Wii, PSP catch Alien Syndrome

Action RPG set in sci-fi universe coming in summer 2007; single-player, cooperative modes feature 20 weapons, 100 different enemies.

by

Ripley! I mean Aileen Harding!

Yesterday, Sega announced that it would be publishing games based on the universe of the Alien films. Today, the company revealed it will be releasing Alien Syndrome in 2007--a game about a heroine who takes on a dangerous race of outer-space inhabitants. However, though the similarities may be uncanny, this isn't the first game based on Alien or any of its sequels.

Alien Syndrome is instead based on the classic Sega arcade game, which later made appearances on home consoles in the late 1980s. The game will be released on the Wii and PlayStation Portable simultaneously in the summer of 2007. The action role-playing game is being developed by Totally Games, which also worked on the space-flight-combat X-Wing series for the PC.

Playing as Earth Command Trooper Aileen Harding, gamers will take on more than 100 different types of aliens and learn new abilities and skills as they progress. Aiding players in their cause are 20 different weapons, including quad-barreled lasers, nanobot swarms, and more conventional flamethrowers.

Accompanying Aileen is an indestructible robot that serves as both an ally in battle and a vendor from which she can buy items. The robot can also upgrade existing weapons and can upgrade itself with new abilities.

The PSP version will feature cooperative play for up to four players through the handheld's Wi-Fi capabilities.

For more information, read GameSpot's recent Q&A with Totally Games' president, Larry Holland.

Discussion

60 comments
Demmi_Argo
Demmi_Argo

I'm getting tired of this whole "aliens" thing, its promoting a bad stereotype and isn't doing anything for the videogame industry. I tend to stay away from these games because I know that they will most likely underwhelm me and are just a ploy to make a quick buck. *cough* HALO! *cough*

WorldMusc_basic
WorldMusc_basic

This game looks like a contra ripoff with bad graphics and worse gameplay.. Glad I didnt buy a Wii

Dualmask
Dualmask

Always good to hear more support for my portables. It's great to own both DS and PSP...I don't miss out on anything. :)

X_Box_Killer
X_Box_Killer

Alien Syndrome Wii looks like a first gen PS2 game.

mingfu
mingfu

I don't like the game it stinks!!

diablos101
diablos101

hey caneco87... why not... wheres that cookie hey

CyberTaek
CyberTaek

I hope the people making the big decisions over at Sega are reading this forum. PLEASE include the ORIGINAL ARCADE version of Alien Syndrome on this game disc as well!!! It will sell so much better if you do! Just look at all the people remarking about it.

princeofgames90
princeofgames90

you doesnt look cool sound cool or it does even make me intresting

ra7krz
ra7krz

aww no ds version, o well the wii version should be fun

69PS3cool69
69PS3cool69

the psp rocks but i have to choose between a psp, ps3 or a 360 so of course im not getting it

Jin_the_samurai
Jin_the_samurai

"whats the life span of this psp.. i keep hearing they stopped making games and movies but then i see new junk, maybe their milking it for this holiday season" MGS OPs, Crisis Core FF7, Devil May Cry, GTA VCS, Tekken, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Classic collections, ps1 emulator(PS games constantly being added to the list), Call of Duty, Rainbow Six, WWE,Dungeon and Dragons Tactics, Ratchet and Clank, Granturismo, Dungeon Siege, Sonic Rivals, and etc... (Alot more) have recently been released or will be future released. The psp isn't flopping. Like the person before me said it has sold a good amount of units, the only thing is in japan tons and tons and tons of ds have been sold, so ppl think the psp is a flop when it actually isn't.

spectyre
spectyre

Might be worth a rental. It always cracks me up when everyone says the PSP is doing so poorly... The PSP has sold a very respectable amount of units. The DS has sold a gazillion units, so by comparison, any other console looks like it is doing poorly. Don't quote me on this but I believe the PSP has sold alot more than the Xbox 360 and no one is predicting the demise of Microsoft yet.

