Hard to believe Team17 is most famous for the Worms series, because this is nothing remotely like it.
Basically, start with the movie "Aliens," but replace all of H.R. Giger's aliens with the Antlions from Half Life 2. And instead of James Cameron, it's directed by Michael Bay, because EVERYTHING explodes CONSTANTLY. It's exhausting, really. Then thrown in some characters from the Cliffy B. school of character design - one a busty android and the other a guy who hates androids - and give the lead a voice that's part Vin Diesel and part Michael Ironside but without the distinction of either. Finally, slap on some "plot," and baby, you've got a game!
It's fun, though. Nothing you haven't played before, but fun. Not great
fun, but moderate fun. And it looks pretty. I've completed the first game in the trilogy, but I'm not anticipating any surprises.
The game plays like this:
Go to that [miscellaneous spaceship thing] 1/4 of the way across the level from where you are.
That thing is broken, go [operate misc. backup system] 1/4 of the way across the level.
The [misc. backup system] is broken. Get [misc. backup system backup part] from room 1/4 of the way across the level.
Repair and use [misc. backup system].
Go back and finally use that [miscellaneous spaceship thing].
Go through that door 1/4 of the way across the level.
That door is locked.
Go [do/get that thing that unlocks doors], which happens to be located... you guessed it.
While doing all that, loot a morally unacceptable number of corpses and kill hundreds of not-Antlions.
Repeat over and over. And over.
Alien Breed abuses that formula so much - constantly, in fact - that it's comical. Every single main objective is a recursive chain of things that don't work.
The game doesn't do much wrong
, per se. It's just up to its gills with mediocrity. The only thing about Alien Breed that outright annoys me is the weapon upgrade system. Each of the six guns has three upgrades available for purchase: rate of fire, reload speed, and damage. You scavenge enough cash to buy maybe one upgrade per level. Only thing is, upgrades don't stack. If you buy a second upgrade, you lose the first. You liked the first one better? Tough luck, sucker, 'cause now you get to buy it again! It's an awful system.
Two other things I don't get are the secrets and score. Neither seem to have any impact on the game whatsoever. Meh.
Still, if you can pick up the trilogy for a couple bucks, it's probably worth it for days when you don't want to think and just zone out.