Aliens: Infestation

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Aliens: Infestation

In space, no one can hear dual screen.

VideoAliens: Infestation DS trailer

A close encounter of the portable kind.

VideoAliens Infestation footage lands

Gearbox 2D sidescroller out this year.

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Aliens: Infestation

Aliens: Infestation

In space, no one can hear dual screen.

Death has always been a significant part of video games, but in recent years, he's had to settle for a relatively minor role. His mortal enemies, the checkpoint and the regenerating health bar, have relegated him to bit-part status. No longer feared, he's a minor inconvenience, a small bump on an otherwise smooth road to the finish line.

But some developers aren't prepared to let Death shuffle around in the wings, promoting him to a crucial role as both fearmonger and educator. Demon's Souls and its imminent follow-up hark back to a time when games weren't afraid to kill the player. You die, you learn. You take better care. You improve.

There's arguably no finer proponent of this old-fashioned mentality than WayForward, whose most recent game, Bloodrayne: Betrayal, set blood boiling with its brutal difficulty level. WayForward's Aliens: Infestation is slightly easier, but still punishing: reach a save room and you'll exhale deeply. When your life meter is but a single swipe of a xenomorph's tail away from empty and you're a long room full of motion signatures away from safety, the elation and relief as those metal doors slide shut is euphoric.

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Aliens: Infestation release date announced

Aliens: Infestation release date announced

DS side-scroller out next month.

Long-in-the-offing DS side-scroller Aliens: Infestation launches on 30th September.

According to Joystiq, a US release for the WayForward-developed title will then follow on 11th October.

Wayforward know their platforming onions so it could be worth a look. The studio's past credits include the lovely Wii update of A Boy and his Blob, DS brute Contra 4 and recent DSiWare favourite Shantae: Risky's Revenge.

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Sega confirms Aliens: Infestation

Sega confirms Aliens: Infestation

DS side-scroller coming September.

Long-rumoured sci-fi action title Aliens: Infestation will launch on DS this September, Sega has revealed.

Outed in a post on the company's official Twitter feed, this is the first we've officially heard of the game from Sega.

Despite this, rating listings from both the ESRB and it's Aussie equivalent pointed to the game's existence as far back as May.

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AVP to impact Colonial Marines timing

But don't expect it for some time.

SEGA president Mike Hayes has said that the launch of Gearbox Software's Aliens: Colonial Marines probably won't be scheduled until 6-12 months after Aliens vs. Predator launches in February 2010.