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Alternatively, the Alien isn't tougher, the tech is weaker.
Aliens die easily enough in the second LV426 incident, but that's set about half a century after the events of this game. Weapons technology simply improved more, which is why the marines can oneshot xenomorphs with shotguns or roast them with flamethrowers.
  • It's also possible that all the ammo available on Sevastapol might be reduced loads; we know that weapons and ammo are permitted (there are several adds for an ammo brand called "Hornet" throughout the station's public areas), so it might be that the only ammo permitted is very low powered to reduce the risk of someone accidentally damaging something important or putting a hole in a window.
    • Well, Gorman stated that the M-41A pulse rifle's ammo was "Ten millimeter explosive-tip caseless. Standard light armor-piercing round." That means that the M-41A pulse rifles were sporting ammo that was designed to punch through armor. Gorman is seen later on in the film, while trying to rescue Vasquez, firing off a handgun with the gunshots bouncing off the alien's dome. This suggests that Gorman's gun had regular ammo while the M-41A had ammo that could cut a xenomorph in half. So the above possibility exists, since the game takes place on a space station in the middle of space. Having ammo on board that could cause potential damage to systems and puncture the hull would not be the best of ideas (but turned out not to be the best idea anyway against the alien).
if there is a direct equal, or DLC set immediately after the end of the main story, and the initial environment appears to have more advanced technology, there could be in-universe justification without involving a time skip (which probably wouldn't fit in the timeline anyway) the M-class Startship (Nostromo, Torrens) are slightly Dated Commercial haulers/transports, where-cost efficiency and other concerns come FAR ahead having bleeding edge gear (not to mention technology developing in different areas at different rates to OUR timeline, ala Advanced Biotech and AI,both required for teh more advanced androids in the series while most PERSONAL computer tech is clunky), and sevastapol is a dated, dilapidated station, in a 2nd rate location, built by a second rate company.
the most likely ID for the ship that MAY have picked up Amanda is a Modern,Top-of-the-line W-y ship, the Torrens likely being initially dispatched since it was ready to go and fueled/supplied at the time, also explaining its VERY lucky timing, since it probably left shortly after the torrens, and the company wanted to have a Plan B this time.anyone got any thoughts? might be fun to start watering our epiliptic trees, and try and outguess the developers!
  • Such a setup even has an element of Truth in Television to it. Real Life spaceships do not have bleeding edge computer equipment on them, instead relying on comparatively more primitive technology to function. The reason being that their reliability is a known quantity and that they're much more durable. Perhaps the hypothetical ship proposed above, though still fairly new, is still technologically behind the times compared to more Earthbound technology in the setting.
The xenomorph (or xenomorphs) that hatched from Marlow's wife turned into a queen.
We know that drones can turn into queens under the right circumstances, so it might be that it sensed that there were enough hosts to form a hive and developed into a queen inside the reactor. Ripley just never ran into her.
  • Wordof God seems to support this; Gary Napper stated here that they intended for a Queen to be responsible for the eggs, but were unable to find a way to put a Queen in the game without detracting from the focus on horror and the first Alien film (because players would want a boss battle against the Queen, which would be more like Aliens than Alien).
Verlaine survived
In the final part of the game, Amanda tries to get in touch with Verlaine, only to encounter the game's final xenomorph, implying that Verlaine was killed. However, it's possible that Verlaine was hiding from the creature, and couldn't answer Ripley for fear of being discovered. Once Amanda and the xenormoph were ejected from the Torrens, Verlaine quickly did a scan of the ship to ensure there were no more aliens aboard, and then flew over to pick Amanda up, and the two of them (along with navigator/communications officer Conner, if he survived) headed back to Earth.
  • I'd say this is the only version of events that makes sense. In Aliens Amanda is mentioned as dying of natural causes years later so she must have been rescued and it's hard to imagine any ship other than the Torrens getting there in time to do so. Plus the only other ship likely to come would be another Wayland Yutani ship which would have captured the Xenomorph before rescuing Amanda (if they bothered to rescue her at all) and in Aliens they still don't have a specimen. My guess would be Amanda cooked up some story so Wayland Yutani wouldn't believe she knew anything about the origin of the Xenomorphs, hence why they didn't find the Space Jockey's ship until after Ellen Ripley was found.
