MIB: Alien Crisis

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Men in Black : Alien Crisis
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The Xbox360 cover of the game.
Developer(s) Fun Labs
Publisher(s) Activision
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
Release date(s)
  • NA May 22, 2012
  • PAL May 25, 2012
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, split-screen multiplayer

MIB: Alien Crisis is an on rails third person shooter for the PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360. It is developed by FunLabs and published by Activision. Instead of Agent J or Agent K, the game features a never before seen MIB agent named Agent P (Peter Delacoeur). The game was released on May 22, 2012. Alien Crisis is partially based on the Men in Black 3 movie and coincided with its launch in theaters.[1][2]

Synopsis[edit]

Peter Delacour is a master thief who is hired to steal an ancient Egyptian artifact called the Book of Khnemu for his client: network maven Emilio Chauncey. However, once he gives it to him, Chauncey, wanting to use the book's power to take over the world, tells his bodyguards to get rid of any evidence, including Delacour. Peter narrowly escapes when it looks like a street gang engages Chauncey's men in a firefight with strange weapons. Chauncey gets away and shortly after, the MIB show up. Agent C, a MIB desk clerk, and Frank the Pug takes Delacour into custody and uses an MIB car in hyper drive mode to get Peter back to MIB headquarters for questioning. After interrogation, Delacour tries to stealthily escape MIB headquarters, but is caught. With the fact that J and K went missing with on the same investigation and the fact that Chauncey is apparently helping the Adorians, an alien race that is part of a war that is making its way to Earth, Agent O has no choice but to deputize Peter into helping retrieve the book. Peter is initially hesitant to help them, but has a change of heart when C threatens to neuralyze his mind back to kindergarten unless he complies.

At a party in Chauncey's rooftop penthouse for his new program "C-YA", C manages to keep Chauncey occupied long enough for Peter to slip into Chauncey's study and steal the book. While there they find confirmation that Chauncey is indeed in some sort of partnership with the Adorians and that he somehow turned J and K into statues. Peter and C take the book to Professor Thurgood, a curator at the New York Museum of History who had Peter fired because of his theories. C tells Peter that Thurgood is actually an alien, which angers him due to the fact that he was holding information about himself out on him. Peter is further enraged when Thurgood pretends to know nothing about the Book of Khnemu even though evidence around his study says otherwise. However, before they can get any real answers out of him, the Adorians break in and steal the book back. The two follow them to Chauncey's New Mexico mansion where they discover a downed Adorian ship trapped in a mountain, which explains how Chauncey contacted the Adorians in the first place.

By hacking into the ships mainframe, they discover how the war began: it came about where the Adorian prince Khnemu and Netheera, the daughter of the Nakkadan prime minister, were supposed to be married, with Earth being a neutral zone for it to happen. However, their ships were sabotaged and trapped in nullspace. The book is the only thing powerful enough to free the ship, allowing whoever finds it to tip the war in their favor. Chauncey and his Adorian allies quickly capture them soon thereafter. Chauncey explains to them that his network is embedded with Adorian coding, allowing him to take control of every person's mind on Earth once he helps the Adorians win the war. He then forces Peter to read a passage from the book thinking it will power the ship. However, it backfires against him, allowing Khnemu to possess Chauncey and setting the ship to self-destruct. C and Peter manage to escape the blast, but Khnemu is right on their tail. They manage to use the car's weaponry to kill Khnemu, but the explosion caused the Nakkadan ship to be freed as well.

Out of leads, C and Peter return to the museum only to discover it to be crawling with Nakkadans. They manage to sneak around them and find Thurgood half frozen in some sort of residue. Peter pressures Thurgood into revealing the truth: he is actually an emissary of the Chtala initiative sent to Earth to make sure the book and an Orb of Netheera didn't fall into the wrong hands. Now that the book had been captured and the Nakkadan ship exposed, Thurgood feels it's better to leave Earth and let his superiors handle the problems. However, Peter reminds him that his actions have been interfering with MIB's jurisdiction and forces him to reveal the Orb's hiding place.

With his end of the deal satisfied, C prepares to neuralyze Peter back to before he stole the book of Khnemu. However, she is immediately possessed by Netheera's spirit. Thurgood's office is then swarmed by Nakkadan soldiers and Peter has to fight his way to a fountain in Central Park. There, he finds Netheera and two Nakkadan generals using a nullspace portal to make their way to the ship and follows them through. After fighting his way through the ship, he corners Netheera at a command module. Netheera tells Peter she plans to destroy Earth for its indirect involvement in Khnemu's death and taunts Peter's apparent feelings for C before turning into a giant scorpion like creature to deal with him. Peter manages to defeat her by trapping her under one of the ships machines and escaping with a barely conscious C as the ship explodes.

Back at MIB headquarters, Peter tells C that while he cares for her, he's fully aware MIB agents aren't allowed to fraternize with each other. They quickly notices there's a lot of ruckus in HQ, but Frank tells them that it's merely J and K returning to normal. O congratulates the two for their success and tells Peter she's considering bringing him on full-time as the head of a division designated with locating alien artifacts, starting with a downed UFO in Central America. Peter asks is the alien in the picture had more tentacles than normal while C assures him it's enough to make it a job for MIB.

Reception[edit]

MIB: Alien Crisis was universally panned with critics because of its gameplay concepts specially criticising it for its weak story, repetitive gameplay and graphics. Gamespot editor Chris Watters called the game "Ugly, boring, and brazenly priced, MIB: Alien Crisis is an absolute embarrassment" giving it a 2.5 score out of 10.(1) GameZone editor Robert Workman gave the game a score of 2.0 commenting "Everything about Men In Black: Alien Crisis has “rush job” written all over it."(2) Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the game 39.00% and user score of 1.3.(3)(4) Official Xbox Magazine editor Cameron Lewis gave the game a score of 3.0 commenting "There's just no way this charmless slapdash mess is worth anywhere near its asking price, much less your hard-earned recreation time." (5)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Men In Black 3 Gets A Videogame: We Get A Look At It | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors". Bleedingcool.com. 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  2. ^ Posted by: (2011-10-15). "Men in Black 3: The Video Game Announced For 2012". Videogamesblogger.com. Retrieved 2012-07-08.