E3 2011: Aliens: Colonial Marines Demo Preview

Now you can live the adventures of a space marine. Mostly.

Aliens: Colonial Marines is the upcoming Sega-published game based on the Hollywood blockbuster franchise, and we got our first taste from a live demo played by a Gearbox representative. The journey began inside a damaged marine ship that was plummeting down toward the nearby planet. The cruiser's fiery metal battered and detonated the settlement below.

When the ashen dust from the wrecked ship settled, the perspective was from the eyes of a surviving soldier. The player was disorientated, and his CO roused the hero to his feet. The commander was thanked by the player's quick flip of the bird, and the soldiers jotted off. It was soon discovered that their crashed ship had just obliterated Hadley's Hope, the prime location of the second movie. The sundered colony made full use of the game's Red Ring engine, easily rendering creepy lighting and shadows touted as influenced by Dead Space.

The main character whipped out his handheld radar scanner and soon found several blips dashing toward the unit from the west. Naturally, the creatures were the titular Xenomorph aliens. One of them darted through the broken airshafts, wiggled out the other end, and snatched up an unlucky marine. It was time for our protagonist to get out of this sticky situation fast. Luckily, a good amount of regenerating health helped with the survival rate. However, the run-of-the-mill bugs weren't the only breed of aliens about.

A much larger ferocious and huge bull alien was among the pack. Its head was large and patterned similar to a queen's, but it was also extremely well armored. No amount of simple Weyland-Yutani bullets would penetrate shielding that tough. The marine didn't delay and quickly dashed into a well-reinforced building and behind an enforced blast door. He traveled down the path and met with several more of his military chums. However, there was something special about one of them.

Aliens: Colonial Marines features drop-in and drop-out cooperative play for up to four players. A member of the new squad wasn't just some artificial scum, but another real-life player. He didn't have special markings or a name above his head, making it difficult to remember he was really human controlled. Together, the players set up a perimeter defense of auto gun sentries that mowed down the hordes of aliens. However, there were too many beasts.

Even with the help of friend, the Xenomorphs proved to be far more than any mere mortal could handle. In what appeared to be a scripted event, the old buddy armor-head big alien smashed down the walls Kool-Aid-man style and darted for the first player. The bug then grabbed the soldier and devoured him, and the demo ended.

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MadDogZA
MadDogZA

THEY'RE ALL OVER THE PLACE!!! ...LOL....can't wait, looks awesome, nice lighting and fluid movement, nice! and agree co-op would be cool

DefJam85
DefJam85

I hope it is offline co-op even if it is split screen it will work for me cuz it will be just like halo right

AIRWALKTDK666
AIRWALKTDK666

I hope they make a really challenging difficulty level, im tired of breezing through FPSs...

xRealXDeal
xRealXDeal

My ultimate team of badasses will protect you.

Totoran
Totoran

Sound Good !! And if we can be part of Aliens 2, changing the storyline saving soldiers and other would definitely excellent.

Gunathar
Gunathar

Aliens is the perfect setting for a FPS. Atmosphere, action, pulse rifles, acid splash damage. If this game fails, it's voluntary. Co-op (local and online) is a must!

Theconsciousss
Theconsciousss

good premise I just hope the gameplay follows through, I just wish there was a 3rd person perspective too

gashoe13
gashoe13

lol... same screenshot twice... but this look's really cool. I really really hope this game will capture the power and fright of the original Alien movies.

XtC86
XtC86

Silly derp smiley face...^_^

ABC2K
ABC2K

"We're all gonna die. The only question is how you check out." :D

ABC2K
ABC2K

This sounds really good. But where is the video for this clip?

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

"It was soon discovered that their crashed ship had just obliterated Hadley's Hope, the prime location of the second movie." You mean that prime location that was obliterated BEFORE you even GOT THERE?

chyng85
chyng85

It's ugly and creepy~

sloakz
sloakz

"Game over man, game over" Sorry couldnt resist it

blackhook001
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Rekunta
Rekunta

@aedancomey Cut 'em some slack, I'm sure they're struggling like hell to keep up with the torrent of new info coming out every minute.

aedancomey
aedancomey

does anybody proof read during e3? " Luckily a good amount of regenerating health help with the survival rates. However, the run in the mill bugs weren’t the only breed of alien about. "

Krinnium
Krinnium

i hope this is a good game too. im a huge fan of aliens, and this looks promising. ha this report was written wicked fast tho you can tell x]

paradiggam
paradiggam

they mostly come out at night. mostly.

Jaxifer34
Jaxifer34

I'm really rooting for this to be a good game. I haven't played any Alien-based games because they don't seem to have much to offer. It's hard to make a game like this when you have so many other to compare to and not just another "been there, done that" scenario. I hope this is a hit!

wyan_
wyan_

a surviving solder? this has to be the most original playable game character ever! I've always wanted to play as fuseable metal. I could go around soldering and fixing things as I please.

SerOlmy
SerOlmy

The subtitle of this article made me lol. I'm looking forward to this one, I used to love the Aliens movies when I was a kid (except the abomination that was Alien 3)

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

So... In other words, such things are SUPER inspired by Aliens then?

dakan45
dakan45

So we cant see this? Man, seriously gearbox you should have made a stage demo by now.

Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

Sweet, excited to see how this will turn out. Whether it b terrible or actually fun