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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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Arthvader Talks: E3 wishlist and thoughts

By: Arthvader May 13, 2012 | 4 Comments

With E3 only a month away, I thought now would be the time to talk about some of the games I'm most interested in at E3 this year.

    I honestly can't wait for E3 to arrive next month. There's going to be alot of talk in regards to what's coming out later this year, as well as next year. With that said, here's some of the games I'll be anticipating the most.

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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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