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Alien 3 for the SEGA Genesis

Rating: 3 out of 5.

(retro game review)

Alien 3 for the SEGA Genesis is a run-and-gun that puts you in the shoes of Ellen Ripley. The goal is to rescue prisoners from the Xenomorphs before the clock runs out. The controls are solid but the overall experience is hindered by repetitive gameplay.

– Alien 3 gameplay for the SEGA Genesis.

I’m not typically a fan of games that utilize a timer. This always introduces a level of anxiety into the gameplay. Another video game from the same era, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, has similar play mechanics but without the countdown clock. As a result I enjoy exploring the levels, looking for secrets and finding people to rescue. The same can’t be said for Alien 3.

The Graphics are average with nice looking sprites for the Xenomorphs and Ripley but the level of detail in the environments and backgrounds is lacking. The player has a good selection of weaponry to choose from with pulse rifles and flamethrowers being my favorite.

At the time of release(1992) video games, based on movie IP’s, were notoriously bad. This is not one of those games. It’s an enjoyable but repetitive video game that gets old pretty quick. This would have been a perfect candidate for a rental back-in-the-day. A couple day’s of fun and off to the store it goes.

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars


  • Media Format: SEGA Genesis Cartridge
  • Setup: Sony Trinitron 27″ CRT Television, SEGA Genesis (Model 1) Game Console
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