Saturday, 25 May 2024

Aliens: Colonial Marines

Gearbox, the creator of Borderlands, invites you to immerse yourself in the thrilling world of space marines battling against a horde of xenomorphs. Recently, at E3 2012, I had the opportunity to try out the multiplayer mode of Aliens: Colonial Marines. As I stepped into the doomed soldier’s blood-soaked boots, I found myself engaged in intense 6 vs. 6 death matches on a brand new map inspired by the colony from the film Aliens. Allow me to share some of my thoughts on the multiplayer experience.

Teamwork is Key

In Aliens: Colonial Marines, it quickly becomes apparent that sticking together as a team is imperative. Straying from the group leaves you vulnerable to swift elimination by the enemy.

Arm Yourself with the Pulse Rifle

The pulse rifle proves to be a reliable weapon in the battle against the fast-moving xenomorphs. For maximum accuracy, it’s recommended to fire from the hip while tagging your targets.

Pulse Rifle

Exploring LV-426

The new multiplayer map, tentatively named Origin, is set on LV-426, the infamous home of the derelict ship and the birthplace of the xenomorph outbreak. As you traverse this dark and atmospheric terrain, you’ll find yourself in awe of the haunting presence of the derelict ship and the chilling shadows it casts on stacks of supply crates.

Derelict Ship

Facing the Xenomorph Threat

Encountering a single alien poses little threat to a prepared squad of marines. However, when faced with a pack of fast and agile xenomorphs, it’s best to retreat to the safety of your team.

Watch Out for Acidic Blood

Beware of alien corpses, as their acidic blood can cause harm. Exercise caution and avoid unnecessary contact.

The Power of the Semi-Automatic Shotgun

When used skillfully, the semi-automatic shotgun becomes a formidable tool for dispatching xenomorphs. Quick reflexes and timely reloads are vital to survival.

Utilize the Pulse Tracker

The pulse tracker, a helpful tool for locating enemies and weapons, proves its worth in the fight against the xenomorph threat. However, rely on it sparingly to avoid leaving yourself vulnerable.

Fluid and Responsive Gameplay

Expect a tight and reliable gameplay experience in Aliens: Colonial Marines. The development studio’s track record with Borderlands ensures smooth controls and seamless action.

A Faithful Portrayal of the Aliens Franchise

The alien creatures in Aliens: Colonial Marines perfectly capture the essence of the legendary films. With their unsettling movements, eerie sounds, and deadly nature, they deliver a truly creepy and immersive experience.

Although I met my demise countless times at the hands of the xenomorphs’ tearing claws, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time with the game. While I didn’t have the chance to experience the campaign mode, I’m excited to know that it supports four-player co-op and a story that continues after Alien 3. Stay tuned for more updates on Aliens: Colonial Marines leading up to its highly anticipated release on February 12 for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.


  • Q: Can I play as the aliens in Aliens: Colonial Marines?

  • A: Currently, players can only assume the role of marines in the multiplayer mode.

  • Q: Are there plans for additional maps in the game?

  • A: While specific details have not been revealed, it’s safe to assume that Gearbox has more exciting maps in store for players.


Aliens: Colonial Marines promises an adrenaline-fueled multiplayer experience that stays true to the beloved Aliens franchise. With its engaging gameplay, faithful portrayal of the xenomorph threat, and the upcoming four-player co-op campaign, it’s shaping up to be a must-play for fans and newcomers alike. Keep an eye out for the release of Aliens: Colonial Marines on February 12, and prepare to face the terror head-on. Visit Wqaindia for more gaming news and updates.