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Space Invaders
Space Invaders
The beta boxart.
Developer(s) Clover Entertainment
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts (US)

Taito (Japan)

Platform(s) Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U
Genre(s) Action,

Sci-fi,

Third-Person Shooter,

First-Person Shooter,

Vehicular Combat

Release Date(s)
25px-Flag of USA July 21st, 2012

25px-Flag of Japan-1- July 30th, 2012

25px-Flag of Australia-1- January 4th, 2013

25px-Flag of UK-1- March 12, 2013

Mode(s)
Single Player

Multiplayer

Online

Age Rating(s)
ESRB:Esrb-teen-logo-lrg

PEGI:PEGI12+

CERO:CERO B

Media Included Xbox 360 Disk

PS3 Disk

Wii Disk

Wii U Disk

Space Invaders is a 2012 action sci-fi shooter game by Clover Entertainment. It will be for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Wii U. The game was officially released in the United States and Japan on July 21, 2012, with an opening night at 7:00 PM on July 20, 2012, with the Wii U and Neo Edition released 4 months later. It is a reboot of the classic arcade game of the same name. A Neo Special Edition, dubbed "World Invasion Edition" was released in November. The game soon hit stores in Australia in January 2013 and the UK in March 2013, selling an additional 4 million units in total.

Plot

A NASA team discovers an alien planet with water and atmosphere like Earth. They send out a signal from their satellite. When the team returns to Earth, their spaceship gets destroyed by mysterious objects. The president orders a high alert to prepare for contact with the extraterrestrials. The main human character is introduced named Sargent Andrew Simmons. He and his team have returned from Afghanistan for the summer. Simmons' team consists of Rick Wilbert, Bobby, and Sue Allen. The team decide to go for a beer to celebrate their time off, but suddenly they spot a newscast on TV from CNN, reporting that what appears to be comets are entering Earth's atmosphere and the general orders them over to the New York military base.

General Earmonger explains that objects of the same meteor shower are heading in different locations across the globe. They've been spotted heading towards New York City, Boston, Moscow, Kenya, and Paris. They are ordered to prepare for anything.

Suddenly, the objects touch down in the ocean in New York City. One even makes impact with the Brookyln Bridge, destroying it. The objects come out of the water, transformed into alien tripods and Warships. The Aliens attack the city, killing everyone in their way. Simmons and his team are watching the news, and a news chopper is watching the carnage from the sky. An alien ship fires at them and blows up the helicopter. 

Simmons , Rick, Bob, and Sue are sent into New York City, which has now become a warzone due to the alien attack and are ordered to plant a beacon to deploy a massive jet squad to enter the city. They fight their way to the Empire State Building and place the beacon on the spire, prompting the air force to arrive. But the aliens begin attacking the iconic landmark and the team escapes before the building comes crumbling to the ground.

The team finds out that citizens in Tokyo are being taken hostage by the aliens and forced to do slave labor for the aliens. Various members of the US army, including our heroes get sent to Japan to rescue the prisoners. After a long battle, the Japanese citizens are sent to sanctuaries where they will be safe from the aliens.

As the general is about to give orders for the team's next mission, they find Washington DC has come under attack by one of the alien motherships. The aliens capture the president and destroys the city. The alien commander, Zlargon, who is the only alien in the entire armada that has learned to speak human languages, explains to the president that they are attacking the planet because their population has grown too large. They have been conquering and destroying species on many different planets to support their increasing population. They found Earth, and they want to colonize it. Zlargon says to either surrender and they may let the species continue their lives as slaves, or refuse and have the entire human race wiped out. 

The president says "I'd rather die, you fucking freak." Zlargon orders a nearby alien guard to kill the president. But, the Air Force is attacking the mothership. This gives the president the opprotunity to break free. He grabs an alien gun and fights his way to freedom.


More of the plot coming soon

Gameplay

The game is a sci-fi action third/first person shooter. You have the ability to switch from first-person to third-person, depending on your personal style of gameplay. You have the option of playing as humans to save the Earth, or play as the aliens and wipe out the human race to conquer Earth. There are a variety of vehicles for each faction. Alien Faction have stronger firepower and weapons, but are slower. Humans are faster, but have not as powerful weaponry. Each mission in an act features a series of objectives that are displayed on the heads-up-display, which marks the direction and distance towards and from such objectives

. Damage to the player is shown by the health bar. This happens in both alien and human. If you are getting shot a lot, get down to cover and you'll regenerate in a few seconds. Human mission objectives vary in their requirements, ranging from having the player arrive at a particular checkpoint, to eliminating enemies in a specified location, to standing their ground against enemy squadrons, manning mini-guns and other weapons, piloting jets, tanks, and other vehicles in battle against the aliens, and planting explosive charges on an enemy installation. The player is also accompanied by fellow soldiers who cannot be issued orders.

Space Invaders Gameplay


But Alien objectives also have you accompanied by alien soldiers. Their missions mostly consist of wiping out the human resistence in an area, destroying the human city within a time limit in the mothership, and getting to a certain area that can help you in your attempt to world domination. The environment is almost entirely destructible, but bullets cannot go through most walls. Only fighter jets, tanks, alien warships and alien walkers can destroy things. Because there is a major focus in making the battles look as realistic and life-like as possible, using a combination of the Clover Engine 3.0 and Frosbite 2. There are 14 environments in the game. Many of them cover urban streets, metropolitan downtown areas, and open landscapes suited to vehicle combat.

Modes

Human Campaign

Engage in an intense battle against an alien race that wants to take over our planet and wipe out humanity. Defend the planet and stop them.

