|Release date(s)||February 1996|
Alien Trilogy is a 1996 first-person shooter video game developed by Probe Entertainment, published by Acclaim Entertainment and distributed by Fox Interactive for the PlayStation, SEGA Saturn and PC. The game is loosely based on the first three films in the Alien franchise: Alien, Aliens and Alien3. The console versions featured only a singleplayer campaign, but the version shipped for home PCs additionally included a networked deathmatch multiplayer mode.
Players play as Lt. Ellen Ripley (in a "modified" version of her Alien3 appearance) as she and a team of Marines set down on LV-426 to investigate the colony located there. Soon after touching down, most of the team is killed — only Ripley and Bishop survive. Ripley is then forced to fight her way through swarms of Xenomorph and combat androids before confronting and killing the Queen. After the colony is secured Ripley travels to a prison facility where she encounters Weyland-Yutani soldiers, who have been sent to eliminate her. After fighting through the soldiers, along with more androids and Runner Xenomorphs, Ripley fights and kills another Queen. With the prison now cleansed, Ripley finally heads back to LV-426 and enters the derelict ship, killing a third and final Queen there.
The game ends with Ripley and Bishop escaping from the planet in a dropship. However, as they leave, a shuttlecraft similar to the Narcissus is seen entering orbit. After Ripley enters hypersleep for the trip home, it is revealed that the crew of the shuttle (presumably likely another team sent by Weyland-Yutani) have been attacked by Facehuggers, and a Xenomorph emerges from the shadows of the craft.
The gameplay and player interface in Alien Trilogy are largely similar to that of seminal first-person shooter DOOM; ironically, assets from the game would later be incorporated into third-party total conversion mods for DOOM. The most obvious alteration to the player's HUD is the addition of a motion-tracking radar, inspired by the motion detectors seen in Aliens, in the bottom right corner of the screen. Aside from occasional CGI cutscenes, the game's plot is told through text-based mission briefings that guide the player through an expanded, action-oriented story, drawing upon the settings and characters of the then-trilogy rather than following the specific plots of the films themselves. The game features many of the Xenomorphs seen in the Alien film series, including Facehuggers, Chestbursters, adult Aliens, Runners and Queens. It also features several weapons taken from the films, including the Pulse Rifle and Smartgun from Aliens, along with other equipment, such as a shoulder lamp, which can be used to illuminate dark areas. The campaign consists of 30 levels plus 3 Queen Alien boss fights.
In the game, when Ripley is killed, a cutscene will initiate. The varying sequences are:
- Young/Adult Runner - Ripley falls on the floor as the Runner Headbites her.
- Warrior - Ripley faints as she is approached by one. It then Headbites her.
- Facehugger - Ripley tries pulling the Facehugger of her face but fails and passes out.
- Queen - The tail rams through her chest and the Alien Queen lifts her up, headbiting her off-screen.
- Other - Ripley groans as an acid-burning sound happens as she falls to the floor.
- Human/Android - She is shot in the stomach and falls to the floor.
Alien Trilogy received generally positive reviews from critics. Aggregating review website GameRankings gave the PlayStation version 77.50%, the Sega Saturn version 77.00% and the PC version 43.00%. IGN gave the game an 8/10. General criticisms included the Doom-like shooting mechanics, occasionally confusing level layout and lack of narrative direction. Irwin Fletcher of Game Revolution praised the high production values, commenting that "Alien Trilogy is nothing revolutionary, but it's a damn good shooter." The first game was a bestseller in the UK.
- ↑ "Alien Trilogy (PlayStation) reviews at". GameRankings. Retrieved on 2013-03-08.
- ↑ "Alien Trilogy (Sega Saturn) reviews at". GameRankings. Retrieved on 2013-03-08.
- ↑ "Alien Trilogy (PC) reviews at". [ameRankings. Retrieved on 2013-03-08.
- ↑ "Ultimate Review Archive." Game Informer. Issue 100. August, 2001. Page 59. Original review published October 1996.
- ↑ "Alien Trilogy". IGN. Retrieved on 2008-02-17.
- ↑ "Alien Trilogy". Game Revolution. Retrieved on 2008-02-17.
- ↑ Gallup UK PlayStation sales chart, June 1996, published in Official UK PlayStation Magazine issue 7