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“Aliens: Colonial Marines” Bursts onto Consoles Next Spring

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“Aliens: Colonial Marines” Bursts onto Consoles Next Spring

Entire video game franchises have tried to capture the mix of horror, action, dark comedy and commentary that James Cameron‘s “Aliens” delivered when it hit big screens 25 years ago. You can see strains of the component parts of “Aliens” in the classic “Doom” shooters, Bungie’s “Halo” games and EA’s “Dead Space” sci-fi horror franchise. There’ve been games with the iconic xenomorphs in them, most recently the mildly received “Aliens vs. Predator” published by Sega last year.

Undaunted, Sega’s putting out another “Alien” game in the spring of 2012, this time with dev studio Gearbox Software. The relevant bits from today’s press release:

“To Gearbox Software and its peers throughout the industry, ALIENS is
one of the most influential science fiction properties of all time,”
said Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox Software. “Aliens:
Colonial Marines, designed as an interactive successor to the landmark
films from Twentieth Century Fox, is a dream project about which our
studio is deeply committed and passionate.”

“Aliens: Colonial Marines will be THE definitive ALIENS gaming
experience,” said Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing at
SEGA Europe and SEGA of America. “Gearbox Software are doing a
brilliant job translating the thrill and horror that ALIENS stands for
into an action-packed shooter experience with co-operative gameplay at
its core.”

Gary Rosenfeld, Senior Vice President of New Media for Fox Consumer
Products added, “It’s no easy task to take on one of the most
influential films of all-time, but SEGA and Gearbox are not going to
disappoint. This game will be a must-have for fans of the ALIENS
franchise and gamers around the globe.”

Aliens: Colonial Marines begins with an ostensibly abandoned ship, the
U.S.S. Sulaco, recovered in orbit around LV-426. Players lead a group
of highly trained United States Colonial Marines as they board the
deserted craft to uncover the fate of the crew. They will have to
fight to survive unspeakable horrors and their own anxieties as they
chase down the truth behind a galaxy-spanning deception that places
humanity at the mercy of the most murderous and deadly species in the
universe. Aliens: Colonial Marines features authentic environments,
such as the surface of LV-426 and Hadley’s Hope, weapons inspired by
the film series and is designed to provide an exhilarating and
engaging new chapter in the Aliens universe.

The question with this game isn’t whether Gearbox can deliver the goods as far as gameplay is concerned. Their pedigree includes the “Brothers in Arms” WWII FPS series, the addictive megahit “Borderlands” and the soon-to-release, legend-in-waiting “Duke Nukem Forever.” They know shooters and how to build different experiences inside shooters.

So, the question with “Colonial Marines” is really they’ll be able to capture the electric tingle of fear associated with any of the classic “Alien” installments. But, a video game’s git to make you feel empowered, too, so “A:CM” will need to ramp up your skills believeably to make it seem like you’re capable of defeating killings machines that have decimated whole squads of tough guys.

This project’s actually been brewing for a while and I saw it in an earlier stage a few years back at E3. Even then, the build of the game on display had progress. The snap of sudden darkness turned the human soldiers’ machismo and bravado into nervous chatter. Watching the slinky animations of the lethal xenomorphs creeped me out a few years back and the glimpse offered of one gets me all goose-bumped now. “Aliens: Colonial Marines” takes places directly after the second “Aliens” movie and the dialogue in this teaser seems to hint at strong ties to the events of that film. If nothing else, the game presents an opportunity to quote the film’s great dialogue liberally. There’s always Bill Paxton as Private Hudson, delivering the immortal “That’s it man, game over man, game over! What the fuck are we gonna do now? What are we gonna do?”

“Aliens: Colonial Marines” is scheduled to come out for consoles and PCs next spring. If you’re excited to get your chance to face off against face-huggers and xeno queens, let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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