Aliens:Colonial Marines - FLOP! 4.5/10 - Gamespot, 4.5/10 IGN UK, 3/10 Eurogamer

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#1 Posted by Salt_The_Fries (8278 posts) -

Announced: December 12, 2006

In development: since at least 2008 - 2 revisions

Release date: February 12, 2013

Developer: Gearbox Software

Developer's track record from latest 3 games: Borderlands 2 (89/100 - Xbox 360, 91/100 - PS3, 89/100 - PC), Borderlands (84/100 - Xbox 360, 83/100 - PS3, 81/100 - PC), Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway (76/100 - Xbox 360, 76/100 - PS3, 79/100 - PC)

Publisher: SEGA

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U

Voice cast: Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn, Derek Phillips (Friday Night Light), Travis Willingham: (Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Catherine, Halo 4, The World Ends With You), Travis Willingham: (Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Catherine, Halo 4, The World Ends WIth You, veteran of several anime series), Jason Douglas (Deus Ex: Invisible War, A Scanner Darkly, Grindhouse, Sin City, eteran of several anime series)

Screenwriters: Bradley Thompson and David Weddle (Battlestar Galactica)

Music composer: Kevin Riepl (Gears of War 1 & 2,Unreal Tournament 3, UT 2003 & 2004, Crackdown 2, Resistance: Burning Skies)

Weapons list: It will feature 2 main weapons slots, 1 sidearm slot and 1 tactical gadget slot

You will come across "Legendary weapons" in the single player campaign, including Hicks's shotgun, Gorman's pistol, etc. ; Ripley's flamethrower+pulse rifle combo is also available as a preorder bonus.

Singleplayer campaign is fully playable in 4 player drop-in/drop-out co-op

Multiplayer bonus characters (preorder): Hicks, Hudson, Apone and Drake

Multiplayer modes:

Extermination Mode - Marine team must wipe out Xenomorph egg clusters while the opposing team tries to stop them. Compete for the highest number of egg clusters exterminated. Play a Quick Match with 5 on 5 or a Custom Match with 6 on 6.

Escape Mode - Marine team must escape through Xenomorph infested territory. Compete for the fastest time to the goal. Play with 4 on 4.

Survivor  - Marine team must survive unrelenting Xenomorph attacks until time is up. Play with 4 on 4.

Team Deathmatch - Two opposing teams kill enemy players to earn points. Play a Quick Match with 5 on 5 or a Custom Match with 6 on 6.

DLC: Season Pass - $30, there will be 4 DLC packs from March till Summer 2013, campaign content, multiplayer levels, and even gameplay modes will all be included.

Xenomorphs have unlockable custom abilities / attacks as well as fatality moves

Marines have unlockable weapon upgrades and attachments, as well as tactical gadgetry

Multiplayer seems to be modelled after Left 4 Dead to a large extent and features Xenomorphs such as:


Warrior - standard species

Lurker -modelled after Giger's Alien from Alien, more stealthy, faster and cunning

Spitter - capable of spitting acid as a ranged attack

Boiler - capable of attempting a suicide attack showering everything in its sight, it also generates clouds of smoke after exploding with acid, making it impossible to see through for Marines

Crusher - massive Xenomorph capable of delivering a great deal of damage, its front part of the head is also bulletproof


Gameplay footage from final build courtesy of IGN:

2 hours video stream:

http://uk.ign.com/videos/2013/02/02/ign-live-presents-aliens-colonial-marines

or

http://pl.twitch.tv/ignlive/b/363429085

Beware of spoilers, though!

Most important points:

Xenomorphs can kill you in about 3 hits

You can play the entire game without HUD on Ultimate Badass difficulty

Health regenerates ONLY OUTSIDE THE COMBAT and only a'la Perfect Dark Zero that is you have 3 blocks of health and the health regenerates only up to that segment you're currently in (so if you have 2 out of 3 blocks, it won't regenerate to 3/3). You MUST collect health packs every now and then. Armor doesn't regenerate at all.

