Aliens: Colonial Marines gets visual upgrade in 4GB PC patch

Update for Aliens: Colonial Marines also includes fixes from recent Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 patch.

The PC version of Aliens: Colonial Marines has received a hefty 4GB patch which promises to improve the game's visuals.

The headline feature of the patch is improved textures, with other "various visual improvements" promised. Additional fixes patch up audio bugs in cutscenes, players falling through the map, and a bug that caused players to occasionally spawn without a weapon.

The update also includes the fixes from the recent title update on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, along with some changes of its own that will feature in an upcoming patch for the console versions.

Steam will automatically download the patch.

Last month a modder tinkering with the Aliens: Colonial Marines files managed to get the Unreal Engine-powered game running with DirectX 10 rendering.

For more on Aliens: Colonial Marines, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

The patch notes in full:

General

- Improved texture resolution.
- Various visual improvements.
- Added mouse smoothing to options menu.
- Fixed crashes tied to launch and motion tracker.
- Added additional safeguards to better protect save data.
- Resolved an issue where a player's level could sometimes appear incorrect when backing out of a party.
- Addressed several scenarios under which players could spawn without a weapon.
- Changes to better prevent audio from sometimes cutting out during end of mission cinematics.
- Fixed issue where Xeno death animation was not properly calculating momentum of the killing blow.
- Smart Gun animation now properly tracks targets.
- Addressed some instances where Xenos would display erratic animations.
- Increased light radius for player's shoulder lamp.
- Adjusted aim assist to better reflect player input.
- Addressed an issue that could sometimes cause co-op player revival to not work under certain circumstances.
- Addressed issues with players not spawning into a level properly.
- Fixed a marine player invincibility exploit.
- Resolved several instances where players could walk or fall outside of maps.
- Addressed an issue where Ripley’s Flamethrower (bonus content) would sometimes fire continuously without player input.
- Fixed an issue that could cause localized text to sometimes display incorrectly.
- Addressed an issue where weapon ammunition was not always highlighted properly.
- General user interface improvements.
- Miscellaneous bug fixes.

Campaign

- Tweaked enemy and friendly AI to be more aggressive and responsive.
- Modified campaign difficulty to account for improved AI responsiveness.
- Improved enemy collision detection regarding doors and Power Loader.
- Addressed some issues that could cause improper warping for co-op players.
- Various tweaks to address instances where NPC characters would not always properly navigate to objectives.
- Players will no longer bleed out immediately when downed in a Power Loader.

Versus

- Fixed issues that could cause clients to report inaccurate results and statistics.
- Addressed instances where a map would appear to “pop in” when loading into a new match.
- New Xeno appearance customization added.
- Multiplayer teams should now correctly auto-balance between rounds.
- Increased duration of Lurker Pounce Challenge “Cat-Like Reflexes” from 10 to 20 seconds.
- Fixed issue where certain multiplayer challenges would not unlock properly for all characters.
- Crusher pick-ups now correctly appear as highlighted for clients.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Did you enjoy this article?

Sign In to Upvote

martingaston

Martin Gaston

Hi! I'm Martin, for some reason or another I have managed to convince the people who run GameSpot that I am actually wor
Aliens: Colonial Marines

Aliens: Colonial Marines

Follow
185 comments
Gate_Captain
Gate_Captain

I just have to ask WILL SOMEONE please post about the patch and not the damn game? How is the patch? is it worth the download if you haven't played the game yet? Whine whine whine I swear.

jark888
jark888

Only incomplete game would need this kind of patch.

PCgameruk
PCgameruk

Too many whiners on here. The game looked crap but you still bought it, and now want a refunds? lol...

Heil68
Heil68

Money meant for the game was used for  BL2, end result is a broken, POS game. I'll never buy another Gearbox game. They're dead to me.

RonTorque
RonTorque

I'll get the patch and see how it works.

DanieltheDead
DanieltheDead

I think a before and after series of screenshots would've been a prudent addition to the article, rather than just writing out what the changes are.

gp3tron
gp3tron

I still think they will have to make an "Aliens: Colonial Marines: Enhanced/Fixed Edition" As was done with The Witcher...

Kirintar
Kirintar

A refund would've been more appreciated.

mechag2
mechag2

Well, this is a start that's for sure. There's still a lot that needs to be done to "save" the game. Which probably isn't going to happen.

The story is pretty much screwed, though. It's a safe bet they aren't going to redo the whole freak'n campaign - the good ol' Fox sanctioned, "authentic" canon brought to us by Mr. Pitchford (AKA the "ultimate" Aliens fan). *face palm*

This game has single-handedly caused me to rethink my stance on pre-orders. Beloved franchise or not.

erix43
erix43

Why can't all this crap be done before day one, stupids? That's what I hate about corporate quarterly driven A-Holes making video games for profits. They set dead lines for designers and writers, they screw a good franchise up, and we are left with dog shit. That's a DAY ONE PROBLEM! Why can't we have a good product DAY ONE? I don't get it. Push the release date, idiots! This is why a lot of developers out there will NEVER get my money. Screw you. 

Diarma10
Diarma10

The only question that comes to my mind is : Does the patch make the game like the E3 demo? If yes, then YES! If not then, too little too late. The Kotaku articles on the subject are good reading. If they are to be believed then it is a shame they screwed up the story - for me it's more important than graphics - and they shelved some good levels. 

