It would have been easy for WayForward to make Aliens: Infestation a straight scrolling shooter, but the studio hopes to raise the bar and make a game that's genuinely pants-wettingly scary. In a new developer blog, director Adam Tierney talks about making the Xenos frightening.
"Regarding visibility, we felt that if we could prevent players from seeing their adversaries, or seeing the full environment around them, it would make them apprehensive about moving forward (in spite of the pixel art style)," he said. "This was accomplished first, and most directly, by occasionally turning the lights out. Many areas of the game are completely dark, and block the player from progressing until they’ve located a portable light source. Even then, the flashlight (once located) will only shine a thin beam forward, in the direction the character is currently facing.
He also revealed that Xenomorphs appear in two ways -- either slinking out from walls (like the escape pod scene in Alien or the first Xeno ambush in Aliens) or bursting from air vents. In the case of the former, the Aliens will be visible -- just expertly camouflaged in the architecture. Players won't be sure if they're looking at an Alien or not, which is something I'm surprised more games haven't exploited.
Aliens: Infestation is out October 11. It's on track to be one of my favorites this year.
|2:00 PM on 10.12.2011|
Review: Aliens: Infestation
Videogames owe a lot to Aliens. The movie classic gave us the archetypal space marine, then pitted them against a nest full of drooling Xenomorphs, the titular Aliens that have served as a blueprint for so many videogame enem...more
|9:20 AM on 10.04.2011|
Time for another Aliens: Infestation trailer you BITCH!
Here's another trailer for WayForward's Aliens: Infestation, which is due to to hit North America on October 11. It's shaping up to be one of the best DS games in recent memory, but of course that won't be known for sure unt...more
|8:00 AM on 09.27.2011|
Bishop's knife trick is an Aliens: Infestation minigame
In news that finally cements my unrivaled excitement for Aliens: Infestation, it's been revealed that the famous "knife trick" scene from Aliens will be in WayForward's DS adventure as a playable minigame. The news come...more
|12:00 PM on 09.19.2011|
Have another sexy Aliens: Infestation trailer!
A second trailer for WayForward's promising DS game, Aliens: Infestation has emerged, and I am stoked as all bloody buggery! While I'm a little sad that the guitar riff from the last trailer isn't present, this is still a ba...more
|10:15 AM on 09.09.2011|
Aliens Infestation is an Aliens game BASED ON ALIENS!
The headline to this article may look very redundant -- after all, saying that an Aliens game is based on Aliens is like saying Call of Duty has some guns in it, right? Not quite. Director Adam Tierney makes a good point...more
|4:45 PM on 09.02.2011|
Aliens: Infestation trailer is short but so very sweet
SEGA has released a trailer for Aliens: Infestation, showing off some of the lovely gameplay that got me so excited at PAX. Developed by WayForward, the game takes elements from Metroid and Contra, then adds Xenomorphs for a...more
|11:00 AM on 08.30.2011|
Aliens: Infestation is Metroid with Xenomorphs OH GOD!
SEGA's booth was fairly lavish this year, with huge signs, flashy lights, ladies dressed like Colonial Marines, and ... one fairly quiet man, wandering around with a DS. He was completely nondescript, fairly easy to miss, and...more
|5:45 PM on 08.29.2011|
Aliens: Infestation release dates announced
A number of us at Destructoid are excited about Aliens: Infestation, the upcoming Nintendo DS release from WayForward and Gearbox Software. The game was playable at PAX and while I didn't have time to swing by and check it ou...more
|11:15 AM on 07.20.2011|
Sega finally announces WayForward's Aliens: Infestation
Great news for Aliens fans and Jim Sterling: Sega has finally officially announced Aliens: Infestation for the Nintendo DS. The side-scrolling action game, as we already knew, is being developed by the 2D, side-scrolling mast...more
|10:00 AM on 04.23.2013|
SimCity, Colonial Marines, and The Silence
Recently, John Walker at Rock, Paper, Shotgun wrote a compelling article on SimCity, and how Electronic Arts' maintenance of radio silence has demonstrated total effectiveness in getting everybody to shut up. The basic argume...more
|12:45 PM on 04.05.2013|
Aliens: Colonial Marines Wii U canceled
Those of you left caring may have noticed Aliens: Colonial Marines missed its Wii U release launch window. There's a very good reason for that -- SEGA finally decided to shoot the lame dog in the head, and has quietly cancele...more
|8:00 AM on 04.03.2013|
SEGA admits Colonial Marines trailers are unreflective
Following an upheld complaint with the UK's Advertising Standards Authority, SEGA Europe has admitted that trailers for Aliens: Colonial Marines do not reflect the game's final (shoddy) content. The complaint was upheld...more