I’ll admit, when a mate first told me about Aliens when I was a kid, I was a bit scared. In fact, when browsing VHS tapes at the local video hire, we opted, under considerable duress from myself, for Predator instead – it looked less likely to give me nightmares and, besides, who the hell was this Weaver woman when I could stare at Arnie for an hour and half, right?
I’m also happy to admit that I was completely wrong, and whilst it took me six months to finally get around to watching Aliens, I’m delighted that I did because it quickly became one of my favourite film series, the recent Blu-ray versions a particularly poignant delight about just how fantastic films could be in the eighties.
And yes, I even loved Alien 3. Read the book and everything.
For me, though, Aliens games haven’t been that great. The original coin-op felt like a Turtles rip off, the 16-bit home versions and ports never really picking up on the tension and instead just opting for action, which for me wasn’t what the movies were about at all. The Aliens vs Predator games were OK, but what I really wanted was something that was really just based on that film I skipped over way back when. Something awesome.
Thankfully, it looks like Gearbox are on the case. Colonial Marines has been one of those titles that seems to have been delayed and revamped nearly as much as Duke Nukem Forever, but it’s now not that far away and it’s looking like being the perfect game for fans – pulse rifles, Hadley’s Hope, facehuggers and – er – M16s.
Looks nice, right?
Apparently the Wii U version is looking like being the best one. Director on the project Brian Martel said that there’s more RAM in the Nintendo console than the other two, which makes the Aliens more shiny and the pulse rifle sound more pulse rifley. Hardly surprising, really, the Vita‘s got more RAM than the PS3. Hell, my Casio calculator does too.