They mostly come at night…..mostly.
Grab your pulse rifles, grunts…..it’s time for another bug hunt. First announced in 2006 (and having nothing to do with the very similar, canceled PS2 game) Aliens: Colonial Marines has long been in development, suffering numerous delays and stretches of uneasy silence along the way. Thankfully the wait has well been worth it if the trailer above is anything to go by! Slated for release sometime later this Spring, CM lets players control a four man squad of ultimate badasses as they fight for their life while investigating exactly what just went down on planet LV–426.
Players will control one marine at a time, issuing orders to the rest of the squad through context sensitive commands . There will be no HUD whatsoever…players will have to rely on the ammo counter on the side of their gun to keep track of bullets and the motion tracker to locate incoming threats, adding a sense of realism (and, I imagine, panic) to the situation. The weapons will be familiar to fans of the films; from the standard FPS staples of the pistol, shotgun, and RPG, to the fan favorite Smartgun, Pulse Rifle, and Flamethrower, there’s a little something for everyone….and yes….you can drive the Powerloader.
Aliens: Colonial Marines begins with an ostensibly abandoned ship, the U.S.S. Sulaco, recovered in orbit around LV-426. Players lead a group of highly trained United States Colonial Marines as they board the deserted craft to uncover the fate of the crew. They will have to fight to survive unspeakable horrors and their own anxieties as they chase down the truth behind a galaxy-spanning deception that places humanity at the mercy of the most murderous and deadly species in the universe. Aliens: Colonial Marines features authentic environments, such as the surface of LV-426 and Hadley’s Hope, weapons inspired by the film series and is designed to provide an exhilarating and engaging new chapter in the Aliens universe.
For those who can’t bare the wait (me included) fear not, for there is more Xenomorph goodness to whet your appetite! October 11th sees the release of the DS exclusive title Aliens: Infestation, a side scrolling style shoot ’em up. The game itself plays similar to Super Metroid or Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, giving the player the freedom to explore a huge map, while keeping a heavy emphasis on arcade style action. Between Colonial Marines, Infestation, and Prometheus….it’s a good year to be an Aliens fan. Stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen…there’s bugs in need of squashing.