Trailers:

'Kick Ass':

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5AoxeljVqs

'Kick Ass' alternate version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1R_dkMklYQ

'Tactical':

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7Y6tGD2znM

'Contact':

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfOOOAN9e9w

'Escape':

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7UBQouJBns

'Suspense':

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shnrNMh3PYM

Gameplay videos:

Single Player, footage from Sulaco - Gamestar.de

Gametrailers gameplay - April 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qLuOVI1Fic

Gamespot - Hadley's Hope Preview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpHkZopLaos

IGN E3 2012 gameplay footage & Randy Pitchford interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w3vlks9lYY

E3 2011 demo walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZHA58-_2Eg

Screenshots:

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STEAM instruction manual pdf:

http://cdn.steampowered.com/Manuals/49540/ACM_STEAM_MG_UK_hr.pdf

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OLDER MATERIALS:

A complete list hands-on articles from December 2012:


A complete list of gameplay videos from December 2012 (beware, most of them use the very same footage from 3 different game parts, but they all have their own unique commentaries):


Here is a breakdown of what is included in each edition:

 

North America

GameStop Exclusive Pre-Order Content in North America

*Four Playable Movie Characters
Players will be able to fight for their squads survival and confront hordes of enemies as the original ALIENS film icons Private Hudson, Corporal Hicks, Private Drake and Sergeant Apone.
*Additional Marines Character Customization Options
*Ripleys Flamethrower

Digital Download from Gamestop also includes:

*The S.H.A.R.P. Rifle

Collectors Edition

High Quality Resin Powerloader Figurine in Limited Edition Xeno Hive Box
*Four Playable Movie Characters
Players will be able to fight for their squads survival and confront hordes of enemies as the original ALIENS film icons Private Hudson, Corporal Hicks, Private Drake and Sergeant Apone.
*Additional Marines Character Customization Options
*Ripleys Flamethrower
*Exclusive Multiplayer Weapons
-Sonic Electronic Ball Breakers
-Phase Plasma Rifle
*Exclusive Game Level
*USCM Academy Firing Range
*USCM Dossier
*Mission Brief
*USS Sephora Schematic
*Recruitment Card
*LV-426 Recon Photo
*USCM Iron-on Badges
*USCM Graduation Certificate

International

Limited Edition for Pre-Order

*Four Playable Movie Characters
Players will be able to fight for their squads survival and confront hordes of enemies as the original ALIENS film icons Private Hudson, Corporal Hicks, Private Drake and Sergeant Apone.
*Additional Marines Character Customization Options
*Ripleys Flamethrower

Collectors Edition

*High Quality Resin Powerloader Figurine in Limited Edition Xeno Hive Box
*Four Playable Movie Characters
Players will be able to fight for their squads survival and confront hordes of enemies as the original ALIENS film icons Private Hudson, Corporal Hicks, Private Drake and Sergeant Apone.
*Additional Marines Character Customization Options
*Ripleys Flamethrower
Exclusive Multiplayer Weapons
-Sonic Electronic Ball Breakers
-Phase Plasma Rifle
*Exclusive Game Level
*USCM Academy Firing Range
*USCM Dossier
*Mission Brief
*USS Sephora Schematic
*Recruitment Card
*LV-426 Recon Photo
*USCM Iron-on Badges
*USCM Graduation Certificate

Here is a breakdown of preorder bonuses by retailer:

Gamestop Preorder:
Quote:
*Pre-order Aliens Colonial Marines and receive the Exclusive Competitive Multiplayer Pack!
*Four Playable Movie Characters: Players will be able to fight for their squad's survival and confront hordes of enemies as the original ALIENS film icons Private Hudson, Corporal Hicks, Private Drake and Sergeant Apone.
*Additional Marines Character Customization Options
*Ripley's Flamethrower
*Online Customers: Code will be emailed within 2 business days after your order ships.
*Store / In-Store Pickup Customers: Code will be printed on your receipt at time of pickup.
Gamestop digital download version:

