Aliens: Fireteam Elite Review
It has a surprisingly deep progression system consistently entertaining firefights and an engrossing presentation that keeps the action gripping throughout whoa careful seals loose akin to squad based shooters such as left 4 dead aliens. Fire team elite plays out over a series of acts that are part of larger chapters with each one featuring new enemies and set pieces for your team of three colonial marines to tackle headfirst. The story leans heavily into iconography from the recent alien films, most notably pulling influences from prometheus and, in some cases, directly referencing events from the divisive project. This is a nice touch to make each chapter feel like it has a significant place within the universe. The third person action is the foundation on which everything is built, though, and its a strong one at that aliens, fire team elite pulls generously from the pool of weapons available to colonial marines, with a recognizable pulse rifle just being the tip of the iceberg. In terms of enjoyable weaponry, youll be able to wield. There are notable inclusions in every tier of weapon type with powerful flamethrowers and enemy seeking smart guns, making heavy weapons as desirable as a birth, shot, hand, cannon or sound off shotgun in the sidearm category. Each weapon can be customized with three attachments too letting you enhance their effectiveness against stronger enemies, while also imbuing them with unique abilities. Attachments also contribute to your overall combat rating, a numerical value used to determine your offensive ability like those used in games like destiny.
Incentivizing. You to routinely consult the merchant in the games hub world and seek out hidden caches in each act. To unlock more vitamin elite features five classes for you to choose from four initially with one final, one, unlocking once you finish the game and each has active and passive abilities as well as loadout options. The standard gunner class, for example, has access to one rifle slot and one cqc slot letting you take in a pulse rifle and a shotgun into battle. The tactician, on the other hand, can only use a smaller sidearm and cqc weapons, but has access to a deployable. Turret and shock grenade that is extremely effective at crowd, control, harder difficulties, press you to consider what abilities your current squad of three offer and how to better prepare for the challenges encountered in each individual level. Having three heavy demolishers sounds like a winning strategy, but this can leave you vulnerable during extended defense sequences, which are plentiful, you customize each class further using a perk system with numerous modifiers and banners unlocked as you level up its respective class. This system seems to take inspiration from resident evil. 4. You have a grid with a limited number of spaces where you can place new, modifiers and perks, each of which have distinct shapes and sizes. Some modifiers need to be placed on particular sides of the grid in order to affect one of your active abilities leading to further complexity. When attempting to maximize the space, you have effectively its a little strange at first compounded by the absence of a tutorial that breaks down some of the systems nuances, but once youve unlocked a reasonable amount of space.
It is a crucial component of your overall progression, unlocking abilities and combinations that will be vital to success on higher difficulties, Music. The ways in which your chosen weapons, selected classes and equipped attachments effect, gameplay, is directly influenced by which enemies youre matched up with an aliens fire team elite has a deep pool of aliens and androids that it pulls from some are immediately familiar in terms of archetypes. They populate the prowler, hides on ceilings and pins you down while another explodes into a puddle of acid blood when killed. But there are numerous others that all introduce new combat wrinkles to consider. The drone emerges from vents and crawl spaces to do some quick damage before disappearing again, making it a consistent threat until you manage to kill it heavily. Armored synthetics will force you to engage with cover mechanics in a way that fast running, xenomorphs dont, challenging you to break from your established muscle memory, aliens, fireteam elite uses, enemy sizes and skill sets to constantly keep you adapting to their respective threats. Also available for purchase are consumables that can be used once during any run, which includes sentries, with limited ammunition, an assortment of elemental mines and useful recon drones that buff damage to enemies they mark. Perhaps one of the most useful consumables are challenge cards which can be activated before a run to change how it plays out. These can make things easier like giving you double the health or more ammunition, but the most interesting ones are those that change the rule set and increase the probability of failure in return for drastic credits and experience boost some memorable ones include a card that constantly introduces A drone into the mix, meaning the team, is always hunted by a strong and deadly foe.
Another turned all regular enemies into exploding variants, while another reduced regular damage by a third but tripled weak point damage each of these change. The way you approach a particular act and shakes up the gameplay in fun and tangible ways making otherwise routine motions through a level feel fresh again. This is particularly welcome in the face of objectives in each level boiling down to the same structure throughout which does become stale rather quickly. Each stage is a linear path from one big ambush section to the next peppering the route, with some exciting engagements against pockets of enemies, but the indicators of your progression through the stage never really changed. Once you reach an area with an ammo box and some spare health, you know youre about to dig in deep and defend your position for a bit on your toes fire team on the flank, with each level, usually containing anywhere between two to three of these sections. Throughout this further dilutes the horde mode that is only unlocked once youve finished it, given that its just a distillation of the same objective youve been doing and repeating to get there. There are sparse exceptions to this rule, especially the final climactic escape, which dials up the alien horror as far as it goes in the game. But if you arent playing around with challenge cards or plunging into harder difficulties, the level design of each stage doesnt do enough to keep things exciting. While it may lack in mission design, each act does deliver in terms of outstanding visual presentation.
Each takes place in a new area which slowly evolves over time, as you make your way through it, its steeped in familiar iconography and eye catching details. Lighting in these areas do a great job of both highlighting its attention to authenticity, while also offering numerous pockets of darkness for threats to hide in making tracking incoming xenomorphs suitably difficult and tense weapons also stand out in terms of how they brighten up each scene with Their deadly ordnance, with the searing flames of the flamethrower standing out, in particular its all faithful to alien, even when the gameplay isnt grounding the action within the franchise, even if its pace couldnt be further from it playing alone, sadly, does a disservice to the entire experience. While also diluting many of the strategic and dynamic elements of fighting elite with other players, youre constantly making calls and pinging dangerous enemies, while also composing your team carefully for the challenge ahead alone, youre just playing with two ai bots, who are competent at best when it Comes to aiding you, but they dont have the ability to intelligently synergize, with your chosen classes abilities when it matters, which in turn makes harder difficulties almost impossible. Aliens fire team elite acknowledges this when choosing anything above its regular difficulty recommending player controlled teammates over the bots, which severely limits replayability if youre wanting to go at it solo. Despite what its reduced price point may suggest, theres a lot here to keep you entertained for numerous hours, especially once youve managed your first run through all four acts and start tackling them again with higher difficulty settings in the pursuit of consistently better gear.
Theres. So much satisfaction in customizing and managing a handful of classes with enough depth to transform them into the colonial marine. You need at a given time, along with a plethora of great weapons, to make the moment to moment action engaging from the first time you pull the trigger what aliens fire team elite lacks in dread.