Sunday, May 7, 2017

Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop - The Friday FREE GAME Feature!

A classic top-down shooter gets a huge community upgrade!

Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop is an update/upgrade of the classic top-down shooter Alien Swarm. This community-made version comes with a lot of new features (such as 8-player co-op mode) as well as easy mod installation via Steam Workshop.

Reading through the highlighted features, I discovered that the AI of bot teammates has been improved. That's great to hear, but I'd highly recommend playing co-op as much as possible. The bot AI is still very lacking, as they fail to recognize eggs at all and regularly get stuck around corners and doorways. I even had one bot deliberately go out of its way to punch an explosive barrel for no apparent reason.

Bot AI aside, the rest of the game is pretty good. It's actually refreshing to see an older game get what is almost a modern remake and still be absolutely free. Of course, it's also rare to see a project developed by the fan community with official permission to do so. It seems like a win-win for the original developer, as they can pass the work off to the community and look like good guys for doing so.

Anyway, Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop is well worth a look if you're trying to find a fun and free co-op title, especially if you enjoyed the original.

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