Google+

The Top 7... alien invasions

4. Space Invaders (1978, Arcade)

Credit where credit's due: the game pretty much invented the concept of an alien invasion in gaming. That's how they got away with such a bland title. Anything sounds good in 1978 - particularly when the idea of shooting rows of funky aliens is groundbreaking stuff.



And that's what it was: the ever-pressing danger of destruction, as space-squid rain down from the sky with a menacing buzz-stomp. So there's no story. No sense of what you're actually defending. But when you play - just watching the menace draw closer and closer, somehow avoiding your careful shots - you'll know the true intensity of the earliest attempt by aliens to subjugate our world in a game.

Topics

Top 7

We Recommend By ZergNet

19 comments

  • TR4rules - December 18, 2010 4:37 p.m.

    I do believe that Resistance is alien invasion, but I am not sure. Also no way in hell are the Locust the good guys in Gears of War, that is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.
  • ryno - November 27, 2008 5:55 p.m.

    then how do you explain the giant ships in Resistance 2
  • BooyaBuda - November 8, 2008 9:32 p.m.

    Resistance is not an alien invasion
  • Marioninja1 - September 11, 2008 9:09 p.m.

    I love Half-life 2 and all the sequels, mostly 2, never played the first though
  • BooyaBuda - December 7, 2008 3:35 a.m.

    ryno they explain it in the first one it was a virus thing created in russia and i guess the ships are a way of moving thier guys over seas since the new game is all about the cheamara invading north america
  • Princeton12 - October 21, 2008 12:49 a.m.

    Ummmm... Let's not forget Resistance and Gears of War!!! I mean come on...
  • Predator428 - September 8, 2008 12:17 a.m.

    Kind of a short article...
  • BooyaBuda - September 7, 2008 8:32 p.m.

    you forgot earthbound
  • The_Tingler - September 6, 2008 11:19 a.m.

    Halo 2 - yes, but then they screwed it up but then just going to another boring Halo for the rest of the game.
  • Smeggs - September 6, 2008 1:39 a.m.

    Yay, Half-Life. Y'know, I can't belive this but after play HL1 I belive I liked it more than its sequels O_O...Not that the sequels weren't the bomb.
  • thebigmo1 - September 5, 2008 9 p.m.

    first not that i care
  • thebigmo1 - September 5, 2008 8:59 p.m.

    first not that i care
  • battistaman820 - June 22, 2009 2:34 p.m.

    wheres resistance
  • BeastlyB - June 14, 2009 10:46 p.m.

    When I started reading this article I knew HL was gonna b #1
  • jakery22 - May 3, 2009 1:38 p.m.

    technically the locust are the good guys in gears of war it was the humans that invaded and the locust just got tired of there war and emulsion stealing so fought back
  • RedOutlive10 - June 21, 2009 9:16 p.m.

    I really enjoyed how there's a whole story in Half-Life's background, I remember the Nihilanth often mentions unknown parties, and implies there's something else controlling them, as the Combine are a far superior force than what was faced in Xen. Well played, Valve.
  • Satanshadow94 - May 6, 2009 7:48 a.m.

    Jackery22 I hate to do this to a Fellow H.I.M. fan but you have no say in Gears because your a ps3 gamer and don't think I'm not loyal to sony but right now it is about monney so unless sony pulls their head out of there asses anyways PS3 gamers can't coment on the games of 360, PC on the other hand go ahead
  • ryno - January 2, 2009 5:36 a.m.

    oh right
  • Blackbird1156 - January 1, 2009 11:31 p.m.

    Gears of war wasn't and alien invasion. the Locust was there the whole time. Unless your talking about the humans invading

Showing 1-19 of 19 comments

Join the Discussion
Add a comment (HTML tags are not allowed.)
Characters remaining: 5000

OR…

Connect with Facebook

Log in using Facebook to share comments, games, status update and other activity easily with your Facebook feed.