Like all good Americans, I have an affinity for the Aliens movies. Once every couple of months I see one playing on the TV and stop everything to watch it. Now, I’m not saying that I root for the aliens, but I cannot wait to get my hands on this game and kill some human jerks with my giant spiked tail. And that’s why I stood in line for an hour to get annihilated by some Gearbox employees.
Unfortunately they would only let us play as the marines. So I teamed up with three strangers to get hunted down and murdered horribly. I was still excited, however, because my preferred FPS weapon is the shotgun. We all know shotguns only work well at close range, and we also know that the Aliens aliens don’t use guns. One type does have a long-range spitting attack, but mostly they’re up close and personal. So I went in with a shotgun full of confidence.
Yeah, acid blood. Still, I enjoyed bringing up the rear and watching my cohorts get mauled before one-shotting the alien in the back of the head. Until we all died. Anyway, the point is that it was dark and intense and frightening and pretty much the Aliens version of Left 4 Dead. But I can’t really judge the game without doing what we’re all waiting to do, which is play as the aliens. All I can tell you is that the atmosphere is appropriate, the controls work fine, and the aliens don’t move fast enough to be actually terrifying because if they did the combat wouldn’t be balanced. And none of that matters because Aliens: Colonial Marines is Left 4 Dead in Aliens land. Why didn’t someone come up with this sooner?