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Alien Trilogy (DOS)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
2.9
MobyScore
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User Reviews

More fun than it has a right to be. RussS (781) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.7
Overall MobyScore (19 votes) 2.9


The Press Says

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82
Privat Computer PC
Alien Trilogy er alt i alt et udmærket spil, så hvis du er fan af Alien-filmene og/eller har hang til Doom-spil, så er det her lige sagen for dig.
80
PC Player (Germany)
Technisch ist Alien Trilogy der Konkurrenz leicht unterlegen, die hat für ihre Protagonisten mehr Waffen, Bewegungsmöglichkeiten und kleine Extras zu bieten. Obwohl das vorhandene Potential nicht ausgeschöpft wurde, macht die Jagd auf die Aliens doch Spaß und bekommt somit gerade noch vier Sterne von Ripley, ich meine mir.
79
PC Zone
Niggles aside, Alien Trilogy is a more than adequate first-person shoot 'em up. It's got plenty of atmosphere, moves pretty speedily and looks good on-screen. It doesn't really add anything new to the genre, but then most people would have at least seen it on the psx and won't be expecting any surprises. The problem is, it's not much more than adequate. It's fun, but lacks any imagination or those irritating puzzles that make Quake and Duke Nukem so outstanding. It's good, but limited.
79
Gamezilla
As I said before, it really comes down to this: How much do you want to play Aliens? If you are a real fan of the movie, you will probably enjoy this game. It incorporates many of the same sounds and images that kept you screaming in the theater years ago, except this time, you’re in the driver’s seat. In addition, you get to use all the familiar toys from the original, like the smart cannon and flame thrower. However, for those gamers already drowning in 3D action cookie-cutter copies, you’ve seen everything here. True adrenaline junkies may also find some fun in the fright factor of this game, but there are no features in this game that you haven’t seen before. How much you enjoy the game depends on how much you enjoy Aliens, and not much else.
75
Entertainment Weekly
Everyone's favorite acid-spawned parasites are back in Alien Trilogy, which convincingly captures the claustrophobic, eerie vibe of the three Alien movies. Played from the perspective of Sigourney Weaver's Ripley, the shoot-'em-up, scavenger-hunt mission pits you against the film's xenomorphs as well as some humans.
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PC Player (Denmark)
Det er lidt skuffende, når man tænker på de film, spillet er baseret over, men for at slutte med noget positivt bør jeg nævne at spillets minimumskrav i det mindste er rimelig lave.
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PC Games (Germany)
Selbst ein Alien-Fan bekommt hier gemischte Gefühle. Auf der einen Seite stehen Features wie die gute Gegner-KI, die erstklassige Spielmusik und die spannende Atmospähre. Auf der anderen Seite nerven das seltsame Gehüpfe der Spielfigur, die unrealistischen Schüsse sowie die fürchterlich pixeligen Alien-Sprites. Wer kein Sammler von Aliens-Artikeln ist, sollte zu Konkurrenzprodukten greifen.
62
Power Play
Von den Ankündigungen ist nicht viel übriggeblieben: Die „Alien Trilogy“ flutscht nicht hochauflösend über den Screen, sondern spielt sich altmodisch in VGA. Waffen, Explosionen und Gegner wirken fast schon lächerlich und verlieren chancenlos jeden Vergleich mit den technisch überlegenen Titeln von 3D-Realms oder id Software. Dazu gesellen sich spielerische Mängel, die ein 3D-Shooter heutzutage nicht mehr haben darf: Etwa wenn sich eine Alienkönigin so in eine Nische hineinmanövriert, daß sie feststeckt und in aller Ruhe gemäht werden kann oder verschwundene Aufzüge zum Neustart des Levels zwingen. Auf der Habenseite verbucht das Programm die klevere Levelgestaltung: Die bringt das ganz bestimmte Alien-Feeling einigermaßen rüber, die klaustrophobische Stimmung der Filme baut sich stellenweise auch im Spiel auf. Ein übriges macht der Bewegungsmelder: Spannung ist, wenn sich was anschleicht, ich es aber nicht sehen kann. Insgesamt für echte Fans der Filme gerade noch empfehlenswert.
60
Just Games Retro
Aside from the slew of Alien 3 games released alongside the movie, and a few unspeakable Atari 2600-era cow pies, Alien Trilogy marks the first real attempt to document the adventures of Ellen Ripley in gaming form. An extremely loose plot ties together the three films - you'll go back to LV-426, despite the fact that it was blown to smithereenies at the end of Aliens. You'll then shuttle over to the prison complex from Alien 3, despite the fact that it was on another planet altogether. Finally, you'll head over to Giger's ship from Alien and, well at this point, who really cares why? If you're looking for Alien Trilogy to make sense, just give up right now.
50
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Viewed now, the limitations of Alien Trilogy are apparent. 3D games, after all, have moved on a hell of a lot. It still functions very successfully as a movie to game conversion, mainly because the atmosphere works so well. The player will also get a few shocks from this blaster as they progress, and the visual effects still stand up. However this no longer looks like cutting edge stuff.
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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
This review sat in between 2.5 and 3 stars, but I decided it deserved to get rounded down. In my humble opinion, this game probably isn't worth the download time. The full version might very well be good, but I think Acclaim could have done much better with this demo. Maybe by offering more than 2 levels (c'mon guys, it's only two levels?). However, if you've got an hour to kill, you can download the game, install it, play it, win it, and remove it from your hard drive and still have time left for a bite to eat.
40
High Score
Atmosfären är fullt godkänd, grafiken är utmärkt och temat är tillräckligt bra. Varför kunde man då inte ha gjort skjutandet bättre? Då hade Alien Trilogy varit ett lysande spel. Nu känner man mest ett sting av besvikelse.
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GameSpot
All right, you really like the Alien movies (except you didn't dig the last one nearly as much as the first two). You love first-person shooters like Duke Nukem 3D and Quake. You walk into your local software store and spot Alien Trilogy, Acclaim's new first-person shooter based on the movies you love. It's like a dream come true, right? Right - if the dream were a nightmare. Actually, that's a little bit harsh. Alien Trilogy isn't a horrible game; in fact, if it had been released two years ago I'd probably be inclined to give it a fair rating. But hey, it's 1997 - and after seeing what can be done with first-person shooters on the PC, Alien Trilogy looks like a real trip back in time.