The Xenomorph — following a 10-year hiatus — is returning to the big screen, and along with it, Ridley Scott has directed his first Alien film since 1979. It's an historic time and reviews are showing that we're in for a good old-fashioned horror romp with Alien: Covenant.
But once you watch #AlienCovenant and are familiar with all of the other good #Alien movies — exclusively Alien and Aliens — you may want to continue inhabiting this hostile world for a little longer, 'cause you ain't afraid of no facehugger! Then look no further than the land of #videogames, where you'll find ample opportunity to explore the terrifying landscapes of H.R. Giger's mind and run from his mouth-tonged creations.
So, here are three games that you'll want to play as an Alien fan and three games you should avoid at all costs. Trust me.
Play: Alien vs. Predator (1994)
- Developer: Capcom
- Publisher: Capcom
- Platform(s): Arcade
Revered as one of the best beat-em-up games ever made, Alien vs. Predator was created by the same team behind Street Fighter 2 — no wonder it's so fondly remembered! In 2013, Capcom stated that more fans have been asking for it to receive a HD remake than any other of their retro games. It may have only been released for Arcade machines back in the day, but there are plenty of places online where you can still play it in your browser — like here!
Avoid: Aliens: A Comic Book Adventure (1995)
- Developer: Cryo Interactive
- Publisher: Mindscape
- Platform(s): PC DOS
After all these years, adventure games are still great. But certain IPs just don't work with the slow, methodical pacing we're familiar with when it comes to this genre. So you can imagine that playing Alien as a comic book adventure on a PC DOS system was nowhere near what fans were expecting after watching the films. It's fair to say that this game has only gotten worse with age. Watch the horrific opening above and leave it at that, friends.
Play: Alien versus Predator (1999)
- Developer: Rebellion Developments
- Publisher: Fox Interactive
- Platform(s): PC & OS X
Alien versus Predator is a wonderful mix of terror and fun. Allowing players to control marines, a Predator and a Xenomorph, it gives us the opportunity to control all of those who die in the AvP world. Perfect. The FPS combat is responsive, fast-paced and a delight for those who love the genre — even after all these years!
Avoid: Aliens Versus Predator: Extinction (2003)
- Developer: Zono Incorporated
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Platform(s): PlayStation 2 & Xbox
Aliens Versus Predator: Extinction is a real-time strategy game for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. That sentence is already a problem and it doesn't improve by playing the damned thing. Strategy games in general can be really difficult to get right on console. Aliens Versus Predator: Extinction not only fails in this regard, but its systems would have failed on PC anyway. Don't touch it. If you can actually find it, anyway.
Play: Alien: Isolation (2014)
- Developer: Creative Assembly
- Publisher: Sega
- Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 & PC
Not only the greatest Alien game ever made, Alien: Isolation stands out as one of the best survival #horror games in years. With the unpredictable and terrifyingly intelligent AI powering Isolation's Xenomorph, you'll be crouching under desks, crawling through vents and praying to God that the creature didn't hear you knock over that lamp. The game is beautifully frightening and perfectly recaptures the atmosphere and tension present in Ridley Scott's original masterpiece.
Avoid At All Costs: Aliens: Colonial Marines (2013)
- Developersssss: Gearbox Software, TimeGate Studios, Demiurge Studios, Nerve Software & Check Six Games
- Publisher: Sega
- Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 & PC
Don't touch it. Just look at the list of developers that were involved with this game! It was handed from team to team and each one of them left their disgraceful mark on this garbage video game. The fact that it was released in 2013 and plays worse than the Alien versus Predator game from 1999 (and boasts an even more deplorable "plot") is upsetting. Don't waste your money. I know I did.
Got any other games you'll be playing to keep the horror alive once you watch Alien: Covenant? Have you seen the movie yet? What did you make of it?
Check out this horrifying Red Band clip from the film below: