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.