    • Assuming that the information given to Burke about Amanda Ripley's death was in fact real. Remember, the company railroaded Ripley when she told the truth about what happened aboard the Nostromo, forcing her to lose her flight officer status and sent her into a required psychiatric probation. If they did that just to quiet her about the xenomorph, what's saying that they didn't feed her false information about what really happened to Amanda? If Ripley had known that the company sent Amanda into a situation similar to hers and that Amanda didn't make it, what would have kept her from raging a war against the company? It's safe to assume the information given to Burke was falsafied as a means of trying to cover their tracks and keeping Ellen Ripley in check. As for if Burke was involved with the coverup at that moment, it's hard to know for sure (but it could be likely he didn't know the information he was given her was false).
    • That doesn't work. Wayland Yutani covering up Amanda's death from the events of this game is plausible but they would have faked it as an accident at the time it happened, not a death from cancer decades later after she married someone (which is what was shown in Aliens). Even if they didn't bother at the time and only cooked up the story when Ellen Ripley reappeared it would still be stupid to invent several decades worth of fake life including a husband. After all what happens when Ellen decides to go visit her son in law or his family? And indeed why would Wayland Yutani be remotely scared of Ellen Ripley? She's an out of work cargo hauler, what threat does she pose that is worth inventing a cover up over? The stated fate of Amanda makes no sense as a cover up, meaning one way or anther she made it back from Isolation.
      • Actually, it does work. There's nothing saying that for her husband's information that they lied about him and his family being dead, too (this is 57 years after the original film, mind you, a lot of people can die over that timeframe). If the information about him was false, they could have had the husband be listed in a single-child family (much like Amanda, as there's no mention of Ripley having any other children), or that he may have had siblings that all died of old age (like Amanda) or through accidents, murdered or suicides (which are possible means in which people die, especially more plausible in the 57 years). Plus, there's no reason for Ripley to consider bothering to look for them anyway, as the only person she really cared about was Amanda. And she's gone. So, why would she consider bothering a family who has no idea who she is, if they existed?
      • Possible but again, why bother? If they want to cover up her death as part of the events of this game why would they wait decades before fabricating a fake marriage and cancer when they could just have Amanda have died in an industrial accident at the time she actually died? A smart cover-up includes as much of the truth as possible and it doesn't leave Amanda's death as an unsolved mystery all that time. The only reason they'd do it that way is if the cover-up was created purely for Ripley's benefit and again, Weyland Yutani has no reason to fear her (certainly less than government investigation into the deaths of an entire space station's population). Even if they did the story from Aliens would leave a lot of loose ends if not true. Also why wouldn't Ripley want to go see her son-in-law or his family? The only people who knew her daughter as an adult, who will have memories to share about her, maybe even home videos and the like? I'd want to see them in her position. Occams Razor applies; the explanation that requires the least new information is that Amanda did survive.
[[Spoiler: The Alien is a teenager and the Hive is a frat house
]]spoiler: think of it from the Alien's perspective: when you descend into the Hive, and begin messing around in it, you are breaching an area that the Xeno's made specifically to get drunk, have Pre-marital sex and impregnate people. then you activate the core explosion and all the Guys that he was just hanging with a minute ago, all explode for no reason. no wonder he's pissed. you ruined Friday night Football.You just don't see the TV because it's hidden, deep in the bowels of the hive. you bastard
If a sequel is made, it will start out stealthy, but the final act will gradually escalate into something more action-oriented.
At first, Amanda (or whoever replaces her) will be just as helpless as they were in the first game and reliant on stealth and gadgets to keep the Alien(s) off her back. Towards the end, however, they'll find a cache of Colonial Marine quality weaponry and mow their way through the growing hordes of Aliens. It won't last, however and the climax will be a cat and mouse between a now ammo-depleted Amanda and the surviving swarm, possibly even the Queen herself.
Amanda has lung problems.
Assuming that Weyland Yutani are telling the truth and Amanda did die of cancer at the age of 66, then it makes sense why she starts seeing red when she holds her breath in the lockers. She has lung problems and eventually develops lung cancer and perishes from it.
The Alien on the Torrens at the end is the "main" Alien
It's thematically fitting that the very last xenomorph to appear in the game was the same one that threatened Amanda throughout the story, in part because it's been stated that the reason it keeps hunting Amanda is because it's grown to resent her, personally, as an individual, out of a sense of injured pride from being unable to kill her for so long because she keeps outsmarting it. The one that was dropped into the gas giant as part of Waits' trap was a different xenomorph, since it's well-established that there's dozens of aliens on Sevastopol by the end. This final Alien was also the one that first appears when Amanda is trying to detach the Torrens from Sevatopol.

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