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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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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
REVIEWED AS A TRILOGY...

A top down, isometric shoot 'em up. That for one reason or another was split into three seperate games but is really just one big one when played back to back. So for the full experience you need to buy Alien Breed : Impact, Assault and Descent, in order to get the full scope of its story.

Copies everything from Aliens to Dead Space but does have a few ideas of its own and does from time to time throw some suprising curve balls into the gameplay, in order to mix things up a bit. Though generally, you will find yourself running down dark corridors, blasting the living heck out of anything that moves. Alien Breed also likes you to push buttons, lots and lots of buttons and you may find yours being pressed once or twice too, as you're forced to backtrack, take detours and meander around in order to make your way forward.

There is a saying that are two certainties in life; Death and taxes. Alien Breeds universe throws a third certainty into existence. That is, if you push a button, something will either break or blow up. And it does this with a frustrating frequency. Pretty much everytime in fact. It's hard to imagine any videogame character having worse luck than Isaac Clarke in the first Dead Space. But here we have fellow space engineer, Theodore J. Conrad. Who has been lovingly blessed by fate in having total ♥♥♥♥ for luck. So much so that Mr. Clarke looks like a lottery winner by comparison.

Apart from a few sections here and there. The game offers little diversity throughout. It is just a bog standard shooter after all. But it does this competantly enough. The aliens swarm around you and you blast away with a variety of nice weapons. All of which can be upgraded in the usual way, More damage, faster rate of fire etc. But having the cash to pay for that sort of thing, especially after forking out for the ammo and health packs that are obtainable from the stores that are dotted around the place. Just ends up feeling like an unaffordable luxury. And anything that you buy won't carry over into the sequel parts. So any ammo, items or upgrades you have by the time you reach the end of Alien Breed 1 or 2. Will be gone at the beginning of the following game.

In its favour however, Alien Breed does have some decent, if not familar atmosphere going for it. If you enjoyed Dead Space or even further back in time, Alien resurrection on the PS1. You will instantly recognise the similar flavour being passed off here. It even comes in that all too familar colour pallette of "Space Brown", that was present in both those afore mentioned games. A shade which is heavily daubed on every surface here. Like it's the only colour Dulux are allowed to produce in the future. With the only break from this being, when all is reduced to pitch black and you are having to rely on nothing but torchlight, which also happens to generate some genuinely tense moments. Though these dark sections do have their points of frustration. As you can get hung up and glued on the tiniest of bits of scenery. And when you can't see where you are standing, this can be more than a litlle nuisance.

There is also a feeling that the trilogy as a whole kind of out stays it's welcome a bit. With each part taking upto 10 hours to finish. Which wouldn't be so bad, except Alien Breed does not offer enough variety as one would hope, to keep things interesting. So is liable to faulter here and there. But if you can soldier through some of the more lacklustre, over extended sections. The story itself will manage to keep you interested enough to keep you moving forward, to a point anyway. A story which is all pulpy, comicy and so very "videogames". Which isn't a bad thing, seeing as nowadays game plots seem to take themselves far too seriously. And usually end up just being badly written, senseless drivel (Bioshock Infinte for example). But even this ends up feeling overly extended. There is one section where it even feels like the game is coming to a sensible close. And yet it still manages to keep you running around in circles for another 2 hours and over. Which would be a small mercy considering the utterly cop-out, trash ending. Which despite the rest of the game being stretched thinner than a fashion model. Is rushed and ♥♥♥♥♥ all over the story it has been stringing you along with for the last 30 hours. Alien Breed also features that most no, no of gaming faux pas'. The dreaded UNSKIPPABLE CUT SCENE. I'm all for retro style games. But what is this? 2000 and freakin' 4 ?

I should also mention that this does come with some sort of a Co-Op mode. Though I haven't tried it so can't offer any sort of comment on that. Though the single Player campaign is more than enough for me as it is.

Anyway, this is a nice competant little shooter with some nice unoriginal ideas, but is plagued with flaws and frustrations here and there. And it is nothing that a little editing of the overall script would have sorted out. Worth your time if you're into the right genres, but not something you can play obsessively for hours on end. Not without getting fatigued by the constant hold ups, detours and the all round testing of patience. Worth the price when on sale and worth at least one playthrough. Whether you would want to go through it all again, is anyones guess. But that certainly will not be the case for me I don't think.

6.5/10
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70 of 79 people (89%) found this review helpful
31 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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34 of 40 people (85%) 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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35 of 46 people (76%) 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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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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15 of 17 people (88%) 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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17 of 21 people (81%) 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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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2015
Older but still a good game, even to today's standards.

Examples:
- Graphics on this style of game is really good
- Easy Achievements
- Co-op

cons:
- In co-op missions can not control the camera and therefore have a fixed view

If you're bored and looking for some simple game where you dispose of the invaders then this is just enough for you.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
The good:
- Good graphics with Unreal Engine 3
- Enviroinment sounds / Alien sounds and music are nice
- Different type of Aliens (healer, charger, warrior, guardian etc)
- Survival elements (search for medikits, ammo and credits for upgrade and buy items)
- Each weapon / item is limited to one upgrade (makes the game harder)
- Coop is a challanging mode . You must share all what you find in the map with your partner for survive

The bad:
- The main Campaign is short but challanging (5 maps)
- Between Veteran and Elite difficulty it not give many difference (can be easy for some experienced players)
- 1 BOSS in all the game -_-

Tips:
- Always fight in corners or behind doors. Dont get surrounded or you will die
- Upgrade your medikits. Will save your a*s
- Buy so many ARMORS as you can!

You must get this game if you like Alien games. True survival insured!

