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icruise
02-21-2008, 06:27 PM
I just got the latest issue of Game Informer, and they have a cover story about a new game set in the Aliens universe where you play colonial marines. It's still in the early stages, but it looks pretty amazing (think Doom 3, but with aliens and marines!)

I haven't had time to read the whole article, but I'm pretty excited about this one!

nicky
02-21-2008, 06:31 PM
Yeah, I've seen scans of it on www.avpgalaxy.com. It looks pretty cool only I wish someone would come out with a 3rd person Aliens game for a change - there hasn't been one since the arcade games and it could be done so well like Hitman or Gears of War. Alien: Ressurection was originally intended to be 3rd person on the PS1 but it was changed to 1st person cos they thought it want scary enough - Resident Evil is a perfect example of a scary 3rd person.

Sick Boy 82
02-21-2008, 07:48 PM
Oh, S H I T!!! This looks amazing, the Game Informer pics were so amazing!!!! The Aliens looked so big and so killer!! Definitely pick up the new Game Informer!! Here's the link:

Aliens: Colonial Marines Game for 360, PS3 & PC!!!!! (http://www.gameinformer.com/News/Story/200802/N08.0213.1711.09335.htm)

DarkArtist81
02-21-2008, 07:54 PM
Badass! Should be a pretty cool game! I loved the Marines bits in the AVP games on PC. :rock

Natrix
02-21-2008, 08:09 PM
There is a thread about this in the video game section as well.

http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29868

Deftinwulf
02-22-2008, 06:08 PM
Just got the latest issue of Game Informer, myself, and all I can say is:

WAAAAHHHOOOOO!!!!! YESSSSSSSS!!!

:chew:fireworks :woo :bounce:mexwave:bounce:rock2:blissy:rock



It's like the SEGA and Gearbox development teams hacked into my brain to find out what my dream-game would be, and went about making it without telling me, lol. AVP2 for PC was one of my favorite games ever, and I've been waiting since then for another; one with current-generation graphics. I don't know if you'll be able to play as the aliens like you could in AVP, but perhaps it will be possible in multiplayer? At any rate, I love the decision for no heads-up display (HUD), it will make the game much more frightening and atmospheric. Gearbox is the group responsible for the original half-life, so as you can see I'm looking forward to this one. :)

Mudshark
02-24-2008, 12:24 PM
Looks like a lot of us have been waiting for this game for a very long time, and it has finally arrived. I gotta track down that issue of Game Informer!

MML
02-24-2008, 05:27 PM
PLEASE let this be a good game! I played AVP (the Rebellion one) on the PC back a few years ago and it scared the crap out of me, it oozed atmosphere. If this game comes close I'll be happy.

uscmhicks
02-24-2008, 06:09 PM
This should be similar to Turok I think.
Gears will kick its ass but it will still rock :rock

Johnny Utah
02-25-2008, 04:54 AM
you get to walk around the Sulaco in the Alien3 timeframe.You also get to root around the Marines' lockers as well as ponder why Ripley's EEV is missing...

chuck20
02-25-2008, 07:21 AM
I totally want this game. I loved the Marine missions in AvP2. nut nothing compares to the predator. :banana

Jamal
02-25-2008, 07:32 AM
Marine missions were mad scary!

chuck20
02-25-2008, 07:45 AM
good lord, nothing is as terrifying as going through a nest and realizing you are VERY low on ammo.

tense.

the distinct sound of an egg opening is generally a good time for me to start scraming:horror

Hollis DZC
02-25-2008, 09:42 AM
A couple of us Colonial Marines were at WonderCon this weekend. Met w/ reps from Sega and Gearbox. They are uber enthusiastic about this project! They are trying very hard to capture the atmosphere of the film. It is going to Flat Out ROCK!

-Rex

Mudshark
02-25-2008, 10:24 AM
A couple of us Colonial Marines were at WonderCon this weekend. Met w/ reps from Sega and Gearbox. They are uber enthusiastic about this project! They are trying very hard to capture the atmosphere of the film. It is going to Flat Out ROCK!

-Rex

Finding out about this game has made me even more excited about finally getting a PS3. I've basically been waiting for MGS4, GTA-IV and a few other titles, but this one could easily top my list if it turns out to be as fantastic as it already appears to be!!!
:rock :rock :rock :rock :rock

Jamal
02-25-2008, 11:01 AM
^^ Grabbing mine when this or RE5 drops which ever is first bro!

chuck20
02-25-2008, 12:00 PM
is this game coming to the PC too? I dislike console shooters with the exception of the wii. Mostly due to control.

