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'Aliens: Colonial Marines' will grab you by the chest


Gearbox Software and Sega have released the first gameplay trailer for the forthcoming game "Aliens: Colonial Marines" and one thing's for sure: It will make you clutch your chest in fondly remembered terror.

The game, due to launch for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC next spring, is set after the events of the "Alien 3" movie. According to Gearbox, the set-up goes like this:

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.

Sega has vowed that "Aliens: Colonial Marines" will be "the definitive 'Aliens' gaming experience.' By which they mean, they promise this "Aliens" game won't suck.

While I do hesitate to let my expectations rise too high for a game based on a film property, this sneak peak certainly indicates that "Colonial Marines" is doing much to capture the cold, otherworldly look, desperate feel and face-hugging, chest-bursting scares that so thrilled us in the "Aliens" films. Here, take a look:

Certainly, the fact that Gearbox is at the helm is a good sign. OK, so their last game — "Duke Nukem Forever" — wasn't so hot, but they rocked "Borderlands" and the "Brothers in Arms" games. So fingers crossed.

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