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:
If you haven’t been following the game’s development, Aliens: Colonial Marines is a squad-based first-person shooter that pics up in the aftermath of Cameron’s Aliens. It drops you into the boots of a squad of Colonial Marines sent to investigate what happened to Ripley and the crew of the Sulaco. Naturally, this involves landing in the blasted remains of the Hadley’s Hope colony on LV-426. And, as you can see from the video, this is exactly as bad an idea as you might think.
So, why should you b excited about this one? The team at Gearbox have taken great pains to sell this as an authentic Aliens experience, even working with the film’s legendary concept artist, Syd Mead, to create areas that weren’t seen in the original film. It’s a similar setup to the 2009 Ghostbusters game, in that they’re collaborating with people who actually worked on the original film. That game was a mixed bag, but I enjoyed the hell out of it simply because it genuinely did feel like you were playing your way through a third Ghostbusters film. The game is also being written by two veterans of Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica series, Bradley Thompson and David Weddle. Whether it works or not remains to be seen, but Gearbox definitely hasn’t cut corners on this one.
Aliens: Colonial Marines is due to release sometime in fall of 2012.