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
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
Excerpt: There’s probably never been a movie licence more perfectly suited to being made into a videogame than Aliens. It features great characters, a kick-ass arsenal of sci-fi weapons and some of the scariest, most phallic enemies in H.R Giger’s nightmarish Xenomorphs. It’s influence is felt in almost all modern first person shooters; games like Halo probably wouldn’t exist were it not for Aliens.
Aliens: Colonial Marines Review (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
7 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