Aliens (1986) Influences in Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)

Hopefully I wasn’t the only one to get a sense of déjà vu when playing through Halo: Combat Evolved for the first time, as it has a bit in common with the 1986 film, Aliens. In this video, I walk through some of the obvious Aliens influences in Halo.

It only makes sense that one of the best sci-fi action films ever made would have a big influence on the video game world, as games often look to movies for inspiration. The look and feel of James Cameron’s entry in the iconic Alien series was ahead of its time, and laid a blueprint for how to portray futuristic space marines. The Halo series of games just so happened to feature, you guessed it, futuristic space marines. Both the movie and the game rank among my personal favorites, but just how similar are they? You’ll have to watch the video to find out.