖУKИ РA3ЛAГA- ЮTCЯ!
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
controls like prolapsed posterior
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Belphegore
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EifCtc-L4sc
Alien Breed is a long-standing series, with the first of the five original titles having been released in 1991 for the Commodore Amiga. The game saw a plethora of various ports over the years, which has kept the memory of the top-down, sci-fi shooter alive and well in the hearts and minds of gamers. In 2009 Team17, the developer behind the initial game series, unleashed Alien Breed: Impact, the first in a trilogy of releases that were set to reboot the franchise for the modern generation.

It must be said first and foremost that Alien Breed: Impact, and the two follow-up titles, are extremely different from their 1991-1994 counterparts. The original games played more like the classic Gauntlet title, whereas the re-birthed games are more of what you would expect from current era top-down shooters. Alien Breed: Impact will have you traversing fairly large areas, all of which are filled with hordes of alien lifeforms that are dead set on your imminent disposal. All the while, you must ravage every nook and cranny for ammunition and med-kits to ensure that your survival is guaranteed.

The Alien Breed trilogy is heavily, but unofficially, influenced by the Alien film franchise; more specifically, the second movie, Aliens. This influence shines brightly through the dimly lit corridors and dynamic lighting-filled sectors of the facility and space ship that you will be exploring. As well, it shows within some of the alien foes that you will face off against; primarily the little ones that look nearly identical to Facehuggers, and they even sometimes sprout up out of eggs. While these nods to the classic film franchise are apparent, the title also has enough of its own unique monsters.

There's really not that much to talk about when it comes to gameplay, Impact is your typical top-down shooter where you run through the areas and shoot whatever may come your way. There are a decent variety of weapons, though the list isn't incredibly long; there's a shotgun, assault rifle, flamethrower, pulse gun, and a laser rifle to take down the enemy with. Along with the aforementioned arsenal, there are also frag and stun grenades at your disposal, as well as a sentry turret that can be placed at specific locations. To keep you alive, you also have access to large and small medkits, and hardened armor to suit up with.

Ammunition, items, and upgrades can be purchased with scavenged credits at certain terminal locations. Items and ammo can also be found on dead bodies, in lockers, and placed sporadically through the maps. There are three upgrades for every weapon, but unfortunately only one upgrade can be active per weapon at any given time; if you purchase another upgrade for the same gun, you lose your current one and will have to repurchase it if you require it again. This is one of the few drawbacks to Alien Breed: Impact, but the ability to have all of the upgrades for each gun at once would most likely unbalance the game and cause it to be too easy.

The controls can be cumbersome during heated battle, and it's not always easy to swap weapons. Using an Xbox One controller, you must use the left and right on the D-Pad to change between guns, while up and down changes between grenades and health items. If you suddenly find yourself swarmed with large, heavy hitting enemies and need to quickly get to your shotgun from your pistol or pulse gun, it's not only time consuming but you must take your thumb off of the left stick, which enables you to walk around; the right stick aims. There's literally zero reason as to why the right and left bumper buttons couldn'tve been utilized for the weapon and item swap buttons.

Like with most top-down shooters, the storyline is pretty well last on the agenda. You are Conrad, and your ship has just crashed into something. Everyone on the upper decks are dead, it's just you and the synthetic human Mia. Now you've gotta go find out the damage and fix everything up; however, it's not going to be that easy. The script is pretty vanilla, and it's easily predictable. It's definitely not the greatest story ever written, but it's far from the worst; it's simply just mediocre.

As far as top-down, sci-fi shooters are concerned, Alien Breed: Impact is one of the best that are currently on Steam. Although the game is dated by seven years at this point, it feels graphically brand new... especially in comparison to many of the games of the same genre that have come out in recent years. If you can forgive a poor storyline and some clunky controls in lieu of amazing atmosphere and action-driven, guns blazing, alien smashing gameplay, then you can be glad to fork over $10.99 CAD for this game. If you manage to snag it, and the entire trilogy, on sale, then you're going to enjoy yourself even more.

