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AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.1
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.0
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Overall User Score (7 votes) 3.9

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1UP (Oct 07, 2011)
I have a few complaints about Aliens: Infestation, Sega's new portable-version-of-Colonial-Marines-but-not-really action shooter for DS. They're pretty trivial complaints, though. Usually, criticisms in a review are meant as caveats: Things to consider before committing to buy a game. Not this time, though. Infestation is a game that any fan of Metroid, Aliens, or classic action games in general should grab. It's a wonderful verse in the DS's swan song. I have no hesitation in recommending it.
Brutal Gamer (Oct 28, 2011)
Overall, there really isn’t much to dislike about Aliens: Infestation if you’re a fan of Aliens or old school side-scrollers. Most everything of what makes these types of games such a simple joy to play is present and Wayforward really did an excellent job of grafting the Aliens mythos onto a Super Nintendo-style game. I can’t really think of any other Aliens (or Aliens vs Predator for that matter) game that I’ve enjoyed as much as this one. To top it off, A:I is not the easiest thing in the world. You get quite a bit of bang for your buck here; and between finding save rooms, locating survivors, and keeping your marines alive- it’s an experience that Aliens fans will most definitely appreciate. Here’s to hoping for sequel based on the alternate time line from the Dark Horse comics. Always bothered me that they killed off Hicks in the movies…
Destructoid (Oct 12, 2011)
It seems poetic, then, that Aliens has finally reclaimed the gameplay it inspired. Both Contra and Metroid have liberally stolen from 20 Century Fox's franchise over the years, and I can think of few things more fitting than to see the developer of Contra 4 producing an Aliens game with a retro Metroid flavor.
Impulse Gamer (Oct, 2011)
In the end, SEGA have created a very cool arcade game based on the Alien universe and this side-scrolling title with elements of Metroid works very well on the DS. I wish this was a 3DS title because it was so much fun to play but best of all, you can play this title again, thanks to the dynamic story which is effected by your recruitment choices and slightly changes the overall gameplay direction. Recommended!
The A.V. Club (Oct 17, 2011)
Aliens isn’t scary because it stars hulking bipedal insects with two mouths that breed by violating people via crabs, then birthing larva through their chests while they’re still alive. Actually… yes, that is why it’s scary. The heart of that fear, though, is that the monster’s mere proximity means someone is going to die. While the xenomorph and the films that birthed it make for good game stuff—designers have used the monsters, guns, space marines, and James Cameron-y technology to exhaustion—it’s rare that games capture that stress. Death is a blockade in videogames, not an ending. WayForward’s Aliens: Infestation comes close to nailing it, though. While it calls back to Metroid, it’s less about exploration and dread than about managing death.
Game Informer Magazine (Oct 11, 2011)
During the twilight days of every console, handheld or otherwise, some of the best games get released only to go by undiscovered. Aliens: Infestation just might be one of those titles. It’s releasing just as the 3DS is stepping into the spotlight, and may get unfairly ignored as a licensed game. Don’t let this one pass you by, especially if you have been craving a 2D Metroid experience, because this may be the closest you will get for quite some time.
80 (Oct 13, 2011)
Mit „Alien Infestation“ haben WayForward und Sega ein erstklassiges Actionspiel auf den Nintendo DS gemacht, das einem nach Stunden der Angst um das Leben seiner Soldaten Lust auf mehr macht. Die Geschichte ist spannend, es wurde eine dichte Atmosphäre um sie herum aufgebaut und die Kämpfe sind fesselnd. Einzig die Tatsache, dass Gegner immer wieder auftauchen und es keinen rollenspielartigen Aufstieg gibt, trüben den positiven Eindruck ein wenig. Das soll potentielle Käufer allerdings nicht vom Kauf abschrecken. „Alien Infestation“ sichert sich bei den Actionspielen 2011 konkurrenzlos den Platz an der Sonne auf dem Nintendo DS.
