STAFF REVIEW of Alias (Xbox)

Wednesday, April 14, 2004.
by Yellowlab

Alias Box art I\'m a BIG fan of Alias, so I had high hopes for this game. In short, I was highly disappointed by the gameplay. I would recommend it to die hard fans, but definitely would not recommend it to the casual viewer, or someone who has never watched the show. For starters, the game did a good job at fitting into the Alias universe. It takes place in the 2nd season and weaves it\'s way into the plot pretty nicely. All of the actors do the voice work, which lend it credibility, and they obviously spent a lot of time trying to get the faces to look like the actual actors. Where the game severely falls apart is in the execution of the gameplay. The combat system feels sluggish, mostly like you\'re fighting in jello. There\'s not much that\'s interactive within each level (except the ability to talk to a few random characters). Shooting, targeting, etc... feels awkward. Even general movement is glitchy at times, I found myself running around a door trying to get the open door icon to pop up. So, the bottom line is that they captured the Alias feel, look, and sound perfectly, but the execution of the gameplay sucks big time.

You are given fairly clear goals to accomplish. You use combination stealth/fighting/puzzle solving. This game does nothing new that hasn\'t been done before, and does it much worse than most games out there. It you\'ve ever played Splinter Cell, you\'ll laugh at the stealth elements in Alias. The combat system is putrid to put it mildly

The overall graphics are not very good, and it looked fairly grainy to me on my 57\" HDTV. But, for the most part they nailed the character\'s faces, and look of the game, so I give it thumbs up for that. Plus, they use a few of the actual costumes from the show which was also nice.

They did a terrific job with the sound. The actual Alias music comes and goes with different variations. All the actors from the show do the voice work. Marshall is a little overdone (more so than the show), but it\'s all good.

Improve the combat system, make it feel less sluggish. Improve the stealth elements (more use of shadows, distractions, etc...).

Overall: 5.0 / 10
Gameplay: 3.0 / 10
Visuals: 6.0 / 10
Sound: 10.0 / 10


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