Sabres21768
02-25-2008, 12:14 PM
is this game coming to the PC too? I dislike console shooters with the exception of the wii. Mostly due to control.

Yep, it's coming to the PC

JediMike71
02-26-2008, 07:13 PM
WOW! :eek I am DEFINITELY buying this game the first day it comes out in 2009! This IS the ALIENS Colonial Marines game I have been waiting for! I knew about the one EA was making for the Playstation 2 a few years ago. But it got cancelled. This one looks incredible. I bought the Game Informer today. Here's some pictures from the article. I am going to buy my copy of the game on the Xbox 360. I won't post the pictures of the cover that I took since some of you have already posted a link to Game Informer showing the cover. Check out the pictures...

The first two pages of the article. It says "PEACE THROUGH SUPERIOR FIREPOWER" just like on Pvt. Frost's gray t-shirt he wore with the M41-A pulse rifle on it, above the title "ALIENS Colonial Marines".

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z104/JediMike71/100_9375.jpg

The next two pages. It has a great shot of what I am assuming is planet LV-426. Since they say you revisit the same planet from ALIENS in the new game. You even explore the Sulaco too!

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z104/JediMike71/100_9356.jpg

the next page that shows a dropship at the top of the page. It says the game will use the original dropship. Not some "re-imagined knock off" of it. Good. Also at the lower left are pictures of the hypersleep chambers in the Sulaco, and they say even though Ripley's is missing, there are others that your team can explore. At the bottom left is a picture of the A.P.C. we all know and love. It says that "there will be some driving segments, but the gameplay is focused primarily on squad shooting". On the lower-right is a section comparing "Concept To Reality" on the top is the shot of the loading bay on the Sulaco in the game. On the bottom is a shot of the loading bay in the movie. They look almost identical! Plus, the fact they consulted the the ALIENS conceptual designer, the great painter Syd Mead! Awesome! :D

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z104/JediMike71/100_9357.jpg

Next is the page to the right of the last page. It shows your first-person view without any nagging "H.U.D.". You are looking at alien egg with a facehugger about to jump out of the top of it! For this picture they say, "Since your view is uncluttered by any sort of HUD, you will be able to fully appreciate terrifying moments like this".

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z104/JediMike71/100_9361.jpg

At the bottom of that same page is a small picture of the A.P.C.

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z104/JediMike71/100_9362.jpg

The next page has a shot of your marine shooting his pulse rifle at an oncoming facehugger. It says "If you are grabbed by a facehugger you will have to react quickly using the "close encounters" mechanics to avoid death". The "close encounters" mechanics they mention they said will be simple lighted hints something like what was done in "God Of War". You will see a green light to then do a button-press like maybe one of the shoulder buttons on the controller in a sequence to get the facehugger off of you and away from your face.

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z104/JediMike71/100_9363.jpg

Next, is a great shot of the other three marines in your squad (all four marines right now are currently named Winter, Bella, O'Neal, and Monday. I'm not sure which one you will play as...they didnt' say). One is sealing a door with his hand-held blowtorch, another is covering him at the door with his shotgun just like Hicks, and one covering with a pulse rifle. Your marine is shown holding a motion detector, and you can see the display with aliens approaching, and they're about 7 meters away! It says "These placeholder squad members look the same. In the final version, their appearance will be just as different as their various abilities". In the article it says you can arm each marine with one main weapon, like a pulse rifle, flamethrower, or smartgun. Then they get a secondary weapon like the signature shotgun Hicks carried that will stay with them the entire game. They will also be able to have a pistol sidearm, and be able to each carry some of the familiar grenades from ALIENS too. Sweet! They also go on to say that you will be able to switch between the four marines at any time. Reminds me of that function in "Battlefield 2" that I played on the Xbox 360. Nice.

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z104/JediMike71/100_9365.jpg

I will post the rest of the pictures in my next post so that I will have posted all of the pictures from the article. :D

JediMike71
02-26-2008, 07:30 PM
Here's the rest of the pictures from the article.

Next up is a good shot of a remote sentry gun firing on an oncoming alien warrior. It says "Using a turret to mow down xenomorphs is a good way to avoid being splashed by acid blood". Yep. I agree with that!

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z104/JediMike71/100_9367.jpg

Wow, check out this picture! One of my favorites from the article. It shows two marines firing on an alien, and it says "The LED on the pulse rifle will display your allies' ammo, so even in the middle of a fight, you can see how they're doing". Awesome! So the rounds count down from 99 to 0 just like in the movie. Nice touch!

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z104/JediMike71/100_9369.jpg

Here's a tighter shot that shows you one of your fellow marines being attacked by an alien in the next room. Get over there and help him out marine!

