And this is coming from someone who actually liked Duke Nukem Forever, another project that was in different hands before Gearbox.
I played this at my friend's house on the PC, which he was super excited to play. We played through the first two levels and we both think it's stinking bad:
1. It looks bad. Apparently it looked insanely different from the stage demo they had been showing. My guess is that they used graphics injectors to make everything look nice on the game built on an ancient (2006?) engine. Probably not stable enough for a proper release...
2. ... but it's still really glitchy. An alien on the ceiling we shot had its arm stuck on the ceiling, leaving his body dragging off it. Then there's a part when the marine got stuck at a doorway, forcing us to restart. There's one part where an alien runs out a door and I proceed to close that door. Then it comes out of no where and kills me from behind. Three bugs in the first level? Fuck this. Here are also some funny videos showcasing how bad the scripting is:
3. There's no atmosphere in the first two levels we played. There were laughable attempts at jumpscares (accompanied by weak audio trying to be dramatic). With the marine's fast movement speed it's just blitzing through hallways and hallways shooting whatever you see. It's so "action-packed" there's no room for actual tension to build. (Well was this brief moment when you are trapped in a room with your first Xeno and playing cat and mouse. It was pretty tense before turning into Gears of Bro Shooter.)
4. Most importantly, the "action" is pretty bad. It's hard to explain but it just doesn't feel satisfying to shoot Xenos in the face. Never been a fan of the Alien movies, so I don't really care about how the pulse rifle should sound, but I can tell you it feels weak. It feels like an SMG. To be fair, there is an assault rifle. But why would you use other guns when the pulse rifle is THE Alien gun?
If you have $60 to spend on a game that would satisfy all your "shoot aliens in a tight corridor in outer space" needs, Dead Space 3 is BY FAR the better game. If you are an Alien/Aliens fan who wants to finally get your hands on this game... well consider yourself warned.
(Giantbomb video embedding seems weird, not implemented properly.)