Friday, 12 February 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Aliens: Colonial Marines.

In 2001, nerds across the world were hyped by news of an upcoming game by EA that was supposed to bridge the gap between Aliens and Alien 3. It was originally designed for the Playstation 2. It was cancelled early in development. In 2005, Sega announced they'd bought the rights to Alien from Fox and were making a new game called Colonial Marines. The game that they developed would be turned into Alien vs. Predator on PS3, 360 and PC. Their next game was going to be the actual Colonial Marines game that fans had been waiting for since 2001 and was released on 12th Feb 2013 on PC, PS3 and 360.

The game was written by Battlestar Galactica writers Bradley Thompson and David Weddle. It bought back a number of the original cast to record old lines from the movie and new lines of dialogue too. 

Taking place in the gap between Aliens and Alien 3, around 20 week mark and 200 years BEFORE Alien Resurrection, This game has you in the shoes of Colonial Marine by the name of Christopher Winter. His squad has been tasked with search and rescue of the missing crew of the Sulaco and bring them home. However, during the investigation, they find out that Weyland-Yutani soldiers are onboard the ship doing a clean up on this to prevent anyone finding out about the Xenomorphs or what happened in the movie. After a firefight on the Sulaco with Weyland-Yutani, the Sulaco and Sephora are both destroyed with Winter and his squad crashlanding on LV-426 in a dropship.

Winter and his squad find the remains of Hadley's Hope and send a radio message to the survivors of the Sephora crash to reunite at Hadley's Hope. As the survivors pick their way through the ruins, they come across new kinds of Xenomorphs that have been mutated by the radiation. After securing Hadley's Hope, Winter travels to a nearby Weyland-Yutani research base to find a prisoner that they have heard about. which is the Origin Facility and Space Jockey. On the way there, the squad finds out that Bella, one of the Marines has been impregnated. Although they can't save Bella, who dies when a Chestburster erupts from her, the Marines move on and rescue the prisoner, who turns out to be Hicks.

Hicks explains that Weyland-Yutani invaded the Sulaco as it was fleeing. A fire in the hypersleep bay caused Ripley, Newt and Bishop to be jettisoned in EEVs, while Hicks was swapped out for a look-alike. Hicks was tortured by Weyland-Yutani on the xenomorph origins and the Sulaco's weapon systems.

The Marines learn there's a Faster Than Light ship docked at the Weyland-Yutani research facility. They launch an assault on the Weyland-Yutani soldiers, as well as the Xenomorphs that survived and bred, After a pitched battle, Weyland-Yutani launches the ship. The marines crash a dropship into the hangar, where they find an Alien Queen. After a pitched battle with the Queen and knocking her out the ship with a cargo launch, the dropship pilot, Cruz launches the damaged ship and Queen into the upper atmosphere of LV-426, where they're both killed.

The Marines confront Michael Weyland onboard the ship. Hicks deduces that he's an android and shoots him "dead". Bishop examines the "dead" android's CPU and gets a whole load of useful intelligence from it, setting the stage of war between the Marines and Weyland-Yutani.

Despite being universally panned by critics for his lackluster gameplay, poor AI, bad controls and generally poor overall appearance, gaining around average reviews, it was the biggest selling game of February at release date. Over a million copies were sold and they even released a version with a plastic statue of a Marine in a Power Loader vs. the Alien Queen. It was also sold out in many stores across the globe on all formats.