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Aliens: Fireteam Elite (2021) is a cooperative shooting game set 23 years after the original films. Unlike the stealthy Alien: Isolation, Fireteam Elite draws on Aliens: Colonial Marines' breathless shooting and racing pulse.

Play involves creating your character and then teaming up with two other people to take on the horror-survival missions. If you don't want to play with other people (friends or strangers) you can opt for two computer-controlled partners instead.

You can choose between five types of characters (Gunner, Demolisher, Technician, Doc, and Recon) and need to play each differently if your team is going to survive. Together you work through four campaigns with three missions each. As you progress things get more difficult with friendly fire, more classes of aliens and larger levels. Between missions, you can customise and progress your character.

If you want some more reading on the game you can read Aliens: Infiltrator by Weston Ochse, which tells the backstory of the events that lead up to the game.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Aliens: Fireteam Elite 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Shooting game with Adventure, Narrative and Stealth elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 3-player online game. Local co-op is not available, though online matchmaking can be public or private.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 because it features strong violence and use of strong language. This game features strong violence between human and alien characters. When aliens are shot, they ooze greenish blood before falling to the floor. When humans are attacked by the aliens' claws, there are copious blood effects. When humans die, they slump to the ground. The game also includes use of strong language ('*!@?*'), as well as milder language such as '*!@?*', '*!@?*' and 'goddamn'.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

15+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.


Aliens: Fireteam Elite usually costs £24.99 to £59.99. 

Aliens: Fireteam Elite

XBox Store Xbox X|S £24.99
XBox Store Xbox One £24.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £24.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99
Steam StoreSALE PC £25.99 £8.57 until 28/11/2023

Aliens: Fireteam Elite - Into The Hive Edition

PlayStation Store PS5 £32.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £32.99

Aliens: Fireteam Elite - Ultimate Edition

PlayStation Store PS5 £49.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £49.99

Aliens: Fireteam Elite Deluxe Edition

XBox Store Xbox X|S £57.99
XBox Store Xbox One £57.99

Aliens: Fireteam Elite Ultimate Edition

XBox Store Xbox X|S £49.99
XBox Store Xbox One £49.99

Aliens: Fireteam Elite: Deluxe Edition

PlayStation Store PS5 £59.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £59.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
Free and paid additional content is being added over time. For example:
  • Season 1: Phalanx brings new combat-shield-wielding Phalanx class kit, 4 new weapons and new unlockable cosmetics. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 24/08/2021

Price: 67% off

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Players: 1 (3 online)

Genres: Action, Shooting (Adventure, Narrative and Stealth)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Cold Iron Studios (@ColdIronStudios)

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