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Alien

7 months ago

A single typo wrecked Aliens: Colonial Marines and people are handling it fine

In what feels like The Games Story Of The Year, during the Steam summer sale the much reviled Gearbox title Aliens: Colonial Marines was marked down to a stupidly low three dollars. A modder happened to notice that in the INI file for the game, there is a single typo that is -- get this -- responsible for many of the awful AI choices that…

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1 year ago

A new Alien shooter is in the works, says Fox

A new Alien game is skulking in the dark, early stages of development, according to the videogames division of Fox. Details about the xenomorph’s next appearance are still hidden in the vents but if we give the flamethrower of journalism a little puff of the trigger here… Ah yes, it’s a shooter. A little more juice maybe… Aha, it’s being made by the relatively young…

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3 years ago

There Are Definitely No Alien Organisms In SurvHive

I can't wait to tell you, fellow human person, about this game which I have learned about. It is an asymmetrical science fiction multiplayer murder mystery with absolutely no aliens in it at all. You might think from these screenshots and this trailer, starring Terrible Voice Man, that it is an FPS inspired by The Thing and Alien and that there are clearly monstrous fleshy…

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Feature: A better Alien game than any official Alien game

Duskers review

After nine months in the womb of early access, Duskers has finally been born. Out it comes, snarling and writhing like the science fiction nightmare it is, covered in slime and engine oil. Congratulations, game developers! It's beautiful. No, really, it is. And here's Brendan to tell you why.

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4 years ago

Feature: Isolation in green

Raised By Screens, Chapter 4: Alien

This article was originally published as part of, and thanks to, the RPS Supporter program. Raised By Screens is probably the closest I’ll ever get to a memoir – glancing back at the games I played as a child in the order in which I remember playing them, and focusing on how I remember them rather than what they truly were. There will be errors…

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Feature: Loving the alien

Creature Feature: Alien – Isolation

Are you playing Alien tonight? Now that Isolation has been unleashed, I want to talk about something that I brushed over in my review. It's an important thing but it's something that I didn't feel the need to dwell on because I wanted to leave a small window for everyone to have their own first encounter before I unpacked my own mental baggage. Previously, I've…

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Feature: Postcolonial perfection?

Alien – Isolation review

Alien: Isolation is Creative Assembly's first-person survival horror take on Ridley Scott's Alien. No predators, no marines, no swarms of xenomorphs. This time it's not war. Instead, we have one space station, one creature and one Amanda Ripley, locked in an apparent cycle of terror. I was hoping for something that captured the intelligence of the original film's design rather than simply being Amnesia in…

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5 years ago

When Androids Attack: Alien – Isolation

Edit: Oculus Rift support confirmed for maximum trouser-spoiling. Cat's out of the bag (sorry Jones) - there are synthetic and human enemies in Alien: Isolation! We knew but we hadn't seen them until now. That Sega and Creative Assembly would finally show this to be the case was one of Alice's hopes/predictions for E3 so she's currently gloating in the chatroom. It'll all come to…

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Hands on – Alien: Isolation

We have all been burned by past Alien games and I would like us to maintain a healthy scepticism about Creative Assembly’s recently unveiled Alien: Isolation, which I went to see and play just before the turn of the year. With this in mind, I believe it an obligation, before we begin discussing this new threat, to observe a moment of silence in which we…

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Ripley Rumours: Creative Assembly’s Alien – Isolation

After Colonial Marines, Sega must have been briefly tempted to nuke the Alien license from on high. Hope remains, however, that the publisher hadn't placed every grotesque Giger-egg in the same basket. Back in May 2011, Alec was visiting the total warriors of Creative Assembly when the studio's work on the Alien (not plural) license was announced. "I’m told they’re adamant they’ll take their time…

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6 years ago

Feature: The Suspense of an Ending

A Dying Art: Man Versus Machine

What if your computer wanted to kill you? Imagine entire worlds that contain nothing more important than a terrifying machine intelligence that absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead. Through the filter of aliens, robots and an Atari 2600, here are some thoughts on why it's good to run, to hide and to die.

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8 years ago

Beyond Forever: Colonial Marines Returns

What? What! WHAT. Given the annoucement that the Creative Assembly is working on an Alien game for SEGA and that Gearbox seemed so busy with Duke Nukem Forever and doubtless something Borderlandsy, we'd begun to presume that Randy Pitchford's lot had quietly shelved Aliens: Colonial Marines. IT IS NOT SO. The little-seen team/co-op-based shooter has come out of the God-damned walls at last, promising a…

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Alien: Not Just ‘A Licensed Game’

Perhaps a little off RPS' beaten track, but thought I'd link you to my interview with SEGA and Creative Assembly top brass for GamesIndustry.biz. For you, sir/madam/entity, its main point of interest is a few more implications as to what to expect from the newly-announced Alien game: "What we're doing with that property takes us a little bit into a more interesting place, so we're…

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Creative Assembly Birthing Alien: The Game

Surprising news from the wilds of Horsham, West Sussex, England. The chaps at the Creative Assembly - best known for the splendid Total War games and some other stuff they'd probably rather forget - have just had their next game announced by, er, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey. In a bit of a major switch-around for these strategy gurus, they're taking…

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