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How many drops? 38. Simulated.

No game has ever been influenced by Aliens, ever. You'd have thought someone would have borrowed some element from it, but no, it's untouched ground completely.

And here’s another one. We’ve known that Gearbox were working on an Aliens FPS – whose name has now been confirmed as Aliens: Colonial Marines – but Sega have released some more information. It’s going to have a script from Battlestar Galactica (The Good one, obv) scribes Bradley Thompson and David Weddle, and while based on the mood and tone of the film, will take the Sulaco to new specially crafted destinations where hopefully our marines won’t all get killed again and have to be saved by the civilian. New weapons are promised, perhaps finally revealing the much-hailed Colonial Marine favourite the pointy stick. Probably the most exciting feature is the 4-player co-op, where – let’s quote the press-release rather than the film – we “will assume the persona of a Colonial Marine and have a distinct role to play in the completion of every mission”. RPS have already had their characters assigned. Jim will be Hicks. I’m Hudson. Alec is Vasquez. Walker is Newt. Stone will be Bishop. Quinns is Wierzbowski . We haven’t a visual yet but Eurogamer have found some cheery magazine scans you can see over here.

How do you get into this chicken-shit outfit? You’ll have to cryo-sleep until the end of the year. Until then, you can amuse yourself with this splendid Java version of the old Aliens board-game.

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