Nintendo Life (Oct 03, 2011)
If you are a fan of the Alien movies, relish Metroidvania exploratory gameplay and appreciate side-scrolling retro pixel art design, Aliens: Infestation delivers on all three counts. It is clear that the WayForward staff are huge fans of the franchise and 2D gaming: the mixture of dedication to fan service in the story, plus the personality of the characters complements the brilliantly detailed visuals and atmospheric audio. The confines of the source material necessitates an element of repetition for the locations and skill-based progress is not the most sophisticated of the genre, but the tension, mood and feel of this game is spot on. Just three months after WayForward surprised us with the impressive DS version of Thor: God of Thunder, it provides a second movie licensed DS swan song in Aliens: Infestation.
N-Europe (Oct 09, 2011)
We’re surprised by how well the Alien ‘feel’ translates on DS, but not by how refined the gameplay is, as Infestation proves that WayForward are unparalleled when it comes to 2D experiences.
Joystiq (Oct 11, 2011)
But even though I was fully aware of the shortcomings, I was completely drawn in. Infestation feels like what would have happened had someone made a good Aliens game in the mid-1990s. It's a cleverly structured take on the Metroidvania style of game that forces careful, methodical play. Despite those aforementioned issues, WayForward completely nailed the dread of Aliens.
IGN (Oct 11, 2011)
Infestation is not a perfect game. Far from it. Playing through the old school experience will inevitably make you wonder why certain design choices were made, particularly when they seem so limiting. Yet the game manages to impress anyway, pulling upon tried and true gaming concepts with a great mix of tense atmosphere and action. It also helps that the game looks great. Stunning sprite animation mixes seamlessly with some intricate creature and environment design. For all the game's struggles, you'll find yourself hooked as you explore chilling worlds and kick major ass.
GameSpot (Nov 17, 2011)
Still, what's crammed into the short campaign is an impressive nod to yesteryear, with its intelligent level design, thrilling enemy encounters, and mysterious narrative keeping you on the edge of your seat right through to the end. The references to the films are also impressive: the sound of your pulse rifle, the wail of an alien, and the constant blip on your motion detector create a claustrophobic atmosphere that immediately conjures up memories from the films. Even the stylised 16-bit-era graphics do a great job of capturing the look of the movies. Yes, it's hard, and yes, it's unforgiving, but Aliens: Infestation is so well put together, so exciting, that mostly anyone with a DS will enjoy it…mostly.
GameTrailers (Oct 11, 2011)
While Gearbox's colonial marines have yet to set foot on the extraterrestrial battlefield, one hapless squad marches towards uncertain doom in Aliens Infestation. Paying equal reverence to classic 16-bit fare as the iconic movie franchise that spawned it, Infestation marks one of those rare occurrences when neither game nor license suffers. But like a chestburster arriving explosively onto the scene, this gritty run and gun experience definitely leaves its mark, but is over much too fast, much too soon.
Zuerst dachte ich ja: "Oh je, ein Alien-Shooter auf dem Nintendo DS?" Doch mit jedem Schritt, den ich mich tiefer in das verlassene Raumschiff wagte, verblassten meine Zweifel. Aliens - Infestation überzeugt mit einer Mischung aus Retrografik und ebenso veralteten Spielelementen und schürt damit eine beklemmende Atmosphäre. Leider lässt der Gänsehautfaktor schnell nach: In der zweiten Spielhälfte wird fast ausschliesslich geballert. Dabei liegt der Reiz gerade im Erkunden der teils verschlossenen Spielwelt. Auch wenn die Alien-Hatz mit einer schiefen Spielbalance und einer mühseligen Bedienung zu kämpfen hat, kam ich vom Nintendo DS so schnell nicht mehr los.
Au final Aliens : Infestation est un bon jeu d'action/aventure, fidèle à l'esprit des films. En puisant son inspiration dans des classiques de l'exploration, et avec une bonne dose d'action en prime, le titre réussit à plaire et à immerger le joueur dans l'aventure. Le jeu se parcourt agréablement, mais se termine malheureusement un peu vite. On pourra aussi regretter que l'aspect exploration n'ait pas été davantage approfondi, avec peut être un level-design encore plus retord ou bien davantage d'objets/power-ups. Les amateurs d'Aliens et de belle 2D trouveront dans tous les cas leur bonheur sur ce jeu DS, qui sera sûrement le dernier de Sega sur le support.
