ESRB rating: Mature
Review rating: 3.0 stars
First person-shooters have evolved over the years from twitch-based blast-fests to methodical, skill-based games. But now that gamers are tiring of military shooters, some companies have opted to return to more nostalgic times. Anyone looking for a fast-paced FPS that pushes their skills to the limits will surely appreciate "Alien Rage Unlimited."
It's obvious that little energy was spent on creating the story line because it plays out like a gang war between humans and aliens. You see, both species once shared and mined a remote asteroid, but now the aliens have decided to take the minerals for themselves and kill all humans who get in their way. Cue the armored space marines, and the result is an action-packed battle for intergalactic "tuff turf."
Fourteen levels of alien-blasting mayhem let players experiment with ten devastating human and alien weapons. Similar to old-school shooters, each weapon has an alternate firing mode, such as explosives or lasers, which adds both strategy and fun. It's a good thing that the weapons are so varied because the game play is not.
All fourteen levels boil down to entering new areas, triggering aliens that fire at the player with uncanny accuracy, taking cover, and blowing them away. Occasional boss battles change things up a bit, but not by much. Boss fights occur in more open areas than standard battles, and whittling down their large pool of hit points can be difficult and frustrating.
Another homage to past shooters is the emphasis on achieving high scores. Certain perks that offer boosts to weaponry or armor can be unlocked this way. It's also cool to jump into online matches and scramble around in hectic firefights where bullets fly from every angle.
"Alien Rage" may have rather shallow game play, but it's still a fun blast from the past.