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Aliens: Colonial Marines review

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true_gamer 12th February 2013, 14:20 Quote
I had such high hopes for this game... :(
Tattysnuc 12th February 2013, 14:21 Quote
Wow. My enthusiasm for this game has just been killed in 2 pages.

Thanks for wasting a great gaming concept with poor implementation.
DrTiCool 12th February 2013, 14:35 Quote
hmm, looks like I rather try Aliens Killing Floor mod for KF than this
Phalanx 12th February 2013, 14:48 Quote
Should have just rebooted AvP to be honest. I loved that game.
rollo 12th February 2013, 14:54 Quote
Wow expected it to score better than this.
SMIFFYDUDE 12th February 2013, 14:56 Quote
I watched a gameplay video of this for the first time a few weeks ago and it didn't look promising. This review and others like it have comfirmed my fears. I was so looking forward to it before then.
alf- 12th February 2013, 15:23 Quote
Shame, it looked quite promising in some of the game-play trailers.

Guess i'll be sticking to Natural selection 2, for my humans VS aliens gaming fix.
Lenderz 12th February 2013, 15:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phalanx
Should have just rebooted AvP to be honest. I loved that game.

They already tried that, it was pretty bad.
MiNiMaL_FuSS 12th February 2013, 15:43 Quote
NS2 for the win - a good server and it's intense and brilliantly balanced!
Pete J 12th February 2013, 15:43 Quote
Oh my.

I preordered it and bought the season pass too.

Here's hoping that this is one of those games that rates badly but I actually enjoy.

Still, Dead Space 3 is currently making me very, very happy.
Corky42 12th February 2013, 16:42 Quote
Unreal Engine 3 strikes again.
Harlequin 12th February 2013, 17:08 Quote
UT3 looked nicer :(
lacuna 12th February 2013, 17:40 Quote
Is it as bad as AvP?
Harlequin 12th February 2013, 18:07 Quote
depends which avp your on about :D

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aliens_versus_Predator_2

was an awesome multiplayer game :D
digitaldunc 12th February 2013, 18:31 Quote
Indeed, how does this stack up against AVP 2010?

IIRC it didn't fare well in reviews, but I thought it was enjoyable if not earth shattering.
Snips 12th February 2013, 19:36 Quote
AVP2 was an awesome multiplayer that still has not been equalled. Refresh that and we'll have a winner on our hands.
Guinevere 12th February 2013, 19:38 Quote
Such a shame. Like so many of my generation the movie Aliens holds a special place in my heart and I could prattle on for hours about the movie and the merchandise I've gathered over the years. If this is genuinely a poor game (And every review says it is) then it's unforgivable.

I'll still pick it up on a steam sale though. If I was prepared to pay £90 for a US import of the special edition on laser disc and £500 on the player to go with it then I think I'm prepared to cough up when it's half price.

It won't be the first terrible movie tie in I've played.
ImTheDuke 12th February 2013, 20:10 Quote
What a shame. I really liked Alien VS Pred 2(I think it was that one) and was looking forward to this one.
LordPyrinc 12th February 2013, 20:41 Quote
Aw crap. I was hoping this game would get me back into FPSs again. Oh well at least I have "Hawken" for now. Even though it's still in beta, I'm enjoying the heck out of it.
loftie 12th February 2013, 21:29 Quote
For those who bought it, since BTs review was done on the PS3, this is from IGN

"Lastly, the PC version doesn’t suffer from the same shoddy texture work and screen tearing as its console counterparts. However, this isn’t exactly cutting edge either in terms of being a 2013 release. It’s a game designed for DirectX 9 and doesn’t really feature any cutting edge visual flourishes - in fact the video settings menu is effectively limited to a few detail sliders and an FXAA toggle. This is certainly not a game for graphics setting tweakers."
flibblesan 12th February 2013, 22:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by loftie
For those who bought it, since BTs review was done on the PS3, this is from IGN

"Lastly, the PC version doesn’t suffer from the same shoddy texture work and screen tearing as its console counterparts. However, this isn’t exactly cutting edge either in terms of being a 2013 release. It’s a game designed for DirectX 9 and doesn’t really feature any cutting edge visual flourishes - in fact the video settings menu is effectively limited to a few detail sliders and an FXAA toggle. This is certainly not a game for graphics setting tweakers."

There are areas on the PC version where the designers haven't been bothered to texture anything.. Hadley's Hope for example. It's like 3dfx all over again.
scott_chegg 12th February 2013, 22:26 Quote
I just had a few rounds on Team Death Match and found playing as a Xeno loads of fun! You just gotta be sneaky.
lysaer 13th February 2013, 02:00 Quote
I gotta say, I see nothing wrong with this game, it is atmospheric, the graphics are absolutely fine on the pc , the music is intense, playing on ultimate badass without a HUD makes it even more challenging and you constantly feel like there is something breathing down your neck.

I am not really sure what else was to be expected, it feels and looks like aliens to me

I think review sites have been incredibly unfair on this game, it seems like you've all just spam copy and pasted each others review and no one has actually really played it.

Why are we getting PS3 reviews anyways, surely a PC review would be more apt for this site.
Grimloon 13th February 2013, 02:04 Quote
I'm playing through the single player campaign at the moment and I'll be giving the co-op campaign mode a go on Sunday. It's no AvP/2 and the graphics are more than a little dated by current standards. I haven't noticed the poor animation on the aliens yet as I've been too busy shooting them as fast as I see them and watching the gibbage. They do a wierd freeze once they've clobbered you up close though -one hit out of nowhere then they stand and look at you. It's almost as if they want to be walloped with the gun and then take a shotgun blast to the face, go figure!

It's worth about £10, £15 at most (certainly not £40) but it's not as dire as I expected from the review. I'm probably a touch biased as I'm a die hard fan of the films (except this mythical beast known as "Alien 3" - no such creature, it simply doesn't exist) but I've played a lot worse and paid more for them (a pre order dating back to 2008 has some benefits).

One thing I do agree 100% with the review - get rid of the [insert preferred expletive here] motion tracker icon and audible warning >:( It completely ruins any suspense there might have otherwise been. The marine campaign on AvP (1999) was brown trousers time, this is more like "Oh look, something's going to attack soon. I suppose I ought to check where it is".

Some of the challenges are a bit odd too - melee kill 5 aliens in a mission? Really? Have you even seen the films Mr Game Designer? I guess that'll be a "No" then - fleshy meatbag with gun vs perfect close combat killing machine in hand to hand = "You've got red on you" - and it's your own. Not "Go me! I just killed an alien by prodding it with the shooty bit of my gun!"

TL, DR: It's almost like a game version of a B movie Aliens only it isn't quite crap enough. "meh" is about the nicest comment I can make. I'll probably give the multiplayer a go for the hell of it.
Griffter 13th February 2013, 08:00 Quote
never been soooo disappointed in a longgggg time :'(
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