Rating: 4.0/5.0 - Excellent, highly worth playing.
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GamerWolfOps
( 13.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
Pretty great isometric sci-fi shooter where you have to survive a wave of Aliens coming at ya. The game does get a bit repetitive still fun in a way.
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Mrhoanglinh Deptrai
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
where is everybody gone, i just want play multiplayer because this multi mode is so¤¤¤ing interesting
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TRMDYL
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
Pretty straightforward isometric shooter with casual weapons and some upgrades here and there. Absolutely nothing you haven't experienced before if you're familiar with the genre. Shoot aliens, push switches, find keycards, shoot more aliens.

The story is almost non-existent (which really doesn't matter) and the visuals still look amazing on highest settings. Audio is alright, nothing to write home about. Gameplay is tight with mouse+keyboard but I think it also supports controllers.

Surprisingly, despite the lack of any kind of innovation or coherence in Alien Breed, I had great fun finishing the single player campaign which takes somewhere between 5-6 hours. There's also 2-player coop mode if you're into that. The game is pretty enjoyable and a good time-waster although seeming like a rip-off of the Alien franchise.

Get it on a sale and you'll most likely end up fairly entertained.
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jack_the_beast
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
So, I played Alien Breed 2 before this and I can say it's exactly the same game except the story is of course a prequel to the second one. Even more than this, I think that the three games could have been a single game, this alone would let me no to recomend this, but the game itself it's awesome, so no worries an go ahead and buy it
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Gordon
( 13.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
What a chore to play this was...


A for effort. Make no mistake, this game is shallow. I'm not someone who decries these story scenarios with the mandatory tasks of running from point A to B and clear any obligatory road block in your way, but at least make these travels somewhat exciting...?

I spare you the wall of text with poor grammar I'd originally written here, so let me give you a TL;DR version:

Play the demo first. If you're still indifferent, buy it on a sale. Even if the price already is kinda low. I'd give it an inbetween-rating if there was one. So for the dev's sake, I give this a thumbs-up.
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aminosso
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Product received for free
I\'ve just tried Veteran Dificulty , so i didn\'t found real chalange, but the game still worth playing in general, it\'s offering a good alien shooting experience,the player character is a real badass equiped with heavy arsenal.
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Neróxide
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
*clicks uninstall*
SYSTEM: Uninstall Functions Offline. Systems Malfuctions.
MIA: You'll Need to Search Google. Sending You the Location Now.
*follows checkpoint*
SYSTEM: Results for 'How To Uninstall Alien Breed: Impact' Offline. System Mulfunctions.
MIA: You'll Need to Find the Nearest Mainframe Hub to Shut Down the Hydroponics. It Must Be Interfering With the Search Results.

CONRAD: Disconnect......
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EifCtc-L4sc
Alien Breed is a long-standing series, with the first of the five original titles having been released in 1991 for the Commodore Amiga. The game saw a plethora of various ports over the years, which has kept the memory of the top-down, sci-fi shooter alive and well in the hearts and minds of gamers. In 2009 Team17, the developer behind the initial game series, unleashed Alien Breed: Impact, the first in a trilogy of releases that were set to reboot the franchise for the modern generation.

It must be said first and foremost that Alien Breed: Impact, and the two follow-up titles, are extremely different from their 1991-1994 counterparts. The original games played more like the classic Gauntlet title, whereas the re-birthed games are more of what you would expect from current era top-down shooters. Alien Breed: Impact will have you traversing fairly large areas, all of which are filled with hordes of alien lifeforms that are dead set on your imminent disposal. All the while, you must ravage every nook and cranny for ammunition and med-kits to ensure that your survival is guaranteed.

The Alien Breed trilogy is heavily, but unofficially, influenced by the Alien film franchise; more specifically, the second movie, Aliens. This influence shines brightly through the dimly lit corridors and dynamic lighting-filled sectors of the facility and space ship that you will be exploring. As well, it shows within some of the alien foes that you will face off against; primarily the little ones that look nearly identical to Facehuggers, and they even sometimes sprout up out of eggs. While these nods to the classic film franchise are apparent, the title also has enough of its own unique monsters.

