A few weeks ago, Twitter was a bit busy over the news of a new game coming to home consoles based on the popular Fox franchise Aliens, a game called Aliens Isolation. While we don’t cover those games sites that cover the console sector are as abundant as gemstones at a swap meet, it had me thinking about another new Aliens game that is now available for arcades, Aliens Armageddon by Play Mechanix and Raw Thrills. Aside from the cabinet design of the game, we have seen some low quality video of it in action. I figured it would be nice to see some direct screenshots of the game for a clear look at it too and today received some screenshots straight from Play Mechanix. The game is running in 1080p@60FPS, which is on par with PM’s Big Buck HD and a step above their Terminator Salvation game. From what I have heard so far, it plays like a “faster paced Terminator Salvation”. Unfortunately I have not had a chance to play this to see for myself yet but that should change soon. I do know that the action takes place on Earth and you are evacuating humans to The Ark to save what is left of the human race.
As you can see in the shots below, the game does use cel-shading to a degree minus really thick lines and some realistic textures. I asked George Petro of PM about that and he described the reason to go cel-shading was to better define the threats but if you were to turn the effect off, it would look like a normal high-end 3D game.
(Click on the images below to engorge them up to the always glorious 1080p resolution; if I get any other shots like these I will add them to this post and alert via AH’s Facebook or Twitter accounts)
Also, Raw Thrills added the game to their website this week. Generally that means its available for purchase although I have seen pictures online of what might be test models out there. Along with Batman it has seemed like they are doing soft rollouts more often as a few random locations get them in before general distribution does. So far I’ve only seen the Deluxe cabinet out there; here is the fixed guns 42″ model that also will be available for a lower price (likewise competing directly with other fixed gun cabs out now like Transformers, Deadstorm Pirates or The Swarm). This design isn’t too far off from the last Aliens game that Play Mechanix did, Aliens Extermination. (Again if you have not seen the Deluxe cabinet design which has free guns and a 55″ screen, click here)
BONUS: Here is a scan from the December 2013 Replay Magazine with a few more shots, showing a couple of the different guns that can be used and Facehuggers.