Alien Soldier

Available Platform: Genesis

Alien Soldier is a sci-fi side-scrolling shooter created by Treasure exclusively for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and published in 1995.

Year1995
GenreShooter
Rating4.5

90/100 based on 8 Editorial reviews. Add your vote

PublisherSEGA
DeveloperTreasure
OS supportedWin7 64 bit, Win8 64bit, Windows 10, MacOS 10.6+
Updated8 February 2020

Game Review

Alien Soldier is a sci-fi side-scrolling shooter created by Treasure exclusively for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and published in 1995.

Do you like boss battles? Do you like a lot of boss battles? How about a game that has more boss battles than the number of actual playable levels? Luckily for you, Alien Soldier is just about that. Alien Soldier is a side-scrolling 2D run and game with a nonexistent storyline designed purely to make you jealous of the creativity and skill of its developers.

The player is greeted with an extremely detailed note at the start of the game. It describes a particular group, known as Scarlet, belonging to a race of genetically engineered A-Human's. The leader of Scarlet (Epsilon-Eagle) - also the protagonist of the game - is gravely injured after a battle with a group of special force assassins. The height of the conflict causes a breach in the space-time continuum, and Epsilon-Eagle is cast into it. A new dictatorship is formed under the reign of Xi-Tiger, who is ruthless and unyielding, deciding to secure his throne, he chooses to hunt down Epsilon-Eagle himself. Upon tracking down his presence in a boy's body, Xi-Tiger takes a girl hostage and commands Epsilon-Eagle to reveal himself on where he is attacked by the possessed boy. The story ends, and the game begins, with Xi-Tiger killing the girl and fleeing with Epsilon-Eagle on hot pursuit.

The game is staged through 25 levels, with a total of 31 bosses. The battles come quickly, and boy do they come hard as players would be continuously brainstorming themselves, trying to dodge the enemy while figuring out a plan to destroy the newest oversized foe in front of them. It does not have progressive level plans, the game is basically the player fighting the whole time; the closest example would be boss rush modes in certain games.

From what I have experienced, the game isn't about mindlessly blowing what's up ahead; it requires significant preparation and proper planning. There are six different varieties of primary weapons available for the player to choose from, and only four can be utilized. Each weapon holds a specific advantage over a different kind of enemy. Epsilon-Eagle can double jump, teleport, hover, switch between weapon firing stances, and many more, including a sweet charge move known as the ''Phoneix Force''.

It took me quite a while to notice the detailed, lush environments due to the game's fast-paced action. Still, the dev teams have done a fantastic job of illustrating and implementing some quality graphics into the game along with insane sound choices. Who doesn't like futuristic high-tech sound effects and pulsing game music?

Overall, I'd give 9 out of 10 and say the game is a must-have. Alien Soldiers is a game that anyone can pick up to play but also provides a satisfying amount of depth to keep you hooked on even after the hundredth bright thanks to all the different possibilities.

Review by: Adam
Published: 1 March 2020 7:09 pm


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