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IGN & Gamespot Review Aliens Colonial Marines

Early reviews have started coming in for Aliens Colonial Marines and the news is not good. Both IGN and Gamespot have posted negative reviews and scored the game 4.5/10. They both criticize the campaign, the poor graphics, poor AI, lack of tension, poor multiplayer…

IGN: Aliens: Colonial Marines looks like Aliens, and sounds like Aliens, but unfortunately it just doesn’t feel like Aliens. Instead, it feels indistinguishable from almost every shooter you’ve played in the past twenty years. There are some feelings of nostalgia to be enjoyed, but it soon wears off and all that is left is some bog standard run ‘n’ gun action that brings little of note to the FPS table – and it suffers from a severe lack of optimisation on PS3 and 360. Aliens: Colonial Marines has definitely been crafted with a lot of love for the franchise, it just needed a little more imagination – and a hell of a lot more polish.

Gamespot: The first two Alien films are steeped in mystery and anxiety, qualities all but absent in developer Gearbox’s lackluster interpretation. Instead, Aliens: Colonial Marines is a shallow bit of science-fiction fluff with cheap production values and an indifferent attitude. It’s forgettable enough to deem unnecessary, which is a grievous sin for a game in a universe brimming with so much potential.

For comparison purposes, IGN scored AvP 7/10 and Gamespot scored it 5.5/10.



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  1. demonbane
    Brandon Justice left EGM. The chief editor talked about this issue. I am sure the cause was his BS A:CM review.
    The editor tried to defend him as much as possible, but there is not excuse.
    There is so much you can defend one's opinion with "everyone has different opinion" argument.
    When the reviewer outright lie about the game's technical flaw, he deserves every backlash.
    His Halo 4 review was downright awful. It's like me complaining about COD for not diverse enemies.
    Even though I don't like COD series, I wouldn't write such garbage review with too much of bias.
    BTW, A:CM metacritic score went down with new low score from other foreign country.
  2. Predaker
    Thanks for the review!

    One minor note about the dog tags, you can go to your service record and read little snippets of story for each dog tag after you find them. There are some interesting things to read. Some of it is corny.
  3. OpenMaw
    Well written Hicks. I think you were quite fair to the game actually.


    Though I do have to question one remark in the review. Wouldn't the last time we were in the derelict by from AvP 1999? The first marine level takes you through the original Jockey Ship.
  4. Xenomorphine
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)

    I actually predicted this a few days ago.

    I'm dreading it, but think it's inevitable.

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    I would also like to see some DLC set on fury 161 even if it's just multiplayer maps.

    Don't hold your breath. :) They seem to want to stay as far away from what was portrayed in 'Alien 3' as possible.
  5. QUAGMIRE83
    just played co-op for the first time and I really like it, there wasn't any lag and all the pick up items were shared. The only thing I didn't like was that I couldn't search ongoing games in any detail.
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
    I would also like to see some DLC set on fury 161 even if it's just multiplayer maps.
  6. XenoGauge
    This is from games.on.net and the reviewer says he wrote the following 5 years ago at the time Borderlands 1 was being worked on by a very small team:

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    During the preview we were shown several clips of what we were told was gameplay.

    Here’s what I wrote about one of them: “Immediately impressive in this situation is the way that the Aliens move. They’re fast and agile and do not conform to using predictable AI paths. In fact, you’re almost hypnotised by the way that they leap around the level, grabbing onto pillars before leaping to the ground and attacking your beleaguered squad by whipping their tails and slashing their claws. Being so fast, it’s hard to get an accurate bead with your weapon. You’re literally crapping your pants hoping that you can hold off against the hordes, hoping that the turret can kill a few or that your explosive charge can take out as many as possible.”
     
    The Colonial Marines installed now on my computer, the one that I just played, makes a liar out of me.

    Very interesting, here's the article: http://games.on.net/2013/02/aliens-colonial-marines-reviewed-an-embarrassment-that-should-never-have-been-released/
  7. Cal427eb
    Story mode has some good moments and multiplayer is really good so all in all im happy. it's not as much of a disappointment as black ops 2 was that's for sure but companies would not dare give that a bad review.
    What is that even supposed to mean?
    it means that treyach promised a lot with bo2 and all we got was the same old shit and they actually made it worse. MW3 was amazing online and to follow that with the shit we got from bo2 was the biggest disappointment ever.
    In case you didn't notice, all COD's are basically the same so I don't see how it could be a disappointment.
  8. QUAGMIRE83
    Story mode has some good moments and multiplayer is really good so all in all im happy. it's not as much of a disappointment as black ops 2 was that's for sure but companies would not dare give that a bad review.
    What is that even supposed to mean?
    it means that treyach promised a lot with bo2 and all we got was the same old shit and they actually made it worse. MW3 was amazing online and to follow that with the shit we got from bo2 was the biggest disappointment ever.
  9. Elicas
    Hello all,

    I have been on the boards for a while but this is the first time I have registered to post. I work in media and have a solid connection to the franchise. We were the ones who broke the news of AVP being PG -13 way back when. But I digress. I think the game is getting some very unfair reviews. Part of it I believe is Backlash from Duke Nukem Forever which Gearbox still gets grief over. They were spared grief with Borderlands 2 but that one did not give people much to complain about. I think with ACM, people took what is a standard 3D shooter and amplified the issues. I played on PC and I did not have any technical issues or bugs at all. I had issues with some of the gameplay, but thought the look and story were interesting. Anyway, our review is here if anyone wants to read it.

    http://sknr.net/2013/02/17/aliens-colonial-marines/

    This is an Aliens/Predators fansite, most of us don't care about Duke Nukem at all. They're getting so much grief because their game was a f**king shitfest.

