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Aliens: Colonial Marines - Kick Ass Trailer

By: BatRastered Jan 24, 2013 | 1 Comments

Another trailer showcasing cut scenes and third person views... if you look closely there's about 2 seconds of actual gameplay (with HUD!) including operating the power loader.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Story Trailer

By: BatRastered Dec 28, 2012 | 1 Comments

Our first look at the story of ACM... with a cameo from Hicks?

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Due to fan outcry and internet rage you'll be seeing female characters in the upcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines.

You’ll be able to play Aliens: Colonial Marines as a female character, across both the co-op campaign and the multiplayer, Gearbox has announced.

The decision is a turnaround as playable female characters were not originally included in the game, despite the central role female characters have played in the movies. Internet outrage and a few thousand signatures quickly helped Gearbox change its mind.

"We realized some people were starting to feel bad,” said Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford during a panel at PAX Prime this weekend. “We exist to entertain people.” He then went on to unveil the character herself, Jennifer Running.

"I want everybody to be clear that there are playable females in both the mulitplayer and the campaign," said Pitchford.

 

I know BatRastered is hype for this game, but what about you? Tell us what you think in the comments. Don't be a Jimmy!

Team Gouki faced off against Team Gearbox in Aliens: Colonial Marines' Escape Mode multiplayer.

Team Gouki sat down to play some 4v4 against some Gearbox employees. We sat down and put on the headphones, when I noticed there was no voice chat working (it was running on PC) so GoukiJones and I took the headphones off one ear to hear each other. FnJimmy left his on, and that was a mistake that cost us early. GoukiJones then inverts his look controls and we're rolling on to the first objective... opening some elevator doors. GoukiJones got sniped and killed by a Xeno hanging from the ceiling, The other guy on the team (there was only three of us, so we had a pick-up Jimmy) got killed too. FnJimmy was no where near the objective, so I ran to it and managed to open the door before getting railed. I should note, that you don't respawn in this mode until an objective is met, so it was pretty close to game over man right there.

Next we had to all be inside the door for it to shut, but FnJimmy was not there... and because he head the headphones on tight, he couldn't hear us yelling at him to get in the FN circle! Luckilly he finally got to it and we rode the elevator up... meanwhile watching the Gearbox controlled Xenos scale the fence to beat us to the top! Cheating! Seriously though, the Gearbox team knew where they were going and where WE were going and had all the good sniping and ambush points locked down, and murdered us pretty quickly once we were in the next area, but we still had fun.

We still weren't allowed to play as the Xenos, and according to our contact at Sega, that's because the marines control just like traditional FPS whereas the Xenos are thrid person and have some different controlls and without any time to get used to it or learn what you can do, they didn't think the demo would play as well. That's cool, I'll definitely play them on February 12 when the game ships!

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SEGA and Gearbox have announced a new competitive multiplayer mode for Aliens: Colonial Marines simply named Escape.

The new game mode for Aliens: Colonial Marines titled Escape is a team based 4 vs 4 mode where you play as marines and xenomorphs. The goal is for the colonial marines to blast through a fast paced map while trying to escape the xenomorphs. Gearbox says its a race against the clock and it will take use of each factions individual and unique skills.

What are your thoughts on this new game mode? Are you interested in this game? Tell us what you think in the comments. Don't be a Jimmy!

 

GoukiJones, FnJimmy, and BatRastered got to play the multiplayer demo of Aliens Colonial Marines at E3 2012. Who's that playing as the Xenomorphs against them? Oh, that's just the Gearbox dev and test teams.

Yeah, we were a little disappointed when we were told that we wouldn't get to play as the Xenomorphs in the demo, as you can see in the video they play third person, and they have the ability to see in the dark and through walls, basically they always know where you are. The balance is achieved by the fact that they have to get close to attack, so the Xeno's are basically playing a more stealth based game while the Marines play a more traditional FPS.

Watch out for the Crusher!
Aliens Colonial Marines Crusher Charge

We did get to play as the Marines however, and that was still fun. There are a couple of different classes to choose from (your basic shotgunner, machine-gunner, and assault rifle based classes) each with a secondary fire ability (the pulse rifle has a undermount grenade launcher for instance). You could also find powerful tools in the map, such as the smart gun that tracks alien movement while you shoot. I think that's how FnJimmy got most of his kills, how else do you explain him going 10-2 against the dev team? You can pull out the iconic motion tracker at any time but beware, this lowers your weapon and leaves you vulnerable to attack! You'll quickly learn to stay with your teammates or get singled out and die when an alien grabs you from behind. In this sense, the Marines gameplay could be compared with the L4D series more so than a Halo or CoD type game. Even better, if you pre-order the game, you can play as the Marines from Aliens (Hudson, Hicks, Apone, and Drake)... Game over man!

