'Aliens: Colonial Marines' May Cause Xeno-phobia

February 12, 2013

The Alien movies have a long and storied history, and are revered as some of the greatest works of sci-fi cinema ever to be released. The series is no stranger to video games either, having seen a host of releases on virtually every console, dating back to the Atari 2600. The latest game to bring the Xenomorphs to life is Aliens: Colonial Marines, and it puts you in the boots of Corporal Christopher Winter as he and his team are dispatched to investigate the U.S.S. Sulaco following the devastating events of Aliens.

Developer: Gearbox Software
Publisher: Sega
Gearbox Software know a thing or two about making good games. Maybe you know them their amazing Brothers in Arms series, or possibly their contribution to helping Duke Nukem Forever finally come out (for better or worse), but they are best known for being the team behind the addictive FPS/RPG Borderlands. They have been working on Colonial Marines for at least six years, and have crafted an entirely new entry into the Alien franchise. Sega has owned the rights to make Alien games since 2006, and have already published one, Aliens vs. Predator, this console generation.

Colonial Marines is a journey deep into the heart of fear, as Corporal Winter and his team head into the U.S.S. Sulaco to investigate what happened on the seemingly abandoned ship. Surprise... it’s been overrun by an alien species, hellbent on killing anything that threatens them. Even armed to the teeth with an arsenal of guns, Corporal Winter will be fighting for his life at every turn, staving off the Xenomorphs, while trying to piece together what happened to the Solaco’s crew. The single player campaign offers a brief but harrowing look into one of the missing pieces of the Alien franchise, while the multiplayer allows you to become the bugs, with the option of battling as either a Marine or a Xenomorph. Choose whether you want firepower or stealth speed as you battle against your friends in some incredibly intense multiplayer matches.

You'll be able to experience the peril of being a Colonial Marines this week on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows machines. If you're a Wii U owner, then you're going to have a wait just a few more weeks to head into deep space, and take on the Xenomorphs.

The game picks up after the events of Aliens, and is considered an official entry into the franchise, helping to bridge the gaps between the second and third movies. Fans of the series will appreciate this new look at the Xenomorphs and the expansion of the Alien cannon. Gearbox seem to have put a lot of emphasis on detail in the game to bring some authenticity to it, going so far as to cast talent from the original movies to reprise their roles, even getting the great and memorable Lance Henriksen to play an all-new android this time around. While the game may not revolutionize the genre, if you’ve ever enjoyed wasting aliens on an abandoned ship, or you’re just curious about filling in some of the gaps in the franchise, then it might be time to suit up Marine.