Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Alien Breed Evolution is a great remake of the 90s classic. The addition of a Co-op mode and the visual make-up are its best improvements.
  2. On the face of it, Alien Breed Evolution offers everything that fans of the 16-bit incarnations could wish for, with strong production values and focused design contributing to a sympathetic update that stays true to the source material. But sadly, a flawed approach to co-op play and an inherent lack of variety ultimately count against it.
  3. It's a shaky start to Team 17's episodic content. There is an ample offering of explosions and aliens, but the fun starts to fade long before the credits roll.
  4. As retro remakes go this certainly isn't a bad one, but there's a couple of flaws in the gameplay that means it falls short a little of what it could be.
  5. games(TM)
    70
    A bombastic revival that shows great promise. [Feb 2010, p.120]
  6. Overall Alien Breed Evolution is a pretty good title on XBLA, however, it isn’t great. Your experience with this title is going to depend on how you feel about these types of games.
  7. Alien Breed Evolution is a really nice looking shooter which never betrays its '90's heritage. It's probably worth the price only for the true fans of the original game.
  8. 65
    To give Alien Breed Evolution a sscore isn’t easy. It has impressive graphics, atmoshere and brainless action. On the other hand, the gameplay is weak. When you get annoyed by it, there’s something wrong. It has a boring story, the controls are restrictive and after half an hour, you’ll have seen it all. Unfortunately, the strong graphics can’t cover this up. It had potential, but it hasn’t turned out to be a game of extraterrestrial heights.
  9. One of the Amiga's favourite sons returns but with little of its original personality intact.
  10. This isometric shooter aptly imitates of the top-down original, but doesn't convincingly improve upon it.
  11. Fingers crossed Episode Two shakes Alien Breed Evolution up a bit.
  12. X-ONE Magazine UK
    60
    Of interest to retro enthusiasts only. [Issue#55, p.104]
  13. Official Xbox Magazine
    60
    Old-fashioned gameplay with a pretty new face. [Mar 2010, p.81]
  14. Alien Breed has high production values for an Xbox Live Arcade game. It is polished and looks beautiful. Unfortunately, Team 17 did not succeed to get the gameplay up to the same level. It is too repetitious and straight-forward to be interesting until the end of the first episode, let alone through all three episodes.
  15. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    50
    Not quite evolved enough, sadly. [Feb 2010, p.112]
  16. Edge Magazine
    50
    Repetitive and simplistic, Alien Breed Evolution may remain true to its inspiration, but this first episode does no more than reinforce Team 17's reputation for serviceable but uninspiring updates of past glories. [Feb 2010, p.91]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Sep 5, 2010
    7
    The Amiga classic gets a solid reboot - Evolution has some great graphics for a top down arcade shooter and a decent soundtrack which createsThe Amiga classic gets a solid reboot - Evolution has some great graphics for a top down arcade shooter and a decent soundtrack which creates a good survival horror atmosphere . The only real fault is the simple and repetitive nature of the gameplay - with too heavy a focus on collecting items and flipping switches than actually blasting the nasty alien bugs ! 6/10 , or 7/10 if you managed (like me) to grab it at the sale of the week price of just 400 MS . Full Review »
  2. brianc
    Jan 7, 2010
    7
    This is a pretty awesome game but you have to take that with a grain of salt. The graphics aren't awesome, but for an arcade game This is a pretty awesome game but you have to take that with a grain of salt. The graphics aren't awesome, but for an arcade game they're great. The game play isn't the going to blow you away, but my girlfriend learned how to play it in about 10 minutes. It has two player co-op online or local, it's easy to play and it's story reminds me of dead space. The only game i've liked even close to this much on xbox live arcade is shadow complex and the fact that its over the top like ultimate alliance put it above that. Very enjoyable for what it is. You won't be dissapointed if you pay for the game, but download the demo first and see if you like it. Full Review »
  3. UbayO
    Jan 7, 2010
    8
    The worst flaw of the game is that you can't play the full campaign of coop. Still, you play sections without the same depth as the The worst flaw of the game is that you can't play the full campaign of coop. Still, you play sections without the same depth as the solo-campaign. However, I enjoyed what the game offered, specially in coop mode. Plays best in the dark with good sound. A really interesting remake of an Amiga's classic. Full Review »