Aliens: Colonial Marines: Everything You Should Know

Developed by Gearbox software and published by Sega, this Aliens game aims to bring back the feeling, terror and excitement of James Cameron’s second action-packed installment. Taking place 17 weeks after the events on the Lunar colony of LV-426, you play a member of a search and rescue squad sent to investigate. This sets the tone for a nostalgia-filled, action packed horror shooter that is familiar and terrifying! Join WatchMojo.com as we explore everything you should know about Aliens: Colonial Marines.
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Aliens: Colonial Marines: Everything You Should Know


Game over man, this is the Aliens game fans have been waiting for! Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be exploring everything you should know about Aliens: Colonial Marines.

Developed by Gearbox software and published by Sega, this Aliens game aims to bring back the feeling, terror and excitement of James Cameron’s second action-packed installment.

The story of Colonial Marines takes place 17 weeks after the detonation of the atmospheric processor at the colony called Hadley’s Hope, on the moon designated LV-426.

In the role of Corporal Christopher Winter, you play a member of a search and rescue squad sent to search for Ellen Ripley and the rest of her team. Arriving in orbit aboard the U.S.S. Sephora, you discover and board the derelict U.S.S. Sulaco, which has mysteriously returned to the moon following the infamously unexplained electrical fire in Alien 3.

Giving the proceedings a compelling sense of authenticity is the return of actor Michael Biehn as Corporal Hicks, by means of video feeds, which reveals that his character survived stasis after all. Adding to this is the return of Lance Hendrickson as well to voice yet another Bishop model android! This is all done so that Colonial Marines can serve as a true sequel to Aliens by ways of continuity.

Despite the explosion that was long thought to have leveled the colony, this game brings us back to original film’s settings in incredible detail, albeit with added wear and tear. It also expands the focus to new locations, including the Space Jockey’s ship where the colonists originally found the eggs.

This makes for a nostalgia-filled, action packed horror shooter that is both well written, well paced, and complete with characters that the player will actually care about. Speaking of which, the game seeks to create a sense of comradery between the player and their AI squadmates, who each exhibit their own individualized quirks and personalities. This should shine through even if you opt to play its 4-player drop in, drop out co-op mode, or take advantage of 2-player local split-screen.

During your return to LV-426, you will also get to play with the series’ equally iconic gadgets. From the motion sensors to the pulse rifles, all of the iconic tools of the trade have been faithfully brought to back life, both visually and sonically.

Of course, the real stars of the game are the aliens, who will climb on the ceilings and work in packs in order to keep you feeling paranoid and claustrophic within the games many atmospheric corridors. Since variety is the spice of life, players several variations of the classic Xenomorph, such as one’s that have become feral or others that have been mutated by radiation. Sounds manageable? Well, keep in mind that you can only use motion sensors while your gun is holstered, and Wii U players will have the added bonus of having their motion sensor readout appear on their Wii U Remote.

As if the campaign offering wasn’t enough, Gearbox has developed several online multiplayer offerings.

These include standard team death-match, as well as Escape, a timed four vs. four bloodbath, in which human marines race to an extraction point while being chased by aliens.

Survivor mode, on the other hand has four humans fend off an endless onslaught, while Extermination charges the humans with planting bombs on alien hives.

All of the aforementioned modes carefully balance the humans with the Xenomorphs by having multiple classes of aliens that are played from a 3rd person perspective. These classes include the standard soldier, the lurker, who can do ranged sneak attacks, the spitter who shoots acid, and the bull that is overwhelmingly strong, but slow.

A game made for fans, by fans, it is absolutely bursting with authenticity. As a result, Aliens Colonial Marines will leave you grinning with two sets of teeth, no matter how you play it. Incidentally, it’s available for every platform from the PC to the Xbox 360, PS3, as well as the Wii U.
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