The day many a gamer has waited for has come. To lead a squad of the best and brightest marines into the meat grinder against the greatest threat mankind has ever faced.
The "Alien" franchise has grown from the fledgling action figures that kids of all ages would smash into each other imagining the carnage they saw from the movies, to the now fully interactive squad based game where the gamer is taken behind the eyes of the marine fighting to save yet another planet from the black xenos.
The game itself looks to be exactly what "Aliens" fans have been waiting for. Graphically, it's right up there with Gears of War 3 and the Call of Duty series. The dark settings give that grim sense of dread only felt when you feel absolutely overwhelmed from not knowing where or when the next Alien will be hooking the player with its tail and dragging it up to have his brains splattered to the floor. The gun flashes are all familiar to the movie franchise that makes the gamer feel right at home with the Aliens knocking at their door. It's all a magnificent sight to behold. One that will make any gamer want to leave the lights on.
The sound quality is right up on par with what can be expected of Colonial Marines. The familiar sound of the pulse rifle as it fires is truly a nod to the gamer that, "yes, we are in the shit now marines!" The Alien hiss to the sound of them dying is also very satisfying as their acid blood cascades over the floor in an explosion of green. The voice acting is pretty generic in terms of "military games" goes. The gruff sounding "Cruz" sounds cheesy at best, almost comical. The protagonist, "Winter" sounds good enough to really pull the gamer into his role. The sound of the motion sensors "ping" as the Aliens get closer is perfect. The feeling of dread as you pull it out and the sound only gets louder and more high pitched as the aliens draw in closer to greet their new guests only to disappear when they stop moving. Overall, the sounds makes the setting all that much more authentic drawing any gamer into Colonial Marines.
The game itself is one that any gamer should add to their FPS list. It's not just for "fans" of the franchise, but for all fans of a good first person shooter that has a story that unfolds with one gut busting twist after another.