80’s action-flick actor du jour (DuJour means friendship!) Michael Biehn reprised his role as Dwayne Hicks in Gearbox’s canonical Aliens: Colonial Marines, which as you know was a terrible game, lacking any real sort of direction. According to the actor, working on the game wasn’t a great experience.
In an interview with Game Informer, relating just how much fun he had doing voice work for the mental 80’s throwback parody Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Biehn said that he had exactly zero fun making Colonial Marines.
“The only other gaming experience that I had was I did a voice [Corporal Hicks] in the Aliens game that they made,” he said. “That wasn’t fun at all. I just didn’t really have any fun. It seemed kind of passionless. I think in movies, television and the gaming world, you get some people that are really, really passionate, and some people that are just going through the paces.
“They think that because they have a brand name they’re going to get a hit game or hit movie out of it. That certainly was the situation on [Aliens: Colonial Marines].”
Passion and enthusiasm, he says, is the differentiator, and Blood Dragon’s creative director Dean Evans had both in spades.
“[Evans] was talking to me about the game and the fact that it was an ’80s throwback,” Biehn continued, “and there would be a lot of lines that were Arnold Schwarzenegger-like, that were Stallone-like, Bruce Willis, myself.
“Those kind of lines, that kind of vibe, and the fact that it was going to be a throwback to the ’80s was something that I thought was interesting. But really it was his passion, man. You just can’t say no to him.”
It really is a damned shamed – because the right team, with the right amount of passion could probably do incredible things with the Alien licence. Gearbox now has the Homeworld franchise;let’s hope they’ve got some passion for it.
Last Updated: July 30, 2013