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Posted by deerokus

@sharpless: didn't Gearbox just pick up Duke Nukem and Aliens to finish them?

Not Aliens. The previous Colonial Marines that was canned was an entirely different game. This was their game from the start - or at least it was supposed to be, instead it seems they took Sega's cash and farmed it out to inferior studios.

Edited by rcath

@nekrokreuz: Whoa, I liked Prometheus but lets be serious, that movie has script issues.

Posted by Evansoft

@birthwild said:

wait, no more review drawings of the reviewer? :( bums me out more than the game.

I second the return of reviewer avatars. Love the rest of the redesign though!

Posted by Fearbeard

Still gonna rent it.

Posted by joesson

I like some of what Gearbox does (I beat every piece of BL and BL2 DLC released at least once) but I now know to never trust what Randy Pitchford has to say about a game he is making.

If he knew it was bad and still promoted it I understand that was his job and he had to do it, but how many times do you expect to try to get us to give you money for products this bad before people ignore you and see your voice as unreliable?

If he had no idea this was terrible then how can I trust your taste in games when you say something is god in the future?

It starts to become a case of being either a liar or ignorant of what a quality product is and neither of those is particularly desirable in a salesman.

Posted by Scotto

@rox360: actually i know what it means and use it accordingly

they've been pandering to throwaway games that give the initial appeal of awe but do not follow through with it at all, have no production value, and no lasting appeal. most of their game of the year lists were comprised of games like this. they have no standards for their review so they reference their "experience" as if it is some one-off feeling that reviewers tend to get when their attention span has been reduced to nothing over the lifetime of judging a product made for children

They've been PANDERING to them?

All you're demonstrating is your own inability to accept that some people don't see portable or mobile games in the same light you do. Every time they've had developers submit top 10 lists at the end of the year, those developers have always had a few little-known flash or mobile games on their list - I guess the people who make your games are all "pandering" fuckwits who don't know what they are talking about, either.

Goddamn, what an intemperate douchebag.

Edited by Cold_Wolven

A great way for Alex to start the year in reviews than with a one star game. Gearbox what are you doing? First Duke and now this, don't be resurrecting anymore games from now on.

Posted by Vrikk

Sad that this game sucks so much.

Posted by CaptRocketblaze

Thanks, Alex.

Sorry, Drew.

Posted by Godlyawesomeguy

BRB, going to watch Alien and Aliens.

Edited by tourgen

well at least reading the review was fun. I was hoping for a good Aliens game too though.

Posted by big_jon

It's pretty retarded how they handled the aliens....

Edited by delorean99947

@sharpless: didn't Gearbox just pick up Duke Nukem and Aliens to finish them?

Posted by JackColt

Hot damn, @alex, you are truly at your best when you dislike the game you're reviewing.
Fan-fucking-tastic write-up!

Posted by umdesch4

One star? Ouch.

I guess that's why they played it for almost an hour and a half on that quick look. Because that's how shitty games work right? you keep playing them for an hour and a half.

Well, the answer to that was completely obvious to anyone who was watching. They felt they had a duty to the viewers to show an actual alien in this Aliens game, and since the first 46-47 minutes of that quick look had exactly zero aliens in it, the whole thing ended up running way longer than they had planned. Hence why the discussion strayed so far away from the actual game while they were showing it. There was simply nothing new to say after a while. This game is like a power failure during the Superbowl.

Posted by Legion_

How does Gearbox keep messing up on everything EXCEPT Borderlands?

Brothers in Arms is freaking brilliant.

Edited by fiberpay

Yep, as with a lot of games based off movies, you might as well just watch the movie as they are usually better.

Posted by ThePhilatron

I love reading all the Giant Bomb articles, but Alex easily comes across as the best writer of the bunch.

Edited by FaPaThY

This review is pretty spot-on with the SP/Co-op-side, but IMO the competitive MP is a lot better than the small and vague paragraph dedicated to it lets on.

Once you have a few Xeno levels to unlock some new moves/mutations/etc. and get the hang of the slightly janky wall climbing, you're pretty strong. Hell, I'd say the Xenomorphs are the OP ones here.

As for modes being unbalanced and favouring one side over the other, I don't see the problem. Especially on the objective-based maps and when a match consists of a round on both sides. On, say, Survival, the objective is to survive the longest against the Xenos, hence the name. It's not supposed to be easy for the CMs to live for the full 6min or whatever when death is permanent.

While I'm pretty bummed with how this game turned out, and would love to punch out Pitchford for all the lies he's spewed for this game, the MP at least saved it for me and offset the pain of handing $32 over to Sega/GBX. In its current state, I'd give this game 2 stars, a soft 3 after they patch the hell out of it.

Posted by bitchypixels

Starting off the site launch right with some Navarro rage.

Posted by Zephan

Having never watched any of the films from the series, it was an interesting read how they appeared to have relied too much on the success of the film franchise as a whole with multiple references and not make it something that could stand by itself within the universe. Poor development does not help. It's a shame that the potential of a great story and game was lost.

