|More $$$ value then most $60 games|
Fortunately for us, Alien Swarm is not from that universe. Alien Swarm is from the real world, where cooler heads prevail and people remember to check the security cameras. Of course a ground team still needs to be sent in, but it's going to be a crack team of four elite soldiers. This is where you and your friends come in. You're going to go down and fight your way through the unstoppable Alien Swarm.
Alien Swarm is a top down tactical action-shooter that's heavily squad based. You need your teammates to survive. Need. The combat is frantic and dangerous, with small corridors, dark lighting, and enemies coming from all directions. If you don't play well with other people, Alien Swarm is not going to work well at all for you.
Carefully building a squad around a strategy is key to survival, and one of the games greatest strengths as well as weaknesses. A lot of people online have no patience whatsoever (I blame the Call of Duty arcade-like train of thought), and you'll find a lot of games where the players refuse to work together and will simply run for the exit as fast as they can. Unsurprisingly, most of these games never make it past the first few missions on the games easiest difficulty level. Which means you're going to want to find friends to play with. Of course, since the game is free, it shouldn't be hard to convince them to try it.
Although it only has one campaign, there's a lot of content to experience. The levels are clever, constantly throwing new challenges and terrifying situations at you (such as a memorable bridge crossing). Plus, each character you play as levels up based on your performance, earning new promotions which unlock new weapons and equipment, some of it specialized just for that particular class. The SDK (source development kit) is open, so fans have already generated their own maps and campaigns for those of you hungry for more fear. Alien Swarm is a title that I could barely believe was free. It's top notch, polished, and an absolute blast to play, especially with friends. If you spent this week thinking "Someday I'll try one of those," make someday today and start with this one. Alien Swarm is the pinnacle of free games that I have experienced over the years, and there's absolutely no reason why you shouldn't try it today.
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