As of today you’ll be able to join the fight against the Xenomorph infestation. The game will cost £49.99/€59.99, but PlayStation Plus members can download the game with a 20% discount (offer available for two weeks only).
Created by Gearbox, the hugely talented and award-winning developer of Borderlands and Brothers In Arms, this first-person shooter is steeped in the eerie, claustrophobic and terrifying atmosphere that made the Aliens films successful worldwide. You and your friends will become the most badass military outfit in the galaxy – the US Colonial Marines.
To give you a bit of spiel about the game’s story; 17 weeks after losing contact with Hadley’s Hope, a new team of Colonial Marines returns to LV-426. The rescue mission becomes a battle for survival against new dangers, new enemies and new species of Xenomorphs (for those of you eagle-eyed enough, you will have noticed that the game’s storyline is a direct continuation from Aliens the movie).
You’ll play as Corporal Winter who, along with the help of your fellow squad members Sergeant Cruz, O’Neal, Bella and Reid, needs to establish what went wrong on the USS Sulaco, find out if there are any survivors left on LV-426 and make it back to the USS Sephora alive. Not as easy as it sounds considering the swarm of Xeno that are trying to eat your face off!
Not only does the game come with all the authenticity of the Aliens franchise and a vast array of classic Marine weaponry (including pulse rifles, motion trackers and flamethrowers) but the game features drop-in/drop-out co-operative gameplay, so you don’t have to face the Xeno menace alone if your nerves can’t take it!
On top of the main campaign story there is also an expansive competitive multiplayer on offer, with four different modes (Escape, Survivor, Team Deathmatch and Extermination). This range of modes provides an innovative, asymmetrical competitive multiplayer experience, allowing you to fight in first person as the ultimate badasses – the United States Colonial Marines – or in third person as the universe’s deadliest killers – the Xenomorphs.
I’m especially looking forward to skulking my way round the multiplayer maps looking to pick off lone Marines one by one!
You’ll be plunged into familiar and new environments from the iconic film franchise, and all players will have to fight the fear and face the true horrors of the Aliens universe!
Finally, I’d like to mention the Season Pass that’ll be released alongside the game on PSN; customers who purchase the Season Pass (£19.99/€29.99) will receive all four upcoming pieces of downloadable content, which will feature a new campaign as well as multiplayer content. The Season Pass will give gamers access to all four upcoming packs of DLC, as they become available, at almost 40% savings over the individual purchase of the content.
Hopefully you’re all as excited about this game as we are, and I really look forward to seeing some of you online for some multiplayer carnage – so you’d better stay frosty!