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Enter The Bug Hunt In The New Teaser For Aliens: Colonial Marines

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Modern videogames owe a huge debt to James Cameron’s Aliens. First-person shooters have been aping the feel and pacing of Cameron’s action/SF classic for years. How many times have we played one of a wisecracking group of soldiers up against a vicious alien threat? How many of the generic foes that have flickered through our crosshairs bore more than a passing resemblance to Giger’s xenomorphs?

Yes, games have been aping Cameron’s work for decades, but for some reason the attempts to actually make a game set in the Alien/Aliens universe have yielded mixed results at best. Sega and Gearbox Software are hoping to change that next fall with the release of Aliens: Colonial Marines, as close a direct sequel to Cameron’s film as we’re ever likely to get. Now IGN has posted a moody new teaser showcasing a day in the life of a couple of drops of acid blood. Check it out:

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Battles Xenomorphs In Newest Teaser Trailer

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The space marine subgenre of first person shooters has been ripping off Alien from the start. Bungie, the creators of Halo, have often cited the film as a huge influence on their series. If you’re going to do a space marine FPS, why the hell wouldn’t you get on board with the franchise that started it all. If you’re Gearbox Software, you do just that.

Aliens: Colonial Marines is shaping up to be a solid shooter, but it’s the clear love for the franchise that has me excited. I still remember watching Alien as a (much too young) kid with a friend. We were in the midst of a horror phase and ran through most of what the local video store had in that genre. So with no more movies about dudes with drills on the end of a Stratocaster, we ventured out to see what mainstream horror flicks were around. Before seeing the film neither of us had any idea how important or amazing Alien is as a sci-fi horror movie.

Gearbox appears to respect the franchises place in sci-fi horror history based on the trailer below. Taking place between Aliens and Alien 3, Colonial Marines follows a squad of marines answering a distress signal coming from an abandoned ship near LV-426.

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