Alpha Prime Review

Stop me if you're heard this one before. Something goes terribly wrong at a mining colony on another planet. The company running the mine is secretive about the disaster because they don't want anyone to find out what was really going on there. A lone warrior enters the facility to find out what's wrong and spends far more time shooting than he does asking questions. Doom 3? No, it's Alpha Prime, a budget-priced shooter that excels most in its ability to hit upon every shooter cliché you can think of.

Don't get me wrong; sometimes a clichéd experience can be a good one. Clichés got to be clichés somehow, after all. Considering its budget pedigree and total lack of innovation, Alpha Prime does a decent job of delivering your basic Sci-Fi shooter experience. It's not without its troubles though, the biggest of which is the game's AI. Enemies often will fail to notice that you've entered a room, even if you've just gunned down their comrade on the other side of the room. They're not all that good in using cover to get out of the way of your fire, either. To compensate for this the game makes their fire deadly accurate - they never miss, even from across a large room. It's this AI cheat that frustrated me more than anything else with the game.

Alpha Prime's graphics are surprisingly good for a budget shooter, even if the look of the game was clearly derived from Doom 3. We're not talking cutting-edge here at all, but it would have been a pretty decent looking shooter a few years back. Beyond that there's not a whole lot to say about the game, which in itself says a whole lot about the game. It's a basic, straight-forward shooter and if that's what you're looking for then you've found it here in spades. Otherwise you're probably better off saving your money a little bit longer and picking up The Orange Box, Call of Duty 4, or Crysis.

In The End, This Game Hath Been Rated: 67%. Alpha Prime does a great job of being average.


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