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Aliens: Dark Descent (2023) is a strategy game where you command a squad of soldiers as they face creatures from the Alien films. However, rather than using brute force, you must sneak around and avoid detection, both to keep the aliens unaware of your presence and to stop your troops from panicking and missing their shots. It's this combination of stealth, survival, and strategic real-time combat that makes it stand out as an unnerving horror experience.

Set in the Aliens franchise of films, you play Maeko Hayes, a low-level administrator in a distant galaxy who discovers his base has become infested by Xenomorph aliens. You lead a squad of special forces as they attempt to wipe out the invaders and gather intelligence to unravel the mystery of their appearance.

You guide your troops through the different areas of the base, gathering resources and upgrading as you shoot and defeat the aliens you encounter. While a full-frontal attack is possible, being spotted alerts all the other aliens nearby. This makes reaching your objectives harder and also increases your troops' stress level, which in turn makes them miss shots. The better approach is usually slower and more considered, stealthily sneaking through the hallways and only engaging in combat when absolutely necessary.

The result is a game that feels like a good horror movie by making you avoid enemies or risk panic amongst your team and a horde of aliens relentlessly pursuing you. Carefully and strategically making your way unseen through each new area, then ending off each mission with a tense climax as you finally face the enemy makes for a thrilling experience.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Aliens: Dark Descent a year ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated a year ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Shooting and Strategy game with Action, Narrative and Stealth elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 12 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence and Strong Language. This game features strong violence, including the sight of people kicking and screaming as hostile aliens attach to their faces and forcibly implant aliens inside them. Violence during gameplay includes violence between humans and humans, and between humans and aliens, with moderate physical reactions and sight of blood, but no graphic injuries. There is a sight of blood when humans are dragged away by aliens. There is the sight of human bodies throughout the game, as well as the sight of people dying when aliens burst out of them, but without graphic details. The game also features the use of strong language ('*!@?*'), as well as milder terms including '*!@?*', '*!@?*', 'bloody', 'goddamn' and 'ass'.

The developer provides the following Mature Content Description on Steam: "Aliens: Dark Descent contains scenes involving violence, blood, gore and strong language."

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. While there's no need for quick reactions or good reflexes as you can pause the action at any time, you need to develop clear strategies for overcoming the alien creatures, and also stay calm in tense, high-pressure scenarios.


Aliens: Dark Descent usually costs £34.99. 

Aliens: Dark Descent

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There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You can buy the Lethe Recon Pack, which adds extra cosmetic items to the game. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/06/2023

Price: 50% off

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Shooting, Strategy (Action, Narrative and Stealth)

Accessibility: 27 features

Components: 2D Overhead

Developer: Tindalos Int (@Tindalos_Int)

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