Aliens: Colonial Marines is shaping up to be one of the best shooters of the year. Early previews have indicated that Gearbox Software “gets it” by making Xenomorphs the terrifying foe that they should be. You wouldn’t know that, however, if you only watch the latest trailer.
In what’s called the “Kick Ass Trailer,” Sega shows off the more action packed sequences of Aliens: Colonial Marines while a gruff general narrates the events with stereotypical space marine pomp. There’s also a heavy dose of dubstep, because why not? It’s a marked departure from past trailers that highlighted the overwhelming odds the marines faced at the hands of the galaxy’s most effective killers. That being said, these marines are pretty kick ass.
It should be obvious now that Aliens: Colonial Marines will be taking more after Aliens instead of Alien. Alien fans can only hope that Gearbox can nail the fear aspect of the Alien franchise alongside the bombastic action sequences the franchise has become more know for. Xenomorphs terrified me for the majority of my childhood and I would love to get that feeling back in a game. The original Aliens vs. Predator was able to do this by making the space marines woefully underpowered, but it seems that these marines are more than ready to take on the challenge of killing an entire planet’s worth of Xenomorphs.
Aliens: Colonial Marines will launch on February 12 for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. The Wii U version does not have a release date yet.