Some gamers have decided that their Aliens experience needs a little spitshine.
Massive sales figures aside, it’s been a tough week to be a copy of Gearbox’s Aliens: Colonial Marines. You’ve got people comparing you to your demo and asking why you’re different, you’ve got others saying you’ve done weird things to the canon of your parent franchise, you’re wiping your own Xbox saves and now, to top it all off, you’ve got PC players looking at you and realizing that, with a little tinkering, they can make you look better than the way you were born.
And quite a bit better, too. This selection of Steam threads – including things like a handy how-to guide for sprucing up your PC Colonial Marines experience in addition to lines like “What do you think of the detail on my pulse rifle?” – is the work of a large group of likeminded gamers who have all been working together to find the best ways to make an okay-looking game into a great-looking one.
Added to this, they found some interesting things on their trip into the nitty-gritty of the game. For instance, users picked up on the fact that, for some reason, none of the .ini files list graphics cards that are younger than about 5 years old.
“The ini files in the game are broken because they don’t list any newer cards, only ancient ones,” reads the post. “All the newer cards should have been added by Gearbox but this seems to be an oversight on their part.”
“It’s quite fascinating to study the .ini files,” continues a different post. “In PecanCompat.ini you can see all the graphics cards that qualify for a certain class. The most modern graphics card in that list is from 2007!”
If you’d like to polish your copy of the game, instructions on how you can do so can be found here. Don’t worry, Colonial Marines. Nobody’s ever going to ask you if you’ve ever been mistaken for a man again. It’s all going to be okay. On PC, anyway.