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Aliens: Colonial Marines has been a long time coming. Fans of the series have been waiting patiently as the game has been pushed back multiple times over the years. But if what they were showing off at E3 this year is any indication of the final product, that wait will not have been in vain.

While at the 2012 E3 Expo in Los Angeles, I had a chance to get some hands-on time with the multiplayer in Aliens: Colonial Marines as well as ask a few questions of game producer Brian Burleson, which you can check out below.

As you would expect, there are two sides of the coin in the multiplayer: the Marines and the Aliens. If you’ve played a first person shooter this generation, you know what to expect from the Marines. Pull the left trigger to point your gun at things and the right trigger to make them dead, fairly standard stuff. On the other hand, the Aliens are played from a third person perspective, giving you a better perspective on your surroundings and making positioning yourself for the kill much easier than it’s been in past games.

One of the big problems I’ve always had with Aliens in video games is that they’re usually treated like fodder. In the films the Xenomorphs are tough as nails and instill terror in anyone that has to go toe-to-toe with one. But, more often than not, in the games you can slaughter a half dozen or more then reload and move on to the next room like it’s no big deal. While I can’t speak on the single player just yet when it comes to that, I can say that isn’t the case in multiplayer.

The Aliens are tough to bring down. Given how fast and agile they can be, even one-on-one trying to drop one with a pulse rifle is a tough proposal. And if you encounter a group of them in close quarters, you’re as good as dead. Of course, that requires them to get in close to you. As a Colonial Marine you have access to all the classic weaponry from the film. During my session I was only able to get my hands on the Pulse Rifle, but I was assured all the other favorites would be featured as well.

The mode they had on the floor at E3 was a fairly standard team death match, one team of Marines vs. one team of Aliens to see who could get the most kills in five minutes.

Those five minutes seemed to blaze by as I did my best to shoot anything that wasn’t human. The best thing I can say about my session is that it feels like Aliens. This isn’t just a Call of Duty or Halo clone ran through an Alien filter. Even on a noisy show floor there was an incredible sense of tension built up during the game. The atmosphere is absolutely spot on.

As a Marine, you need to be aware of your surroundings. The Aliens can come from any direction without warning. And if they get near you, you’re done. End of story.

Of course, the Marines aren’t exactly pushovers themselves. As I mentioned earlier, I had in my hands the M41-A Pulse Rifle with under slung grenade launcher. Filling an Alien that’s in full sprint towards you full of holes then launching a grenade into a group of his buddies and watching them go flying is incredibly exhilarating. But, of course, my hubris was immediately erased when shortly after that a Xeno I wasn’t aware of dropped from the ceiling and took a bite out of my face. Such is the life (and death) of a Colonial Marine.

My absolute favorite part of my time with the game was being able to use the iconic motion tracker. In lieu of a standard map or radar on screen, you’re able to pull out the motion tracker at any time and scan the area for hostiles. It felt just like a moment from the film when I took out the tracker and there was nothing on the screen, then a second later there was a blip and a red dot on the screen, then two, then three. As they closed in on me, I had to scramble to put away the tracker and get my rifle ready to fire. After laying down some fire and launching a couple of grenades, I stood victorious. Having that little extra tactical advantage gave me the edge I needed to eke out a victory in that small skirmish. But not being able to use the tracker and have a weapon ready at the same time means you have to make a decision between being able to defend yourself or knowing what horrors are coming at you. The second it takes to switch between the two could be the difference between life and death.

I really enjoyed the brief time I spent with the multiplayer in Aliens: Colonial Marines. In a market that’s jam packed with games that feature dudes shooting other dudes, it really feels like it’s trying to carve out something that’s a little more unique. It’s been a long wait, but it seems like Aliens fans may finally have the game we’ve always wanted. And I made it through this whole thing without saying “Game over, man!”

Oh wait…damn it.

Aliens: Colonial Marines launches on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC on February 12th, 2013 with a Wii U version planned for a later release. For more information check out the official Aliens: Colonial Marines website.

E3 2012 Exclusive Preview: Aliens: Colonial Marines

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Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.

The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.

Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!

All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.

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KISS Meets Army of Darkness in New Comic Miniseries!

