Ster Kinekor showcased Aliens: Colonial Marines to members of the press at their offices in Sandton, Johannesburg last week. Blue glow sticks cast an eerie light through the darkened room as smoke machines regularly released puffs of smoke to envelope us. Cocktails were served by military dressed men and large TV’s dotted around the venue played trailers from the game.
We moved to the comfortable preview theatre where Howard Lonstein from Ster Kinekor took us through a product overview. He highlighted the fact that Gearbox Software has taken care to create a true authentic sequel to Aliens. Gearbox has a good track record having worked on the Half-Life, Halo and Borderlands series. We then watched an all too brief play through of the game, there’s certainly something very hypnotising about seeing a game on a theatre-sized screen! It’s every gamer’s dream to have a facility like this in their underground bunker.
It was then time for us to get hands-on with the game ourselves. You could test the split-screen with the campaign mode on various PS3 consoles set up, or indulge in multiplayer action on Alienware PCs in an adjoining room. Any gamer will tell you that creating the right atmosphere is important and definitely adds to your enjoyment of the game, especially a game with the scare factor that Aliens packs, so bear in mind that playing Aliens: Colonial Marines in the dark is not negotiable, it’s a requirement. Smoke machines and blue glow sticks are an added bonus, but can be considered optional extras.
The first thing I noticed about the game is that Gearbox has succeeded in instilling a sense of fear in the player, something that it vitally important for a game in the Aliens series to succeed. Stay tuned for El33tonline’s review of Aliens: Colonial Marines in the coming week. The game will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on February 12th worldwide. You can browse through our previous coverage for trailers, screenshots and more information about the game.