We only got to play Team Death Match, but we were told to expect several other modes when the game ships in February 2013. Hyped!

You can probably blame Sega a little more for this one. Maybe they don't want to challenge this holiday season. Honestly I can't think of what is really coming out this year. Halo? Another COD and AC? Maybe they didn't want to go up against Borderlands.

You can read a letter from Randy Pitchford about the game and the release date. He sound super excited. Click the source link below. 

Regardless of the release date, you Jimmys still looking forward to this? Is Aliens on your list? It is on mine! All Gearbox games are right now. Vote, Comment and Share. Don't be a Jimmy!

For those of you who couldn't see it at E3 or PAX, here's what you missed.

FYI This is the same demo I saw at E3 and wrote about. Narrated by Randy Pitchford.

ACM Ships out sometime in 2012.

The latest Aliens: Colonial Marines Gameplay Trailer shows off bits and pieces from the E3 demo.

Watch it and get hyped!

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Aliens: Colonial Marines E3 2011 demo impressions

By: BatRastered Jun 11, 2011 | 8 Comments

The Gouki team paid a visit to Sega's booth at E3 2011 for a first look at Aliens: Colonial Marines in action.

Hot on the heels of the first official trailer for this game, Sega let us in to see an early build of Aliens: Colonial Marines being played by the Gearbox staff and hosted by non other than Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox Software.

When asked when the game takes place in the Alien universe, Pitchford stated that he considers this the "true sequel to Aliens", which brought cheers from those assembled for this demo. We soon found ourselves in Hadley's Hope searching for survivors and clues as to what happened during the events of the Aliens movie. The level of detail even in this early build was quite impressive. Fans will clearly recognize the blueprints of the building and the labs housing the face-suckers. Things quickly turn dark for our band of marines as the sounds coming from the motion tracker become more urgent. Alien xenomorphs soon begin emerging from the ceiling air vents, taking many of your squadmates out in the process. The aliens move all along the ceiling and walls as easily as the floors, and they move quickly. You will really need to have your head on a swivel if you wish to keep it attached in this game! Better yet, bring some backup; Aliens: Colonial Marines supports 4 player co-op. As Pitchford announced this feature, a second Gearbox employee joined the demo. Much like Gearbox's recent hit, Borderlands, the additional player simply popped into existence and a message appeared on the screen stating that "player 2 had joined your party". Nothing was mentioned of this, but I noticed that the second player had some custom looking artwork on their armour hinting perhaps and some level of player customization.

Most of the action was standard FPS stuff, move from point A to point B and have a firefight, but along the way the engine showed off some survival horror effects (exploding lights, face-suckers throwing themselves at the inside of their glass cage towards you with the accompanying music queue) and other events like random marines being gruesomely dealt with by the aliens. We weren't shown any items other than the motion scanner, but we did get to see a few weapons including the pulse rifle and sentry turret.

Seal the door!

Seal the door

After the marines had decided to take a last stand, a giant firefight broke out, culminating in the alien queen bashing through the door and ending the demo with an ominous fade to black.

For those worried that an Aliens game can't live up to the hype, let me tell you that Pitchford and his Gearbox staff were visibly excited to be making this game, and very much knew their stuff about the Aliens universe. Pitchford was shouting out movie quotes throughout the demo, and mentioned that they had the chance to work with many people and assets from the film.

In addition a version of the game will make its way to the WiiU after its launch. While we don't know specifics on the WiiU version, it is easy to imagine a motion tracker on the controller screen. Pitchford would only say that Gearbox was proud to be one of the early recipients of the developer kit for the WiiU.

Aliens: Colonial Marines ships out Spring 2012 for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. 

Remember that Aliens game that's been in development for 5 years now? Gearbox does.

Gearbox likes to work on long projects (Duke anyone). This one has been in development by them since 2006. At this rate we should see the next Borderlands sometime in 2017. Anyway, this trailer is more of a teaser, there's no gameplay and no release date shown, only a couple second video clip and some typing on the screen. I'm not expecting to play this on the floor of E3 given this trailer. (UPDATE Below, the game will be "shown" in Sega's booth. No word on what will be shown.)

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