|System: X360, PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Team17||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Team17||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sept. 22, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The music is atmospheric, but largely forgettable. The sound effects are great, with accurately clanking metal or weapons report and with aliens that sound different depending on the type. The voice acting is hokey though, and probably intentionally so.
Another minor complaint is that Assault isnt scary. The game is atmospheric, but never do you as the player actually feel scared, outside of losing your place because of spaced-out save stations. While the game doesnt necessarily bill itself as survival horror, it feels as if it should. The environment, the music, and the whole alien invaded space station motif feel as if the game should be scarier. Aliens pop out of the floor, or rush you from your un-illuminated blindside, never once creating a genuinely scary moment. It also may be unfair to expect thrills from Assault, but when youre playing it, you cant help expecting or hoping to be scared, as if you were watching a low-budget horror movie with cheap, see-through special effects.
Another minor complaint is that nearly everything in the game is dictated by a progress bar. Whenever you open a door, place a turret, repair machinery, search a dead body, or even toss a grenade, you are subjected to a progress bar. While mercifully, the progress bars move at different speeds depending on the task at hand, you will find yourself waiting for a good portion of the game, moving quickly from station to station to wait on the filling of a progress bar.
While there are a lot of complaints that can be made about Assault, there are also a lot of things that are fun about the game. The single-player mode is short and quickly beaten over perhaps the course of a single day. The story mode also offers co-operative play, allowing you and a friend to tackle the alien monsters over Xbox Live. There is also a Survivor mode that allows you to last as long as you can against continuing hordes of aliens. There is even a stage select that allows you to choose which stage to begin on, if following the story isnt your style.
Ultimately, Alien Breed 2: Assault is a decent addition to the Xbox Live Arcade Lineup. While there isnt much here in terms of innovation, Assault is a solid isometric shooter that offers fun for fans of the genre or a person looking for a simple shooter with a buddy.
CCC Freelance Writer