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E3 2013: Alien Rage

Posted on June 13, 2013 AT 11:30am

Publisher CI Games
Developer CI Games
Platform 360, PS3, PC
Release Date 8.2013
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The Rundown

Alien Rage is about as straightforward as first-person shooters come. You have guns. There are aliens. You use your guns to shoot the aliens. Sometimes you have to open a door or blast through a wall before you can find more aliens to shoot, but for the most part, it’s all about the fast-paced gunplay.

The Verdict

Look at any screenshot of Alien Rage, and you’d probably assume that it’s a fairly generic game. The environments all resemble the same gunmetal corridor with a slightly different twist or turn here or there. The aliens or guns aren’t particularly memorable—in the case of the former, it’s hard to pick out a single distinguishing characteristic.

A lot of that sentiment carried over when I got to go hands-on with the game. I had an AI companion talking in my ear (how novel!), the two levels I played looked practically indistinguishable, and all the weapons I tried out fell into the standard, generic assault rifle/shotgun/plasma rifle categories I’d seen a dozen times over.

But, for as much as I struggled to immerse myself in the experience, there were a few things that seemed to offer a glimmer of potential goodness, however. For starters, the streamlined FPS gameplay had a decent old-school vibe that reminded me of Hard Reset, a similar throwback FPS that was a lot of fun but deeply flawed. I also appreciated the fact that the dialogue, however conventional, wasn’t played entirely straight; I actually got a handful of laughs during my half-hour playthrough. I’m still not confident Alien Rage will turn out to be worth your time or money, but it’s definitely not an entirely lost cause.

Josh Harmon, Associate Editor
Josh Harmon picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn't looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Follow him on Twitter @jorshy. Meet the rest of the crew.

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