Aliens: Infestation Should Appear On Consoles
WayForward's xenomorph blasting adventure also a perfect fit for Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and WiiWare.
Today's special for Aliens fans, as the latest game based on the movie franchise, Aliens: Infestation, arrives in stores.
Available for Nintendo DS, Sega and WayForward's 2D action fest is a real treat. It's a smartly designed title in its own right, as well as one of the few respectable movie based games on the market. Everything's here, from the iconic weaponry (pulse rifles, grenades) to the bleeping motion tracker and showdown against the alien queen while inside a power loader.
To that end, it deserves everyone's attention. For hardcore Alien enthusiasts, it's a wonderful appetizer to Aliens: Colonial Marines, and definitely worth purchasing a DS or 3DS (since it's backwards compatible) for.
The big question is, will consumers do that? Nintendo, despite selling well over 140 million DS systems worldwide, has begun to wind things down in favor of 3DS. That said, it's only a matter of time before DS bows out of the systems race entirely.
There's also a matter of competition. Smart phone gaming is clearly on the rise, and unless Sega can flood retail shelves with copies of Infestation, this title may get crushed under the weight of Nintendo first party exclusives like Kirby Mass Attack, Professor Layton and the Last Specter and on the 3DS side, Pokemon Rumble Blast and Super Mario 3D Land.
The T (for Teen) rating also concerns us. While available to a wider audience than an M-rated title, we suspect kids make up a huge portion of the DS audience, and parents may avoid a game based on R-rated movies.
Ultimately, we just want this gripping adventure to do well, largely because it opens the door for even more Aliens games in the future.
On that note, it would be a smart idea to give DS limited exclusivity and then port Aliens: Infestation to Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and WiiWare.
Doing this would probably be a relatively simple process, since the game features 16-bit style graphics, and it would introduce Infestation to console players, a portion of which still appreciate a game that knows its roots. In this case, Metroid and Castlevania.
Don't get us wrong. DS is still a fine platform. We have every intention of firing up this bad boy while riding the train to New York City on Wednesday, coincidentally to meet with Sega. We have no qualms having a portable Aliens game.
On the flip side, WayForward achieved something special, and Infestation needs to be in front of as many eyeballs as possible. Releasing it for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii sometime in 2012 just makes smart business sense.
You know, before DS disappears, and the game along with it.