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E3 2011's Most Anticipated: Aliens: Colonial Marines

CVG E3 2011 Awards: Vote for the games that most excite you!

The games on show at E3 2011 are some of the best in living memory. So you really owe it to yourself to vote in CVG's inaugural E3 2011 Awards... in the Most Anticipated Title category.

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Shortly before the show, we'll work out which of these 60 special E3 game previews have enjoyed the most page views, Facebook 'Likes', ReTweets and poll votes (see below) and crown our first victor. Shower your favourites with love!

Game: Aliens: Colonial Marines
Publisher: Sega
Likelihood of E3 2011 showing: Likely

Aliens: Colonial Marines has been one of those unstable titles in the sense that, for a long time, we weren't sure the FPS would ever see the light of day. On track one minute, canned the next, it was hard not get bogged down in all the rumour and just give up hope entirely.

But in July of 2009 we were told that we all just needed to be a bit more patient, that a silent studio isn't necessarily one that has stopped beavering away. Developer Gearbox's Randy Pitchford assured us that Colonial Marines was still on and still very much an exciting prospect.

"Like so many people, I've been patient for years to finally be able to play this game and now that I'm actually involved in the creation of it I can tell you that it's extremely challenging to continue to be patient as it develops," he said, which made us feel a bit better.

The problem was that for the next couple of years we were drip fed announcements, which basically said "We're still here" from Gearbox as we had been since somewhere around 2006.

With the announcement that Gearbox would be developing Duke Nukem Forever last year, Aliens fans must have felt that their beloved franchise had been put on the backburner once again.

It might have been what led to rumours of Aliens: Colonial Marines not even getting a 2011 release at the beginning of the year, but again Pitchford made moves to assure fans that neither Gearbox nor Sega had made any such statement.

Again, all well and good, but we've still not been handed anything that gives any indication of what the game itself will bring to our already over-crowded world of increasingly high calibre video games. A smattering of screenshots will not suffice.

So, going into E3, we have next to nothing on Gearbox's Aliens FPS other than a couple of images and the promise of a hard-working developer. Still, with a blank canvas waiting in L.A, this is Sega's chance to reveal the dark sci-fi imagery we all want to see.

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