|Game: Alien Swarm
Release Date: Jul 19, 2010
Platform: PC / Played on Windows 7
Overall rating: 8/10
Level/Puzzle Design:7/10 (but very few)
Replay Value: 7/10 (with friends only)
Community: Terribly Low
I feel like this is a really underrated game. It’s a shame people almost no longer play this game, because I just really enjoyed it. It’s light, it’s cool, and it’s sci-fi. And it’s -not- FPS (though I hear you can make it go into first person view). Unfortunately, during the time I had it installed and played there weren’t any other people to play with, but that doesn’t make it any less fun, as you can go into single player mode. Even the default offline/single player mode was fun… for a while.
The game is a pretty typical top-down shooter with a leveling system to acquire better upgrades and weapons. It’s actually quite nice, if not overly original (group of marines hunting down bug-like aliens). The graphics and sounds aren’t anything to write home about, but they’re not bad either.
I do wish it had more maps and levels for offline/single player as well and/or online solo maps for beginners, though, because as far as length it’s quite short, and after playing it over and over on your own it gets rather boring. I know you can manually install different maps, but it just becomes a hassle, as the game doesn’t have workshop integrated.
This is really a game best enjoyed playing with friends, and that’s how I recommend you play it if you’re interested.
And the best part of all? It’s free!