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z104/JediMike71/100_9370.jpg

Here's a closeup of the reference to the cancelled EA Colonial Marines game, and how that the new game from Gearbox and Sega WILL NOT be related to it in any way. I'm glad about that too. Gearbox will surpass anything EA could have done with the ALIENS license in my book!

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z104/JediMike71/100_9372.jpg

Here's a small picture of a dropship from in the game I forgot to include in my first post...

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z104/JediMike71/100_9364.jpg

A more close-up shot of the article title....

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z104/JediMike71/100_9376.jpg

So, this game looks to be the ONE we've all been waiting so many long years for! I can't wait to play it and own it! I've always wanted to play as a colonial marine in a videogame that was accurate to ALIENS. After reading the article I can tell these devolpers truly DO care about the ALIENS license, and will do their best to make the best ALIENS shooter game we'll all love.

Here's the information about when it's due out....basically just 2009 right now, and what systems it's coming out on. The Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. It says it will also have 1 to 4-player action, and 4-player cooperative play via the Playstation network, Xbox Live, or PC internet connection.

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z104/JediMike71/100_9352.jpg

I happy to share these pictures with all of you! Take care. :D

chuck20
02-26-2008, 08:04 PM
:eekHOLY GOD THAT IS AMAZING! :eek

i must go change pants now....thank you so much for sharing. This looks amazing. :eek :eek :eek

Mudshark
02-26-2008, 08:23 PM
Thanks for posting all the pics and the informative review JediMike. I still want to grab a copy of this issue of Game Informer... I think it's destined to become a collector's item! :D

I can't wait to play this!!! Fortunately there are some other great games coming out this year to keep us busy until the 2009 release. :monkey5

Sick Boy 82
02-26-2008, 08:26 PM
Damn, I can't wait to use the door welder!! I know, but still. That kind of intricate game detail just shows what kind of amazing things are gonna be coming in this game!!!!

Praetorian380
02-26-2008, 08:41 PM
this has the potential to be the definitive ALIENS game - the best one ever!!

The screens look great - the question is, does the gameplay and story hold up?? we'll see

I have a good felling about it though just based on the fact that gearbox has been known for quality titles. They dont half ass their games.

Sniper33
02-26-2008, 08:55 PM
checking out those scans makes the game look great. but it can all go down hill if the story and controls are horrid. Either way....

Mudshark
02-26-2008, 09:52 PM
Damn, I can't wait to use the door welder!! I know, but still. That kind of intricate game detail just shows what kind of amazing things are gonna be coming in this game!!!!

How 'bout the M56! Let's ROOOOOOOOCK!!!!

:rock:rock:rock:rock:rock

Moonloop
02-26-2008, 10:00 PM
Not to get anyones hopes up....BUT:

I know that the Game Informer article says 2009. But GI dates are incorrect 90% of the time because they usually get the information to publish in their magazine months in advance. And GI is always wrong on release dates, I don't know why they just always are. Even their monthly calendar in each magazine that has the release dates of games coming out the month or two after the magazine is released is always wrong.

With that being said, more recent articles (Last Thursday the 21st) on online video game news sites such as IGN and Gamespot, state that the game is being release in later in 2008, which is believable. "The game, which will see a release on the 360, PS3 and PC, is scheduled to arrive later this year."

So we'll see what happens.

Bishop
02-26-2008, 10:20 PM
Ok this is pretty awesome. I remember when the first version of this got canned and how ridiculously angry I was. The only fear I have with this is that it might turn into a game where you spend most of time babysitting crappy AI squadmates.

Whatever...overall it looks encouraging, and thank god it's actually coming out on the PC!!:chew

AVP2 for the PC is one of my favorite games ever. Here's a memorable screenshot from the last marine level, right before I got raped.

http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/2521/avpey4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Sick Boy 82
02-26-2008, 10:23 PM
Christ, this is gonna be so amazing!! I might have to build a rig just so I can play this with the best graphics! But I will still buy it for 360 and maybe even PS3, cause I will have one by then.

Moonloop
02-26-2008, 10:36 PM
The only fear I have with this is that it might turn into a game where you spend most of time babysitting crappy AI squadmates.


If you want to get an idea of how Gearbox Squad based games work (and I am certain that Aliens will be very similar if not the same way)....then Pick up either Brothers In Arms: Road to Hill 40 (http://xbox.ign.com/objects/676/676367.html) or Brothers In Arms: Earned in Blood (http://xbox.ign.com/objects/736/736220.html) or the third one comes out in June titled; Brothers In Arms: Hells Highway.