Posted by Luthorcrow

The quick look that went up last night was more than enough to predict this review. This game is dull, dumb and lack luster. First they retcon the space ship where it has no reason to be, retcon the same version of Bishop that is another planet, they retcon the facility that would have been leveled by the nuclear blast and finally they retcon the aliens in after they had also be vaporized in a nuclear blast. The story alone is train wreck of stupidity. But than to see Ryan spend over an hour shooting generic soldiers with AI so bad, that it looks like a game from 2001. What a stinking pile.

Posted by KlUMZeE

Man, this makes me so sad. The idea of this game seemed awesome and I didn't want to believe all of the negative things I heard leading up to the release, but now that it's out, I don't even know how to express my disappointment.

Edited by Roger778

Man, this is really depressing. I can't believe Gearbox messed up so badly on the development of this game.

Posted by Roger778

@alkusanagi:

I know I'm in the minority here, but Prometheus was one of the best movies I saw last year.

Posted by bhlaab

So... what's the spoiler cameo?

Posted by prestonhedges
@vitor said:

@nekrokreuz

said:

Many have chided Ridley Scott's recent sort-of-Alien-prequel Prometheus as a cynical, unnecessary retcon of the existing Alien canon that never quite justified its own existence.

Uh, who did? You? This is some Glenn Beck shit.

Uh, that movie was critically panned on release and drubbed by fans also. It very much seemed like any positive opinions were very much in the minority.

It looked pretty.

That's about as positive as it gets.

Posted by brundlefly

Come on, Gearbox! Seven frakking years?

Edited by AcidBrandon18

I'm still going to rent it. I just need to know!

Posted by Psykhophear

Game over, man! Game over!

Edited by videogamesarenotart

@rox360: actually i know what it means and use it accordingly

they've been pandering to throwaway games that give the initial appeal of awe but do not follow through with it at all, have no production value, and no lasting appeal. most of their game of the year lists were comprised of games like this. they have no standards for their review so they reference their "experience" as if it is some one-off feeling that reviewers tend to get when their attention span has been reduced to nothing over the lifetime of judging a product made for children

Edited by Mezmero

I've been looking forward to this review and I was not disappointed. Alex's editorial brutality is a force to be reckoned with. If anything I would rather rewatch every single Alien movie back to back than play 4 hours of something so unrefined. It's times like this that I wish Alex still ran Screened so I can get a sweet Here's What You Missed video for the Alien film anthology. As bad as this game sounds something about that style reignites my interest in some of the best sci-fi horror in the history of cinema. Thank you and keep up the great work.

Edited by MonkeyKing1969

Is the veil finally lifted that Randy Pitchford is full of shit. "We're gonna make this game...but first we'll make this game...this game...and a sequel to this other game....but we're still making an Aliens game too...well most of it...we some of it, maybe?"

Posted by Miketakon

Gearbox and 20 other studios made this Frankengame.

Posted by Chaoskiller2000

I am honestly sad it turned out this way. It could have been really good. I kept telling myself it was Gearbox they won't mess up but they did. I wonder if we will ever get a good Aliens game?

Posted by jerseyscum
Posted by DillonWerner

Damn, was hoping that this would turn out playable :(

Posted by Vitor

Many have chided Ridley Scott's recent sort-of-Alien-prequel Prometheus as a cynical, unnecessary retcon of the existing Alien canon that never quite justified its own existence.

Uh, who did? You? This is some Glenn Beck shit.

Uh, that movie was critically panned on release and drubbed by fans also. It very much seemed like any positive opinions were very much in the minority.


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Posted by HODGEY3000

i can't believe gearbox made this game

Posted by JEC03

Another messed up movie license game destroyed.

Edited by hbkdx12

I never really cared for the game to begin with so my opinion might be a lil harsh but i don't understand how people saw the shitfest that was Duke Nukem and didn't expect this, on some level.

Posted by maskedarcstrike

Why is that developers will place the setting of the game on LV-426 after the events of Aliens and have the characters still be able to breath?

HOW THE FUCK. Can people breath AFTER the atmospheric processor got blown up!? It's not like there's a crap ton of trees and plants around. I thought the whole point of the atmospheric processor was to create oxygen and allow people to breathe without suits on the planet.

Is this at least addressed in the story? That's all I want to know.

Posted by Wonloong

Why is Gearbox doing this to themselves? First Duke Nukem, now this? But I love the Borderland series. I guess that's a redeeming factor for them.

Posted by EarthBowl

Will this be the most Disappointing game of the year? From what I read, strong signs point to a definitely.

Posted by Boopie

seems Navarro is up to his old tricks again

Posted by Sharpless

After this and Duke Nukem Forever, is Gearbox and/or Randy Pitchford in trouble? Even Borderlands 2 didn't seem quite as well-received as the original. The disconnect between their hype and their results is staggering and, in my opinion, much more noticeable than it is with most other devs.

Edited by GodsAreMonsters

@ravelle: Who gives a fuck? No one accused you of not liking that piece of shit.

Posted by paulunga

First the last AvP sucked, then Prometheus and now this. Man. Alien fans just don't get to catch a break.