Available on: PC, PS3; Publisher: Rockin’ Android; Developer: Platine Dispositif; Players: 1 – 2; Released: September 27, 2011 (Steam); ESRB: Everyone; Official Site
The three games, Hitogata Happa, GundeadliGne, and Gundemonium Recollection, each offer several levels of bulletstorms. The main appeal of each game seems to be that the player controls girls dressed in fancy outfits and a comically large shooting weapon. Initially I wasn’t sure whether to expect a female-oriented narrative in which a female is empowered by the use of gun-based implements or a game where I shoot girls. Both options are terrible and shallow theses, and thankfully what I played instead was more sensible: Japanese anime maids (ani-maids) shooting laser bunnies, demon pumpkins, and half-naked cat swordswomen.
Top-down view shooters have been popping up all over, notably with Valve’s Alien Swarm and Housemarque’s Dead Nation. In the midst of these other games, Team 17’s Alien Breed reaches its third iteration and continuation of Conrad’s story with Alien Breed 3: Descent. Descent doesn’t include any groundbreaking new gameplay elements that will blow players’ minds, but most elements have been refined, making it a fun, worthwhile experience that most will enjoy.