Aliens: Colonial Marines Review
- Posted February 15th, 2013 at 23:57 EDT by Timothy Nunes
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The biggest achievement in this title is that it works as a shooter, but the gameplay, plot, visuals, and audio don't do it any justice. The multiplayer lessens the experience even further by providing a simplistic experience that only deters players from playing more than one round. It's really hard to believe that Gearbox was even involved with this title at all.
- Aiming is surprisingly authentic
- The way the Aliens look
- Glitches throughout
- Graphically/audibly flawed
- Cookie-cutter shooter that cut too much
(continued from previous page) ...front of the door, and the door opening actually kills him, which results in a reload to the last checkpoint.
That's right. In Aliens, you should stay away from opening doors.
The only aesthetically pleasing aspect to this game is the way that the Aliens, or Xenos (Xenomorphs), look. They retain proper texture dexterity with their elongated, gleaming heads, and their gruesome, franchise-staple details maintain their proper effect - visually, anyway. The first time a Xenomorph appears is rather startling and very memorable. However, that moment dies with the artificial AI that’s been generated for this game, leaving Xenos to crawl on walls and cave structures with linear paths and right angles being their only means of conveyance. The fault doesn’t stop here either, given that Xenos and enemy soldiers tread many fixed paths and, quite often, became “confused” as to what to do and simply stop in the middle of an open battlefield.
The HUD is peculiar, and deserves mention. Though it shifts with player movement, it’s very, very minimal and quite dull in its small, blue lettering and insignificant overlay. Still, it works, but interacting with environmental objects can be a pain. Ammunition and shield reserves have visual identification in the HUD, but collectibles and machinery buttons all require the aiming reticle to be placed exactly over them in order to interact. In other games, there's usually some leeway so players don’t have to meticulously put extra effort towards picking up ammo, collectibles, and interacting with plot devices. This game requires players to work too hard for what’s blatantly pointed out and what’s well-hidden in plain sight.
After running through the dull and nonchalant story, you won't find much solace in multiplayer. The core premise is to pit Xenomorphs against Marines, which, in theory, sounds perfect. Instead, maps are disorganized, and matches tend to favor the Marines, since the developers didn’t really allow any sort of balance between the melee abilities of the Xenomorphs and the Marine’s vast array of guns. Each game mode has teams taking turns using both Marines and Xenomorphs, and this seems to be the only balancing act; maps are a graphical mess and designed such that the Marine side can bottleneck the Aliens and win every time. It really takes bad Marine players or an act of god to win as Xenomorphs. Beyond this unique match-up, all of the expected modes are here, including Team Deathmatch and a mode called Escape, where Marines have to move across each map to reach a final objective.
The only point to booting up multiplayer is the actual use of weapons, which feature surprisingly realistic aiming mechanisms. I wouldn't be surprised if you told me that this was the only part of the game that Gearbox actually developed, leaving the bulk of duties with Nerve Software, TimeGate Studios, and Demiurge Studios. A cooperative online mode rounds out the experience, and two friends who both own the game can play together and experience that which is Aliens: Colonial Marines. Here's hoping that having a buddy along eases the pain.
On paper, Aliens: Colonial Marines has everything that a gamer could want: shooting, aliens, action sequences, multiplayer, and even replay value through collectibles and the three difficulty levels. However, considering all of the technical and development crimes that the team behind this game committed, it’s safe to say that Sigourney Weaver herself couldn’t have saved this game from failure. The biggest achievement of this title is that it works as a shooter, but the gameplay, plot, visuals, and audio don't do justice to anyone or anything. The multiplayer lessens the experience even further by providing a simplistic experience that only deters players from playing more than one round. It's really hard to believe that Gearbox was involved with this title at all.
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- 1:18am EST - February 16th, 2013
i like the game just fine and with the dlc updates coming and even fixes coming you should be open to improvements
- 4:00am EST - February 16th, 2013
How come this doesn't surprise me, I gues we'll never get a good Alien based game, too bad because at first I was actualy looking forward to this game. If gear box keep making games like this than they might be next to go bank-rupt!
DeadCrow | xSoloWing--
- 8:06am EST - February 16th, 2013
Gearbox already said that they knew this game would be terrible. They bearly had anything to do it with, most of what they did was with the multiplayer. I don't we'll see another Aliens game for a long time. I think AVP is a much better game.
DuffBeer | Ghost_Duff
- 9:35am EST - February 16th, 2013
This has to be the WORST game on PS3 ! For the game to be in development for 6 years to turn out like this was shocking..
the videos they posted last year looked Nothing like the game.. if anything the game represents pre code gameplay to them videos ! This has got to be by far the worst lie a company has said a game looks like compared to real life release.. The game had so much potential yet they screwed it up ! TYPICAL !
- 2:30pm EST - February 19th, 2013
as a alien fan i was looking forward to this the adverts and pics i had seen from it looked like this was a most have game but them pics and videos are not from the game it was a big fat lie the AI is awful the aliens where more bothered of attacking the other players then me so killing them was easy some of them just stood there the story line is not brilliant and the graphics are not the best lets but it this way i started it on normal difficulty half way through the game i thought this is just to easy started the game on its hardest difficulty and could tell any different save your money stay away from this game and sega stop making games
- 9:39am EDT - March 20th, 2013
OMG this game sucks balls want my money :( :(
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