Fantastic games, I loved em. Incorporates a lot of action while controlling your squad. They are important to the game and can decide a battle. But it never becomes a task of babysitting, though it is required to have them help you, because they actually do make a huge difference in the game. But it is really fun to order them around and it just adds a lot more to the game, great stuff.

chuck20
02-27-2008, 11:44 AM
Bishop, great screenshot. I remember that happening once or twice to me as well....

I wonder if there will be a predator cameo in this game, maybe you get attacked unexpectedly by an alien only to be rescued at the last second by a predator, who quickly vasnishes into nothing.


That would be awesome for me, but i could see how it might piss alien purists off.

JediMike71
02-27-2008, 07:53 PM
:eekHOLY GOD THAT IS AMAZING! :eek

i must go change pants now....thank you so much for sharing. This looks amazing. :eek :eek :eek

You're VERY welcome! I am always happy to help out my fellow board members here. As Chris Chulamanis always told me..."VBR" (Very Best Regards)! :D

Bardoon
02-27-2008, 08:37 PM
http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/2521/avpey4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

AVP2 IS A GREAT GAME!!!

Very suspenseful too!!! There was nothing like walking a dark corridor and just hearing your motion tracker start peeping with one dot closing in...and then another...then another. Oh man, I'd piss my pants over that....

Very good story that tied everything together as well, the Marine/Predator/Alien campaigns were all really well done and coordinated as well...especially when you do things as one character and realized it helped out another one (like you as the Predator shackled in the lab seeing your Alien character running amuck in the lab and helping free you...and then later when your the Alien and you realize it was you...that was sweet).

One thing though was that the Xenomorphs would just come up and claw you and sit there scratching at you...it looked silly. Gearbox addressed that there would be much more than that in their Colonial Marines game...they said that the Aliens would actually grab your character and try to drag you away (presumably to the hive) and you would have to press directional buttons (Gearbox is trying to stay away from a traditional HUD) in the direction that a side of the screen flashes to try and break free. On top of that Gearbox said the Aliens would be grabbing you from ANYWHERE...they could be in the ceiling, under the floor, hiding as a pipe (a la ALIEN).

I can't wait for this game.

uscmhicks
02-27-2008, 08:43 PM
I think this will have ( as I have said before ) a big impact , the avp movies have shone alot of light on alien and predator over the last few years and kids and adults have gotten into the genre alot more. I really like the idea of this and hopefully it will be really great to play. 4 player co-op sounds amazing. Can't wait!.

Sachiel
02-27-2008, 09:42 PM
Wow. The game is looking great. I have a feeling the game as a whole will be great. Lots of good people working on it and most all big Aliens fans.

Space Jockey
03-02-2008, 07:34 PM
Newer screens can be found at:-

http://xbox360.gaming-universe.de/screenshots/554-1.html

This game is looking friggin' ace. :D

Mudshark
03-03-2008, 12:08 AM
This is looking better and better every time. I'd like to see some PS3 screens for comparison.

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w245/Mudshark_Album/NoEscape.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w245/Mudshark_Album/Contact.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w245/Mudshark_Album/TailAttack.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w245/Mudshark_Album/RemoteSentries.jpg

Blackhole
03-03-2008, 04:33 AM
That's gameplay footage???

Those are some killer graphics...

PsychoCenobite
03-03-2008, 07:37 AM
I can't wait for this game! :chew

PsychoCenobite :monkey5

Blackhole
03-03-2008, 07:46 AM
Possibility of predators in the game?

PsychoCenobite
03-03-2008, 08:20 AM
Possibility of predators in the game?

I was talking to my friend the other day about this game a how good a Predator game could be with todays technology, etc.

I'd love to see a Predator 1 game - set in the jungle with the army but have more than one Predator. So the same setting a feel of the first film but with the option to kill a lot more Predators.

Also, the same with Predator 2.

Keep them as the films but with more Predators! :chew

PsychoCenobite :monkey5

Hollis DZC
03-03-2008, 09:16 AM
Possibility of predators in the game?

No Predators.

It's going to be one fun as hell game. I can't wait for it!

Sick Boy 82
03-03-2008, 09:19 AM
I think if this game does really well, we might see a resurrection of the Alien and Predator games. I would love to see one for P2 and AvP/AvP:R!!

cornhelium
03-03-2008, 11:49 AM
Looking great.

I hope they nail the damage effects from the PRs and Smartguns - sparks from the bullets exploding and aliens coming apart bit by bit.

