Experience the terror.
Made my day dude, made my day :D
This is at least 2 stars, 1 star should be broken, completely unplayable crap like Big Rigs. This is a mediocre by-the-numbers FPS with a great mythology behind it (even if it's mishandled). But oh well, hate train speaks louder I guess.
They should have gone off-canon and played out the unused Alien 3 script where Hicks is the main character, start off already without Ripley and go from there. Michael Biehn gets a job, he's happy to voice the character and just assume it's not canon from the beginning to avoid angry fans.
Still going to play this anyway.
The review scale would be worthless and might as well be three stars if you're going to reserve the extremes for the worst and best game ever made. From the text this is by all means a terrible game that would hardly be interesting even if it wasn't mechanically broken. One star seems justified.
They mostly come at night... mostly...
Since they are already making call backs to the film. They should included a marine that had the likeness and voice of James Remar.
There won't be any "reviewer" avatar in the new site? =(
Yea, I miss them.
'Functionally broken and creatively bankrupt'
Well I guess that's about it.
I'm still gonna rent this game though.
It means "mission accomplished" for Gearbox. Make a below average game based off a classic film, add dubstep in the trailer, then watch the cash come in.
Ouch. How did this happen? The amount of money it cost to make this game and the actual return they'll make back is a complete mystery to me. This game wasn't really on my radar, but it's too bad that they couldn't make it work. I personally would've loved to play a modern iteration of an Aliens game that was good.
Sad times.... Kinda expected this but hoped I was wrong. I was not.
I heard gearbox actually only worked on the multiplayer and the rest was timegate studios and nerve software.
Man, I'm so bummed that this game is garbage. So bummed!
Agreed. I didn't even bother to try to rent it anywhere.
@slash_rick:Yeah I bummed on that too,it gave a splash of personality at least.Now it's like every other site with just the name of the reviewer and the review,it isn't a big thing but it's kind of dissapointing to see that little artistic detail removed.
Is the new site playing tricks on me or is this review quite long?
As awful as it is, as heartbreaking and disappointing as it turned out for all the build up and promises from Gearbox to the Alien(s) fans that they were going to get it right, I'll still pick it up eventually. Only now, it's gone from "get it around release" to "get it when it's around 15 dollars". That...probably won't be too long.
I'm going to get this, however I'll be getting it pre-owned for sure, not spending £40 on it.
It's so weird how similar this game's release was to DNF. Both in development hell for insane amounts of time. Both finally delivered by Gearbox. Both did not have quite full control by Gearbox (DNF was them putting out an old product). Both were hyped up a ton by Gearbox.
Both suck, apparently. Although I'll be honest, I really did enjoy Duke Nukem Forever. But I think it was because I knew what I was getting into, and was playing it more on an academic level rather than a "new shooter" level. I never bought into all the hype Gearbox was creating as them actually saying, "THIS GAME IS AMAZING AND A REVOLUTION!", I always saw it more as "IT'S FINALLY FUCKING COMING OUT, DO YOU WANT TO PLAY IT?". So that whole campaign really didn't bother me as much as it seems to have other people.
But this one, they were really putting their soul into the marketing for this one. I really did believe it was going to be something awesome. I'll still probably check out it out for the multi sometime down the line when it's cheap, but damn, disappointing.
Game over, man.Game over.
NOW this quote makes sense.
No, this is still better than Prometheus...
I quite enjoyed Prometheus.
I think the saddest thing about this game is that Sega, instead of cancelling this mess, canceled what was a supposedly almost finished turn based Aliens rpg by Obsidian. Given that it was Obsidian, it very well could have been just as broken as this, but it wouldn't have been as creatively bankrupt at least.
At this point I just hope whoever is in charge of this decides to release that Aliens: Infestation game on other platforms. That actually looked pretty great.
1 star haha, thats fucked up. i am quite enjoying this game.
