I’ve got a lot of love for Housemarque, after they went ahead and created easily my favourite console launch game of all time, Resogun. There was something magical about that game, and I’m hoping to see some of it in their follow-up title, Alienation. And it’s a game with a bunch of new details and screenshots.
“One of the main draw to Alienation from a developer’s perspective is the challenge of creating an excellent multiplayer dynamic,” Housemarques Mikael Haveri said on the PS Blog of the upcoming war for it all between mankind and a lethal invading army of aliens.
Since the game features three main character classes, plenty of loot, and a ton of weapon customizations, the number of different team setups is astronomical. The first reaction to seeing the gameplay footage might feel a bit like confetti shot from a minigun (we like explosions), but the game actually relies heavily on tactical teamwork amidst of all the chaos.
So how do you defeat an army of invaders who want to turn the planet into a massive parking lot to sell to space-China? Simple, you beat them with my grandfather’s braaing tips. “Napalm. Lots and lots of napalm” is what grandaddy D would say before we dumped him back at his retirement village, never reflecting on how his need for superior firepower would reflect one day in an upcoming video game. We should have listened, dammit. “Our Allied Forces have come across violent specimens ranging from human-like foot soldiers to extraterrestrial flesh mountains, and while they are spreading across all corners of the earth, their focus is clearly to gather at strategic military locations away from populated areas,” Haveri said.
We’ve met them in all weather conditions and even in the darkest winter nights the hostiles do not relent for a second. The only way to defeat the enemy is with uncanny tactics combined with superior firepower. Customizing your character layouts will give you and your team a distinct advantage over the beasts from beyond. Many soldiers have returned from the field in a body bag after heading out with too much confidence.
The run-and-gun strategy will get you a few victories, but it will not win the war. Coordination and building trust with your teammates will ultimately be the difference between life and death. This trial will not be an easy one, but let’s make sure that the slimebags know that they have come to the wrong planet.
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Last Updated: April 17, 2015