In sheer action terms, there isn’t a better film out there than Aliens. James Cameron’s cinematic tour-de-force features cool weapons, great vehicles, a believable sci-fi universe and enough character drama to ensure the ensuing death and destruction doesn’t just fly over the viewer’s head without consequence. It’s no wonder that film and its starring monsters have spawned an army of game tie-ins, with Aliens: Colonial Marines proving the latest and if Gearbox have anything to do with it, the greatest.
The studio which Borderlands built has the full backing of both 20th Century Fox and SEGA, with both parties affording the developer almost six years to get their game onto store shelves. That lengthy development cycle has afforded all parties a lot of time to plan, which may explain why there are so many purchasing options when it comes to snapping up this first person shooter! Thankfully we’re here to explain what each edition includes and where is best to snap up Aliens: Colonial Marines. It isn’t released until Tuesday, February 12th but with our help you’ll bag the best edition at the cheapest price.
Like many top tier releases these days, Aliens: Colonial Marines doesn’t have a regular edition. Instead at launch players will only be able to snap up, the Limited Edition, the GAME-exclusive Extermination Edition and the jam-packed Collector’s Edition, so let’s look at them each in turn.
The Limited Edition includes an array of digital items including four characters from the movie for multiplayer, the early unlock of Ripley’s flamethrower and additional customisation options to make your colonial marine look different from others. This set is affectively the standard edition and is available at the regular new release price of £39.99. On PC, the Limited Edition is the cheapest with Simply Games offering it at just £19.95, whereas console versions are being sold for over £10 more. The cheapest place for consoles versions is Grainger Games, which is offering both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions at £31.99 respectively with free postage and packaging.
Surprisingly for such a big marquee release no retailer has bagged any kind of exclusive pre-order bonus, like a Xenomorph figurine or a Weyland-Yuntani bumper sticker. Instead GAME are the only retailer to have anything exclusive and that’s the Aliens: Colonial Marines Extermination Edition. This set is priced the same as the Limited Edition and includes the same digital goodies, along with two digital unlocks – the Sawed-Off Double Barrel Shotgun and a Gear Upgrade Boost which gives early access to so-called ‘Epic Weapons’. Now extra bonuses for the same recommended retail price are nice, but this set doesn’t seem to have much tangible over benefit the standard Limited Edition.
GAME are currently selling the Extermination Edition for £39.99, which is £2 more than the same retailer is selling the Limited Edition for – is it worth it? Not by our reckoning. Instead we recommend using our dedicated product page for the Aliens: Colonial Marines Limited Edition and comparing pre-order prices for yourself.
Now if the Extermination Edition is a smidge disappointing, the Collector’s Edition for Aliens: Colonial Marines is anything but. In this sensibly priced set you get a surprisingly high-standard Power Loader with Alien figurine, USM Dossier booklet, two early weapon unlocks (Phase Plasma Rifle and Sonic Electronic Ball Breakers), an exclusive USCM Academy Firing Range level and Xeno Hive collector’s box which all this comes in – along with all the digital bonuses in the Limited Edition. Lately there has been a smattering of over-priced Collector’s Editions, hello there Dead Island: Riptide’s ‘Angry Torso Edition’, but this one seems fairly priced. UPDATE: It seems our readers have taken note of the deals on the Collectors Edition, as it is selling out in several places, with all platforms sold out on Amazon already.
The RRP of this set is £79.99 on consoles, but most retailers have slashed the price to £69.99. That’s still £30 more than the Limited Edition, but for all this additional content, especially the physical goodies, that isn’t too bad. The dedicated product page for this extravagant set gives you the price-by-price, retailer-by-retailer run down, but the cheapest place currently to get the PC version is Simply Games at £58.99, and the same goes for the console versions with the aforementioned retailer selling them for £63.99 respectively. Links for the retailer and the full pricing picture can be found via the Collector’s Edition’s product page.
Now the big question is which set will we be getting for our own enjoyment and the answer to that at the moment is…we’re not sure. Our Xenomorph-loving hearts decree that the Collector’s Edition is the way to go, whereas our bargain-loving brains are saying Limited Edition – frankly it’s a toss up but we suspect the Collector’s Edition will sell out rather quickly so we’d recommend making your mind up sooner rather than later.