Here's what all the critics are saying about Aliens: Fireteam Elite

Aliens: Fireteam has finally been released and it appears that the latest Alien game is a solid outing for Cold Iron Studios.

Following on from Creative Assembly's 2014 survival horror take on the Aliens franchise, Alien: Isolation, Cold Iron is attempting to replicate that game's success by adding a more action-oriented co-op shooter twist to the franchise in Aliens: Fireteam Elite.

Fireteam Elite isn't the best Aliens video game adaptation, but it should suffice.
Fireteam Elite isn't the best Aliens video game adaptation, but it should suffice.

Unfortunately, after the colossal failure that was 2013's Aliens: Colonial Marines, gamers tend to think negatively of shooter video game adaptation of the Aliens franchise. The award-winning success of Aliens: Isolation only served to prove this. However, after seeing the review scores for Fireteam Elite, it appears that Cold Iron has a solid game in their hands.

Although not everyone seems to be loving Fireteam Elite, there seems to be enough in the game to make it one of the best co-op shooters, with a few tweaks.

Here is what critics have to say about Fireteam Elite:


"Aliens: Fireteam Elite is exactly what it says on the tin. Stuffed with guns, gadgets, and plentiful alien goo, it's a frenetic cooperative firefight against some of sci-fi's most iconic monsters in an all-new tale that takes us beyond the original trilogy. No, it's not the most sophisticated shooter, and no, its truncated runtime is unlikely to occupy you for more than a couple of nights, but it's an unashamedly good romp that'll hopefully satisfy your Ripley power fantasies, too."- Vikki Blake


"At least Fireteam's most glaring problems seem fixable with some patches (and a couple of friends). Yes, it plays into the trashy rather than the artful side of its franchise, but it embraces it, doing a better job of capturing that action-movie intensity than most past efforts." - Robert Zak

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"If you're looking for a rock-solid shooter packed with player customization, engaging gameplay, stunning locations, and outrageous amounts of alien gore, Aliens: Fireteam Elite is totally worth your time and money. Grab a few friends, your trust plasma rifle, and send these bugs back to hell with a massive smile on your face." - Miles Dompier


"Aliens: Fireteam Elite is just okay as a solo shooter, but the inclusion of friends makes the gameplay sing. As far as the curse of Alien games goes, Aliens: Fireteam Elite seems to have safely avoided it - this is a fun, frantic third-person shooter set to a score that feels like James Horner himself wrote it. Xenomorphs will rain down from the ceiling, scammer over walls, and jump out of ventilation shafts almost ceaselessly, which makes for a really fun, fast playthrough. Whether or not Aliens: Fireteam Elite will keep players enticed for a second go-round has yet to be determined..." - Alyssa Mercante

Is Aliens: Fireteam Elite worth buying or playing?

If you're playing with friends most of the time, Fireteam Elite is a great buy, especially if it gets cross-play down the line.
If you're playing with friends most of the time, Fireteam Elite is a great buy, especially if it gets cross-play down the line.

Aliens: Fireteam Elite came out on the PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X on August 24, which means that gamers have also had a chance to play the co-op shooter for a brief time.

The consensus among audiences seems to be that Fireteam Elite is a good game with a few rough edges, including the lack of cross-play support, which is a shame given that Fireteam Elite is a game that heavily relies on its multiplayer aspect. Purposely gimping the latest Aliens game with the lack of cross-play support is definitely not a good idea.

If it's any consolation, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 owners can play with each other. As is the case for Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X owners. The only problem is that people on rival console platforms, as well as the PC, can't play together, which is a weird omission.

With that said, Fireteam Elite isn't just a co-op shooter. It also has a single-player campaign, which is told through four story-driven sections in which you get to play as customizable Colonial Marines that are hell-bent on ridding the world of the Xenomorph threat.

Unfortunately, judging from the reviews, it appears that the single-player aspect of Fireteam Elite was something that the development team could have spent some more time on.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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