Aliens: Colonial Marines
|a game by||TimeGate Studios, Inc.|
|Platforms:||XBox 360, PC, Playstation 3|
|User Rating:||9.0/10 - 2 votes|
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|See also:||Horror Games|
Details On Gearbox's squad-based Aliens shooter are thin on the ground, but it's safe to declare an official comeback for the shiny black xenomorphs and their facehugging chums in 2009. Between Colonial Marines and the mysterious RPG Obsidian is developing, publisher Sega will have the monopoly on shitting you up next year.
Gearbox are going for the authentic Aliens experience with Aliens: Colonial Marines, trying their best to remain loyal to the sources and attain the immaculate standards of the movies. You'll be able to do your best Ripley impression as you progress through the game, plagued by both monsters and quick-time events, hammering the keyboard to peel off a facehugger as it constricts your head.
Colonial Marines' main feature will be its four-player co-op mode, designed with each player holding down a specific role. Your squad will likely take the form of the typical soldier/medic/heavy/tech combination, rounded off with that all-important Aliens-veneer. The single-player will use a similar squad mechanic, though it won't be the one employed in the Brothers In Arms games - the xenomorphs don't tend to hide behind hedges you see. Though they will flank you to bits.
In the single-player game a context-sensitive menu system lets you order the squad to deploy traps, sentry guns and all sorts, most likely while you hide at the back hoping they get eaten first instead of you. We're hoping the interface follows the SWAT4 model, which will make the game a delight to play. Although this may not work during an alien rush.
The prospect of playing with other human comrades has probably already raised the Left 4 Dead flag in your mind. Certainly, we can picture how an alien surge will be similar to a zombie one. There will be significant differences - the motion detector, facehuggers and so on - so don't go running away saying said Colonial Marines was an L4D clone. While we don't know enough about Colonial Marine's single-player game to get too excited, the prospect of co-op play in Aliens is stirring some embarrassing feelings of hot anticipation in the PC.