There's really not that much to talk about when it comes to gameplay, Impact is your typical top-down shooter where you run through the areas and shoot whatever may come your way. There are a decent variety of weapons, though the list isn't incredibly long; there's a shotgun, assault rifle, flamethrower, pulse gun, and a laser rifle to take down the enemy with. Along with the aforementioned arsenal, there are also frag and stun grenades at your disposal, as well as a sentry turret that can be placed at specific locations. To keep you alive, you also have access to large and small medkits, and hardened armor to suit up with.

Ammunition, items, and upgrades can be purchased with scavenged credits at certain terminal locations. Items and ammo can also be found on dead bodies, in lockers, and placed sporadically through the maps. There are three upgrades for every weapon, but unfortunately only one upgrade can be active per weapon at any given time; if you purchase another upgrade for the same gun, you lose your current one and will have to repurchase it if you require it again. This is one of the few drawbacks to Alien Breed: Impact, but the ability to have all of the upgrades for each gun at once would most likely unbalance the game and cause it to be too easy.

The controls can be cumbersome during heated battle, and it's not always easy to swap weapons. Using an Xbox One controller, you must use the left and right on the D-Pad to change between guns, while up and down changes between grenades and health items. If you suddenly find yourself swarmed with large, heavy hitting enemies and need to quickly get to your shotgun from your pistol or pulse gun, it's not only time consuming but you must take your thumb off of the left stick, which enables you to walk around; the right stick aims. There's literally zero reason as to why the right and left bumper buttons couldn'tve been utilized for the weapon and item swap buttons.

Like with most top-down shooters, the storyline is pretty well last on the agenda. You are Conrad, and your ship has just crashed into something. Everyone on the upper decks are dead, it's just you and the synthetic human Mia. Now you've gotta go find out the damage and fix everything up; however, it's not going to be that easy. The script is pretty vanilla, and it's easily predictable. It's definitely not the greatest story ever written, but it's far from the worst; it's simply just mediocre.

As far as top-down, sci-fi shooters are concerned, Alien Breed: Impact is one of the best that are currently on Steam. Although the game is dated by seven years at this point, it feels graphically brand new... especially in comparison to many of the games of the same genre that have come out in recent years. If you can forgive a poor storyline and some clunky controls in lieu of amazing atmosphere and action-driven, guns blazing, alien smashing gameplay, then you can be glad to fork over $10.99 CAD for this game. If you manage to snag it, and the entire trilogy, on sale, then you're going to enjoy yourself even more.

Rating: 4.0/5.0 - Excellent, highly worth playing.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
61 of 68 people (90%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2014
Welcome to this stupid ship where the controls to operate every part of the ship are thirty miles from the thing you're trying to use. Thank you for choosing Intex.
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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 19, 2015
Alien Breed is an isometric sci-fi shooter where you independently control the direction your character aims and moves. You maneuver through a series of 5 stages in each episode, collecting weapons and items, and shooting aliens as they appear while you move from objective to objective provided on your mini-map.

It is difficult to write a separate review for each Episode, as they all largely play the same - you move from point A to point B to pick up access code C to open door D to get to point E to get access code F to.....you get the picture. Lots of backtracking through same-looking corridors, fighting similar looking enemies which pop out of the floor and walls.

It's fun, but only moderately so - I would NOT recommend playing through a single episode in one sitting, let alone all three episodes. The gameplay is repetitive and it's the sort of thing you'll want to put down for a while between sessions (I'd actually say on the level of months between episodes) so it doesn't get stale.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Only recommended if you're a fan of the original game and want to see the it redone in a modern engine with more modern gameplay.

Impact isn't a bad game but there isn't a lot to truly recommend it. The gameplay is similar to the old Alien Breed with the addition of new weapons, enemies, and a 3d camera. Despite some of the enemies having ranged attacks or special abilities, the AI will charge you the majority of the time or amble about a short distance away not using their abilities. I'm not sure if this is any different on hard but that's how it is on normal. This also means the weapons, of which there is a decent variety, are ultimately just another way to dispatch the rushing bugs as nothing requires a change in tactics.

Similar to the original Dead Space, your character, the chief engineer, will shuffle fom waypoint to waypoint fixing everything that needs fixing and believe me a whole lot of ♥♥♥♥ is broken. This can get pretty tedious as the story is not advanced much in this first installment of the three episodes.

