A Left 4 Dead style-game set in the Alien universe sounds like a match made in heaven, but as anyone will tell you, the Alien franchise has a very hit-and-miss past in videogame land. However, you can be the judge of the latest title, as Aliens: Fireteam Elite launches today on Xbox, PlayStation and PC.
After the massive success of Alien: Isolation recreating the terrifying atmosphere of the original Alien film, Aliens: Fireteam Elite has gone down the much more action-oriented Aliens sequel route. A team of three Colonial Marines will face-off against relentless waves of various Xenomorphs in four campaigns (and a Horde mode) set after the original Alien trilogy. Another stark reminder that almost everyone involved wants you to forget that Alien: Resurrection ever existed.
In single-player, two AI partners will back you up, but Fireteam Elite is also fully playable in multiplayer. Players across generations of Xbox consoles can team up with each other to shoot over twenty different enemy types including several different types of Xenomorphs both old and new and other classic enemies.
Players will have the choice of five different classes that will each have their own unique weapons and abilities to take down the literal thousands of Xenomorphs you will be facing off against. Complete missions for various weapon and outfit customisation items and make your Colonial Marine stand out from the crowd. You can even throw in Challenge cards to mix things up further.
Key features include:
- THE ULTIMATE HUNT: Play a pivotal role in the epic events that occur 23 years after the original Alien trilogy as a Colonial Marine stationed aboard the UAS Endeavor, battling terrifying Xenomorph threats. Stunning visuals, iconic enemies, realistic environments, powerful weapons, futuristic equipment, and an eerie soundscape, combined with new storylines in a series of replayable campaigns, expand upon the story from the blockbuster films.
- SURVIVE THE HIVE: Face overwhelming odds against over 20 enemy types, including 11 different Xenomorphs along the evolutionary scale from Facehuggers to Praetorians, each designed with their own intelligence to ambush, outsmart and eviscerate vulnerable marines. Utilize cover and master team strategy to survive extraterrestrial threats as they overrun your fireteam from every angle, swarm through doors and vents, scramble across walls and ceilings, and strike from darkness with uncanny ferocity.
- CUSTOMIZE YOUR FIRETEAM: Choose from five unique classes – Gunner, Demolisher, Technician, Doc and Recon – each with their own special abilities and character perks. Utilize an extensive arsenal of 30+ weapons and 70+ mods/attachments in your effort to eradicate the Alien threat. An innovative Perk Board modifies and improves your abilities, while a unique Challenge Card system alters the approach to each Campaign mission, offering a new experience with every playthrough.
See if you can count how many references to the film franchise are in our review of Aliens: Fireteam Elite on Xbox Series X|S right here.
For those interested in Aliens: Fireteam Elite on Xbox, you have a couple of different options to choose from. The standard edition will cost £34.99 and features the full game, whilst the Deluxe Edition comes in at £57.99 but this includes the Endeavor Veteran Pack and Endeavor Pass which will include four additional cosmetic bundles that will arrive alongside major post-launch updates.
There are also a couple of DLC options present too. The now standard Deluxe Edition Upgrade will let you purchase the Standard Edition of the game, and then upgrade at a later time for £29.99, whilst the Hardened Marine Pack for £3.29 adds in some cosmetic items for your Marines. The £7.99 Endeavor Veteran Pack adds even more skins, accessories and Challenge Cards for good measure.
You’ll also find the game on PlayStation and PC.
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Set in the iconic Alien universe, Aliens: Fireteam Elite is a cooperative third-person survival shooter that drops your fireteam of hardened marines into a desperate fight to contain the evolving Xenomorph threat. Face off against waves of terrifying Xenomorph and Weyland-Yutani Synthetic foes alongside two players or AI teammates, as you and your fireteam desperately fight your way through four unique campaigns that introduce new storylines to the Alien universe. Create and customize your own Colonial Marine, choosing from an extensive variety of classes, weapons, gear and perks, battling overwhelming odds in this heart-pounding survival shooter experience.