    Welcome to the site.
  10. ChrisPachi
    Hi gareth. :)

    Part of it I believe is Backlash from Duke Nukem Forever which Gearbox still gets grief over.

    The backlash comes purely from the fact that the game is not the game that Gearbox were promoting and not the game that all of the the positive previews and sneak-peeks in the media were based upon. Everyone got conned, and regardless of whether you like it or not or whether or not it had glitches on your rig or whether it was the developer's or the publisher's fault for letting it out into the world, it is the talking heads at Gearbox that will - and absolutely should - cop the flack for it (until they crawl out from under their rock and make us think otherwise).
  11. HappyAlien
    Really how hard is it to make a decent FPS based in the Aliens Universe. Given six years to do it and still put out a game that looks rushed, unfinished and outdated. If they didn't want to make it and wanted to focus on Borderlands they should have never taken the game on board. Bloody outsourcing it to some company I've never heard of before!

    And to all those people saying we should be happy we even got a game,i am not are not  some hobo on the street asking for change who should be happy how little is give to them cause its better than nothing. The Xbox has been out for nearly seven years they should be able to deliver a game that dosen't look like something on the N64! They mad money from AVP 2010 imagine how much they could make from making a good quality Aliens game!


    And all this talk about DLC making it better or fixing it is insulting. What you bring out a crappy, glitchy game that is not what was promised and charge people 70-80 dollars for it. Then they  expect people to pay more for DLC's? Come on that's getting done up the a#@!
  12. SM
    Bringing back dead characters and locations meant the story had issues from the get go.  Since it never addressed bringing back those elements, that part of the game was doomed.

    Additionally the much touted 'attention to detail' mentioned in the review doesn't stand up to a great deal of scrutiny against film locations.
  13. MR EL1M1NATOR
    Hello all,

    I have been on the boards for a while but this is the first time I have registered to post. I work in media and have a solid connection to the franchise. We were the ones who broke the news of AVP being PG -13 way back when. But I digress. I think the game is getting some very unfair reviews. Part of it I believe is Backlash from Duke Nukem Forever which Gearbox still gets grief over. They were spared grief with Borderlands 2 but that one did not give people much to complain about. I think with ACM, people took what is a standard 3D shooter and amplified the issues. I played on PC and I did not have any technical issues or bugs at all. I had issues with some of the gameplay, but thought the look and story were interesting. Anyway, our review is here if anyone wants to read it.

    http://sknr.net/2013/02/17/aliens-colonial-marines/

    Nobody gives a hoot about Gearbox's other games.
  14. gareth
    Hello all,

    I have been on the boards for a while but this is the first time I have registered to post. I work in media and have a solid connection to the franchise. We were the ones who broke the news of AVP being PG -13 way back when. But I digress. I think the game is getting some very unfair reviews. Part of it I believe is Backlash from Duke Nukem Forever which Gearbox still gets grief over. They were spared grief with Borderlands 2 but that one did not give people much to complain about. I think with ACM, people took what is a standard 3D shooter and amplified the issues. I played on PC and I did not have any technical issues or bugs at all. I had issues with some of the gameplay, but thought the look and story were interesting. Anyway, our review is here if anyone wants to read it.

    http://sknr.net/2013/02/17/aliens-colonial-marines/
  15. ShadowPred
    I believe it's actually both. The review is basically a description of the game that we've all heard prior to release, and all this guy did was just stretch that out into a "review." And I heard from some folks that their magazine was littered with A:CM ads all over the place, so if that's true...then I guess it's not a stretch to say that EGM got paid for this review, and didn't even bother to play it either.
  16. HappyAlien
    Story mode has some good moments and multiplayer is really good so all in all im happy. it's not as much of a disappointment as black ops 2 was that's for sure but companies would not dare give that a bad review.


    Black Ops 2 is miles better than Colonial Marines. Even the cheesy lines they couldn't get right 'We're not in Kansas anymore' wrong  James Cameron film guys. Great work Gearbox or is it Timegate or some random guys in Shanghai they outsourced the game to?
  17. QUAGMIRE83
    Story mode has some good moments and multiplayer is really good so all in all im happy. it's not as much of a disappointment as black ops 2 was that's for sure but companies would not dare give that a bad review.
  18. ChrisPachi
    O'Neill grabs the doctor and violently slams him down on the operating table, pushing a sidearm into the terrified man's masked face.

    "You make one f**king sound..."

    (the doctor's eyes bulge in fear; wide and fixed on his attacker as sweat begins to bead across his forehead)

    "...and it's your brains they’ll find in the garbage tomorrow morning."

