Here's my review for Alien Rage
Well, to sum the entire game up, it's like Gears of Wars - fast pace unreal tournament style type of shooter. The level designs are very straightforward with waypoints, and simplistically designed - yes a spaceship with lights and metallic walls. There are teleporters which enemies used to spawn, hence it's quite predictable where they come from. The storyline takes place in a setting where you need to take down the aliens and the ship; you as a one man army runs through each level fighting henchmen and mini-boss fights.
So, in terms of gameplay style. It's pretty much easy to learn and if you are a good shooter, you'll catch on real fast. Choose to play on 3 difficulties, but seriously just try the easiest one because somehow even the easiest mode, the enemies have greater advantage over you. Two shots from the grenade launcher, will send you reloading your game after an unreasonable death. The mini-boss fights are extremely head-on, hence no strategy or hiding will get you out of it. It can be quite frustrating, just fighting the mini-boss 20 over times from the beginning. The enemies however are fitted with a somewhat smart AI who will backstab or corner you, so it's quite challenging as you have to check your corners. In addition, the movement is quite sloppy too.
Gunplay wise, this game falls short on the variety of guns compared to Gears of Wars. Just a choice of shotgun, rifle, ion gun, pistol, rpg, laser gun and submachine gun - but at the end of the day, you'll probably just stick to rifle/ion gun or even pistol. The pistol, is either bugged or just too damn good - headshots make the killings so sinful and easy.
One commendable part of this game is that despite all reckless shooter, this shooter allows you to equip up to 3 player perks which the slots are unlocked overtime depending on your score levels. But the perks are still pretty much the usual, like more ammo, more hp, faster recovery for health, firing rate etc. At least, give this shooter some credits for trying ;)
The sad part of this game is that after a long while, you may just get tired of it, because there is little change in scenery and the enemies are just pouring in. The storyline makes the excitement, and you seem to be alone in this whole battle. Honestly, I played till the last stage, fighting the spider-mini-boss over and over again, that I simply gave up this game - i was hoping to finish it :(
On the whole, I rate this game only a 6 / 10 - for just trying to mimic an enjoyable alien shooter game (whereby they don't really look like aliens, but rather robots). The graphics are acceptable on my GT460SE with no latency. This game lacks all aspects, but it suits a gamer who wants to have a quick gunplay just to shoot some meat and heads.
I've been looking for a reason to come back to video game editorial and reviews. Work's been busy, but I miss my games too.
Anyway, recent game I just got my hands on and finished? Well, try Saints Row 4. I have always been a loyal fan of Saints Row because this game is simply full of havoc and mischief. I still remember Saints Row 3, where I totally hijack helicopters and stock pile up on RPGs. I guess it's a very different experience compared to Far Cry 3. Not sure why, perhaps Far Cry series grew too realistic.
Well, Saints Row 4 was quite disappointing because of how they evolved. The previous 3 part series mirrored mob family/clan fighting like Gangster 2, but this newly released Saints Row part 4 din't really meet my expectation. Well, in terms of storyline it just grew too outrageous with an alien invasion, and fighting in a simulation and constantly going back-and-fore into the simulation. The storyline got a little draggy at the end, because of many small tasks which needed to be done.
In terms of richness of the game, I would say it has the right content for countless hours of gameplay. Its sandbox style allows you to wonder around and conquer shops and do side-quest to increase your popularity within each area. Pretty much the same feature in most sandbox style games. They managed to bring back some old faces from Saints Row 3, i.e., Doctor Genki and his maze arena. Player customization is one of Saints Row series' strong points. So, you will expect features such as facial, voice, gesture and other appearance customization. It got really funny when you as the President have such a girly voice....
Alright, now comes to the gameplay. Saint Rows 4 has done it again with their sweet looking and also silly looking guns like the gun that shoots music/soundwaves? Get high with headshots from your single shot laser pistols! In terms of gameplay movement, the player movement is intensified by special player abilities such as speed-dashing and high-jumps and even wall-running! Players can choose to drive vehicles, and earn points for reckless driving. However, I must say that the driving aspect was/may become neglected when players max out their dashing and jumping abilities. For me, the driving part was quite a mess, because keyboard driving can be quite difficult.
The gun-fights and enemy engagement were quite challenging, especially if you were on Hard mode. The enemies keep spawning and it's simply endless, if you din't get to your quest. Enemies come at you from the ground and the air, in cars, bikes and ships. It gets really annoying sometimes, so better hijack yourself a helicopter :)
The storyline has a twist at the end, but the ending was pretty much expected... you win!
Perhaps other features of Saints Row 4 is that the player is able to cast skills like freeze, fire and stomp - pretty much the standard spells you get in an open sandbox roleplaying first-person shooter game. On the whole, if you are looking for a shooter this year to cause city havoc and blast enemies and vehicles, Saints Row 4 is the game for you! I rate this game to be only 7.5 / 10 because of it's just one of your typical sandbox shooter games - din't see any 'WOW' factor during my gameplay.
Works well on my GT460 SE, 8GB RAM, Windows 7, with some occassional bugs - just need to reload the game :)