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New Aliens: Colonial Marines Multiplayer Footage

As previously reported, Aliens: Colonial Marines’ street date was broken earlier this week by several retailers. Many people all over the world now have early access to the game including Multiplayer. Make sure to check this thread in order to watch hours worth of user made multiplayer gameplay. A thread covering plenty of the customizations for the Aliens in multiplayer can also be found here.



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  1. Gren_86
    The mp is like nothing I've played. The tracker itself makes it a very immersive, Aliens-like experience, and Survivor mode has a lot of surprises in the levels. You can lock down entire buildings, weld doors, close shutters, etc... and set turrets in certain spots to really barricade yourself. Then you have claymores, proximity mines, motion detectors, and if you run around doing the objectives, you get more points and can end up winning even if the other team "survives" longer. It's not as dynamic as it should be, but it's much closer to giving me that feeling we're all looking for than any Aliens game has come.

    Prime, Vakarian, and I had this poor Alien team completely neutered. XD But you can turn around almost any game with good Alien teamwork and coordination. We all proved it on Escape, where I have only seen Alien teams die and die and die. Typical, no teamwork, running right at the player, and little knowledge of how to use the Alien.

    This doesn't even cover the many different attacks and abilities you can unlock for each Alien and the strategies/teamwork they create, or the weapons and gadgets you get as a marine. Throw in the customization options for fun and you've got quite an addictive little game. I just put some playing cards and grinning teeth on my helmet. ;)

    It definitely needs some balancing, but it's there for me, at least.
    I totally agree. Evac and Survivor carry more weight than the entire SP campaign. 

    Dude, the Alien seriously has a spin-attack? Just watching the Extermination mode video. Spin attack right there. ::)

    Spin attack. For Christs sake, how can people be complaining so much and nothing on that? Might be the single most irritating thing I've seen yet.
    I don't have a problem with this particular xeno ability, it doesn't look ridiculous when you see it in action imo. Personally the things that bother the most besides the obvious ones like: glitches, no dedicated severs, balance issues; are the Boiler and Crusher. Not to mention those distasteful xeno-head customization options.  :-[ 
  2. Cal427eb
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    The mp is like nothing I've played.

    Natural Selection or Left 4 Dead would be the biggest inspirations for A:CMs multiplayer. They were released in 2002 and 2008 respectively, unfortunately A:CM gameplay is a step backwards in almost every regard, which is a shame because A:CM with proper l4d mechanics would be amazing.

    Natural Selection 2 needs a lot more love.  :'(
    Apparently, from what I've heard while the game is fun it optimized poorly which causes some problems for computers that should be able to handle it.
  3. Elicas
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    The mp is like nothing I've played.

    Natural Selection or Left 4 Dead would be the biggest inspirations for A:CMs multiplayer. They were released in 2002 and 2008 respectively, unfortunately A:CM gameplay is a step backwards in almost every regard, which is a shame because A:CM with proper l4d mechanics would be amazing.

    Natural Selection 2 needs a lot more love.  :'(

    S'truth. NS is the Aliens game we should have got, in many respects.
  4. hfeldhaus
    The mp is like nothing I've played. The tracker itself makes it a very immersive, Aliens-like experience, and Survivor mode has a lot of surprises in the levels. You can lock down entire buildings, weld doors, close shutters, etc... and set turrets in certain spots to really barricade yourself. Then you have claymores, proximity mines, motion detectors, and if you run around doing the objectives, you get more points and can end up winning even if the other team "survives" longer. It's not as dynamic as it should be, but it's much closer to giving me that feeling we're all looking for than any Aliens game has come.

    Prime, Vakarian, and I had this poor Alien team completely neutered. XD But you can turn around almost any game with good Alien teamwork and coordination. We all proved it on Escape, where I have only seen Alien teams die and die and die. Typical, no teamwork, running right at the player, and little knowledge of how to use the Alien.

    This doesn't even cover the many different attacks and abilities you can unlock for each Alien and the strategies/teamwork they create, or the weapons and gadgets you get as a marine. Throw in the customization options for fun and you've got quite an addictive little game. I just put some playing cards and grinning teeth on my helmet. ;)

    It definitely needs some balancing, but it's there for me, at least.

    i agree with you 100%. it makes a change from playing COD or battlefield and is just as much if not more fun. id even buy this game solely for the MP and then you have the added bonus of a single player campaign
  5. Porkus Maximus
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    The mp is like nothing I've played.