    There's a muffled snort. Winter lowers his pulse rifle; scratches his head. An alien is born as O'Neill stares blankly into the middle distance, no discernible emotion on his face. He suddenly screams...

    "Rooms clear!"

    ... then shoots a wall and disappears through the floor.
  19. Guts
    Thing is, i didn't understand the reviews AVP3 got. Because i love that game. I didn't experience Verigo or anything like that, The aliens controlled good and it was responsive, and the gameplay and shooting and AI on the aliens were good and they packed a punch. After reading the reviews on A:CM It just looks like a bad game. Buggy, glitchy, broken, dated visuals. Bad gameplay.

    I wished A:CM focused on the horror and suvival aspect more. You can still be a bad ass marine with a pulse rifle without having to shoot waves of enemies, if you manage to take down a Xeno, numbers are trival.
  20. Elicas
    The Sun's a rag, a joke of a paper. Most people buy it for the tits on page 3 or to make fun of it, I'm sure. At 20-30p it's a cheap giggle.

    Wouldn't surprise me if a lot of parents/grandparents might peruse the reviews to decide what to get the youngest in the family as a gift. A review like that, which specifies the 'fun part' is a let-down, will probably cause numerous credit cards to be retained in wallets.

    Good point about the parents/grandparents thing. More middle aged people read the Daily Mail though far as I know, so maybe This Review is more pertinent to that discussion. Mixed 3/5 generally poor and not worth getting.
  21. Xenomorphine
    The Sun's a rag, a joke of a paper. Most people buy it for the tits on page 3 or to make fun of it, I'm sure. At 20-30p it's a cheap giggle.

    Wouldn't surprise me if a lot of parents/grandparents might peruse the reviews to decide what to get the youngest in the family as a gift. A review like that, which specifies the 'fun part' is a let-down, will probably cause numerous credit cards to be retained in wallets.

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    People were slamming this game last night in the pub. It's got a hell of a reputation.

    That... Is impressive. :o I can't remember the last time I've heard people even talk about games in one, let alone share an opinion.
  22. XenoMAC
    I'm happy with the multiplayer, but the point was to make a decent game with all of its parts. Even a mediocre effort could've held the mp up for months, at least. Now we have players leaving already due to bad press and a terrible, buggy single player mode.

    If the mp truly takes a nosedive like the much less fun AvP 2010, I'm going to join the f**king dark side and start subjugating planets. :-\

    http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100409152340/percyjacksonfanfiction/images/8/80/Join_the_dark_side.gif
  23. RagingDragon
    I'm happy with the multiplayer, but the point was to make a decent game with all of its parts. Even a mediocre effort could've held the mp up for months, at least. Now we have players leaving already due to bad press and a terrible, buggy single player mode.

    If the mp truly takes a nosedive like the much less fun AvP 2010, I'm going to join the f**king dark side and start subjugating planets. :-\
  24. Guts
    I mean, come on!

    If you are a real fan, you should be happy that you got a game.

    Be happy that you got a game based on a movie from the 80s... Correct me if I'm wrong, but that doesn't happen to often.

    Be happy you got an Aliens only, not predator game.

    Be happy you shoot Hick's Shotgun, Hudson's Pulse Rifle, and Vasquez's Pistol.

    Be happy you can choose what finishing move you preform as a Xeno!

    If you won't even play it, then don't call yourself a real fan.

    I'd rather this story be canon than Prometheus. Not dissing the film, it was amazing, but I prefer it not to be canon.

    Stop bitching and be grateful with what you have,

    I just wish everyone would stop bitching.

    And I just wish people would stop marginalizing critical opinions of expensive multimedia. You have fun with the bug ridden linear shooting gallery. Don't tell me I have to do the same just so your ears can be spared a different opinion.

    Sorry, my ears didn't hear anything.

    So a fan should be happy because they got a turd wrapped in tinfoil? Because afterall, least we have a game!  >:(
  25. Valaquen
    The Sun's a rag, a joke of a paper. Most people buy it for the tits on page 3 or to make fun of it, I'm sure. At 20-30p it's a cheap giggle.

    People were slamming this game last night in the pub. It's got a hell of a reputation.

    Let me say that, as a builder, nearly every trained tradesman and general site operative (labourer) up and down the country that I've ever met has the Sun as his bible of news, mostly for the sport, but everyone sits down for a read and a smoke at half twelve, and pretty much everyone reads the Sun/Star.

    It might be a rag, but it sells to us working class lads.
    I know. I'm from a working class family too. I remember sitting in the van with my cousin and uncles doing a flitting and they'd sit around the paper with a bacon roll and comment on the stories. Even they knew it was bull (unless it was a story on immigrants... people are funny that way...)

    One more question. Does any body know will there be a patch with first person view with alien? or anything like it? The view they made is alright for noobs.. what about the skilled alien players
    I think that anything coming (DLC, patches) will simply be thrown out, without anything extensive done to fix the game.
  26. LARGE
    One more question. Does any body know will there be a patch with first person view with alien? or anything like it? The view they made is alright for noobs.. what about the skilled alien players
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