Reviews and Problems with Aliens: Colonial Marines
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Review: Aliens: Colonial Marines
20 February 2013
Summary: Even with all its flaws, I really did have fun playing this game. I would love to see a sequel where they build on the good things and fixed the issues that drag it down, but after the rather negative backlash against it from game media, most of which I feel is much too harsh, I kind of doubt one will be made.
Pros: Some really great moments in the campaign, Interesting multiplayer
Cons: Much of the campaign is lackluster, Few people playing multiplayer, Leaves you wondering what might have been
Conclusion: "Fans of the franchise will enjoy being enveloped in the Aliens universe..." "...there's really nothing fun about Colonial Marines." "...scraping the bottom of what you expect from a shooter in 2013.
Pros: Occasional strong set piece moments, Ample Aliens lore throughout, Playing as xenomorphs in multiplayer
Excerpt: There are certain pop culture franchises that are nothing if not completely sacrosanct to their fan bases. Star Wars comes to mind, as does Lord of the Rings. The Aliens series certainly fits this mold. Enjoying more than 30 years of ruling the “Scary Thing From Space” throne, the H.R. Giger designed xenomorph has reaped the success of multiple movies, Predator crossovers, graphic novels, and, of course, video games.
Pros: Audio is spectacular, Lighting and model work, Massive fan service
Cons: Lazy plot structure, Awful A.I., Poor human animations
Excerpt: Aliens is an undisputed sci-fi classic that’s left an indelible mark on pop culture, and no medium has soaked up more of its broad and lasting influence than videogames. The desperate conflict between a squad of cynical and badass but nervously vulnerable Colonial Marines and a lethal horde of sleek, deadly xenomorphs has echoed through countless game worlds. From Contra to Half-Life, and Halo to Dead Space, its influence is hard to overstate.
Conclusion: Shop for Aliens: Colonial Marines for a discounted price at Amazon.com (February 12, 2013 release date).
Pros: Decent story, set between Aliens and Alien 3, Some of the designs, especially the aliens themselves, is great, Iconic locations faithfully recreated, Decent multiplayer ideas
Cons: Missed opportunities in almost every way, Terrible CGI cut scene graphics, Some of the worst AI in this game generation, Gameplay is full of bugs, Item pick up/action button and the reload are the same, which sucks, Multiplayer is woefully unbalanced
Aliens: Colonial Marines Review (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
17 February 2013
Excerpt: It’s been years since SEGA first announced that they’d picked up the Aliens license and were working on Colonial Marines – either 12 or 7, depending on who you ask. And this week, it’s finally out.
Pros: Single player ranking system may prolong the life of the game, Great sound effects and music, Superb attention to detail in key locations
Cons: Woolly, badly written script and storyline, Poor graphics, aside from some nice lighting, The Aliens aren’t ever scary and the humans are dumb