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Alien Hominid HD (XBLA)

David Yun (Xbox Live Gamertag - Vawce) David Yun (Xbox Live Gamertag - Vawce): (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2008-02-07 08:19:30

Alien Hominid HD (XBLA) - Rank B

Developer: The Behemoth
Publisher: The Behemoth
Date: 2/28/07

Also available for PlayStation 2 and GameCube

Alien Hominid HD is an homage to side-scrolling actioners of yore that began as a slick Flash game you can play for free right here. There was a subsequent beefed up release for the PlayStation 2 and GameCube. It was difficult to justify their $30 price tag for such a basic game, but it feels just about right for an 800 point ($10) Xbox Live Arcade download. You don't need an elaborate review, when you can check out the base version by following that link above. Just imagine tossing in grenades, more action, a two player option (offline only - booo), and a cleaner hi-def look, and you can stop reading right here if you like.

Alien Hominid (awesomely) plays pretty much like the Metal Slug series. It has a great sense of humor and a fun hand-drawn cartoony art design that belies the sheer amount of onscreen violence. Just like Metal Slug, you jump around firing bullets, using power ups for more impressive bullets, causing vehicular mayhem, and knifing enemies in twain if they get within melee range. You can even jump on their faces and bite their heads off. Don't worry; they deserve it. The FBI guys in this game are the assholes who shot you down and took your spaceship. It's just the price of getting it back.

The level design is top notch. The mechanics might seem familiar to old school gamers, but the way it's all presented is refreshing. Alien Hominid mixes up the action with varying sequences like piloting a giant yeti and shooting your way through rush hour on the highway. Each level culminates in a classic pattern-memorization boss fight. And the game is fucking hard. One hit death, screen full of enemy bullets, hurl your controller at your loved ones hard. You have to summon the 13-year-old-hand-eye-coordination-demigod in yourself to really dig into and enjoy Alien Hominid HD. Toss in some entertaining mini-games and Alien Hominid becomes impossible to pass up for fans of punishingly awesome arcade games.

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