Skipping forward, the second part of the demo takes place during a segment "where some serious business is going down," according to Pitchfork. You are now aboard the USS Sulaco that appeared in Aliens, sister ship to your own Sephora. Fans will remember the last time we saw the Sulaco in Alien 3, it was still orbiting LV-426 minus its original passengers. You start out at the bridge of the Sulaco, which was not featured in the films. A hull breach is imminent, and in one scene, the player had to dislodge a bullet that held a door open. If untreated, it threatened to jettison everyone. During your escape, you encounter a new type of enemy: employees of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, hell bent on capturing the Xenos alive for research and eventually weaponizing them. Of course, the Xenos on the ship are more than happy to rip apart all humans indiscriminately, pitting you in the middle of man vs. man vs. alien battles. (Speaking of Weyland-Yutani, Lance Henriksen himself let slip that he will also be voicing Weyland, guaranteeing the villainous chairman's appearance in some form.) From what I saw of the single player campaign, Aliens: Colonial Marines is shaping up to be a worthy extension of the franchise canon. The Gearbox team seems to know the lore and the world of Alien well, and their attention to detail was extremely evident in the short play-through. Aliens: Colonial Marines will be released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on February 12th, 2013.
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