News | 12/24/2008 at 10:15 AM

"Aliens: Colonial Marines" Could be the Next "Left 4 Dead"

One of the most anticipated co-op titles next year is Gearbox's Aliens: Colonial Marines.  With four player co-op play set in the traditional Aliens universe, it's easy to see how this could be the best thing since Left 4 Dead.   While we've had numerous Alien games before, none have offered co-op play and none have put players in the raw experience of an Aliens movie. explains it best:

I want to suspend my disbelief and encounter eggs and pretend as if I had no idea what they were and then have a facehugger jump out at me like what happened to Kane in the original Alien. Indeed, an A:CM teaser trailer showed us this moment, though astute residents of Gearbox's official forums concluded it was CGI, even it if was done in the game engine. CGI, in-engine, teaser or actual gameplay ... it's hinting that this game is headed in the right direction. But there's more than that. 

Think about it,  none of the previous games attempted to bring fear into the equation.  Most were straight up action.  Gearbox has the opportunity to not only expand the universe, but reenvision it.  And there's no better way to experience that than with your friends!


I want to hear garbled instructions from a friend in online co-op and yell back over my headset: "All. At. Incinerators." I want to check those corners. I want to use more than harsh language. I want that sinking feeling from pings on my motion tracker and hear my squad mates argue about it.

Oh god the potential there.  Like I said earlier, the Aliens game could be the next Left 4 Dead, a game where co-op play is natural and essential, not just a feature.  We're keeping our fingers crossed that Gearbox can pull this off.  In the meantime, I'll be polishing off my Marine Pulse rifle