Quote:
*Pre-purchase Aliens Colonial Marines and receive the Exclusive Competitive Multiplayer Pack!
*Four Playable Movie Characters: Players will be able to fight for their squad's survival and confront hordes of enemies as the original ALIENS film icons Private Hudson, Corporal Hicks, Private Drake and Sergeant Apone.
*Additional Marines Character Customization Options
*Ripley's Flamethrower
*The S.H.A.R.P. Rifle
As referenced by Hudson in Aliens the prototype sonic-harpoon artillery remote projectile (S.H.A.R.P.) rifle fires time-delayed, explosive-tipped darts that embed themselves into enemies or terrain.

Amazon
Quote:
*Amazon (US) pre-order bonuses include a Sonic-Harpoon Artillery Remote Projectile (or S.H.A.R.P.) stick rifle

Steam
Quote:
*Steam pre-order bonuses include a Sonic-Harpoon Artillery Remote Projectile (or S.H.A.R.P.) stick rifle

Game (UK)
Quote:
Aliens: Colonial Marines Extermination Edition on PC Contains:

*Four Movie Characters Sgt Apone, Cpl Hicks, Pvt Hudson and Pvt Drake.
*Ripley's Flamethrower
*Additional Marine Customization items
*Sawed-Off Double Barrel Shotgun
*Gear Upgrade Boost - Gain early access to Epic weapon upgrades

 

Overall, how excited are you now???

#2 Posted by Blazerdt47 (5661 posts) -

I really really really hope this game turns out great.

#3 Posted by Jebus213 (8716 posts) -
The game looks really bad and you all should bad for liking it.
#4 Posted by DragonfireXZ95 (19818 posts) -
Game looks like ass. The video previews all looked very mediocre.
#5 Posted by aroxx_ab (9204 posts) -

Cant wait to get this for WiiU, i am a Alien fan :)

The radar *blip* on gamepad will freak me out :D

#6 Posted by campzor (34932 posts) -
I hope its just the selected clips and not how the multiplayer will turn out.. This game needs a multiplayer like Natural selection/2 Also

I really really really hope this game turns out great.

Blazerdt47
#7 Posted by sukraj (21797 posts) -

this game looks real sweet.

#8 Posted by Truth_Hurts_U (9075 posts) -

Gonna get it for PC for sure.

#9 Posted by OB-47 (10908 posts) -

The game looks quite fun. I'm keen to play it, is their still a WiiU version?

#10 Posted by Ly_the_Fairy (8652 posts) -
  1. The machine gun fire in one of the videos looks bad
  2. I don't like that it looks like it's forced co-op whether computer ai or human
  3. Also is it just me or does the reticle sort of lag behind the player's movement? Hopefully that's not a design choice

Other than those three things I actually like how it looks.

#11 Posted by ugoo18 (1005 posts) -

The game looks quite fun. I'm keen to play it, is their still a WiiU version?

OB-47

Of course

#12 Posted by freedomfreak (38685 posts) -
I like how every time one of the aliens leaps towards their prey, it looks like they want to high-five them.
#13 Posted by Salt_The_Fries (8278 posts) -
I like how every time one of the aliens leaps towards their prey, it looks like they want to high-five them.freedomfreak
Yeah, those animations need to be fixed, they don't look menacing, plus there are unlockable special moves for Aliens, so there's more possibilities of screwing something up...
#14 Posted by True_Chaos_UK (2570 posts) -

EGs preview wasnt very promising it sounds like the atmosphere is very nice the gameplay isnt up to scratch. I'm think 6-7 there.

I wish they stuck to the more squad orientated game that they originally announced.

It's got all the clumsy horror of walking in on someone having a dump.

but unfortunately this often feels more like the Gearbox that gave us the archaic Duke Nukem Forever.

