Another glorious day in the Corps.
Nintendo's DS still has several months of life before passing the torch to 3DS.
Even better, Sega plans to release Aliens: Infestation, a 2D action shooter inspired by Metroid and Castlevania, but set in Twentieth Century Fox's celebrated Alien universe.
Currently in development at WayForward, the same talented programmers behind Mighty Milky Way and the respectable Thor: God of Thunder, this over the top homage to the classic films sends players deep into the heart of the franchise, where they'll join the colonial marines and battle xenomorphs across a plethora of memorable locations, including planet LV-426 ("It's what we call a shake and bake colony."), the derelict ship from Alien (complete with mummified Space Jockey) and the seemingly abandoned Sulaco from Aliens.
What makes the game even more intriguing is the heavy exploration element, combined with the option to recruit up to 19 different marines, all of which possess unique personalities, dialogue and storylines. Even better, comic artist Chris Bachalo, who worked for both DC and Marvel, designed them.
For the most part, though, this sweet looking title offers hours of alien blasting mayhem. You'll slaughter enemies using a variety of famous weapons from the series, like the pulse rifle, smart gun and flamethrower, as well as grenades and other pieces of equipment.
Soldiers can also use cover and blind fire, though Aliens: Infestation is more than just a run and gun experience. Sulaco missions, for example, require stealth to complete. On the flip side, you'll also strap into the power loader and battle the Alien queen.
Meanwhile, you must also race against the clock to prevent your buddies from becoming hosts to breed new aliens (their vitals appear along the touch screen), even if it means taking the fight right into the heart of the nest, splattering facehuggers along the way.
Bottom line, we cannot wait for Aliens: Infestation. The fact that Sega put WayForward behind the project is excellent news, and the decision has apparently paid off, as the game features attractive graphics that help bring the Alien saga to life.
The best part? You don't have long to wait, as Sega plans to ship the game this September. Game over? Hardly. We just got started.