Aliens: Colonial Marines is the highly anticipated and then of course much maligned game from Gearbox that was in development since kind of 2001 but then got canceled and then had been kind of in development since 2006. Of course everyone was all excited about it because of the multiplayer of that one AvP game that everyone used to play, and of course everyone hated it when it came out. Poor Gearbox. They keep trying to revive these games from the dead (see: Duke Nukem Forever) that have all these pieces thrown into place and then they get all hyped up and end up like some kind of Frankenstein’s monster of a game. I don’t know what they expect to happen when they try and play god. Half Life: Opposing Force was still awesome though.
Aliens: Colonial Marines is no exception to the rule. The first thing people got all uppity about is that the “actual gameplay” footage shown a couple years ago was nothing like the actual game. Well maybe saying nothing is a little bit strong but the ACTUAL game looks a hell of a lot different. This happens all the time with devs using prerendered footage that looks like gameplay but in general it doesn’t seem to work out so well in the long run. It’s not just the graphics that suck, though. And they’re not that bad, everything just looks sort of dark and bland and vaguely electrical in a Doom 3 kind of way. But everything else is pretty bland. The gunplay isn’t so good and the AI is awful. Here is a helpful review from Steam user starshipwaters:
The most rewarding part of this game is that sometimes the Xenos use Marine animations and take cover. It’s hilarious.
The whole game is kind of like that, and besides everyone knows Aliens and Predators for that matter too don’t stand a chance against a real carnivore like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
|Hey Steve, you gotta check this out. Uh, Steve?|
The saving grace for this game is that multiplayer is OK and there is even a Left 4 Dead-style game mode. But honestly it is not nearly as good as either L4D or Natural Selection 2. You are better off spending your money on Natural Selection 2 to get your humans versus aliens/ Darwinism fix. Aliens: Colonial Marines is currently on sale for $4.99 at 75% off. If you are a die hard Aliens fan maybe you will like it but probably not. Verdict: Skip it.