Aliens: Colonial Marines was "kind of passionless" - actor Michael Biehn

Actor preferred his role in Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon because of creative director's "interesting and creative presence."


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The highly panned Aliens: Colonial Marines struck Terminator and Aliens actor Michael Biehn as "kind of passionless" when he reprised his role as Corporal Hicks in the game, according to a Game Informer interview.

A:CM wasn't a critical success.
A:CM wasn't a critical success.

"I think in movies, television, and the gaming world, you get some people that are really, really passionate, and some people that are just going through the paces. [Sega and Gearbox Software] think that because they have a brand name they're going to get a hit game or hit movie out of it. That certainly was the situation on [Aliens: Colonial Marines]," he said.

The actor compared his role on A:CM with Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon in the piece. He described his work on the latter with the game's creative director, Dean Evans, as a great experience thanks to Evans' "interesting and creative presence."

"Dean is such an interesting and creative presence. He was talking to me about the game and the fact that it was an '80s throwback, and there would be a lot of lines that were Arnold Schwarzenegger-like, that were [Sylvester] Stallone-like, Bruce Willis, myself. Those kind of lines, that kind of vibe, and the fact that it was going to be a throwback to the '80s was something that I thought was interesting. But really it was his passion, man."

Aliens: Colonial Marines was heavily criticized for its campaign mode, dated visuals, and in-game bugs. A lawsuit was recently filed against Gearbox Software and Sega, accusing the companies of misrepresenting the game to consumers with false advertising.

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Michael Biehn is correct - after playing A:CM's campaign a few times, it did feel passionless.

However, I think everyone has to admit that we DID expect it to be a money train, and overall were expecting.....well, sure we were expecting a great title, but realistically I'd say all of us were expecting, at the very least, an average game with a decent story.

What we got instead was something that required heavy duty patches to make a barely below average game - stuff that should not have had to be patched to begin with, such as enemy AI.

Overall, Gearscum is going to lose a lot of business from gamers - yeah, Borderlands may be good and all, and their next titles may be good as well - but it's going to take a long ass time for gamers to forget about the A:CM fiasco. Sega has some of the blame, sure - they took Gearbox at their word and did not check in with them in regards to the development. However, the lion's share of blame belongs to Gearbox. They essentially proved that they don't care about the gamers - they only care about themselves.

Capcom, Konami, and some of the other big independent developers, had they released something as horrible as A:CM was upon release, would have done something besides make half assed apologies on Twitter. Pitchford was more concerned with their precious Borderlands, and he proved it.

Good luck finding new publishers Gearbox - not everything can be bought with cash money.

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Lets hope Gearbox doesn't ruin the Homeworld series with a passionless remake.

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I still want someone's blood for this travesty.

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I respect mr Biehn's words and totally agree with him.

A:CM was just a moneytrain that gathered customers money. It lacked any passion and it shows. A:CM was like any Calladoody only made for the money.

Blood Dragon had passion in it's developement and it also shows because that game was unbelievably fun and fantastic to play whereas Aliens: CoD was just pain in the ass.

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I hear this game is bad. REALLY BAD. SUPER FUCKING LAME BAD.

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Aliens CM is cheap now, I'm still wondering if Gearbox deserve my money for the game after what they did

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@Supabul well if that's not enough, the game blows.

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@Diegoctba I really hope this is sarcasm.

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@The-Neon-Seal @Diegoctba it is, don't lose all hope in humanity yet

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@Armyboy5 @The-Neon-Seal @Diegoctba What hope? Lol. If machines were sentient I'd put more stock in them than humanity. This isn't Sarcasm :/

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@The-Neon-Seal @Diegoctba Have they released it on GBA yet?

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His role in Aliens CM sounded like he'd been given a piece of paper and told to read it.

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@hadlee73 Is that not how scripts work?

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@MikeFeeney431 @hadlee73 I doubt you're a total moron and instead you've just chosen voluntarily to be a smart-arse, but I'm sure you knew what I meant.

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@hadlee73 @MikeFeeney431 Got it in one.

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@hadlee73 Maybe that is what happened.

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Not only was it disappointing, it was very well marketed. It shouldn't be too hard to make Aliens into a damn game.