And SEGA is still crap after all these years. Some of us have not forgotten how they screwed the Saturn up...

hadlee73
hadlee73

Hopefully these fixes are being done by Gearbox developers, and not TimeGate Studios. Gearbox seem to be "forever" (:P) finishing/correcting other teams' work.

SY_shoot
SY_shoot

this kind of problem reminds me of mcdonalds

brunocj2
brunocj2

Martin, you need to participate more on Random Encounter with Danny! :-) And also I love your voices on Feedbackula.

Jawad2007
Jawad2007

pay your money we could fix our product .... looool ... that just lame . thank god i don't fall for this any more i don't even get my hopes up for anything .

enoslives7
enoslives7

Back in my day, publishers used to release games when they were done, and tested. 

Nowadays, idiots will pay for crap that's half finished and be happy to get 'patches' to fix something that should have never been released in the 1st place. 

SEGA should be ashamed.

tim1935
tim1935

Holy Megadownload, Batman. 

Sindroid
Sindroid

This is like polishing a turd innit?

Adavanter
Adavanter

So this sounds like it bumps up the game from a 4.5 rating to a 5...

kohle36
kohle36

Just...wow. I mean, I heard the game was broken, but running down that list, I'm at a loss for words. They actually released that mess? The 'patch' notes read like an in-house progress report on a pre-alpha build

Gamer-Geek
Gamer-Geek

"and an bug" should be and a bug ^^

ZRavN
ZRavN

Good on them for fixing up the PC version and adding in those graphics. Its pretty expensive for them to change all that stuff and add in those high resolution textures. However, a bad game is a bad game and I doubt this gesture is going to do much to get people to buy. Those improvements are not going to fix some of the core design problems in the game. 

Merrick362
Merrick362

...A texture upgrade? Normally I don't whine about console-porting, but holy shitballs batman, this just reeks of a port.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Hmm, now I will have to wait for another GS Review for this game, just like they did with the new SimCity. :-\

gmromero
gmromero

Still not even considering getting this. When they make an RPG / Survival-Horror game in the Aliens franchise, I'll think about it. Not a fps or this lame crap though. 

SnakeEyesX80
SnakeEyesX80

I really don't think, at this point in time, any amount of patching or graphical "enhancing" is going to make people pay the full retail price. This ship has sunk, no point patching the holes now. I will definitely pick this up on a Steam sale for under $10 though, just out of morbid curiosity. lol

suder
suder

4 GB it is a joke for a patch.

Gerd1993
Gerd1993

Man 4 GB patch ? A couple of years ago that would have been the size of a whole new game

Navardo95
Navardo95

Gearbox should change their name to "The Borderlands Company"...thats the only game they produce that is relatively decent...all of their other games are pure trash.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

This game used 'spawn rooms' at one point... 'SPAWN ROOMS!' And I thought this was the 21st century...

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

A graphic update for current consoles wouldnt make sense but i hope Colonial Marines will appear on next gen consoles with all bugfixes and improved textures too.
Even if its at best an average game,i as an Aliens-fan would buy it.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Looks like a mess. So , does this 4gb patch fix the review? Lol

Navardo95
Navardo95

What do you get when you design and decorate poop?

Still poop my friend...still poop..

Fursnake
Fursnake

Take turd, apply gold paint, douse liberally with vanilla scented spray. STILL A TURD!

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

The problems with A:CM can't be fixed with a patch.

MarcusVOG
MarcusVOG

I'm glad the game is almost finished.

ivan_osorio
ivan_osorio

are they out to prove that having better graphics doesn't ACTUALLY make the games any better?

ghostXzero
ghostXzero

the kind of patch this game really needs is to replace some heads at the dev studio.  got to start by fixing incompetence at the source.

metalgrinch
metalgrinch

Well I have this for PS3 and kind of put it aside because it was so cheap and annoying to play. With this patch I'll def boot it up again to see if it improves any more in even a fairly significant way. Considering I paid $99 for the special edition, I really want to get at least SOME of my money's worth.

codeman101360
codeman101360

This is great, now all they have to do is make it not suck!

jonathanmorales
jonathanmorales

don't you have free download games for pc? can't find anything theirs a free download but can't access to download.. ='(


travisstaggs
travisstaggs

They can patch this game all they want, but it's still gonna be a broken shell of promises by the end of the day.

endorbr
endorbr

A few more big patches and this might (heavy on the MIGHT) be worth a bargain bin purchase in a few months.

dragonsama
dragonsama

I was hyped on this but not anymore.   I'll wait for a bargain bin used sale on it as long as it is less than $5

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

That seems a little too quick for my liking. Why is it that a developer who made a game like this, which was shoddy in more ways than one, suddenly turn the boost on and come up with a game patch that improves game graphics and fixes bugs, and all of this in the space of a month? Did they already have the software and decided not to put it in for the release or what? If they can do some decent improvements in a month what the hell were they doing in the years it took them to make the thing in the first place?

Random_Virus
Random_Virus

The damage has been done.  But don't worry, I'm sure I'll buy this when it hits $3 bucks on a steam sale.