There are precious few games that provide an immediate sense of comfortable familiarity. It’s a dicey proposition at the best of times; too basic and you’ll lose your hardcore faithful, too intimidating and you’ll alienate (puntastic!) first time players. Alienation, the latest from twin stick maestros Housemarque, beautifully straddles the border between accessible forgiveness and controller hurling insanity. This is an expertly made title that shows a confident developer firing on all cylinders. In fact, we’re this late to the party with our review for that exact reason. This is a game that demands your attention, and once its got its hooks in you, prepare to deep dive into one of the best PS4 exclusives of the year.
Now, ordinarily, our reviews would be a fair bit longer. However, we got the chance to cover Alienation pre-
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Housemarque’s best game to date is just shy of a perfect score due to the lack of offline co-
There’s a wonderfully bonkers enemy type that rushes you on mass in AMC’s The Walking Dead style herds. Prepare to freak out.
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Drop in / drop out for entire campaign, plus PvP via game invasions.
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Green badge is an extremely positive
and / or unexpected response to a
particular game or moment.
a mixed response. It’s normally
something that works in principle,
but could have been executed better.
you know this is something negative
that’s either disappointing, frustrating,
rage inducing, or all of the above.
TARP BADGE KEY
Maybe it’s the worst. Bottom
line: a game with this rating is
a waste of your time and money.
might have some half decent
ideas, but the execution misses
the mark and the game falls short.
with this rating is absolutely worth
playing, but it’s a flawed package
with a couple of mis-
a fun and varied experience, with
plenty of reasons to invest. Even
if it’s just shy of greatness.
it simply, a game with this rating
comes highly recommended, and is
pretty much close to perfect.
earned if a game is significantly
more fun playing with people you
know, either in campaign or online.
for when a game is better suited to
brief, impromptu sessions that
give a quick blast of escapism.
that a particular game can only be
played, or is more enjoyable, when
you’re flying solo.
up that what you’re about to play
is a huge undertaking, and best
enjoyed in extended periods.
indication of a game that is
bursting at the seams with
content (either on disc or DLC).
know that within minutes of
picking up the controller, you
can play this like a pro.
a really clear statement: this
game is making waves, and it’s
definitely worth a look.
is awarded if you’ll need to
allow a fair bit of time in
order to fully grasp the controls.
when a game doesn’t leave a strong
impression. Perhaps more time
is needed to decide?
when a game surprises us by being
really good and we’d never heard
of it before.
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