Dosent sound good, but chance of exploring Hadly's Hope and the rest of LV426 still makes my inner fanboy sqeeeuuuu a little.

#15 Posted by lamprey263 (22658 posts) -
those videos look bad, I've seen better older videos, hopefully this is like a Wii U version or something
#16 Posted by Ballroompirate (22208 posts) -

I want this game to be good, but I have my doubts.

#17 Posted by ugoo18 (1005 posts) -

those videos look bad, I've seen better older videos, hopefully this is like a Wii U version or somethinglamprey263

You do realize the WiiU version according to Gearbox is the best console version graphically. So if that's the WiiU version (Which i doubt since nothing has been shown from the WiiU version) then the PS360 versions look worse.

#18 Posted by lamprey263 (22658 posts) -

[QUOTE="lamprey263"]those videos look bad, I've seen better older videos, hopefully this is like a Wii U version or somethingugoo18

You do realize the WiiU version according to Gearbox is the best console version graphically. So if that's the WiiU version (Which i doubt since nothing has been shown from the WiiU version) then the PS360 versions look worse.

actually I've noticed this is a PC build of the game, judging from the button prompts at the end of the match, seems to be using an Xbox 360 controller judging by the prompts and but one of the prompt option is press (yellow) Y for Steam Profile, so I think this is a PC build, could have just been running at lower visual options or maybe it was just a bad capture upon further reflection I think the most disappointing thing from the videos is the 3rd person alien view, that to me is ugly simply by design choice
#19 Posted by Inconsistancy (8091 posts) -

That sure was ugly.

I really don't like traveling around with a group in a shooter, they kill things w/o your permission.

#20 Posted by ugoo18 (1005 posts) -

[QUOTE="ugoo18"]

[QUOTE="lamprey263"]those videos look bad, I've seen better older videos, hopefully this is like a Wii U version or somethinglamprey263

You do realize the WiiU version according to Gearbox is the best console version graphically. So if that's the WiiU version (Which i doubt since nothing has been shown from the WiiU version) then the PS360 versions look worse.

actually I've noticed this is a PC build of the game, judging from the button prompts at the end of the match, seems to be using an Xbox 360 controller judging by the prompts and but one of the prompt option is press (yellow) Y for Steam Profile, so I think this is a PC build, could have just been running at lower visual options or maybe it was just a bad capture upon further reflection I think the most disappointing thing from the videos is the 3rd person alien view, that to me is ugly simply by design choice

The aliens don't feel organic instead they feel stilted and mechanical in their movements.

#21 Posted by Salt_The_Fries (8278 posts) -

[QUOTE="lamprey263"][QUOTE="ugoo18"]

You do realize the WiiU version according to Gearbox is the best console version graphically. So if that's the WiiU version (Which i doubt since nothing has been shown from the WiiU version) then the PS360 versions look worse.

ugoo18

actually I've noticed this is a PC build of the game, judging from the button prompts at the end of the match, seems to be using an Xbox 360 controller judging by the prompts and but one of the prompt option is press (yellow) Y for Steam Profile, so I think this is a PC build, could have just been running at lower visual options or maybe it was just a bad capture upon further reflection I think the most disappointing thing from the videos is the 3rd person alien view, that to me is ugly simply by design choice

The aliens don't feel organic instead they feel stilted and mechanical in their movements.

