Alien Shooter – Revisited

A remake of Alien Shooter using the Alien Shooter 2 engine.

Release Date

April 2009.

Pros

Just like Theseus – Return of the Hero, Alien Shooter – Revisited is simple alien blasting fun with hordes of aliens.

The graphics have improved since Theseus. The most noticeable improvement was lighting effects.

The sounds have also improved. The guns now have more boom.

On top of the normal survival mode, there is also gun stand mode. In this mode, you control a fixed gun emplacement and you just turn the turret and blast aliens coming from all around you. At the end of each wave, you get to choose one upgrade and the next wave starts. Just like the rest of Alien Shooter, it is simple, but gives an extra bit of variety.

There are nine weapons to get, which is three more than Theseus’s six.

Cons

Same like Theseus, it is very repetitive. Yes there are different guns and different aliens, but the core gameplay is still mow down all the aliens in the level.

I first installed Alien Shooter – Revisited around 29 January 2013 and after playing for a while I uninstalled the game. Then I installed Zombie Shooter, but could not play it because it kept crashing on start up. I was after some shooting action so decided to reinstall Alien Shooter – Revisited on 16 August 2013. Alas, Alien Shooter – Revisited was also crashing like Zombie Shooter! I have contacted Sigma Team, but after two weeks of support tennis they stopped replying. Lucky for me, I got Steam keys with these shooter games and when I tried them on Steam, they ran fine. I guess the crashes are caused by the SecuROM DRM. So, if you want to play these shooter games, make sure you have or are willing to get the Steam version, or it might not work on your PC.

Other Points

Same like Theseus, each mission must be played to completion and the game is automatically saved at the end of each mission.

Same like Theseus, you can buy upgrades for your character as well as weapons and ammo.

Different from Theseus, there are different characters to choose from. They have different statistics, but the differences do not impact the game much. Of greater impact is what upgrades you buy for the character.

Different from Theseus, you can select an earlier mission to play through once you have completed it.

Guns can only carry a certain amount of ammo and you must take time to reload. Some guns reload faster than others, but it is still valuable time when hordes of aliens are running towards you.

Survival mode has unlimited ammo in Alien Shooter – Revisited. You still have to reload, but the ammo supply is unlimited. In Theseus there was no reloading, but the ammo was limited.

If you are unsure if this is your kind of game, download Theseus and try that out first, since it is free. If after playing through Theseus and you want more alien shooting goodness, then get Alien Shooter – Revisited.

Biases

Reviewed version 1.0 of the game.

I have not completed the campaign.

I reinstalled and replayed Theseus, just to see the differences between it and Alien Shooter – Revisited. I really liked Theseus.

Another shooter I really liked is RIP 3 The Last Hero. Although that is a top down shooter and the action is limited to one screen size. RIP 3 does have different characters which have different upgrade paths though.

DRM

Uses SecuROM.

The first time you start the game, a serial code must be entered.

The activation server is contacted via the Internet to activate the game for play.

There is also a Steam version.

Minimum Requirements (as stated on GamersGate)

  • Operating system: Windows 2000 / XP / Vista
  • Processor: 1.7 GHz
  • Memory: 512 Mb
  • Hard disk space: 250 Mb Free Space
  • Video: nVidia GeForce2 / ATI Radeon 8500 or better video card with 128 MB video memory
  • Sound: DirectSound compatible sound card
  • DirectX®: 8.1

Computer Played On

  • Windows 7 64 bit.
  • Intel Core i5 2.3GHz
  • 4Gb RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M 1Gb RAM
  • Conexant SmartAudio with egg speakers or earphones. Or Logitech G35.
  • Graphics settings are set to whatever I feel comfortable with playing on this PC. They are usually not set to the highest settings. All screenshots are taken with my settings.

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