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The Top 7... alien invasions

1. Half-Life (1998, PC)

It wasn't until the late '90s that the pure physical terror of an alien invasion could be communicated in a game. Half-Life captures the utter chaos of a world torn to pieces by aliens pouring into it - and destroying everything in their path. The detailed creatures and their advanced behavior was entirely fresh, and still stands as a high watermark. The epic battles against the invasion forces from the world of Xen are unsettling and extreme.



And, eventually, you become the invader - taking the fight to the alien world. It's a game that managed, through the application of quality writing as well as convincing graphics and gameplay, to really communicate the truly disquieting possibilities that lie at the core of contact with a species that has nothing in common with humanity.

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  • 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

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