Alien Breed 2: Assault Review
Alien Breed 2: Assault box art
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.

Alien Breed 2: Assault screenshot

Another minor complaint is that Assault isn’t 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 doesn’t 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 you’re playing it, you can’t 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 isn’t your style.

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Ultimately, Alien Breed 2: Assault is a decent addition to the Xbox Live Arcade Lineup. While there isn’t 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.

By D’Marcus Beatty
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
The Unreal Engine makes for pretty but repetitive visuals.
3.5
Control
Conrad controls well, although it is difficult at times to aim properly.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music and sound effects are well done, though the voice acting is a little hokey.
3.0
Play Value
Play single player or multiplayer in story mode or in Survivor mode.
3.5
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • New “Survivor” mode: Resist endless waves of intense alien horde attacks in specifically designed arena environments, or team up with a friend in order to reach the highest score in two-player co-operative assaults!
  • New Set Pieces: Fight the breed through stunningly choreographed action sequences.
  • New Equipment: More equipment to combat the horde including Hardened Armor and new weaponry: 1) Hyper Blaster – a destructive chain-gun, and; 2) The Rocket Launcher – blow the horde away!
  • NEW Alien Foes – Enter into conflict with the all-new ‘Webber’ alien and endure dramatic encounters with new and shocking bosses.
  • Single-Player story mode: The single-player campaign mode that follows the continuing narrative of the game through five huge and challenging environments.
  • Two-player co-operative play mode: Work together to defeat the alien horde across specially customized assault maps for two players, over Steam or Xbox™ LIVE Arcade.


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