A Post Ripley Aliens

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While there have been a lot of games that take place in the Aliens universe, both with and without Predators, there havenít really been any that go back to the events of the second movie and show what happened after Ripley, Newt, Hicks and the remains of Bishop leave LV-426 and head back to Earth.

Thatís what Aliens: Colonial Marines is all about. After the events of the second film in the franchise, the company sends in a group of marines to investigate the station and learn what has happened. As you might guess, it isnít long before that team is stranded on the rock and have to face off against a massive number of xenomorphs.

The demo we saw included the new batch of marines crash landing on the planet as well as their run for cover as they try and regroup and figure out what to do next. Along the way, we saw several very familiar sights like the medical room where Ripley and Newt were locked in while being attacked by facehuggers.

It was during the run to the closest enclosure after our crash landing that we got to see a new type of alien, this one dubbed a Bull Alien, contained a large flattened head similar to the shield on a triceratops. It seems its primary purpose was to charge at you and try and ram you through the closest wall.

It wasnít long after the characters found a secure place to hold up that they realized their life-sensors were going off and they were about to be attacked by enemy forces yet again. This time, the attacking creatures would be way too many to deal with on a one-to-one basis, so you have to set up turrets at a few of the facilityís choke points in the hopes of cutting down their numbers some.

It was at this point that the demo team showed off the ability to call in a friend for help. Another character popped into view and the two worked alongside the friendly A.I. in order to mow down as many aliens as possible.

During this major battle, aliens came from the ceilings and walls climbing over everything in their path in order to get up-close and personal with the surviving marines, and eventually we were driven into a loading dock where a couple of characters took control of some Power Loaders just in time for a new queen to make her presence known.

The demo was a roller coaster of high action and anticipation. Even when the aliens werenít knocking on the front door, you got a real sense that they could come out at any point and start taking down your forces. I can definitely see Aliens: Colonial Marines being a game I will play in the dark, and Iím sure I will jump at more than one shadow in the process.

Colonial Marines is coming out for PC, DS, PS3, 360 and even the Wii U. While not much has been said about the Wii U version, Iíve heard people saying that the motion tracker that you normally have to manually pull up will be permanently displayed on the Wii Uís controller screen. The game is expected to be released in the Spring of 2012.