AVP1 had great damage FX for the aliens. You could individually shoot the limbs off as I remember. Just add some more spectacular sprays of acid and exoskeleton parts and we're there :D

...destructible scenery a la F.E.A.R. / Max Payne would be the icing on the destruction-happy cake :maul

Cheers,
CH

royasave33
03-04-2008, 12:30 PM
this game will be insane cant wait for it to come out

JediMike71
03-05-2008, 01:55 PM
Looking great.

I hope they nail the damage effects from the PRs and Smartguns - sparks from the bullets exploding and aliens coming apart bit by bit.

AVP1 had great damage FX for the aliens. You could individually shoot the limbs off as I remember. Just add some more spectacular sprays of acid and exoskeleton parts and we're there :D

...destructible scenery a la F.E.A.R. / Max Payne would be the icing on the destruction-happy cake :maul

Cheers,
CH

Yeah, I'm hoping for stuff like that too! "Destructable" environments, muzzle flash, and bullets effects, multiple limb dismemberment on the aliens! :D Using today's technology in gaming all of that could, and should be in the game if Gearbox is wanting to do it right! :D

Mudshark
03-06-2008, 02:28 AM
From the screens we've seen so far it looks there will be lots of human blood trails and splatter all over the place, but I'm wondering how well the Alien blood splatter will be handled. It's one of their greatest weapons and defenses all rolled into one, and it could be a critical factor in terms of movie-based realism, as well as team/player tactical choices when battling them in close quarters.

Will splattered alien blood interact with the environment in real time, like eating holes in anything it contacts? What happens if you get sprayed, like poor ol' Drake did in Aliens? Do you just take a certain amount of damage? Will you be able to quickly shed your gear, like Hicks did, to reduce or even avoid taking damage? Will the damage be permanent, or will you be able to heal during the game?

It may be too much to hope for, but if they could pull all that off, it would certainly add another dimension of realism (and dread) to the game. :monkey4

JediMike71
03-06-2008, 12:55 PM
I agree with you on all of those points Mudshark! Yes, adding in the effects of the splattered alien blood would be great. Just like the ability to shed your armor as it's getting eaten up by the acid alien blood! :google

Hopefully Sega and Gearbox will do all of that and so much more. Just from seeing the article in the recent Game Informer I'm ready to buy the game now!

Here's to hoping for much more in it than we expect. Of course I'd love to see online multiplayer for it on the Xbox 360. But I think there's a slim to no chance of that. Oh well.

Hollis DZC
03-06-2008, 01:02 PM
Here's to hoping for much more in it than we expect. Of course I'd love to see online multiplayer for it on the Xbox 360. But I think there's a slim to no chance of that. Oh well.

Actually, there is. It's a given. We at the Aliens Legacy board are working with Sega and Gearbox to promote the game. Two of us met with the reps at WonderCon.

grawnday
03-06-2008, 01:17 PM
I'm hoping this game is wildly popular-- popular enough to convince Hot Toys to release more Marines. Maybe popular enough to inspire a new film.

Mudshark
03-06-2008, 10:51 PM
Actually, there is. It's a given. We at the Aliens Legacy board are working with Sega and Gearbox to promote the game. Two of us met with the reps at WonderCon.

That's extremely encouraging. Did you happen to discuss the alien blood issue and how that would figure in the game? I'm anxious to know how realistically the aliens will be portrayed, as well as the methods/mechanics by which they will cause damage to the marines. If you can shed any light on the subject, without revealing any spoilers you may be aware of, naturally, it would be very much appreciated! :D

JediMike71
03-07-2008, 12:55 PM
Actually, there is. It's a given. We at the Aliens Legacy board are working with Sega and Gearbox to promote the game. Two of us met with the reps at WonderCon.

Wow, "it's a given" that there WILL be online multiplayer! That's great news! :D Yes, any news or details about the game that you can share with us Hollis DZC, would be much appreciated!

bcm77
03-08-2008, 05:48 PM
I thought the 2 AVP games on the PC were great so I'm looking forward to this immensely even though it won't have any Preds in it.

Dassy
03-23-2008, 06:00 AM
UK Gamers!

April 2008

Playstation Official Magazine has said same article!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v427/padassy/img077.jpg


:cool:

uscmhicks
03-23-2008, 06:01 AM
UK Gamers!

April 2008

Playstation Official Magazine has said same article!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v427/padassy/img077.jpg


:cool:

and xbox... :cool:

Predatortje
03-24-2008, 05:57 AM
I hope this game comes for the Wii,
would be really cool with the Wii Gun

icruise
04-02-2008, 02:48 PM
I think it would be terrible on the Wii because it just can't handle the graphics.