Rating: ★★★½ out of 5
Platform: PlayStation 5 (copy provided by Tara Bruno PR)
In 2021, the licensed video game has all but dried up. Gone are the days when it was quick and easy to crank something out to tie in with a movie, or for the most part, any game that seeks to grab hungry fans from the silver screen over to a controller.
For the Alien IP specifically, in 2013 we had the debacle of Aliens: Colonial Marines, which seemed to almost singlehandedly put the series on ice, in the gaming space at least. Alien Isolation somehow snuck out there, but Colonial Marines left such a bad taste in everyone’s mouth, and led to so much legal trouble, it really did look like that was the end for the Xenomorph.
However, Aliens: Fireteam Elite seeks to change that, and right the wrongs from Gearbox all those years ago.
The question now is: Has too much damage been done, and do video games just translate better into the single Alien experience, rather than bug-hunts of Xeno hordes?
Well, let’s take a look.