Aliens: Fireteam Elite

released on Aug 24, 2021

Set in the iconic Alien universe, Aliens: Fireteam Elite is a cooperative 3rd-person survival shooter that drops your fireteam of hardened marines into a desparate fight to contain the evolving Xenomorph threat. Create and customize your own Colonial Marine, choosing from an extensive variety of classes, weapons, gear and perks, battling overwhelming odds in this heart-pounding survival shooting experience.

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A boring coop shooter. Far too easy, no variety, and way too many long firefight sections where we would stand still and shoot aliens as they came to us. Zero strategy or skill involved, just holding left click. Nothing special here.

some radio banter i heard while playing won me over: "the big ones are the ones that come out of people..."

this is solidly... solid? it has absolutely no charm, unlike the cast of aliens, and that seems to be one of the main things yet eluding video games which worship the space military aesthetic of the movie sequel (whereas alien: isolation did a more or less fine job of reaching for the tone and feel of the original film (with a touch of aliens as well)). it's fun 2 blast da xeno, tho. i enjoyed playing the technician and dropping my sentries. mindless. truthfully, though this may be a bit more graphically detailed it's about as stone cold "OK" as terminator: resistance (which also, like, hardly sucks). might play some more in the future, but at the moment i feel very spoiled for excellent games to play and this one stays on the game pass shelf for now

While the game wasn't much to start with it really opens up the longer you play/the more your character levels up. While level objectives are extremely repetitive they throw in enough enemy variety(More then say back for blood) to keep it interesting. Game looks way better then it should. At the end of the day it's a short game to burn through in coop with friends and was above expectations.

Bonus for anyone that's fans of the Aliens universe its got alot of lore that actually is fairly decently written.

This being a co-op heavy shooter in mind, it's easy to ignore the story as throw away, but they somehow manage to add more than just "kill da bugz". Some of the levels can be kinda repetitive especially near the end, but overall a slightly better than average experience. Considering it's price, this and Isolation are the best Alien games out there.

[3 Sentence Review]

A fun if somewhat forgettable experience. There’s a decent idea and game but severely lacks the spit and polish to bring it to the higher echelons of games. Play it now before the crowd inevitably leaves.

Going into this, I thought it would be a cover-based third-person shooter. Unfortunately after playing through the entire game, I may have used the cover mechanics as many times as I have fingers on a single hand.

This is more of a chaotic, "bullet spray the horde of incoming aliens" fast-paced, non-strategic shooter while attempting to masquerade itself as a cover-based game. Additionally, the lack of "leveled up" items to be found are incredibly scarce, and the skill system was most certainly an afterthought.

All in all, it's a game with no redeeming or memorable qualities with a non-existent story, but has just enough of a fun factor that you might find yourself wanting to play through it - after that though, it's surely going on the shelf.