Aliens: Dark Descent Review 2022

August 28, 2023



Aliens: Dark Descent reviewed on PC by Leana Hafer. Also available on PlayStation and Xbox.

If not for the technical issues, this would be easily one of the best Aliens games ever. And it still probably is. Borrowing from some of the greatest squad-based tactics games and adding its own twists, I don’t think I’ve played anything that really gets what was so cool about Aliens, the film, since Monolith’s Aliens Versus Predator 2 way back in 2001. And many have tried! It’s the sort of game that makes me wish I could look the other way and praise it even higher, but on balance, I just can’t. With a few weeks in the med bay for a bit of extra technical polish, it could shine up nicely into something amazing. As-is, it’s still an intriguing, inspired, imaginative survival RTS that I can enthusiastically recommend, but only with some caveats.

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47 Comments
  1. Need a remake of aliens extinction

  2. Seeing this gameplay is kinda underwhelming the whole game freezing while you go through ui gets rid of the adrenaline

  3. Not rts. Real time strategy. If it's just mindless shooting don't call it rts. Real rts are like starcraft2 command and conquer, age of empires.

  4. Shame it’s not a fps

  5. with this dumb camera angle the horror atmosphere is simply not there

  6. the best alien game is alien isolation

  7. The biggest threat isn't the xeno morphs, but the bugs.

  8. Buyer beware that this is a game that makes u run to this switch or terminal back and forth back and forth back and forth. And then you have to backtrack even more. And when you think that’s done the game makes you do it again. Every level.

  9. IGN being IGN again…

  10. Game is absolutely awesome. Yeah it has bugs, but it's 100% playable. It's full of love for the franchise, is extremely fun addictive game.

  11. Boring

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    Martin James Graham August 28, 2023 at 2:30 pm

    Reading the comments makes me realize that once again, IGN reviewers failed to take notice of the simple game mechanics. Thumbs down for IGN on this one (again) I'm afraid.

  13. What is IGNs problem with aliens franchise?

  14. Can't help but agree, this game is special. Full of soul and an obvious passion project refined to a masterpiece. 💞✌😊👍

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    Halal Dunya 🇵🇰 August 28, 2023 at 2:30 pm

    Great RTS style, like AVP exinction, wish they make another AVP RTS game.

  16. Definitely worth the 40$

  17. A 7??? It's Easily a solid 9/10 the "bugs" are minimum and if you are a fan of the JC film you Will love it, you gave a 9/10 tò Ciberpunk, come on!

  18. The first bug he mentioned isn't a bug.. you can't rest in every room. Rooms that offer healing have a little icon in the middle. Superb game

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    Ugly Scrawny Loser Nerd August 28, 2023 at 2:30 pm

    These mongs shouldn't be allowed anywhere near an Alien game ever again

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    Gordon Ramsay made himself cry August 28, 2023 at 2:30 pm

    This is one of the best years in gaming History

  21. booooring

  22. The intro and cutscenes are 20/10

  23. "James Cameron's unmistakable classic" wtf?

  24. Only had few hard crashes but part from that being nice fun as hell

  25. 8/10 if/when bugs get fixed 10/10

  26. Blades of the shogun, not bleeds of the shogun.

  27. At first glance it looks like Alien X-Com. That's a decent idea for a game.

  28. technical issues are usually fixed with patches, today a massive one was launched with tons of fixes

  29. As always IGN doing great Alien games dirty. Never forget what they did to alien isolation. This one deserved at least 8,5 for its fun and replayability. The mechanics, atmosphere, all of it makes it highly addictive.

  30. This guy's voice, go eat a steak. You may actually be able to speak without dragging out words or sounding like your unsure of your review.

  31. Correction: Aliens is by Ridley Scott, not James Cameron.

  32. The amount of respect this game shows to the franchise can smack Riddley Scot silly with those aberations of movies Prometheus and Covenant.. Those are abominations.. James Cameron should get the key to franchise and let him run wild with it.. he is the chosen one.

  33. Getting alien vs predator extinction vibes from this, absolutely loved that game

  34. The game is awesome, bit buggy but awesome

  35. Shame on the technical issues. This is like right up my alley.

  36. We need it on the switch now

  37. After aliens fireteam this looks like a big step back .

  38. This game looks too boring for my liking.

  39. You IGN, untrustworthy. Gave the masterpiece (9/10) Alien Isolation not even a 6 out of 10. And other games. IGN, the Rolling Stone magazine of games. So this game is a 10/10.

  40. How is it an RTS if you can make choices with an in game freeze?

  41. X-com with aliens? Im in.

  42. Since nvidia game update drivers for this game so many problems are gone now.
    This game is a must buy if you like xcom and alien franchise!!!!

  43. Would love this for switch

  44. They gave it a 7

  45. Will buy this…. once the bugs are fixed.

  46. Surprised they didn't give it a 5.9

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