If you are planning on playing through all three episodes, be aware that your progress does not carry over from each game. Each episode is a separate executable and there is no way to import a save file to carry over your progress. This means at the start of episode 2, you have lost all your weapons, upgrades, and items acquired in episode 1. This feels very strange considering how quickly each episode picks up from the end of the last one.
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29 of 36 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
I can't seem to get on with this game. The controls were good, the graphics are okay, the overall feel is good.. It's just the huge amount of backtracking I've had to do so far that puts me off massively. I've completed the first mission and I just felt like it could have been around a 5 minute completion time if it wasn't for the fact that every time I would progress, the game would send me back a few minutes to activate something I've already passed previously.
Is it just a technique to make a small map feel bigger? Probably. But it got very boring very quickly.
I'm going to keep going at it, and if my feelings change I'll update this review accordingly. But for now I'll stick with changing the game's name to "Alien Breed: Backtrack".
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Big jump back in time, the game was well hard back on my Amiga 500, never got to finish it. Now i am back into it thanks to Team 17, it's a kinda game you play until you get bored then leave it and back in it another day.
Great game, not technicaly eye blowing but it does the job to keeping you going, good stuff.
Bought the Trilogy when it was on sale for around £5.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2015
What I loved:
-Engaging combat with an elegant flow (practically glide from room to room gracefully dispatching enemies)
-Rich atmosphere, sound design and graphics (For a UE3 game, this is pretty gorgeous).
-Unique setpieces within levels (I LOVED the mainframe areas).
-Short and sweet (A lot of my time is AFK, you could beat this in half the time if you wanted)

What I was meh about:
-Camera is clunky yet manageable (Enemies that flank you make for minor frustration)
-Little variety in combat (Same types of enemies, but the combat flow makes up for it)
-Doom syndrome (Levels are different, but still similar enough to evoke, for lack of a better word, ennui)

What I disliked:
-Cutscenes of little interest (I skipped every single one and it didn't affect my enjoyment in the slightest)
-Repetitive mission layout (Go here, activate thing, activate other thing, get key, hold the fort, etc)
-Didn't care about the characters (I don't even remember who the protagonist was, let alone care)
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2015
Been playing alien swarm from steam version, so i got this game.. I Its pretty tough at times and a lot of intense action does happen. Sound effects for this game were amazing.

pro
Graphics on this style of game is really good
upgradable
Gameplay is addictive and solid
sound effects
Top down shooters are great and this ones no different
Easy Achievements
Co-op

cons:
In co-op missions can not control the camera and therefore have a fixed view
There aren't a lot of options or collectables in terms of inventory but the weapons do feel satisfying
Objectives are a little repetitive
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54 of 90 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2014
Faulty's scorecard :-

1) Essential purchase
2) Recommended purchase
3) Recommended purchase during a sale
4) Not recommended unless heavily discounted
5) Not even recommended for Steam game collectors

While playing though the first episode of the newly resurrected Alien Breed franchise I was constantly reminded of how the game lacked atmosphere and most importantly scares considering the plot revolves around aliens inhabiting a wounded spaceship.

Whilst the environments and aliens themselves are suitably grotesque, not once did I cower in fear of what may lay just around the corner. For the most part it was all pretty dull with the game simply going through the action tick-box motions - if you want to call searching for keycards to open locked doors action. You will spend a vast majority of the game searching for one key-card or another to open a locked door ad nauseum.

Having slogged my way through all three episodes I can't heartily recommend anyone do the same unless you have absolutely nothing else exciting to play.

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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2014
All I see is complaints, complaints ... This game is fun ! I admit I got it on a bundle with the other 2 episodes, but overall it was worth it. The graphics are good and the action is enough for me plus it has several difficulty levels. I also tried Alien Swarm and I own Shadowgrounds Survivor, but I still play this game and its siblings much more due to 1 little feature: Xbox Controller Support. That really allows me to kick back on a couch and enjoy the game for what it is and it kinda reminds me of the good ol' Contra III days ... Maybe its just me ... Get it on sale !
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