I guess that was inevitable. Still made me laugh, though. :)
I can't help but feel it only got 1 star because Alex reviewed it. A mediocre shooter that breaks in bits and destroys the subject matter is not the worst thing ever. Is it really that much worse than the Battleship: Movie: The Game or whatever it was called?
Maybe it's just me, but 1 star implies everything it does is bad not just mediocre.
Not proud to say that I laughed at that one..
So honestly, does anyone still think Gearbox is a good developer? What do they have that anyone likes besides borderlands?
Man I'm loving this new site. Anyways, great review Alex!
You know what? I hope this makes Randy Pitchford think twice before he opens his mouth again.
Me too :)
Me too. Characters are constructs needed to behave idiotically so the plot can move forward, but I really liked the movie overall.
NO! Prometheus took a giant shit on science, rational thought and the first 2 Alien movies. You guys just have bad taste in films. :)
How does Gearbox keep messing up on everything EXCEPT Borderlands?
Based on the recent Reddit infodump, it's because they focused on Borderlands to the exclusion of every other game they developed.
@geirr: My reaction as soon I heard that this game sucks.
That reddit really draws some parallels between Gearbox and Silicon Knights.
Good review. The lack of paragraph indentation makes my head hurt though.
Man, it's no wonder Alex always seems like the most bitter and cynical man on the planet. He always gets the absolute WORST games to review.
So is Alex in charge of reviewing bad games?
Dead Space 3, F.E.A.R 3 and Aliens: CM, do you know what they have in common apart from having horror roots(just roots, nothing else)? they all have soldiers saying "actual" and other military jargon.
Problem is it isn't mechanically broken, it is competent, it just isn't terribly exciting 2 out of 5 would be been justified. That's still only a 40% and I didn't run into any game stopping bugs or glitches throughout my entire playthrough.
@mongoose: What's the link?
The game isn't amazing, but it's alright. By removing it from the Aliens canon in my brain and simply viewing it as a first person shooter that I only dropped $30 on, I enjoy it.
Mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn. 1 star huh!? I feel sorry for everyone involved. Whoever wins we lose!
It's sad kinda makes you wonder if they do any kind of play testing for it because it shouldn't of made it out the door like this. It's just another duke nukem type game out of gearbox. Had very high hopes
i find it funny that this game would get a 1/5 but shovelware flash games get goty contender
this kind of stuff pretty much illuminates the direction this site is going
Was genuinely looking forward to this game... sigh.
Dev. has posted an interesting little story on Reddit about development of this game, worth a read.
Can I get a link to this? I'm interested.Also... Posting in an epic thread/toasting in an epic bread
@cakebomb: I guess if it took only a year or so to make it, the game would get two stars but with this taking insanely long to create & being just a massive disappointment to Alex, he felt it deserved a score of 1 of 5 if you had to some kind of scale to rating this game. I agree with Alex that this does look like it's designed around set pieces & that works great for Lego games based off movies as well as the first AvP game on the PC, since then it feels like they were constantly just repeating this design idea that just doesn't work on repeated trips through.
Regardless of what Alex writes, anyone including you, who has interest in this should play it & hell might actually enjoy it.
That quick look didn't make this look great, but on the same level of quality of Steel Battalion? I expected more from Gearbox.
EGM gave this piece of trash 9.0/10...
I thought Prometheus was awesome.
This might be an unpopular opinion, but I've always felt Gearbox was and remains a second-rate studio. Their latest batch of creatively-devoid projects (Borderlands 2, DNF, Brothers in Arms: Furious 4, this game) prove they haven't come very far from their days of just porting other studios' works, and are seemingly divorced from having any semblance of taste or wit for themselves.
Congratulations to Alex Navarro and Aliens Colonial Marines for our first 1 star review of the new year (2013) and our new GiantBomb site. Drop the bomb on it!!!! - excluuuuuuuusive!!!!
This has to get an end of year award being the first 1 star on the new site surely?
I saw this game on a lot of videos and the graphics looks worse then PS2 game. How it manage to look worse then 2010 AvP is beyond me...