They should have invested a lot more time in Xeno motion capture...Oh wait.
#22 Posted by Desmonic (13180 posts) -
Wow! The game looks soooo much better than what I remember from previous showings! :o Even the gameplay seems to have been improved!! I love how they are using the original sound effects from the movies, excellent choice for the fans :D
#23 Posted by Salt_The_Fries (8278 posts) -
Wow! The game looks soooo much better than what I remember from previous showings! :o Even the gameplay seems to have been improved!! I love how they are using the original sound effects from the movies, excellent choice for the fans :D Desmonic
Yes, now everything sounds properly...Good observation.
#24 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38205 posts) -

This game has everyone expecting one thing but I think it's gonna bomb completely. I hope I'm wrong because we need a good Aliens game, but from what I've seen so far it looks very average

#25 Posted by OB-47 (10908 posts) -

[QUOTE="OB-47"]

The game looks quite fun. I'm keen to play it, is their still a WiiU version?

ugoo18

Of course

That's great. It'll be great using the WiiU as a motion scanner

#26 Posted by Salt_The_Fries (8278 posts) -
I updated the OP with a plethora of new info!!!
#27 Posted by DarkLink77 (31686 posts) -
I updated the OP with a plethora of new info!!!Salt_The_Fries
You should just go ahead and make this a hype thread, man. :P
#28 Posted by jg4xchamp (46993 posts) -
It doesn't look good. And I'm not take graphics.
#29 Posted by Salt_The_Fries (8278 posts) -
[QUOTE="Salt_The_Fries"]I updated the OP with a plethora of new info!!!DarkLink77
You should just go ahead and make this a hype thread, man. :P

This thread will evolve into it eventually, but now it's too early :D Now I put everything in nicely and I counted the amount of materials and it's 47 articles and 14 videos :D There are however, some website addresses out of those 47 that also contain another videos inside :D
#30 Posted by Salt_The_Fries (8278 posts) -
Another interesting tidbit: Taken from Digital Trends hands-on (http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/aliens-colonial-marines-preview-sweet-torture-for-the-senses):

Back in the command centers main room, I found that using secondary weapons like a taser to stun aliens and then shooting them from a distance was more efficient, at least until a few of them flanked me. All told, it was a tense fight.

What are your thoughts? I think this is a bold idea, and such inclusion will surely add more diversity to the gunplay, right? It will also give you more tactical choices, avoidance of acid splash damage, etc. How do you think a taser would work in A:CM?  (I did myself just now just for this very thread :D)
#31 Posted by walkingdream (4883 posts) -
This looks amazing
#32 Posted by Ballroompirate (22208 posts) -

Something that pisses me off about the gameplay videos, they show the same fracking footage, the same 4-5 min of single player and I lost track how many times I've seen that same jumping Alien part in the MP videos. Seriously show me something different, I don't mean different people commentating on the same video I've seen 3-4 times. I get it Haleys Hope looks cool, show me something different :evil:

#33 Posted by MirkoS77 (6997 posts) -
Eh. The more I see of gameplay the less I'm expecting anything. The gunplay looks extremely boring. Maybe it was the lack of music or the game engine. It would've been great if they'd have used the Dead Space engine, that was crazy dark, dreary, and atmospheric. Add some Aliens music to that and it's gold. Here it just feels like a generic shooter in an Alien skin. I'll hold final judgement until release, but from what I've seen so far there's no feeling of fear or tension, and both are a large part of what makes Aliens Aliens.
#34 Posted by Ballroompirate (22208 posts) -

Eh. The more I see of gameplay the less I'm expecting anything. The gunplay looks extremely boring. Maybe it was the lack of music or the game engine. It would've been great if they'd have used the Dead Space engine, that was crazy dark, dreary, and atmospheric. Add some Aliens music to that and it's gold. Here it just feels like a generic shooter in an Alien skin. I'll hold final judgement until release, but from what I've seen so far there's no feeling of fear or tension, and both are a large part of what makes Aliens Aliens. MirkoS77

I feel the same way except it's probably cause they've barely showed anything else of the game. I really hope they do have some music from Dead Space 1 since Dead Space 1 wanted their music score like Alien/Aliens, so hopefully it's in Aliens Colonial Marines.

#35 Posted by Salt_The_Fries (8278 posts) -
I think, from the looks of these videos, Aliens are incredibly slow (consolites auto-aim nod from the devs?), and thus not really menacing, and I wonder how the acid damage affects you...I take it must have been an easy difficulty level.
#36 Posted by Snugenz (11687 posts) -

The Pulse Rifle just doesnt sound right...

