Is Aliens a top-class sci-fi action series, or the height of the 80s film chlock? It is possible that it is, and always has been, both. Aliens: Fireteam Elite is the latest game to try to go on that line, offering a stand-up battle crossed with Left 4 Dead. It’s out now.
Fireteam Elite is a third-person co-op shooter for three players (or one plus two AI teammates) where you battle waves of xenomorphs and synths. It places great emphasis on customizing your Navy via “classes, weapons, equipment and benefits”
According to the name, this is Aliens rather than Alien. Don’t expect Isolation’s scary stealth, but if Gearbox’s Colonial Marines did not satisfy your Hicks / Ramirez fantasies – and they certainly did not – then this is the second best option.
The classes you can play that include Gunner, Demolisher, Technician, Doc and Recon, although they are inspired by roles from the movies instead of having famous characters directly. Fireteam Elite’s background story places it instead as a sequel to the original trilogy, which takes place 23 years after Alien 3.
It’s nice to see Aliens: Fireteam Elite at all released, honestly, after the journey the developers have been on. Cold Iron Studios was founded back in 2015 by former developers at City Of Heroes and Star Trek Online, but the studio was acquired by FoxNext in 2019, which was also acquired by Disney in 2019, which then sold the studio to a company called Scopely, who then sold the company to Daybreak Games Company, the developers of PlanetSide 2.
Aliens: Fireteam Elite is available from Steam now for £ 35 / $ 40 / € 40. If Aliens is not your thing, there are many other Left 4 Deadlikes on the way.