Remember Left 4 Dead? Well, this could be better.
Earthfall goes above and beyond as a cooperative alien shoot-em-up, building on Valve’s established franchise by adding exciting new elements.
It’s set in North America after the invasion of Earth by aliens who, using EMP, have wiped out virtually all electronic devices.
Just like Left 4 Dead, you and three teammates must fight through hordes of aliens, collecting weapons and gear as you complete objectives on the way to a safe house.
Here’s why you need to be very, very excited.
Every level is totally different every time
You may find yourself strolling through a map, looting weapons with minimal alien resistance.
But things can suddenly change and you could soon find yourself battling hordes of parasites with only a pistol to protect yourself.
Just like Left 4 Dead, every level randomly spawns different aliens and weapons.
With two campaigns and 10 maps announced for launch, Earthfall will provide hours of co-op fun.
Alien crushing upgrade
Katanas and axes are a thing of the past when it comes to demolishing Aliens.
Taking inspiration from more strategic tower defence games, Earthfall gives players the ability to build barricades, gates and turrets to turn the tide of a fight.
The 3D printing system is also a great addition to the game, allowing players to print weapons and ammo.
Realism… in a futuristic alien way
In traditional zombies slaying games weapons rip through hordes taking out swathes of the undead in one go.
Weapons feel like they have more ‘oomph’ in Earthfall, placing more emphasis on being strategic and smart with your shots rather than spraying and praying.
The FPS aspect of the game also looks tight and fluid.
Although if you are coming for outstanding graphics, make sure to pick up the PC version.
Not your standard brainless Z
If you have seen Ridley Scott’s Alien you’ll know just how cunning aliens can be… and Earthfall is no different.
There are tens of species all with unique abilities and attack patterns designed to keep you and your squad on edge.
Larger ‘boss’ enemies also occasionally spawn and try their best to make things even harder.
Coming to a console near you
Here’s the best bit.
Earthfall is already on Steam early access, and it’s coming to PS4 and Xbox One July 13th.
Those who love co-op or are just craving Left 4 Dead should think about picking up a copy. It looks out of this world.