#37 Posted by CTR360 (6923 posts) -
looks amazing i cant wait
#38 Posted by Salt_The_Fries (8278 posts) -
#39 Posted by Ballroompirate (22208 posts) -

This video from German Gamestar offers completely different footage, whooping 1:38 minutes of it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G272ixflM6Y

Salt_The_Fries

Fighting other Humans? so confused :?

Also not liking the squad animations (if it's SP), they looked pretty damn stiff. I think I'm being to judgmental of the game atm since the screen shots are telling a different story than the gameplay videos. This game has to be good for the all that's holy.

#40 Posted by Salt_The_Fries (8278 posts) -

[QUOTE="Salt_The_Fries"]

This video from German Gamestar offers completely different footage, whooping 1:38 minutes of it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G272ixflM6Y

Ballroompirate

Fighting other Humans? so confused :?

Also not liking the squad animations (if it's SP), they looked pretty damn stiff. I think I'm being to judgmental of the game atm since the screen shots are telling a different story than the gameplay videos. This game has to be good for the all that's holy.

It's on Sulaco, and it's apparently Weyland-Yutani mercenaries / troops. They looked a bit static, though, they just stood there and took damage, without any accompanying animations...
#41 Posted by Ballroompirate (22208 posts) -

Went to youtube to try and re hype myself for this game, found a few videos that actually show decent parts of the game and does the game justice.

Gameplay vid single player (ps3 version)

Suspense trailer

Gameplay vid single player w commentary

Gameplay vid single player/mp w commentary (has spoilers)

#42 Posted by Salt_The_Fries (8278 posts) -

Went to youtube to try and re hype myself for this game, found a few videos that actually show decent parts of the game and does the game justice.

Gameplay vid single player (ps3 version)

Suspense trailer

Gameplay vid single player w commentary

Gameplay vid single player/mp w commentary (has spoilers)

Ballroompirate
Yeah, they are earlier videos, I posted the very latest ones. I think the previous ones were from the PC version and current ones from consoles. I thought everyone watched those videos by now, so I didn't post them. The game looked great, but a bit safe.
#43 Posted by silversix_ (13883 posts) -
7.0 calling it now. Looks bad and i was hyped for it before last video.
#44 Posted by Salt_The_Fries (8278 posts) -
7.0 calling it now. Looks bad and i was hyped for it before last video.silversix_
I can't imagine it getting 8 either...It's gonna score 77-79 on Metacritic, no?
#45 Posted by Malta_1980 (11157 posts) -

Being a huge fan of the movies I really hope this will be a good game... However I'm not sure, something tells me it will end up disappointing me..

#46 Posted by Salt_The_Fries (8278 posts) -
#47 Posted by Ballroompirate (22208 posts) -
#48 Posted by Salt_The_Fries (8278 posts) -

New story trailer, courtesy of IGN it has [spoiler] Hicks [/spoiler] in it! And another Bishop android model too.

http://www.ign.com/videos/2012/12/26/aliens-colonial-marines-story-trailer

The game's visuals aren't that good looking but what was presented there was fairly interesting: However, I think [spoiler] that Hicks might only appear in an archive footage only [/spoiler] and I think they might be trying to retcon Alien 3 by making us believe Weyland Yutani got to the Sulaco and tinkered with the capsules and forced facehuggers to impregnate Ripley, Hicks'n'Newt...

#49 Posted by HaloinventedFPS (4699 posts) -

Hicks is so awesome, him dying ruined Alien 3 for me

#50 Posted by Salt_The_Fries (8278 posts) -

Hicks is so awesome, him dying ruined Alien 3 for me

HaloinventedFPS
  It might be him after all, and he'd be alive, the bandage on his arm and the t-shirt are consistent with what he had...