is an ABC television show that has fallen in between
the cracks. It's not hugely successful but it has
its loyal fans - mainly those of the Britney Spears
camp since it features an altogether unlikely female
action hero. I admit to never having seen the show
and I can't say I could ever force myself to watch
it but something told me that this would make a good
videogame. I was only partly right.
appears that Alias has a back story rivaled only by
an afternoon soap opera. If you're like me and don't
have a clue what's going on you're missing out on
some of the deeper aspects of the game - at least
on a psychological level. As an action adventure game
it's not bad by itself but to really appreciate all
of the nuances of the game you should be familiar
with all the characters and the past plot developments.
I won't be catching up on past episodes anytime soon
but maybe you'll be inspired to waste more of your
precious youth in front of a screen if this game enthralls
will be briefed about certain background events throughout
the game but it's really too much to digest all at
once. Suffice to say that Sydney Bristow is a good-looking
dame that used to work for an evil agency but now
she's working for the CIA - not that that would be
much of a stretch for her. Cutting through a rather
convoluted story of betrayal, espionage, murder and
missing relatives returning to the scene, Sydney is
on the trail of Anna Espinosa and her gang which are
searching for the Rambaldi artifact.
elements from Mission Impossible, Splinter Cell and
Metal Gear Solid, fighting and shooting make up the
best part of the gameplay. Stealth plays an important
role but it's not as prominent in the gameplay as
in Splinter Cell. Overall I would have to say that
Alias does pale considerably in comparison to the
above-mentioned games but it gives you an idea of
what to expect.
can sneak about, press her back up against a wall
and take an occasional peek to scope out the action.
With a special attack move she can incapacitate a
guard from around a corner by snapping his neck in
different ways. Heat and night vision goggles allow
you to work under cover of darkness. Sometimes you'll
alert the guards and other times you can't seem to
get a rise out of them regardless of what you do.
You can run right up to some of them and they won't
even know what hit them. Other guards seem to possess
psychic powers as they can see you hiding on the other
side of a crate. The AI is frustratingly inconsistent.
you set off the alarm by being spotted by a guard
or security camera the only way out is to fight. There
are only a few buttons to use for kicks and punches
and once again, you don't really know what you're
going to get. It's all randomly generated. Quick attacks
release standard punches and kicks while special attacks
generate combo-style moves. Just about anything lying
around can be used as a weapon including broomsticks
and guns. You can't reload guns and have to throw
them away after you use up all the ammo. Other weapons
such as knives and sticks degrade over use so they're
only good for a few good whacks.
faces of the characters look amazing - but only in
the screenshots. During the game with full animation
they don't look as good. In fact they look kind of
spooky since they're rendered so well, yet the less-than-perfect
animation makes them seem like aliens wearing a mask.
Voiceovers are performed by most of the actors from
the series. Even this lost episode was written by
one of the writers from the TV show.
find Alias to be a simplified version of an action/stealth
game. It's certainly better than most TV-to-videogame
titles but it's really aimed at fans of the show that
aren't hardcore gamers.