Excerpt: You have been separated from your unit. You have no weapons. As you walk through the sewers, you do your best to not make a sound, as some of the alien husks around you are actually alive and would be attracted to it. The problem is no matter how carefully you tread, it is impossible to not make any noise when traversing ankle-deep water.
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: On paper Aliens: Colonial Marines is a brilliant idea. Take one of the best and most cherished action movies of all time, and make an official video game sequel of sorts. The player will be able to explore the iconic sets seen in the film, allowing both nostalgia and the potential for an even deeper understanding of the lore. This could have been a classic. Sadly, reality is something entirely different.
Pros: + Fun to revisit and explore some of the areas made famous by the film.
Cons: - Full of bugs and glitches. - Poor AI. - Enemies come across as harmless. - Lacks atmosphere.
Aliens: Colonial Marines Review (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
5 December 2012
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