Valve Free Game Giveaway Today: Alien Swarm

Heads up to the gamers out there, Valve is giving away their new 4-player co-op, top-down, action-based game Alien Swarm today over Steam; the game “unlocks” in a couple of hours for anyone wanting to install it.

Alien Swarm was developed by a couple of developers Valve hired directly out of the mod community and has the following features:

  • Tactical, 4 player co-op action game with a top-down perspective
  • Complete game code and mod tools
  • Unlock persistent items by gaining levels
  • Over 40 weapons and equipment with countless loadout configurations
  • 4 unique classes and 8 unique characters
  • Matchmaking, Steam Cloud, Steam Stats
  • 64 achievements
  • Tile-based map generation tool
  • Powered by Source and Steam

Update #1: After 2 hours with the game I can safely give it a review of 7 out of 10.

It’s very reminiscent of Shadow Complex, with that “high-fidelity arcade game” feel to it and plays like Diablo 2 with the isometric, top-down view.

The co-op aspect of it is great, but it’s strickly enforced, in-that if you don’t have 3 other people to fill out your team, you are on your own. And from what I could tell, the game doesn’t scale difficulty at all.

Even on “Easy” a team of me and 3 other people online were barely passing most levels… it seems unnecessarily hard.

I don’t say overall that it’s that fun of an experience. If an iso/co-op game is all you’ve ever wanted, it’s probably a solid 8 or 9 out of 10, but if you are looking for a “great game” in general to play with friends, this will give you a few hours of fun, but you won’t be burying hours and hours into it like it was Left for Dead 2 or something.

For free though? Definitely a must-download.

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One Response to “Valve Free Game Giveaway Today: Alien Swarm”

  1. Biagi October 13, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    Very Good

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