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Alien Trilogy -- Acclaim/Probe

Battle through over 30 tense levels in your ultimate battle against three of the Alien Queens and their endless army. Acclaim's Alien Trilogy for the Sony PlayStation gives you the power to wipe out the Alien infestation for good. Eliminate everything in your path, including infected humans, facehuggers and many more threats. Remember "in space, noone can hear you scream".

From the awesome opening animation one would think this is the ultimate Alien based game. Unfortunately it falls a little short. Don't get me wrong its just that the opening intro sets you up for some spectacular ground breaking game. However the game is only a slightly above average Doom clone. Alien Trilogy is loosely based on the movie trilogy. To tell you the truth it is based more on the second and third (Yuck!) movies. The levels are nicely made and very detailed. The character graphics are OK, the only exception being the facehuggers who are disgustingly pixelated. The soundeffects are pretty good, however I did not like the music much. The problem is that the music has some soundeffects in it that really screw up your sense of direction in the game and figuring out where enemies are coming from. The control is pretty standard and the accuracy of your guns just plain sucks. This game will last as long as any Doom clone might. The one thing that makes this an above average Doom clone is the fact that the enemies don't charge you head on. The facehuggers and wounded aliens will actually run from you and ambush you later. It's kind of interesting how the humans who are infected are somehow compelled against their nature to attack you and not the aliens in the same room with them. Overall, Alien Trilogy is an allright game but it really doesn't live up to the suspense found in the movies. Rent this one before you decide to buy.

Dr. Otto
I never thought this game would be as good as it is... finally, an Alien title that captures the true essence and atmosphere of the name. Although it could be seen as another Doom clone, Alien Trilogy surpasses this label as it fully draws you into its nightmare world. Doom never scared me the way this game did... The feeling generated by this title is total immersion as well as a genuine fight for survival. As a fan of the Alien film series (most notably number two). I was glad to see the full array of weapons and accessories, and the full assortment of aliens as well as company morons out to shorten your lifespan. Plenty to shoot at here as you crawl through the labyrinth that is LV-426. Digitized sound effects are dead on target and the visual components on this game have to be seen to be believed. If you played Alien vs. Predator on the Jaguar, it's time to play the real thing. Get it now.

"Welcome to the next level." I uttered these very words as I blasted through the first level of Acclaim's first-person license-convert, Alien Trilogy. "Play it loud," I screamed to the face-huggers as I sent their anti-freeze shaded entrails into the opposing walls. "You are not ready!" was the announcement made to the infected soldiers who met the fury of my shotgun shells. What does all of this have to do with the very familiar gameplay of Alien Trilogy. Nothing really, I just like violence mixed in with the occasional utterance of a catch-phrase which has been drilled into my psyche by years of exposure to the video game industry. Regardless, the game is competent -- competent, mind you -- in the graphics department. It's nothing you haven't already seen before on the PS. As far as the sound goes for AT -- I'll paraphrase a Z-grade adult-flick: "He was well-off in his pants", while this game is well off with some great background music and sound-effects to keep your toes tapping while the grim-reaper comes a-rappin. The little nuances are nice too. I especially like the ability to take out the glass in the labs. Rioting, the unbeatable high. In the grand scheme of Alien-related games, AT falls behind Aliens vs. Predator for the Jaguar. I say this because, AVP seemed to have more depth and feel to it, along with more complex puzzles and level structure. AT seems to execute its graphics and animation more smoothly, but I have to award the Oscar to AVP on overall points.

Oooooo... scary. Sure this game is a Doom clone, but it also actually made me jump a couple times which doesn't usually happen for me in most Doom clones. Graphics are pretty good, and the overall game atmosphere is on par with that of the movies. Playcontrol is pretty good as well. I really wouldn't compare this to other Alien related titles out there because in many ways this is a different kind of game -- not just a flat out bug hunt title. I also found this game had a really high level of "grab" to it... meaning, when it came time to get up to go to the restroom, I found myself saying "oh, I'll wait till I solve this level"... then two levels later I finally make a mad dash to relieve myself. Amazingly Acclaim did a good job with this game... or should I say Probe did a good job on this game. Hmmm... Any-who, check it out... get it, play it, enjoy it.

>>>>> 82.0/100 <<<<< ???? Dr.Otto Benjamin R.I.P.
Graphics 4.0 4.5 4.0 4.5
Sound 3.5 5.0 4.0 4.5
Gameplay/Control 3.0 5.0 3.5 4.5
Longevity/Playability 3.0 4.5 3.0 5.0
Overall 3.5 5.0 3.5 4.5
Total 17.0 24.0 18.0 23.0