Taking buckets of inspiration from Gauntlet and SEGA's Alien Syndrome and shamelessly, unofficially ripping off James Cameron's Aliens (frankly if you're going to rip-off a film about aliens that's the one to go for!), Alien Breed has always been about one thing: top down massacring of Xenomorphs. Impact takes the original premise and gives it a shiny lick of paint, some improved AI, a suitably epic story that you never really find yourself caring about at all because you're too busy mowing down gooey critters and, best of all, two player co-op.
As part of their Midweek Madness, Steam have cut the price of the game in half, down to £6.49. If you can find a mate to play with as well, you can purchase a double pack for £9.74, effectively equating to £4.87 apiece.
Impact is a lot of fun. It can be shallow and repetitive at times but it's also highly enjoyable in short blasts. The classic gameplay has lost none of its original attraction and it's good to see that the bullet-spraying action is a fast-paced and furiously frenetic as ever before. There's a fair amount of arcade style replayability thanks to the Free Play mode that lets you go back and attempt to beat the scores of you and your mates and some nice, if light, upgrade mechanics.
To be honest, I've always found games like these to be far more suited to the home consoles and the ability to play locally rather than on the PC, but with the weather looking patchy this week, you could do a lot worse than snaffling up a copy of this and beating back the alien swarm.
Plus there's a free trial so you can try before you buy. Seriously, check it out.