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VIDEO Aliens: Colonial Marines (360, PS3, PC, WiiU)

Discussion in 'Games' started by Valyn, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. Zeta1127

    Zeta1127 Jedi Master star 5

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    This is the second time I have been interest in a game in recent years that hasn't been well liked when its finally released. I was interested in Stronghold 3, because I like the rest of the series, but it was simply terrible. The impression I have gotten is only Aliens fans seem to like Aliens: Colonial Marines.
     
  2. The2ndQuest

    The2ndQuest Tri-Mod With a Mouth star 10 Staff Member Manager

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    This is rather unfortunate news. I had hopes for the game even if the graphics weren't top of the line. Seems the multiplayer is pretty decent but the campaign sucks.

    Apparently what happened was Gearbox outsourced the game to TimeGate, who threw out most of what Gearbox had already done on the game. While Gearbox worked on Borderlands 2, some people at Gerabox worked on ACM's multiplayer.

    Then they got back what TimeGate did, which was apparently pretty horrible. Sega wanted to release the game to get a return on their investment, and Gearbox didn't have the time to fix the single player mode, nor did they want to have another Duke Nukem Forever on their hands (since this game started production in 2006).

    Thus we get the apparently-terrible campaign and the ok multiplayer of what was relased.

    There's a slight glimmer of hope- the Wii U version was given to Demiurge to port and was said by Gearbox to look the best of all the versions released. And the Wii U version won't be out till probably sometime in March

    Sooo, with that extra development time, as well as the divergent branch of development it took... there still remains the slight possibility that the Wii U version will actually end up being somewhat different than the other versions, beyond the motion tracker/gamepad design.

    It'll definitely be graphically superior, but will they have had time to fix the gameplay? Who knows? They might just cancel the Wii U version for all we know- but it seems Sega is interested in recouping as much cash as they can so I can't see them cancelling ot this close to release.
     
  3. ManaByte

    ManaByte Chosen One star 5

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  4. Clone_Cmdr_Wedge

    Clone_Cmdr_Wedge Jedi Master star 3

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    Interesting little read about A:CM.

    Short version is pretty much this:
     
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  5. General Immodet

    General Immodet Jedi Master star 4

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    I bought the game yesterday. I am looking forward to playing it!
     
  6. 07jonesj

    07jonesj Jedi Master star 4

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    Why would you do that? Have you not seen the reaction?

    Unless you're buying it in an ironic sense - just to see how bad it is?
     
  7. DarthBoba

    DarthBoba Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I think the review is a little one-sided-there are plenty of scenes in Aliens where the Marines manage to escape with their lives at least temporarily (whereas encountering the monster in Alien was pretty much instant death no matter what :p) but yeah, basically that's correct I think. Still....there's plenty of games that get that just fine. It's not impossible. :p
     
  8. Ezio Skywalker

    Ezio Skywalker Jedi Master star 4

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    I was really hoping for a Left 4 Dead-style game from this...though moodier and more thrilling.
     
  9. General Immodet

    General Immodet Jedi Master star 4

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    Bwa, I always have been an Alien fan. Even if the game is not that good, it still is an addition to my collection.
     
  10. DarthBoba

    DarthBoba Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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  11. 07jonesj

    07jonesj Jedi Master star 4

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    I don't understand that mindset. Because you are a fan of a franchise, you would buy a product whatever the quality? Doesn't that encourage companies to spit out quick, shoddy products?

    I love Game of Thrones, yet I didn't buy it's game.

    If you're going to buy it, at least buy it used so you don't harm the industry.
     
  12. Darth_Invidious

    Darth_Invidious Force Ghost star 6

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    Is that you hiding behind a sock, Valyn?
     
  13. General Immodet

    General Immodet Jedi Master star 4

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    I do not think the behavior of few will influence the whole business. I am a collector, but I do not think everyone is a collector.
    By the way, it is also possible I like the game very much in comparison to other gamers. I do not play games that often, so sometimes I am pleased wehn others are not.
     
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  14. 07jonesj

    07jonesj Jedi Master star 4

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    You'd be surprised. Thinking that "your actions" do not matter, and do not affect the industry is a misnomer. That said, if you honestly get enjoyment out of the game, who am I to stop you? :)
     
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  15. The2ndQuest

    The2ndQuest Tri-Mod With a Mouth star 10 Staff Member Manager

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    There are other reasons to buy a game besides the gameplay quality- this is an official sequel to Aliens, so a fan of the films (good and bad and inbetween) would want to try to experience that storyline. Same way a Tron fan would be interested in Evolution as a prequel to Legacy or a SW fan might play any of number of SW games that they otherwise wouldn't have, etc.
     
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  16. 07jonesj

    07jonesj Jedi Master star 4

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    But the storyline has been almost universally panned too. My stance is if you buy something purely based on it's brand name, no matter the quality, that makes you a sucker. That's exactly what publishers want. Then they can spit out loads of crappy franchise games without putting any effort into them.

    You can make great games based on existing brands - see The Witcher, The Walking Dead or the two Cybertron Transformers games.

    When you buy Aliens: Colonial Marines, you tell that publisher that you think their product is worthy of purchase, that it's acceptable. Oh, and yes, I'm an Alien fan, as well as a Predator fan. I'm still not supporting this game.
     
  17. The2ndQuest

    The2ndQuest Tri-Mod With a Mouth star 10 Staff Member Manager

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    People will still watch an inferior sequel in a movie franchise, so how is that any different than a poor story in a game?
     
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  18. General Immodet

    General Immodet Jedi Master star 4

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    Most of the time, the original movie is still the best one.
     
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  19. TrandoJedi

    TrandoJedi Jedi Master star 4

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    I certainty view Alien as my favorite. Aliens is cool but not as good as Alien.
     
  20. I Are The Internets

    I Are The Internets Force Ghost star 8

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    This is getting way worse reviews than the AVP game that came out three years ago. That's too bad. The trailers looked fairly promising.
     
  21. TrandoJedi

    TrandoJedi Jedi Master star 4

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    Thats because the AVP game from 2010 wasn't a bad game like this hehe.

    EDIT: I mean it wasn't the best thing ever but it was decent and had enjoyable stuff to it.
     
  22. I Are The Internets

    I Are The Internets Force Ghost star 8

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    I thought AVP was fairly disappointing. The Predator campaign was very promising but waaaaay too short. The marine campaign was generic until the awesome final level.
     
  23. General Immodet

    General Immodet Jedi Master star 4

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    I am playing the game right now. I do not think it is as bad as you all say it is. Okay, the graphics of the cutscenes are not good, but the gameplay itself is satisfying. There are a lot of references to the Alien movies. I kind of like it, actually. Bishop!!!
     
  24. TheProtocol

    TheProtocol Jedi Knight star 2

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    I really like it.
     
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  25. General Immodet

    General Immodet Jedi Master star 4

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    I loved the return of Hicks and the references to the movies!
    By the way, I have always been a Weyland-Yutani fan, so seeing its logo many times in the game really made my day.