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  • Summary: The Swarm is an action-packed third-person shooter that drops players into the middle of a nuclear fallout after in alien invasion in Moscow, Russia. The game forces players to choose between absorbing alien DNA – and powerful skills -- at the cost of gradually become a monster, or retainingThe Swarm is an action-packed third-person shooter that drops players into the middle of a nuclear fallout after in alien invasion in Moscow, Russia. The game forces players to choose between absorbing alien DNA – and powerful skills -- at the cost of gradually become a monster, or retaining their own humanity to fight off the alien invaders. In The Swarm, players navigate an alien-infested Red Square in Moscow, shown under the effects of a nuclear catastrophe. The game features a unique adaptive combat system, where players awaken in an alien laboratory and will choose throughout the game to either enhance their performance with alien DNA that increases attributes like stamina and health, or retain their humanity – and standard abilities – to fight the invading forces. While searching for an antidote to cure their allies against the alien mutation, players will solve DNA mini-games and puzzles for the option to absorb new abilities and become more adept at fighting tougher enemies. Players can then build and change alien DNA chains to improve different abilities like harvested energy from the bodies of defeated enemies, increased regeneration rate, enhanced vision or develop physical manifestations with access to energy weapons and sharp claws. Players can use a variety of weapons—including firearms, clubs, plasma projectors and grenades—for melee or ranged combat against enemies. [505 Games] Expand
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  1. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Dec 25, 2010
    50
    It's such an empty, floating and bewildering mess that it's impossible to enjoy. [Issue#67, p.103]
  2. MorphX buries its few good ideas under a pile of annoyances like incredibly tough difficulty and ancient graphics.
  3. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Dec 28, 2010
    9
    Zzzzzzzzzzzz. [Jan 2011, p.87]
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Mar 25, 2013
    10
    This game is not that bad at all! Is enjoyable 1.5go not big game it took me 4h to end up the gameplay dont pay for it if you get it for freeThis game is not that bad at all! Is enjoyable 1.5go not big game it took me 4h to end up the gameplay dont pay for it if you get it for free just like i did! Give it a try! Expand
  2. Jul 15, 2013
    8
    Personally, I enjoyed the game mainly for the evolution. My first thought playing it was that it had GTA-like graphics, but I kept in mindPersonally, I enjoyed the game mainly for the evolution. My first thought playing it was that it had GTA-like graphics, but I kept in mind that graphics don't make the game, the story and gameplay does. To those who are complaining about the game being pitch-black at some parts, there is a simple solution and that is the Alien Vision (the first mutation, if I remember correctly). I'm currently stuck on the final boss, but it shouldn't be too much longer before I beat it. I agree with slothlad001 in most of his opinions, especially with the customization of the upgrade system (personally, I think more games should have that particular feature).

    I would honestly be happy if they managed to either re-make the game with better graphics or made a sequel (although I'm not sure how they would manage that). Although not a 10/10 game, it is definitely one worth playing for those of you who have a thing for aliens.
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  3. Jan 10, 2011
    7
    This game isn't nearly as bad as reviews would have you believe, with its only two flaws really being the dated graphics and pitch blackThis game isn't nearly as bad as reviews would have you believe, with its only two flaws really being the dated graphics and pitch black darkness that covers too much of the game. The gameplay is enjoyable, if not exactly innovative, the upgrade system deserves special mention being a little puzzle itself and that you can change upgrades on the fly which is damn handy. The slow transformation is also pretty cool and nicely done (within the confines of the dated graphics, seriously they're mediocre original xbox graphics). The worst thing about the game by far is the darkness though, it makes traversing the level difficult as the way forward can be completely hidden and the first you see of some enemies is when they start attacking you, though most enemies make some kind of noise/glow so you can spot them. Whilst the voice acting isn't stellar, it never gets annoying and the actual background music is always appropriate and genuinely enjoyable.

    Ignore what other (lesser) reviewers said about the difficulty being too high and enemies shooting through walls, its total bull.
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  4. Jun 15, 2016
    2
    graphics are bad, the story is the worst, i couldn't care less about what happens to the main character, the audio needs help(some times ingraphics are bad, the story is the worst, i couldn't care less about what happens to the main character, the audio needs help(some times in the cut scenes when some one gets hit it has no sound effect for it). But the designs or the enemies are interesting and many cut scenes are so bad it's good. Expand