I learned quite a few things at the Aliens: Colonial Marines (A:CM) press event, held for journos eager to get their hands on the upcoming FPS. I learned that the game itself is content complete and Gearbox is just polishing the game for its February release date. I learned that Aliens star Michael Biehn is also contributing a voiceover. And I learned that Lance Henriksen is as deadpan in person as he is on screen. (He also told us twenty people “have walked up to me and said, ‘I became a Marine because of Aliens.'”)
It’s not a secret to the people who know me: I love videogames, but I suck at shooters. I tend to die so frequently that I see the reload screen as often as I see the game itself. So when I hear that Borderlands 2 will be taking players like me into consideration and adding options that will extend my character’s lifespan from “mayfly” to “freakishly long-lived mayfly,” I’m more than optimistic. I’m practically gleeful.