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  • Summary: Aliens: Infestation is a sci-fi action platformer for the Nintendo DS.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. Oct 7, 2011
    Infestation is the single best follow-up to James Cameron's Aliens since Mark Verheiden's black-and-white Dark Horse comics (the original edition that starred an adult Newt and an embittered Hicks, mind you) more than 20 years ago. More than that, it's an excellent game.
  2. Oct 11, 2011
    Infestation's quality is surprising in a sea of mediocre licensed games. It's not afraid to show off where it got its inspiration, but that's okay. Metroid's format works well in the world of Aliens. There are a few minor frustrations, and the mortality of the characters was surprising, even frustrating at first, but ultimately it adds a worthwhile sense of fear to the entire game. If you're a fan of Metroid, Aliens, or just solid handheld experiences, don't let Infestation become forgotten as the 3DS wave washes over us.
  3. Oct 3, 2011
    Aliens: Infestation is the side-scrolling Metroid you've been waiting for, and will especially excite fans of the original movie.
  4. Nov 18, 2011
    For a DS game, Infestation looks great. The 2D animations are sharp, and there is a nice level of detail to each area.
  5. Nov 2, 2011
    Still, even with these marks against it, Aliens: Infestation is worth playing and is an example of a game that really, truly cares about your lives-even if it cares about your deaths just a teensy bit more.
  6. 70
    There is certainly some fun to be had exploring the USS Sulaco and fighting the xenomorphs, but its repetitive nature and lack of variety distracts from what could have been a great game.
  7. Nov 8, 2011
    It's clearly a game with some heart, but it also misses on enough of the tangibles and intangibles alike to stand out among the rest of DS's offerings.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Oct 15, 2011
    Another masterpiece by Wayforward and Designer Adam Tierney. As always, the video clarity is incredible and the attention to detail is among the best in the industry. The script is also very strong. Expand
  2. Feb 21, 2012
    an excellent little game that boasts 16 bit style graphics and creates a great atmosphere true to the first films...
    a must own for any
    metroidvania fan... Expand
  3. Oct 11, 2011
    Aliens: Infestation is a must play for anyone who owns a DS, or is a rabid Aliens fan (such as I am). It's pure fun. The graphics are 16 bit awesome, the dialogue is punchy and enjoyable, and the gameplay is simple and engaging. Wayforward have done a terrific job of making a game that slots nicely into the Aliens Universe, and is something I know I've been looking forward to for a looooong time.:) I'm excited to see how it connects up to Aliens: Colonial Marines next year.
    At any rate, you owe it to yourself to check it out!
  4. Oct 16, 2011
    I'm really looking forward to Aliens: Colonial Marines, so when I heard that a game was coming out for Nintendo DS (one of the best platforms out there, period) which featured both Aliens and Colonial Marines, I was pretty stoked. This game plays very old school as the developers advertise. It's a sidescroller and you shoot things. You collect new weapons and new characters. You upgrade the weapons, and when a character dies you can go back to a person you've discovered in the environment and add them to your squad. Character designs and backstories are pretty meaty thanks to some well placed development effort. This game doesn't feel cheap, it feels like a real genuine effort to please fans and offer up a fun game in the series. This is more than can be said for the all out disappointment of Aliens vs Predator last summer. If you're looking for a really fun diversion until Colonial Marines is released sometime next year, go and purchase Infestation immediately. It won't let you down, even if you are not a fan of side scrollers like me. This game is fun, challenging enough, and has a smooth polish over its surface. My only gripe is that it's very short and there is really only one reason to play through it a second time: to find all of the USCM characters hidden around the levels. You earn one minigame where you stab a knife between the fingers of a hand which is actually pretty fun, but there could've been more replay value added in here. Infestation almost feels like an included minigame to a larger game (like Colonial Marines for instance).

    In the end I can't complain, this is the best Aliens related game to come out since Aliens vs Predator 2 on PC in 2002. If you've got a DS and don't have this game, get it. If you're a die hard Aliens fan and DO NOT have a DS, I would consider getting one used and getting this game. It really is that fun.
  5. Oct 31, 2011
    A Metroidvania title set in the Aliens universe is such a brilliant fit that I can't believe no one has done it before. You are sent as part of a squad to the Sulaco, the ship from the second film in the franchise.The game also features an interesting mechanic. Your squad consists of 4 marines. When 1 dies... they're gone for good. However, you can fill out your squad with other marines scattered around the various levels. Essentially, this is a twist on the tried and true lives system. A great fictional universe, rock solid gameplay and a tension-ratcheting squad mechanic combines to make this one great game. DS owners shouldn't miss this gem. Expand
  6. May 8, 2012
    Here we have a competant game full of lots of clever touches. Nice atmosphere, great pacing, quality dialoge and characterazation. All the attention to detail that makes for a great game. Shame about the forgettable story and the dull, unengaging, occasionally arbitrary feeling combat. Its a nice collection of things to do right, but I'm afraid that its all applied to something rather bland. I laud the effort, but can't reccomend it to anyone besides hardcore Aliens fans or those desperate for a Metroid fix. Expand
  7. Oct 1, 2012
    Aliens: Infestation does a great job at evoking and paying homage to it's source material. If you are a fan of the movies, then you'll definitely get a kick out of Infestation's design. The life system deserves special mention for being awesome. You have a finite amount of lives, represented by your squad of marines. If a marine falls, you can recruit another to take their place... If you can find them, that is. Each marine is distinctive and has their own tree of situational dialogue. This makes it easy to get attached to them. It's not just lives you're losing but members of your team! That said, Aliens: Infestation is cripplingly difficult. I grew up playing NES and SNES, so I'm no stranger to tough 2D games, but this one really tries my patience. That said, if you have the patience and stomach for a rough ride, Aliens: Infestation might rock your world. Expand

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