Summary: " Aliens: Colonial Marines " is a crushing disappointment, but it isn’t the absolute travesty that the media have made it out to be. I’m not sure if this is as a result of the week one patch, but I didn’t experience any of the bugs or glitches that seem to have affected other reviewers.
Excerpt: It’s a difficult balancing act needed to take a much beloved cultural icon and continue it in a new direction. On one side, it means you have a pre-existing universe, characters, aesthetic and tone, which in turn brings with it an eager audience. On the other, lies the possibility of introducing fatal elements into an existing framework that might work against the whole, as well as the conservative fringes who will hold a purist’s grudge.
Conclusion: Aliens: Colonial Marines is the first major video game to look like a piece of shit this year. Trying to play this game only made me realize how horrible of a company Gearbox is because they made it, or that is what some people say. There is a whole story on who really made this game, but really it doesn’t matter because Colonial Marines is dog shit. Pass on this game and don’t consider it at anything above the twenty dollar price tag.
Excerpt: After years spent in development hell, Gearbox’s Aliens: Colonial Marines has arrived and like a malfunctioning dropship, has crashed amid a critical firestorm. Sifting through the smouldering wreckage of potential and ire of offended fans – there’s not much that’s salvageable. If you can somehow suspend your anger whilst playing, there are some enjoyable moments to be had but the negatives far outweigh the positives.
Excerpt: Everyone lied to us. I refuse. The game with so much potential proves once and for all that potential is over rated. If I wasn’t a decent man I might file a complaint with the Geneva Conv., and submit charges of torture against Sega.
Conclusion: Aliens: Colonial Marines is a disappointing return to Cameron’s action-packed Alien sequel. With so much of the gameplay missing the mark, both technically and conceptually, there’s very little reason for fans of the film or FPS fanatics to seek out what is a decidedly lacklustre game all round.