My Shadow kicks my butt like no other pin. True, you just have to start modes and not finish to make it to the Final Battle. I have done that a few times. It's still a really tough game. Every shot has a high risk of drain and nothing is easy to finish. Just starting a mode is a really tough shot. That's why I prefer games like AFMr. Much more forgiving and easy to accomplish the basics while still hard to finish. There will always be great new games like Alien but nothing can take away what makes great classics great. That's why I am more attracted to AFMr right now. I know it is a great game. Alien is still an unknown until I can at least play it a few times.