vu12345678
vu12345678

yay i love the old alien syndrome I'll cop this for the psp if it has co op or something

buckybuckster
buckybuckster

It's kinda interesting that they've given the PSP the nod over the DS. While sales of the PSP have increased dramatically over the current holiday season, the DS Lite is still cleaning it's clock. Hope they do a good job on this one as it's one of my all time fave arcade games back when Sega was actually SEGA and not some pretender claiming to be.

azzezino
azzezino

Wonder how this will play out.

lorenzojr78
lorenzojr78

thanks jwmakoto, i've been wondering about that.... and shtinky is that true ??? about the wii or is is just lies and hate cause sony is doing sooo poorly.

jwmakoto
jwmakoto

They never stopped making games or movies for PSP... some big retailers just decided to stop stocking UMD movies hehe. Basically the format's gone down the drain for portable movies, as people would rather play them off memory sticks. And while the number of good games for the PSP can be debated, they haven't stopped making games for it by any means.

lorenzojr78
lorenzojr78

whats the life span of this psp.. i keep hearing they stopped making games and movies but then i see new junk, maybe their milking it for this holiday season.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

lets see some nice screens and maybe a video and then i might have some interest

GKBeetle
GKBeetle

dukerav Too bad no DS, and yes completely stupid that the PSP gets co-op over the Wii, lame. I thought Totally Games did an ok job with the X-Wing vs Tie Fighter series, although still nowhere as good as either X-wing or Tie Fighter, hopefully Alien Syndrome turns out ok as well. . ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Actually, it never says that Wii does not get co-op play, just that PSP does get it. The game is not supposed to come out till Q3 2007. They are probably still trying to figure out exactly what they are going to do with the Wii version and don't know if they will be able to do coop or not.

kyleali11
kyleali11

lol wii and psp, the gen after the ps2's gen

Cloud737
Cloud737

That co-op mode through Wi-Fi sounds neat. I think that the game has a good idea, and I surely hope the devs don`t ruin it in the end.

ThrawnEternal
ThrawnEternal

I`m looking forward to hearing more about this game.

Reetesh
Reetesh

yes! Action RPG! :D Now its gonna be interesting :D..I was worried it would try to be like those PC RPGs. coz if it was. then it would FAIL(as its very difficult to have such a game and be Very good at the same time, only few achieved it)

SpareJesus
SpareJesus

Aw, I was hoping maybe they were basing it on Alien Storm..(Especially when the robot got mentioned.) Anyone else remember that game? It was like a futuristic version of Golden Axe.

ert47
ert47

Hmm... WiiSP.... dunno if that works... The screenshot is kinda confuzling...

caneco87
caneco87

diablos101 "hehe i knew this was coming out before gamespot, have some mate whos testing it ^_^ "\ CONGRATULATIONS, do you want a cookie?

diablos101
diablos101

hehe i knew this was coming out before gamespot, have some mate whos testing it ^_^

Lumenadducere
Lumenadducere

Hm...I'm saving my judgment until more info is released.

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

I remember the original, this article jogged my memory.

datniccah187
datniccah187

I liked Alien, so the games should be pretty good.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Sega, try to surprise me for once.

Doolum
Doolum

as i said before i do hope that the game does not disappoint

dukerav
dukerav

Too bad no DS, and yes completely stupid that the PSP gets co-op over the Wii, lame. I thought Totally Games did an ok job with the X-Wing vs Tie Fighter series, although still nowhere as good as either X-wing or Tie Fighter, hopefully Alien Syndrome turns out ok as well.

segaraptor
segaraptor

Yes! Alien Syndrome gets an update. Now all we need are Fantasy Zone and Zillion! (Oh please please please give us Zillion!!) Master System lives!!!

Aaron_130
Aaron_130

wasn't this like the worst game ever on the Mega Drive?

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

Awesome! That sounds like a good way to honor the series...too bad I misread DS and PSP...

fierro316
fierro316

I loved that arcade game, I hope the new version delivers.

Re_ensurer
Re_ensurer

Man, I remember playing the old Alien Syndrome Arcade game. :D

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

hmm...i was about to buy alien syndrome for the nes

nestea_king
nestea_king

How the hell will the PSP do co-op, but the Wii wont? Idiots...