Aliens: Colonial Marines Review - Game Over, Man

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I Think everyone should have a good look at this vid

I'm sorta at a loss for words, I know devs touch up screen shots sometimes with antialiasing (gears of war did this plenty) but this is all kinds of bullshit.

Furioso:
3 Stars? Huh, this is the most positive review I've seen so far. Everyone else is setting fire to the thing. I'm disappointed myself, I was hoping this would be a great game, but I guess not.

In some ways, a 3 star rating is its own punishment. I know the Escapist sees 3 stars as being better than most reviewers, but 3 stars tends to imply an utterly mediocre, insipid, boilerplate, painfully average game. A bland average game is probably worse than a game that's so bad you can end up laughing at it, or a game you outright hatr. In the former case it becomes fun again, and in the latter case you can easily stop playing. If something is unobtrusively average though, it not only takes more of your life away, but it also leaves you feeling unfulfilled.

I just want to say that when I had a go, the Aliens came out of the walls, they glitched their way through the walls and ate my mates face.

im skipping this.
What the fck happened in the dev cycle?

combined with the mind jarring declaration that more levels woudl break consoles in BL2, Gearbox seriously has voided its good will budget with this turd.

AVP from a decade ago felt more like aliens that this thing.

i skimmed through the comments and couldnt see it, could anyone share "the alteration of one particularly popular character's personal storyline"?

Whould someone mind to place some spoilers for the story? Specificaly the canon breaking parts, im interested, but i dont want to waste money to find out XD .

The lead character's name is Winter? As in "Stay Frosty" winter? :| Was nothing left unmolested from the movie? Goodness.

Mr Ink 5000:
i skimmed through the comments and couldnt see it, could anyone share "the alteration of one particularly popular character's personal storyline"?

hino77:
Whould someone mind to place some spoilers for the story? Specificaly the canon breaking parts, im interested, but i dont want to waste money to find out XD .

Why cant they recreate this?

Not my experience of the game offcoure, I was a bit more...defensive.

The fact that you can level up in the single-player campaign is the only thing that catches my eye about this game. I don't know much about the Aliens movies (and have fallen asleep during two of them) but I'm willing to give this game a try

NardBasket:
The fact that you can level up in the single-player campaign is the only thing that catches my eye about this game. I don't know much about the Aliens movies (and have fallen asleep during two of them) but I'm willing to give this game a try

The single-player is really short. You unlock stuff as you go, but it's not spectacular. It's mainly used for multiplayer. I wouldn't recommend you go out and pay $60 for it if that's your main draw..

Frankster:

thanks for the info. sounds awful and pointless.

OT: I'll probably wait until this is on sale on Steam, I'm not a big multi-player fan and the solo doesn't seem worth the price tag

I played through it all last night and enjoyed it for the most part. It was way buggy and needed 3 months more dev time but I bet it was pushed out etc.

At no point was the game ruined though. The story was predictable and in places silly but it was an action movie story so I took it with a pinch of salt.

The cameo character was a poor choice and they explained it away poorly.

So yes it had deep flaws but I had a decent amount of fun with it, wouldn't say it was worth full price but defo a reduced price.

The voices and sounds and atmos where decent enough, the guns were fun enough, The missions were pretty cool, graphics weren't that bad but were sloppy in places.

overall though I think I'll play it again and try the MP out etc, defo not the worst game I have bought. That was probably Wet.

gamers have been spoiled these days this is a return to the great and wonderful days of absolutely shitty movie games

3 out of 5 stars suggests that this game is average. That this is an acceptable, average, release worth being on the shelves - neither terribly good or terribly bad. And that is absolutely wrong. This is not an average game. In an average game the AI enemies would function, at all. In an average game the AI squad mates would function, at all. There are times when you're fighting xenomorphs that your squadmates will literally STAND THERE DOING NOTHING. Sometimes your squad mates will block off a path, THE ONLY PATH, to where you need to go and WILL NOT MOVE. The aliens have no AI other than rush head on at you, if, and I mean IF, their AI functions at all. I've had hordes of Xenomorphs just standing there while I walk by, and other stuck in the terrain unable to move at all.

The large assortment of weapons would be a plus, if any of them outside of a very few were actually worthwhile. The smartgun is something all of us wanted to use and you end up using it for the barest miniscule amount of time possible.

The graphics go between decently impressive, usually the background, to little bits of black and alien sludge that have terrible modeling and texturing - all the way to black holes in the terrain that aliens pop out of that have NO TEXTURING OR DEPTH AT ALL.

Crashes. A multitude of glitches too numerous to properly recount. Terribly character models, bad texturing, faces on your squadmates that look like plastic dolls virtually no lipsyncing in a game that comes YEARS and YEARS after Half Life 2 got lipsyncing right, and had facial expression that were actually Human. The gameplay could have been saved with several months more of development time, in theory, but after the development hell that produced this nonsense I highly doubt it.

We were lied to. The promised features, the supposed "demos" the shown graphical complexity and more were all shown and promised to us . . . and a great mass of them are not here, at all. Not just in lesser forms, but in many cases these things are outright NOT IN THE FINAL GAME AT ALL. When you show a several minute long demo of a game that has visual complexity not in the final release, enemy AI that is not in the final release, squadmate interactions and character building that are not in the final release and more . . . then there is no other conclusion than what was shown to us was a lie.

This waste of time and money doesn't even deserve one star. Let alone three. It's an outrage, and every person that was sad and sorry enough to pay for this fecal matter should be reimbursed, especially if it kills the studio that thought this was an acceptable release.

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