8/10
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Neonspider
1.1 hrs
Posted: September 26
Product received for free
Ignore the playtime, I own the entire trilogy on Xbox 360.

Alien Breed is a (painfully) Aliens inspired isometric shooter, a reboot of an Amiga era game of the same name. You control Conrad aboard an Intex star ship under attack from not xenomorphs. These non xenomorphs really like to pop out of everywhere you aren't, and the game involves heavy backtracking. Luckily it's really fun, though if you ran through the whole game in a sitting, you'd probably hate yourself for doing so.

The only real downside I can think of is the possible repetition, and also the PC versions of the Alien Breed reboot trilogy is the only port that doesn't have local coop, which is where this game SHINES. For that reason, I suggest buying this for Xbox 360 or PS3 if possible as you get local multiplayer support on those versions.

They're coming out of the wall-sphixnters...
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FuckingGomez.
0.5 hrs
Posted: September 21
Product received for free
I mean, the game starts.
It's quite mundane and I would only play it if I recieved it for free ya' know. Would rather have it bee a multiplayer free2play game with cosmetic microtransactions, because then it could be some really nice mindless dun ya' know?

5/10
- pretty mundane and horribly average.
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Patterner
0.9 hrs
Posted: September 19
failed the first mission after 5-10 minutes. multiple times.
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Awesome Enterprises
0.6 hrs
Posted: September 17
I really tried to play and like this game, but it was so boring, I was falling asleep at 3pm!!
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widgetguy
10.3 hrs
Posted: September 16
Quick Summary: Top-down isometric shooter very similar in gameplay to the Alien Shooter/Zombie Shooter series’ of games. Impact is the first of 3 “episodes” so don’t expect a complete story if you only play the first game. Fortunately, the Alien Breed Trilogy has been bundled before, so chances are you already own all three games. All three Alien Breed’s have co-op multiplayer, but you’ll need to bring your own friends, because the multi-player community is basically dead.

You play the chief engineer of the space ship Leopold, which has crashed into a mysterious ghost ship over an alien planet. With the help of Lieutenant MIA (a “synthetic”) you’re tasked with trying to repair the ship as it slowly gets pulled into the planet’s atmosphere to inevitable doom. Unfortunately for you, the ghost ship is infested with ALIENS!!! It’s a good thing you can find guns and grenades just lying around everywhere you go.

You control your character with keyboard and aim with the mouse, just like Alien Swarm/Alien Shooter/Zombie Shooter, and like these other games, you have the opportunity to purchase upgrades in game “shops” which also double as save points. Note that you can only upgrade each gun 1 time and there are only like 5 different types of gun. While most of your money will be spent upgrading guns, there are also some other essentials: ammo, health packs, and grenades. Money is found all over the place, including in the corpses of humans that are strewn all over the ship. You’re going to spend a lot of time looting lockers and corpses, many of which are empty.

The game is broken up into 5 long levels, each of which take about an hour to beat if you’re taking your time exploring. The layout of each map is available to you right from the start of each level, but you’ll find most doors are locked until you can open them during “story” events. As for enemies, there aren’t that many different types, and they don’t usually come in huge swarms, but they do have just enough life to force you to walk backwards as you lay down heavy firepower. Make sure you’re stocked up on health packs because taking damage from the little ankle biters is almost inevitable when you’re trying to focus fire on the big guys. Note that you walk pretty slowly in this game, and while you can sprint by holding the “shift” key, your stamina runs out pretty fast. This seems to be intentional, along with the slow process of looting lockers and opening doors, to make sure you can’t just run right through the game bypassing a lot of the enemies.

Pros:
+Decent graphics for a cheap indie game.
+I like shooter games where you can purchase health/upgrades in a horror/survival type environment. You can only save in specific areas of the game, so you need to move carefully and conserve ammo/medkits.
+Co-op multiplayer if you have a friend who also owns the game. The campaign isn’t co-op but there are 3 multiplayer maps available. Co-op is “harder” because you start each level with almost nothing, and you need to split the loot. With less money for both players, you don’t really have enough for weapon upgrades and ammo/health run out a lot faster. Also, the camera is locked in co-op and you both need to be within a certain distance of each other.

Cons:
-Dead multiplayer if you don’t bring your own co-op partner.
-The camera “perspective” system can take some getting used to because you’re constantly swiveling the camera around to get a good view. The game’s view is a little more zoomed in than I’m used to, so aliens on the edge of your vision are only a second or two away from pouncing on you.
-There isn’t that much voice acting during missions, and a lot of the dialogue comes as subtitles in the middle of the action. This means while you’re fighting aliens you will miss a lot of what people are saying.

Overall, the Alien Breed games are fun to go through, and won’t take up too much time. Each game is about 6 hours long if you’re just going to play the single player campaign. The gameplay is basically the same in each game as well, with one or two new types of alien in the second and third games, and a few different guns as well. I just stuck to the basic assault rifle / shotgun though, since it’s hard to gauge exactly how strong some of the “fancy” guns are.
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W4YNEWHITE
7.2 hrs
Posted: September 13
I actually enjoyed this top down shooter very much, so much that I will give it another bash quite soon. Great shooting action mixed with a dark scifi theme that takes place on an alien infested space vessel. This game is a real gem and really worth it.

8/10
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Anime Boy 94
0.5 hrs
Posted: September 9
I could only handle 30 minutes of this game. There was very little action, and most of the time I spent was doing fetch-quests. Getting lost in the copy-pasted corridors slows down progress and makes it very tedious, which is increased by every action taking a few seconds to complete, such as looting corpses.
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Mongoloid Mike
0.9 hrs
Posted: September 3
Gets very tedious with all the walking back and forth
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CoM0Med8eDb
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 31
Alien Boring Impact
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