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Release year: 1992 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Probe Software
Alien 3 (Sega Genesis)
Alien 3 (AKA ALIEN³) is a 2D platform video game based on the 1992 film of the same name. Developed by Probe Software, it was released for the Sega Genesis in 1992.
The Aliens saga was a success, all thanks to the facehugger and that menacing Xenomorph. Naturally, when a movie franchise is successful, it needs to be ported to a game. So, Alien 3 for Sega Genesis was born. But is it as good as the movie? Let’s find out.
Although not up there with the best, the gameplay for Alien 3 is still arguably good. It’s atmospheric and gory, just like the movie. Your character, Ripley herself, needs to jump and duck to avoid the aliens, but it would have been cool if she can also do a forward roll. There’s a countdown on each level to pressure you into moving fast to get the job done. Of course, there is that satisfying feeling when you hit the aliens with your bullets. Much like the way you felt when Ripley and her crew were wasting those pesky aliens in the movie.
The controls are very responsive. The depth of control on Ripley’s jumps enable her to make moves that range from a tiny step to reasonably huge leaps when required by the situation. You can easily switch between weapons and free humans with the button configuration.
Given the limitations of the Sega Genesis, the graphics team of Alien 3 did a really good job. Ripley is recognizable with her trademark shaved head and physique. The xenomorphs are well drawn and nicely animated. Explosions and destructions were handled perfectly so as not to distract you from the game.
The music integrated into Alien 3 is atmospheric and blends well with the environment and the scenario. The sound effects like grunts, groans, and squeals are acceptable, but could have improved better on quality.
This game for the Sega Genesis is a must if you’re an Alien saga fan. It shows how a movie should be converted to a game.
Alien 3 has been ported to Sega Genesis (this version), SNES, Amiga, Commodore 64, Game Boy, Game Gear, Master System, and Nintendo NES.