Stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen because Gearbox have finally unveiled an 11 minute gameplay video of Aliens: Colonial Marines. The demo has been shown behind closed doors at various trade shows since E3 in June. With the exception of a couple of trailers, this is the first time the wider public has actually seen gameplay footage from the title – which is expected to be like Left4Dead but with xenomorphs.
Gearbox’s president Randy Pitchford gives a suitably fanboyish commentary to proceedings as we return back to Hadley’s Hope on LV426 as part of an all new troop of colonial marines prime for the slaughter. Expect pulse rifles, sentry guns, plenty of close encounters and power loaders.
Check the trailer out after the break.
As a big Aliens fan – as I have mentioned upon this very site in the past – I have been waiting for Colonial Marines for just over a decade ever since it was being developed on the PlayStation2. By having the game set as a sequel to the second movie, we are sort of getting the sequel to Aliens that we have always wanted.
As for the demo, it works well as far as fan service goes but I would be lying if I didn’t say I have some misgivings. It does seem strange that the game would be set on Hadley’s Hope after it was nuked by Ripley at the end of Aliens, so it is nice to see the ruins of the reactor standing over a blasted wasteland.
As for the combat, it looks fine, although the hit reaction on the aliens looks slightly off – we want to see heads and limbs exploding off torsos in gushing displays of green acid. It also looks highly scripted, but perhaps this is just to show the game off at this stage. It would have been better to actually see more of the co-op aspect in play and maybe more information on some of the mechanics.
It does look like Gearbox have paid close attention to the design of the game, keeping it in line with the futuristic 80s aesthetic of the original film. I also like the inclusion of new breeds of xenomorphs like the crusher, which makes me nostalgic for the Kenner toys I had as a child:
In the wake of Duke Nukem: Forever, lets hope Gearbox can do Colonial Marines justice. After so many years of development it is the definitive Aliens game we have been craving ever since 1986.
Aliens: Colonial Marines is expected to come out Spring 2012 on PlayStation3, Xbox360, PC.