Platform Nation got the opportunity to see a demo of Aliens Colonial Marines this morning and as a fan of sci-fi FPS’s and the Aliens series in general I can say it certainly didn’t disappoint. Let’s start with the story- Randy Pitchford of Gearbox software explained that this is a true sequel to Aliens 3 and an honest part of the cannon. The dev’s we were told worked incredibly hard on adding every possible detail from the Aliens universe they could. This was very evident in the demo we were shown, which even included nice tid-bits like tech manuals and other nods to the fans of the series. The game takes place a few months after Aliens 3, and is about a group of marines returning to the planet LV426, to search for Ellen Ripley, Hicks and the rest of the marines who went missing after the events of Aliens. We were told that we will be-able to see exactly what occurred and specific moments, and markers from the Aliens it’s self-will be very visible in the game. Gearbox is not messing around, and it showed, I eagerly await more details on the narrative.
The game it’s self looked phenomenal, it’s running on an engine that was developed specifically for this game and built from the ground up with the intention of having realistic lighting, textures, and dynamic A.I. The gameplay sequence we watched had the marines defending a bunker somewhere in Hadley’s Hope, and it looked great. Once the Aliens started attacking you could really tell that the gameplay would be a lot of fun with the Aliens coming from all angles, crawling up the walls and dropping from vents. All the weapons from the series are present we were told and we got to see many of them, we also got to see Power Loaders flame throwing aliens, auto turrets, and other completely awesome weapons and vehicles from the Aliens universe.
The shooting mechanics looked like what you would expect from a FPS, but it really looked fun, and nothing like earlier Aliens titles. We also got to see some drop in co-op action, which looked like it could make the game that much more fun. I’ve a lot of hope for this title, and look forward to some hands on time with it. It’s going to be available on PC, 360, PS3 and eventually the Wii U.
So, here’s to Sega and Gearbox putting out what may be the best Aliens game yet.