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Aliens: Colonial Marines Launched

By on February 13th, 2013 10:24 am

Sega and Gearbox Software released their new sci-fi first-person shooter Aliens: Colonial Marines, one of the games I included in SpaceSector’s “Sci-Fi/Space Games You Can’t Miss in 2013” list. Apparently, the media seems to be in full agreement that this is a title that you actually should miss. At least miss buying, but nothing stops you from having a look at it. It’s clear that a strong IP like Alien and a reasonably credited supplier aren’t guarantee of success, in fact no game in development ever is.

I admit that I’m only an occasional shooter kind of guy and I got carried away with the strong nostalgia effect, since Alien is one of my favorite if not the favorite science fiction universe of all time. Well, that was a complete miss. I have no first-hand information to give you but the overwhelmingly negative reception is quite glaring, just that you know. The Aliens seemed to have won this time. Will there be a rematch? Aliens: Colonial Marines is available on GamersGateGameStop, Steam and GreenManGaming for $49.99.

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8 Comments


  1. SQW says:

    When even IGN gave the game 4.5, you can bet it’s a stinker.

    Man up if you fell for the hype and pre-ordered. =)

  2. Jeff P says:

    Metacritic gives it an average score of “50” based on 28 publication reviews. Problems seem to range from the short campaign (@5 hours) through dated graphics, repetitive gameplay, and lots of bugs (not the kind you shoot.)

    It definitely seems that the developer spent more for the license than the programming. That is a real shame: Gearbox’s Borderlands and Borderlands 2 shooters are very polished and great fun.

    • Jeff P says:

      I wrote too soon: the “50” score was for the PS and Xbox versions. The PC version rated “44”. Still a stinker.

  3. CletusVanDamme says:

    *mans up*

    We pre-ordered TWO copies in our house! One for me, one for the missus.

    We went straight into four player co-op which was great because every time somebody triggered the NPC to do or say something the rest of us would teleport to their location and any bugs we were fighting would disappear. Take that bugs!

    After 30 minutes we all just turned it off and played Borderlands 2. I’ll go back to it in single player and finish the campaign because I’m a big aliens fan but the reviews are right, it’s trash.

  4. Ace of the Stars says:

    First impressions. I’m not a FPS fanboy, it is NOT my cup of tea, but so far I enjoyed it, the graphics could (and should) be better, gameplay could use more work but introducing human enemies kills the alien them for me, hope they only appear on the chapter I’m currently playing. I enjoy it because of the Aliens (yes, I’m a fan :)). I’ll keep on playing until it becomes unbearable.

  5. Samwell says:

    Thankfully I was mindful enough to resist pre ordering the game ad waited for initial reviews.

    After them being shockingly bad, I “tested” the game, and daaaaaaaamn.

    Its horrible, The graphics seem worse than AVP2010, and are significantly worse than anything shown in the promo material (btw, gearbox nice one, retouching gameplay vids, that certainly wont bite you in the ass in the future…).

    Controls and Animations are “weird”. People keep calling it reminiscent of previous generation fps, but its not just that, it feels very artificial…

    Cod4 had much better “control-feel”, I am almost tempted to compare it with the likes of Doom 3.

    Its not as bad as Duke Nukem Forever, but it has a lot in common.

    Let that be another lessen, NEVER pre-order ANY game!

    • Adam Solo says:

      “Let that be another lessen, NEVER pre-order ANY game!”

      Or at least don’t pre-order already completed ones. If they’re finished wait for them to come out. They aren’t going anywhere. Especially if you buy digital. It can’t be about the 5-20% discount tag. Yes, I know, it’s the impatience thing.


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