70 (Sep 27, 2011)
Das Metroidvania-Spielprinzip lebt! Zwar nur phasenweise (zuletzt höchst erfolgreich bei Shadow Complex), aber immerhin. Man könnte WayForward Ideenarmut vorwerfen, muss aber gleichzeitig zugeben, dass die verwinkelte Suche nach den richtigen Schlüsseln und das Krauchen durch düstere Tunnel hervorragend in das Aliens-Universum passt. Und WayForward-typisch ist das Ganze auch noch sehr schmackhaft präsentiert, wenngleich auch aufgrund der mickrigen DS-Auflösung sehr krümelig. Das Spielprinzip kann allerdings den hohen Standards nicht gerecht werden: Die Suche nach dem rechten Weg ist simpel, die Kämpfe sind entweder sehr einfach oder nerven (wie im Falle einiger Bosse), es gibt viel Leerlauf. Wer allerdings mit schönen Erinnerungen an das Alien 3-Jump-n-Run an die Sache herangeht, macht mit der DS-Alienbratzung nicht viel falsch. Wenn man allerdings Metroid Fusion oder Zero Mission in den GBA-Schacht des DS schmeißt, hat man das deutlich bessere Metroidvania-Erlebnis.
NintendoWorldReport (Oct 24, 2011)
Aliens: Infestation is good diversion for Alien and Metroid fans, but in the end, it feels like a missed opportunity. There is certainly some fun to be had exploring the USS Sulaco and fighting the xenomorphs, but its repetitive nature and lack of variety distracts from what could have been a great game.
70 (Oct 10, 2011)
Aliens Infestation a tout de la bonne surprise. Même s'il n'a pas la profondeur d'un Metroid ou d'un Castlevania, il en reprend le genre sans trop de mal pour nous proposer de l'action fournie. Bien qu'il ne soit pas exempt de tout reproche, il devrait largement satisfaire les possesseurs de Nintendo DS, une console bien avare en ce genre de jeu ces temps-ci.
60 (Oct 10, 2011)
Aliens : Infestation est un petit titre sympathique, qui avec ses personnages, sa réalisation, son ambiance soignés, pourra séduire les amoureux de la saga Alien et des aventures SNES de Samus Aran. On regrettera cependant la grande redondance dans les missions qui nous sont confiées, une durée de vie plutôt chiche et un nombre de personnages jouables certes conséquent, mais qui possèdent un gameplay identique et n'ont respectivement pas d'influence sur l'intrigue.
60 (Oct 20, 2011)
Étonnamment fidèle au film en termes d'ambiance - forcément beaucoup moins dans son scénario, passés les prémisses - Aliens : Infestation est un petit jeu fort sympathique que les amoureux du chef d’œuvre de Cameron apprécieront sans nul doute. Les joueurs d'un degré de fanatisme moindre y trouveront surement beaucoup plus à redire. En dépit d'un level-design dans la veine des grands jeux d'action / plateforme / exploration tels que Metroid ou Flashback et d'une tension palpable durant les affrontements, Aliens : Infestation est malheureusement empêché dans son ascension vers les sommets par un certain manque de profondeur. Personnages génériques malgré des caractères bien trempés, durée de vie trop limitée pour un jeu du genre et exploration un tantinet rébarbative l'interrompent à mi-hauteur.
The Video Game Critic (May 27, 2014)
Aliens Infestation is seriously lacking in the fun department and feels like a by-the-numbers effort. If only the developers had sat down and played Alien 3 (Genesis, 1993), they would have known what a good Aliens game is like.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Oct 28, 2011)
Smacht je naar de innige omhelzing van een facehugger, maar kan je niet wachten op Aliens: Colonial Marines? Dan heb je met Aliens: Infestation nog eens een goede reden om het stof van je DS te blazen. De game werd oorspronkelijk aangekondigd als Colonial Marines DS en verdween een hele tijd van de radar, waardoor werd gevreesd dat het spel hetzelfde lot had ondergaan als de Aliens RPG van Obsidian. Niet dus, want buiten het wakende oog van de motion tracker werkte retrospecialist WayForward in samenwerking met Gearbox deze titel helemaal af – en hij is nog goed ook!