Alien Campaign

Wipe out the primitive human race and destroy their cities. Annihilate any that oppose you.

Free Drive

Play as an alien or a human and roam the area. See the sights, drive around the streets, fly, and blow things up. It's up to you. Great for when you need a break from fighting. No enemies, no rules. 

Note: You have to unlock this mode by beating either one of the campaigns.

Online

The war for Earth continues on Xbox Live, Playstaion Network, or Nintendo Network. Customize your human or alien soldier, rise up the ranks, and fight to save the world or conquer it.

Online

In Online Mode, you can create a profile, and customize your soldier or alien, depending on the faction you are assigned to. You can also customize your weapons and choose which ones you want to use in battle. Once you are assigned to a faction and you have customized your character and weapons, you have to kill members of the other faction. Here is a list of modes in Online Mode:

  • Team Deathmatch: Kill as many members of the enemy faction as you can. The team with the most kills wins.
  • Capture the Flag: Fight your way to the enemies flag and take it and bring it back to your base.
  • Conquest: Destroy the enemy team's base before they destroy yours.

Vehicles

Humans

# Name Description
Tanks
Tanks
A powerful vehicle used by the humans, these behemoths have a powerful machine gun and a cannon that can blow up enemies. But it is weak against air vehicles.
F-22 Jets
Starscream Jet
A fighter jet used by the military, these jets can fly really fast and possess heavy firepower that can destroy any enemy forces on the ground and the air. It is NOT powerful enough to destroy a mothership.
Hummer
Hummer
Hummer: A military vehicle that does not have very strong firepower and can easily be blown up by heavy and air vehicles, but can drive fast, and get you where you need to be.
Human Soldier
Soldiermazan
Human Soldier: This is what you will be playing as when you are doing missions on foot.

Aliens

# Name Description
Walker
Fred g 07
These alien tripods have a powerful laser cannon that can obliterate buildings and human forces. This is a walking tank of destruction.
Fighter
Alien fighter
This extraterrestrial fighter has a laser gun and heat-seeking missiles. With these, they will dominate the battlefield.
Mothership
Skyline-ship-1024x512
This is the headquarters of the alien fleet. There are more than one of these. They have weapons of their own, too, such as ion cannon, missile launchers, and several miniguns.
Alien Soldier
Stock-photo--d-alien-monster-with-sharp-beak-and-clawed-hands-79523968
If you are doing on foot missions as an alien, this is the person you will play as.
Alien Queen
Alien Queen
The Alien Queen is a 80-foot high monster that is the queen of the aliens that are attacking Earth. She is the final boss in the human's faction.

Locations

Downloadable Content

Clover Entertainment has created some new downloadable content on Xbox Live, Playstation Network, Wii Shop Channel, the Wii U Shop Channel, and Neptune Connect. Here's the list:

  • Vehicle and Map Pack Plus: Contains 5 more vehicles and 5 more multi-player exclusive maps.
  • Unlock Extra Maps from World Invasion edition.
  • Ultimate Arsenal Pack: Gives you 4 new incredibly powerful weapons, 2 of them for humans, and 3 for aliens.

More to be confirmed.

Reception

FGN

Various FGN critics reviewed Space Invaders, giving it mixed reviews. NepetaLast (tbc) gave it 2/5 stars, noting the unoriginal gameplay and the fact that the game was nothing like the original Space Invaders. NextGen Solo gave it a slightly more positive review 3/5, noting the effort that was quite obviously given to the making of the game, but critiquing the fact that it felt like most of Clover Entertainment's recent work, and claiming that the game felt like it wanted to be more than it was, but it isn't. Cobweb (tbc) gave it 1/5, and the review is as thus: "Yawn."

SIbanner

A banner of the game created by SuperMarioBro64.

Sales and Revenue

On Space Invaders' release on July 21, 2012. It was reported that 2 million people went to Gamestops all over America at midnight to get the game. The game sold 3.8 million copies on its launch day, and grossed $379 million, making it the 5th biggest video game launch of all time, behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's record of 6.5 million copies and $400 million. 5 days after release, the game now sold 9 million copies in the US alone and grossed $540 million, now making it a large seller.

In Japan, the game was originally supposed to be released there on December 14, 2012, but Taito, the orignal Space Invaders' creator, wanted the game to be released earlier. So, Clover Entertainment pushed the Japanese release back to July 30, 2012. Since then, the game was #1 at top-selling games of the week in both Japan AND America. In Japan, as of August 1, it has sold 1 million copies and made a large amount of yen.

But in the UK, the release date remains unchanged.

Neo "World Invasion" Edition

A Neo? Edition, dubbed "Space Invaders: "World Invasion Edition" has been confirmed. DK64Rules, head of NextGen Solo gave Clover Entertainment permission to do so a while ago.

The "World Invasion" edition includes:

  • More Missions
  • More Multiplayer Modes
  • Better graphics
  • More vehicles
  • An unlockable Arcade version of the original Space Invaders that can you play
  • Featurette showing the history of Space Invaders from the original game to Space Invaders 95' to the 2012 game.

The World Invasion Edition was released on November 19th, 4 months after the regular version, and has sold 6 million copies.

Soundtrack

See here.

Triva

  • During the New York City invasion level, a Space Invaders arcade machine is seen by a barber shop that has been destroyed.
  • The aliens are attacking Earth because their population is too large for their planet to support. Now, they are trying to find a planet suitable for supporting the growing alien population. But they have to wipe out the natives: US!
  • A game was made to compete with Space Invaders later this year, called Gradius 2012 - Mission Reborn, which is based on the Gradius series, the first game of Expert Studios as a sub-ordinary of Clover Entertainment.

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