    Natural Selection or Left 4 Dead would be the biggest inspirations for A:CMs multiplayer. They were released in 2002 and 2008 respectively, unfortunately A:CM gameplay is a step backwards in almost every regard, which is a shame because A:CM with proper l4d mechanics would be amazing.
  6. RagingDragon
    The mp is like nothing I've played. The tracker itself makes it a very immersive, Aliens-like experience, and Survivor mode has a lot of surprises in the levels. You can lock down entire buildings, weld doors, close shutters, etc... and set turrets in certain spots to really barricade yourself. Then you have claymores, proximity mines, motion detectors, and if you run around doing the objectives, you get more points and can end up winning even if the other team "survives" longer. It's not as dynamic as it should be, but it's much closer to giving me that feeling we're all looking for than any Aliens game has come.

    Prime, Vakarian, and I had this poor Alien team completely neutered. XD But you can turn around almost any game with good Alien teamwork and coordination. We all proved it on Escape, where I have only seen Alien teams die and die and die. Typical, no teamwork, running right at the player, and little knowledge of how to use the Alien.

    This doesn't even cover the many different attacks and abilities you can unlock for each Alien and the strategies/teamwork they create, or the weapons and gadgets you get as a marine. Throw in the customization options for fun and you've got quite an addictive little game. I just put some playing cards and grinning teeth on my helmet. ;)

    It definitely needs some balancing, but it's there for me, at least.

  7. GrimyGhost
    Been playing the game all day.. and personally i love it! its not the best game in the world but it definitely isn't the worst, started playing MP and recording it for my channel, stop by and check it out :)

  8. Porkus Maximus
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    Someone started bitching about the one-hit-kills in the PC game I was in.

    Funny, because unlike AVP2010 you are NOT invulnerable while doing them and another marine can kill you before you finish.  Also in the time it takes to execute an insta-kill you could have just clawed a marine to death anyway.

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    I am not denying that but still its 10 times better than a mode where you run around like headless chicken shooting everything that moves

    It's like trying to decide if you'd prefer a kick in the teeth or a kick in the bollocks.  The gameplay in TDM and evac is fundamentally the same, you're still "shoot everything that moves" the only difference is you are moving from A to B instead of just finding 1 place to camp for the match.

    The gameplay in evac etc. COULD be good if it received some polish but it's pretty clear to me that wont happen. Gearbox will shit out their DLC packs (probably faster than they anticipated) then the game will be left to rot and multiplayer will go the same way of AVP2010.
  9. WinterActual
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    Just look at this... Escape on PC.. why anybody would prefer TDM over this is beyond me

    Escape suffers from some of the same issues that the first L4D had... the marines can just sprint from objective to objective.  There are a handful of locations where a well co-ordinated team effort can put all the marines down at once but there are too many areas where attacking as an Alien is futile. An important mechanic in l4d is the ability to grab or pounce on a survivor requiring the assistance of a team mate to save them, a well co-ordinated attack can neutralise 3 players simultaneously (all 4 in the 2nd game!).  This kind of thing really can't happen in A:CM unless you all player the lurker and you  need to be in an area that facilitates the pounce mechanic.

    At least with left 4 dead there are multiple mechanics in place to slow players down. AI infected/randomly triggered hordes. Randomised car alarms and witches, mini-events that last several minutes. Not to mention the various ways the player controlled infected can influence player movement. In A:CM it's like "RUN A BYPASS ON THIS DOOR AND HOLD THE AREA! > 45 secs later > DOOR IS OPEN, MOVE TO THE NEXT OBJECTIVE.  If the Aliens miss that 45 second window they're screwed and have to wait for the second one.
    I am not denying that but still its 10 times better than a mode where you run around like headless chicken shooting everything that moves  ;)
  10. OpenMaw
    I don't know what the Hell they did with the wall walking. It feels nothing like any of the previous AVP games.

    Honestly, the entire design of the alien attacks is really fubar. It doesn't make me feel like an Alien. It makes me feel like cannon fodder.

    Someone started bitching about the one-hit-kills in the PC game I was in. I had to laugh, because, you know what? That's ALL the aliens have going for them. If the controls weren't getting in my way, i'd have this shit down. I'm already getting good in spite of the controls. I slaughtered four marines in one go. That was brilliant.

    Part of the problem is the way the alien seems to "lock on" to a target. Instead of just having standard FPS controls. Ugh.
  11. RagingDragon
    You're exactly right, Porkus. I've recently started hurling myself across vast distances with the angry pounce on the Lurker (along with many other players) and sometimes one massive leap across the level is about the distance of the first marine objective. The spawns are forever away and the Aliens too damned slow.

    Maybe not slow, but cumbersome, like not very smooth to control. I'm finally getting wicked good at dodging and you can scare the shit out of people, dodging sideways away from gunfire, grenades, etc... You can also dodge forward for a sort of mini dash to close on a backpedaling marine.

