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  • Summary: With the Leopold and its unwanted attachment breaching the surface of an imposing ice planet, you have only a few hours to wade your way through flooded corridors and locate the origin of the threat that has so far laid waste to your once proud space ship. For the first time Conrad can venture outside of the ship in the breathtaking hull walk set pieces, and for those trigger-happy shooter fans there are vicious new enemies to fight, including the Electro-Shocker alien and the awe-inspiring final bosses. New armaments are also available in Descent, with the Electro-Link gun allowing for shockingly good crowd control whilst the formidable Project X weapon will tear through anything in its path. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Jan 2, 2011
    82
    A good end to the trilogy that unfortunately lacks big changes to the first two parts. Alien Breed 3: Descent shows off with polished graphics but offers only a very shortlived experience.
  2. Jan 3, 2011
    75
    With Descent, Team 17 finishes notably its trilogy of remakes. This is a good arcade game with some interesting new features.
  3. Jan 3, 2011
    70
    It's not what we could've called 'new' or 'original', but Alien Breed 3: Descent is a fair an interesting game. 'Tis a pitty that the grand finale wasn't as incredible as expected but, no matter what, is fun and it's worth the money it costs.
  4. Dec 21, 2010
    65
    Same old same old, then - Alien Breed 3: Descent is not the sequel we were hoping for, dragging the series out rather than building on it. Still, for Alien Breed fanatics, the story will at least provide closure and more of the same.
  5. Jan 9, 2011
    65
    It's still a good game, but this third chapter should have been something more in terms of new ideas and polishing.
  6. Feb 11, 2011
    60
    Better options available, but not a write-off. [Feb 2011, p.67]
  7. Dec 21, 2010
    27
    Wedged between survival horror and arcade shooter - but succeeding at neither - Descent is a poorly designed, camera-hampered end to an already weak trilogy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jul 8, 2013
    7
    I think the series has seriously gone downhill. If the second game was more like Alien Breed 1.5, then the third game is pretty much like Alien Breed 1.5b. There have literally been no new additions to this third installment. The only things that are different are either very trivial or are more of an annoyance than a feat.

    Just as the previous installment, in this one some of the weapons have been changed around too. Once again, the first 3 weapons are the same, but for the last 2 now we’ve got an Electric Link Gun and a Project X. They're not bad at all and can be useful a lot of the time, but despite that, I still found myself using the original 3 a lot more often, but it probably depends on the player.

    The game also tried to do a little bit of gimmicky stuff. In some areas the game takes a more over-the-shoulder perspective. Those parts are quite nice for eye-candy purposes as they break the norm and make you fight in a slightly different fashion. However, most of these parts tend to have fixed camera angles, and hence if you change direction, you often don’t see where you’re going. It’s still a nice addition, but I just wish it didn’t restrict you with fixed camera angles. Fixed camera parts were introduced in the second game, something I thought was one of the most annoying additions ever, and they still persist in this game.

    But what about the story? Well, it wasn’t exactly among strong points of the series up to now and it’s still not in this installment either, as the player still walks through the same dark, semi-exploding corridors, from one part of the ship to another, activating computers and other systems. I would, however, point out that the main villain takes up a bit of a spotlight in this installment and we get to find out a lot about him. In fact, I’d even say he becomes more likeable than our musclehead of a hero.

    Overall, Alien Breed 3 is literally identical to the first two. In fact the quality of the entire series has gone down in my eyes simply because of the fact that each new part was the same as the last. Even Steam achievements are identical in all 3 games. If you want to get maximum enjoyment out of this series, then I’d recommend you to play only one of the games and not all three. Any of them will do, though the first one is probably the best.
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  2. Feb 19, 2013
    7
    I havn't really tried the other two alien breed games, I just went ahead and bought the third (all 3 of them was on sale for 1.99 on steam, but I only had 2$ in my steam wallet). I'm not into arcade shooters, such as this, but overall it was challeging, abit scary, the designs were well made, and the story well.... it just wanted me to beat the game faster. The multi-player side of it is dead i'm not sure if people still play this game or i'm just not finding for open room or waiting for people to join. I just grabed a friend so that I can see whats its like. It's pretty basic, good for wasting time. 2$ is a fair deal, but 10$ (original price) in my case would make you regret it. Expand
  3. Dec 20, 2012
    6
    This is not a spectacular game by any means but it is still worth playing if you have some extra time and money. The game does a good job at creating intense moments of action and suspense but beyond that it is simply an average shooter. Expand
  4. Apr 7, 2014
    5
    Back in the day AB was a great 2D arcade shooter. This new reboot looks nice and has a plot of sorts to follow all through the three episodes. Added feature of this version over the first is that weapons are now upgradable. However I rather replay any Shadowgrounds game than any of the three episodes from Alien Breed. Expand