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Dynamite Entertainment just announced that they are planning to bring two of their bestselling brands together in “KISS/Army of Darkness #1”. The new comic book series will unite the rock band with none other than Ash for some Deadite ass kicking.

The series will be written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman. And the debut issue of “KISS/Army of Darkness” features three art covers from Kyle Strahm, Goni Montes, and Ken Haeser.

You can find all three covers below along with quotes from the creative team. After looking through all of that make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are about this new hybrid comic series in the comments below or on social media!

With Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, Chris and I were given kind of carte blanche to do whatever we wanted to the world of AOD, and we went for broke,” Co-writer Chad Bowers says. “We introduced some new characters and concepts, and built a legacy for Ash’s comics adventures that I’m immensely proud of, but not in a million years could I have guessed we’d get to continue that momentum with the added bonus of tossing the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band into the mix! I’ve been in the tank for KISS since I was in middle school. I remember buying the KISS tribute album, KISS My Ass for the Lemonheads (they covered Plaster Caster), which lead to me picking up Greatest Hits, and so on. But when I found out there was a KISS comic with blood in it, I signed up for life! Of course, I adore the songs (literally listening to Do You Love Me right now), but I’m just as obsessed with the way KISS transcends the music to become something of a genre themselves. It’s something I think about a lot, honestly, so no surprise, it’s a big part of our story too!”

“When it comes to Army of Darkness, I guess you could say that Ash is a bit of a gambler, but he’s nobody’s fool,” Co-writer Chris Sims says. “And since our first story was set back at Alan Shepard High, we’re looking forward to showing him some things that you can’t learn in school. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the deep-cut lyrics now, but for real — if you thought Deadites at Homecoming and the Supernatural Military-Adjacent Response Team were taking Ash in a new direction, just wait until you see how we team him up with the Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon, and the Catman. In the grand tradition of the film, we’re tearing up the entire space-time continuum and if you think you know how weird this is gonna get… well, you sure know somethin’!”

“Having done some work for Dynamite in the past, I’ve really been wanting to get my foot in the door here for a long time so I can play in the sandbox of the amazing licenses they have,” Artist Ruairi Coleman says. “Chief among those, and high up on my bucket list, is Army of Darkness: Hail to the king, baby! So, when I was offered the job of drawing the KISS/Army of Darkness crossover, I couldn’t believe my luck! The concept is totally bonkers, but in a way, that would make complete sense in the world of Army of Darkness. Thinking about it, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already and I’m honored (and more than a little intimidated) to be the guy who draws it.”

“After a more than 40-year career, KISS continues to be one of rock’s most celebrated bands, while Army of Darkness continues to be a staple in the comic book industry. We’re both honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Gene and Paul to bring their world-renowned alter-egos to comics alongside our very own Ashy Slashy,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The raging guitar chords and pyrotechnic spectacle of their stage shows could have come straight from the pages of the Necronomicon, and this epic battle between The Demon and Deadites will appeal to the hellions in all of us!”

Issue #1 will be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

The KISS/Army of Darkness miniseries event hits February 2018.

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KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path and join the KISS ARMY OF DARKNESS!

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Jason Lives Director Pitched Follow-Up: Jason Vs Cheech and Chong

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One of my favorite entries in the Friday the 13th series is director ‘s Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. The mixture of old-school gothic horror and comedy is always a welcome treat around these parts.

But why wasn’t McLoughlin asked to write and direct the follow-up?

Actually, it turns out he was asked to follow up Jason Lives, McLoughlin recently told Mick Garris on the Post Mortem podcast.

But his pitch – Jason vs Cheech and Chong – didn’t go over so well…

“[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason,” McLoughlin says. “And I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy (Krueger) and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So, I started thinking about that, going, It doesn’t make sense. I mean he lives in one realm and — you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes, ‘Eh, forget it, it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”

Too bad. While I don’t know how well a Cheech and Chong/Friday the 13th flick would go, with McLoughlin at the helm, the film would have at least been funny as hell.

Plus we already got these two knuckleheads in Part III.

Are you upset we never got Tom McLoughlin’s Jason vs Cheech and Chong? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Friday the 13th: Part VI – Jason Lives on Blu-ray HERE.

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