Halloween Special 2: Halloween Harder – More Alien Games

I realized that there were some more Alien games that I could talk about, so here we are!
Let’s start with something a little before my time: Alien on the Commodore 64, from 1984.
http:// http://horrorpedia.com/2015/01/30/alien-commodore-64-computer-game/
This is a survival simulator that recreates the events of the first movie starting from someone’s (usually, but not always, Kane) death when the  xenomorph bursts out of their chest. The game lets you control each remaining member of the Nostromo crew as they attempt to deal with the rapidly – maturing alien on board. The game has several randomized aspects, such as who the android is. It’s not always Ash, as it was in the movie.
My interest in this game is historical. I’m interested to see what some people did with the license before the games started falling into more typical genres. I don’t know if I’m interested enough to play it, though. What do you think? 😉
Another Alien – related game in which I’m kind of interested is the Alien vs Predator game that was originally released for the Atari Jaguar, a not-terribly popular system.
This FPS had three campaigns for the Alien, Predator, and the human c
Colonial Marine. The Alien has an interesting gimmick where, if it dies, a Marine that it cocooned earlier will turn into an Alien, and gameplay continues from where the former Marine was located. Maybe this was inspired by a cut scene from the first movie where a character was turned into a xenomorph egg?
The game’s graphics were digitized from high-quality models of Aliens and Predators that developer Rebellion touched up.
Then, there’s the 2001 sequel, Aliens versus Predator 2. This PC FPS, once again from Rebellion, is considered to be one of the scariest games ever. It has three campaigns for each species once again. In the Alien campaign, there is a part where you play as a chestburster that chews its way put of its victim. Then, it feeds off of cats wandering around the research lab. What, did someone at Rebellion hate cats, or something? I’ve played games where I’ve killed dozens of humans, but innocent little kitties is just too far!
Rebellion took another shot at the franchise with their 2010 Aliens vs Predator game. The graphics are great, but the controls are a little odd and the game is just OK in the highly competitive FPS genre. Yet again, there are three campaigns for each species. I played them in this order: Alien > Predator > Marine. The Marine campaign is easily my favorite with some actual atmosphere and creepiness. The weapons are pretty good, too. I slightly prefer the Alien campaign to the Predator’s, even though he gets some neat toys. Besides that, probably the best thing about the game is the presence of Lance Henriksen as Weyland. The multiplayer scene is sadly quite sparse now.
One oddity is Alien 3: The Gun, a 1993 light gun arcade shooter from SEGA. It takes many liberties with the gloomy and deliberate original movie.
http:// http://retrovania-vgjunk.blogspot.com/2012/09/alien-3-gun-arc.html?m=1
I highly recommend looking up a longplay for this game just to see how weird it is in comparison to the film. The graphics are great and the game is supposed to be good (especially the original arcade cabinet), but the differences almost make it Retsupurae fodder. One can dream. Also, look out for the androids that are blue like Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen and the “super facehugger” boss, which was done almost 20 years before Prometheus. 😀
Yet another oddity: Did you know that Square made a sidescroller based on Aliens for the Famicom? This was before they found their footing with JPRGs like Final Fantasy, and it, too, displays several deviations from the source material. Almost like the NES Predator game, ironically enough. Hmm…
Speaking of Alien and RPGs, one of many Alien games that were teased but never released was Aliens: Crucible, an RPG by… Obsidian?! Fallout: New Vegas Obsidian? I’d preorder that yesterday. Why, why was it taken from me? ;-;
Who knows what the future could bring for Alien games with the new movie on the horizon.