ALIENS film series than to go on a bug hunt, and since 1982 (the year I started gaming), all the way to today in 2013, were have been a number of games attempting to delivery this concept. When it comes to titled video games, we ALIENS fans have been more taken advantage than an opened porn magazine in a Barnes & Noble bathroom! It seems that there has been no ALIENS video game worth full price and some are even worthless. However, before the drop of the latest, and hopefully greatest of the ALIENS themed video games, FWS will be taking a look back at the ALIENS video games. This blogpost is mainly concerted on the purely ALIENS releases, FWS will be a Broken Promises on ALIENS vs. PREDATORS listing all of those mostly shitty titles.
ALIEN (Atari 2600 1982)
Back in the early days of video games, there was alot of cash grabs with video games with known title...ET or M*A*S*H anyone? And it seems that 1979's ALIEN was a similar story, they took the basic architecture of Pac-Man (not shit) and converted it to an a human character running around mazes, avoiding xenomorphs, and collecting dots to stay alive. If all of these dots are collected, then you're moved on to a open screen with xenos running around, and you must avoid them, and make to the hatch on the top of the screen. Until I started research on this blogpost, I had never heard of this game, and must have become lost in the mass of ATARI 2600 games. This type of game was pretty standard for the time period and technology.
ALIEN (Commodore 64 1984)
ALIEN fans were looking for an experience close to the movie, than the Commodore 64 1984 game is close. In this strategy game based on the Nostromo is a good old game of 'hunt the alien' before they get back to Earth or the oxygen runs out onboard the vessel. There are several paths to victory, including a rescue mission for the cat! I was unaware of this game until this blogpost, but I've read that some fans really liked this game back in the day.
ALIENS (Commodore 64, Apple II 1986)
ALIENS (MSX Japan only release 1987)
XENOPHOBE (Arcade, NES, Atari Lynx, 2600, 7800, XE 1987-1990)
ALIENS games, but it is important to know for much of us in 1987, this was as close as we came to an ALIENS-ques game....and it was a hell alot of fun! Three-players on three-different split-screens battle across space stations, shuttes, and moonbases to raid the galaxy of xenos in all of their forms. I loved the Xenophobe game, and plan on devoting an entire blogpost on this 1987 forgotten classic that is still my favorite arcade game. It is my belief that Xenophobe may have caused 20th century FOX to finally develop an arcade cabinet game
XENOMORPH (Commodore 64, ATARI ST 1990)
ALIENS gaming title, but it borrows so much for the world of ALIENS, it might has well have been. Your crippled starship, the Mombassa Oak crash lands on the Atargis abandoned mining complex. You are the only survivor of the crew due to a computer malfunction No one has answered your calls, and you must navigate the vast complex to find items to repair the Mombassa Oak and get off of this infested rock in space. Xenomporh is a science fiction role playing game similar to Dungeon Master and was well received.
ALIENS Arcade Game (1990)
For many of us, this was our first experience with an official ALIENS game. This was one of the most vivid side-scrolling arcade titles at the time, and featured the M56 Smart-Gun as the standard armament, some rail-shooting via an APC, and tons of xenos to kill. I can still remember playing this one in the arcades in Bartlesville and Tulsa, and often there was a line. Never was any good with this game...
ALIENS 3 (NES, Sega Genesis 1992-1994)
ALIENS 3 based characters and environments. This released on most every major system at the time. Check out Ripley's buzzcut!
ALIENS 3: The Gun (Arcade 1993)
ALIENS: The Comic Book Adventure (PC 1995)
ALIENS series from 1990. This could be one of the more rare ALIENS games.
ALIEN TRILOGY (Playstation, PC, and Sega Saturn 1996)
ALIENS ONLINE (PC 1998)
The game's servers were disabled in 2000. There were a number of different maps, including Gateway Station, and this introducing laser weaponry into the ALIENS universe. This was another one of those ALIENS that I had no idea existed.
ALIENS RESURRECTION (Playstation, 2000)
ALIENS even came out for the original Playstation in 2000, ALIENS: Resurrection had already bombed at the box-office, making the game a hard sell. Original, this game was meant to be an 3rd person POV game with more puzzles and to be released on the PC and Sega Saturn. I got this for an Xmas present, and played through to the end. Being based on that dogshit movie hurt it, but it was an okay shooter all and all. On the plus side, it did allow the player to operate from different characters, including Christie with his surgically attached pistols. I also enjoyed getting some hands-on time with the A:R futurist modular weapons. Watch for these United Systems Military weapons to appear an upcoming FWS Armory blogpost on modular weapons.
ALIENS: The Thantos Encounter (Gameboy Color 2001)
ALIENS game until Colonial Marines. This was a top-down swarm-shooter type, owning some of it's design to the nearly ancient Ikari Warriors.
ALIENS: EXTERMINATION (Arcade 2006)
ALIENS: INFESTATION (Nintendo DS 2011)
ALIENS universe element. ALIENS: Infestation was similar to Metroid and Metal Slug games, and received good reviews when released. Some players really enjoyed the levels were you could engage xenos in space.
ALIENS: COLONIAL MARINES (PS3, Xbox 360)
In just a few days, ALIENS: Colonial Marines will be released and we will all see if the hype is indeed true. Randy Pitchford, president of the Dallas-based Gearbox Software is a huge ALIENS fan, and he took great pains to develop this game right, and be the FPS ALIENS game we fans have wanted since 1986. Elements of the movie were carried over, including some of the weapons that Hudson mentioned in the Special Edition version. I was thankful that hand-wielders will be used, and the correct fucking sound from the M41a1 pulse rifles as well! All I have to say is mutha futha better be good after we have waited for so long! Of course, FWS will be posting a review this game in-dept.