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Xenophage: Alien BloodSport

DOS - 1996

Alt name Arena
Year 1996
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action
Theme Arcade, Fighting, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Versus Fighting
Publisher Apogee Software, Ltd.
Developer Argo Games
Perspective Side view
Dosbox support Supported on 0.61
4.56 / 5 - 9 votes

Description of Xenophage: Alien BloodSport

Xenophage is a pretty bad one-on-one fighting game in the same style as Mortal Kombat, although not half as good despite featuring scrolling arenas and some inventive aliens.

Games Domain's review says it all about why this game is so bad: "Xenophage, despite the trend towards 3D fighting games, is a 2D fighter, with a few fancy touches. First of all, the characters aren't hand drawn, or digitised, but graphically rendered. Also, the game uses a technique first seen in Samurai Showdown, where the view zooms in and out to give the player the best possible view of the action. If the fighters are close together, the camera will zoom in, and if they are apart, it zooms out. But it takes more than gimmicks to make a succesful game. [Xenophage] is, at best, average. The moves are stilted, the sound effects are uninspiring, and the characters feel unresponsive. It's difficult to say exactly why Xenophage doesn't work, but it just doesn't feel right. It's the difference between Rise of the Robots and MK3 (Mortal Kombat 3). I really did try playing it again, in the hope I'd missed something, or that the game would suddenly 'click', but alas, nothing. Even two player mode failed to add anything. Sluggish, and sub-standard, despite all the graphical tricks." The main problem with Xenophage is fundamental: the control scheme is horrible. By which I mean it is almost impossible to pull off any of the special moves, and sometimes the game just doesn't register key presses despite how many times I hammer them. If you enjoy playing fighting games just to laugh at its incompetence, then Xenophage fits the bill. Otherwise, stay away from this dog that comes very close to meriting our Real Dog tag.

Review By HOTUD

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Don Nukem 2018-04-17 1 point

This is the only apogee game that sucked, while the others were AWESOME.

TheDosManiac 2018-03-31 0 point

Jeez...How did apogee screw this up?

Space Man 100789 2018-01-04 0 point

It is time for barney to not be so friendly he will get murderous kids do not play or u will see barney's dark secrets but this game is still Awesome

paulo jose 2014-08-27 0 point DOS version

is 1º time to look for this game , good graphics , a try to play in may pc and to write to abaut the game..

Leitbild 2013-02-13 0 point DOS version

It's a nice pickup for fans of street-fighter-style beat 'em up games - like me! ;)

Ok... It's a mediocre game compared to others, but still worth to try out...

Yogee 2012-09-01 0 point DOS version

It is briallant

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