    I really hope they fix that life or armor business in Escape and Survivor. The Aliens just get stomped most games, but Escape is still fun as hell (if you're the marine, har har!) They need to work on the Alien wall walk transitions, too. Has anyone messed with the transition option in the settings? I haven't turned it on, just use the left trigger (xbox) to climb, but I suppose I will later.
  12. Porkus Maximus
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    Just look at this... Escape on PC.. why anybody would prefer TDM over this is beyond me

    Escape suffers from some of the same issues that the first L4D had... the marines can just sprint from objective to objective.  There are a handful of locations where a well co-ordinated team effort can put all the marines down at once but there are too many areas where attacking as an Alien is futile. An important mechanic in l4d is the ability to grab or pounce on a survivor requiring the assistance of a team mate to save them, a well co-ordinated attack can neutralise 3 players simultaneously (all 4 in the 2nd game!).  This kind of thing really can't happen in A:CM unless you all player the lurker and you  need to be in an area that facilitates the pounce mechanic.

    At least with left 4 dead there are multiple mechanics in place to slow players down. AI infected/randomly triggered hordes. Randomised car alarms and witches, mini-events that last several minutes. Not to mention the various ways the player controlled infected can influence player movement. In A:CM it's like "RUN A BYPASS ON THIS DOOR AND HOLD THE AREA! > 45 secs later > DOOR IS OPEN, MOVE TO THE NEXT OBJECTIVE.  If the Aliens miss that 45 second window they're screwed and have to wait for the second one.
  13. WinterActual
    Just look at this... Escape on PC.. why anybody would prefer TDM over this is beyond me  :-\



    (the xeno team are noobs but thats normal I guess, the game just came out. after a while it will be even crazier than it is right now )

    oh and this is not my gameplay btw
  14. RagingDragon
    Very impressed by everything... ...hasn't played much of the campaign. :D Just like me!

    Stay away from that damn campaign people, just play the multiplayer!! LMAO. But I'm really having fun. Been wanting to do this for years and I've yet to pop my escape mode cherry which is the mode I've looked forward to most.

    A silly game at points, for certain, but I wouldn't shit bricks and mass-cancel the pre-orders necessarily? People just freaking the fack out like it's AvP:R again. Bad, yes, but playable and fun.

    I think the masses will indulge, for a time. It's the Call of Duty kids, anyway, folks. Call of Duty Kids, meet Aliens fans. How are you? Nice to meet you.

    In other news, I got a Quad kill with an M240 Incinerator unit in the bottom of some hive and saved 4 of my fellow marines. A guy had thrown it down earlier and yelled "flamethrower!" and looked at me, so I picked it up and just held the damn trigger. Fire looked terrible lol, but I burned those hoes down and it was great fun.

    Don't give up on the game if all you've played is the campaign.. I mean, unless you really hate competitive multiplayer. Okay that's all :laugh: I think I'm just giddy from not having to embrace yet another complete failure of a product...
  15. Jonesy23
    I do agree that the Xenos seem to have really random special moves while having very generic basic moves. I would've loved to see some better special moves like maybe the spitter picking someone up and spitting acid down their throat or something more brutal, not a spin attack.
  16. RagingDragon
    Dude, the Alien seriously has a spin-attack? Just watching the Extermination mode video. Spin attack right there. ::)

    Spin attack. For Christs sake, how can people be complaining so much and nothing on that? Might be the single most irritating thing I've seen yet.

    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
  17. Spoon
    Dont like the idea of these new species.  Sorry if I don't like change but Im not for a facehugger making babies with a bull dozer.
        Im a huge Alien fan and predator but after watching these videos Im definitely not interested anymore..  Game looks down right awful.   I expect to see a 6.5 rating on websites (if lucky).     

      Enjoy the game everyone!
  18. xenogenicide
    im actually happy with most of what we got here needs some tuning here and there but overall not bad some people ar just ripping into this game like they expected complete greatness im content also found this cool character customization vid
  19. xenogenicide
    i think when the game is OFFICIALLY released these problems will be fixed considering that these people aren't even suppose to have the game yet

    found a really cool new character customization vid
  20. Jonesy23
    I honestly never got quite used to the FP view of the Xenos even all the way back in AVP2. It just disorients me personally, but I've seen plenty of people who can do it exceptionally well so more power to em.
  21. Xeno929
    I seem to be in the minority, I absolutely love playing as Xenomorphs in first-person, I'm almost never on the floor, ceilings on the other hand...  ;)   I guess it's because of the runner alien
  22. Spoon
    Thats actually the first time someone said battlefield was a rush in game, I usually get made fun of by my loser COD friends that Battlefield is way to slow and to much strategy for their rambo brains of theirs.   
      Im sorry but this game looks like a Left for Dead rip off.
  23. Jonesy23
    It's not so much that playing the Xenos suck per say. It just takes patience and practice, but in today's society that's pretty hard to come by. People are so used to TDM in COD and Battlefield where you just charge in that when you have to sneak and think it means it sucks.
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