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Encyclopedia > Alien Swarm
Alien Swarm
Developer(s) Black Cat Games
Engine Unreal engine 2
Release date(s) September 10, 2004
Genre(s) Third-person shooter
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Linux, Apple Macintosh
Media Download
System requirements 1.0 GHz processor, 128MB RAM, DirectX 8 or OpenGL
Input Mouse, Keyboard, Joystick

Alien Swarm is a total conversion mod for Unreal Tournament 2004 created by Black Cat Games and initially released on May 28, 2004. Alien Swarm, version 1.2 was released in September 10, 2004, with the official campaigns, Sigma and Ortega. The most recent version of Alien Swarm is 1.3, together with a third campaign, Telic, also introducing new weapons and items, plus some bug fixes. It was released on December 16, 2005. Image File history File links ASwlogo. ... Image File history File links ASwlogo. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates computer or video games. ... A game engine is the core software component of a video game. ... The Unreal engine is one of the most popular game engines for action games. ... September 10 is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a listing of computer and video game genres with brief descriptions and examples from each genre. ... A third-person shooter is a genre of 3D video games where the camera view is outside and thought of as usually being behind the main player character, its name chosen for the number of third-person video games whose gameplay is derivative of first-person shooters. ... In computer games and video games, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. ... Online gaming redirects here. ... For the list, see list of computer and video games. ... Microsoft Windows is a series of popular proprietary operating environments and operating systems created by Microsoft for use on personal computers and servers. ... Tux is the official Linux mascot. ... The Macintosh, or Mac, line of personal computers is designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... This article is about the computer terms. ... Intel 80486DX2 microprocessor in a ceramic PGA package A central processing unit (CPU), or sometimes simply processor, is the component in a digital computer that interprets instructions and processes data contained in software. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... DirectX is a collection of APIs for easily handling tasks related to game programming on the Microsoft Windows operating system. ... OpenGl official logo OpenGL (Open Graphics Library) is a specification defining a cross-language cross-platform API for writing applications that produce 3D computer graphics (and 2D computer graphics as well). ... Operating a mechanical 1: Pulling the mouse turns the ball. ... A computer keyboard is a peripheral modeled after the typewriter keyboard. ... For other uses, see Joystick (disambiguation). ... Unreal Tournament 2004, or UT2004 is a first-person shooter computer game designed mainly for multiplayer gaming although the game had a built in single-player mode that mimics multiplayer gaming by featuring AI-bots. ... May 28 is the 148th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (149th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 10 is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 16 is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In Alien Swarm, the player assumes the role of a commander in the Interstellar Armed Forces and uses the unique skills of the marines at his disposal to fight through infested space ships and colonies that have been overrun by aliens. Alien Swarm can be played both offline and online with up to eight people each controlling one of the eight unique marines. Each marine falls into one of four classes: explosives, special weapons, technical, or medic. The game can be played either as single missions or as a series of missions called a campaign. In telecommunication, the term off-line has the following meanings: 1. ... Online means being connected to the Internet or another similar electronic network, like a bulletin board system. ...


There are currently 2 official campaigns for Alien Swarm, Sigma and Ortega, as well as the Phalanx Campaign created by MjrHuRTz and Upsilon Campaign. The Telic Campaign is the most recent campaign, and offers new weapons, items, and maps to the game. There are also a number of fan made maps and a mutator that allows players to string together a series of maps into a custom campaign.


A sequel to Alien Swarm, Alien Swarm: Infested , is in the works as a mod for Half-Life 2 and is currently in production by Black Cat Games. The game will utilise the Source engine, and will most probably use the Steam content delivery system. At the current time no release date has been set. Half-Life 2 is a science fiction first-person shooter computer game and the highly anticipated sequel to Half-Life, developed by Valve Corporation. ... Sources physics are demonstrated in this screenshot from Half-Life 2, with the body of a Combine soldier and his rifle hurled into the air after a collision with a dune buggy. ...


Alien Swarm could be based on the Board Game "Space Hulk", in which the same view and scenarios take place i.e. one player plays marines, one player plays aliens. Cover of the first edition of Space Hulk Space Hulk was a board game by Games Workshop. ...

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1088x871, 185 KB)Source: screenshot taken 10-15-05 during an online game of Alien Swarm. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1088x871, 185 KB)Source: screenshot taken 10-15-05 during an online game of Alien Swarm. ...

External links

Community

  • Force Gamers file database
  • Maps4Mods file database
  • Telic Campaign Webpage
  • Mutators for Alien Swarm
  • Comprehensive list of fan-made levels

  Results from FactBites:
 
Black Cat Games - Alien Swarm Infested (91 words)
Alien Swarm: Infested is an upcoming action strategy game featuring a unique blend of co-op play and squad level tactics all in an overhead view.
As a Commander in the Interstellar Armed Forces, your job is to guide your squad and successfully complete their mission against the ravages of the Swarm infestation, a threat which plagues mankind across the breadth of colonized space.
Visit the Alien Swarm: Infested website for more information.
AVP Guides - Alien Walking Tactics (791 words)
In the first scenario the alien is faced by a predator on the larger tower platform, where it is raining plasma caster shots down onto helpless xenomorphs.
An alien isn't about how it pounces or how strong it is, it is about it's own stealthy movement and ability to get anywhere it wants to unoticed.
Don't try to play like an alien swarm, try to play like the aliens in the film, it improves your skill and is a lot more fun.
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