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With all the negative news surrounding Gearbox and Sega's Aliens: Colonial Marines, it was the perfect time for Obsidian to step in and show gamers the suspense-RPG they had been working on with nearly 15 minutes of footage from the canceled project.

As usual, DSO Gaming caught wind of the footage thanks to a tip from VG Lens, and you can check out well over 13 minutes of footage from Aliens: Crucible below. It's rough, it's unfinished, there's a lot of placeholder material...but it's interesting nonetheless.



It's really hard to tell from that footage if the game would have turned out any better than Colonial Marines, but I do feel like they were at least on the right track. The atmosphere, the timing, the portrayal of the characters seemed pretty good...or at least, portraying them as vulnerable characters.

I don't know if they would have fine-tuned some of the audio to better reflect the fear and horror of the xenomorphs, but the thing that I found was most fascinating was the environment designs. Obsidian captured the feel perfectly of the dark and haunting atmosphere of the Aliens universe...almost even more-so than Fincher did with Alien 3.

Given its rough state it's hard to judge what the quality may have been with Aliens: Crucible...it is sad that the project was shelved so that Aliens: Colonial Marines could drag the gaming industry down in a ball of fire. I think it's safe to say that Crucible definitely deserved a bit more fleshing out.
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