Developer Gearbox is well versed in creating first person shooters that feature a unique mix of frenetic action and palm-clenching tension, having previously made Borderlands and Brothers in Arms. The Alien universe is ripe for such a combination too, with the films’ trademark tension and high-octane action perfectly captured.
Fans of Aliens will instantly recognise locations such as the abandoned spaceship Sulaco and the Hadley’s Hope colony. Examine your surroundings even more closely and you’ll spot many neat references to the film, such as Bishop the android’s milky fluid on the ship’s deck and the cocooned female colonist with a hole in her chest from which the implanted Xenomorph burst free. Actors Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen reprise their roles from Aliens, while the epic score and spot-on sound effects help add to the foreboding atmosphere.
When you’re not killing aliens, there are a huge amount of collectables to uncover. Hidden around each level are 35 dog tags and 12 audio logs, and you can unlock six special weapons belonging to characters from the film, such as Hicks’ shotgun and Vasquez’s smart gun. A number of challenges, such as killing two enemies with a single shot from the pump shotgun, unlock further rewards in the form of character and weapon upgrades.