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@HartPuncher Making a good Aliens game does sound like it should be one of the easiest things ever. What they need is a bunch of good writers and a production team who'll actually put some effort and life into it.

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Your an idiot, but you already knew that.

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So? Bad game + good voice acting = STILL bad game. 8-\

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We all knew they were phoning it in. Nice to see it confirmed.

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Michael Biehn is the man.

That's all that needs to be said.

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It astounds me that anyone who got the rights to do an Aliens game would be "passionless" about it. I feel like most game developers would be incredibly excited about such an opportunity.

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nuke the TimeGate from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.

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Dont wonder you they ll never hire you again.

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@Barrakas21 Do you think he cares if Gearbox/Sega never hires him to voice in a video game?

They raped the Aliens franchise and he speaks the truth.

Aliens:CM was one of the biggest hack jobs in recent gaming and after Duke Nukem Forever + this I have little faith in Gearbox making good games.

I was a fan of the Brothers in Arms series which I greatly enjoyed, but they seem to just want to coast on the Borderlands games and focus on nothing else, not even when they had such an iconic and loved franchise like Aliens.

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@Stiler @Barrakas21 Relax man i agree with you lol im just talking about his job and future jobs lol nothing else.

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@Barrakas21 @Stiler

So apparently with your logic if you want to make a quality product (example Blood Dragon) instead of pointless moneytrain where customer also fails (Aliens:CM=CoD) you can't get job anymore?
Funny. Back in the day games were made with passion and packed really high quality gameplay in them.

I say this and i mean it. Mr Biehn is not gonna have any difficulties getting a job in a game/movie or whatever because of Aliens:CM. Aliens CM was just a fail and it really shows that hp regen and any kinda CoD ironsights and stuff like that really don't make a game. Put hp regen in Aliens and you instantly take away any tension from the game because you become a invincible god.

That did not help the game that it was the most bugfull AAA game ever released because it even had some pre-PS2 graphics in it and some of the worst AI ever to be seen in AAA FPS.

Was it TimeGate's or Gearbox's fault? Gearbox software still can go in a hole with DNF and A:CM because those are some true disrespectufl "products" and so un-professional.

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@Stiler @Barrakas21 You nailed it. The early Brothers in Arms games were pretty good. Then Randy Dickford grew an ego.

The rest is history.

Hell, I'm surprised the last BIA didn't end with a tentacle monster coming out of a gateway. Mr. Pitchford definitely has a fetish of some sort.

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I'd still buy this game, nowhere near full price, but for $5 sure, maybe even $10. But considering it's still $50 on Steam I can't say it'll be seeing my money anytime soon. Honestly, I can't believe how much the devs failed us on this. Do they not realize how important their mission was? They were to bring the single most satisfying thing to science fiction shooters: Shooting a Xenomorph in the face with an M41-A Pulse Rifle....AND THEY FUCKED IT ALL UP.

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@DeusGladiorum I hear ya. Never make a bold statement like "We're making a direct sequel to Aliens", a movie that influenced more games to date than any other. It was a giant cluster **** and they know it but for some reason they're "proud of their accomplishment and are sticking to it". I'm going to be very thorough before buying another Gearbox game.

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He can't make that kind of decision. He's just a Grunt! Ah, no offense.

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10000% F***ing spot on....

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Michael Biehn is the man- glad he noticed the lack of fucks given on A:CM as opposed to Blood Dragon, an obvious labor of love.

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no kidding

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Michael Biehn is an awesome actor..and I totally agree with him on that...

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now that is very rite statement. where were you when i wasted my money on the game.


Borderlands 2 Commando Class

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I can't stand Gearbox......more even, I can't stand Randy Pitchford; he is an absolute tool. Yeah they can keep saying, "But, we made Borderlands!", but that doesn't make up for the shit games they keep trying to pull off as "successes"

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@NbAlIvEr10000 Gearbox screwed over Interceptor from releasing the Duke Nukem 3D remake. I hope these pricks go bankrupt

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@NbAlIvEr10000 There are only 2 games they've been involved with that anyone regards as "shit", and both of those were made predominantly by other studios (DNF, ACM).

Gearbox has been around for 15 years and have done more than just the last 3 games *you* can remember.

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@parrot_of_adun @NbAlIvEr10000 What's really sad is the first videos of A:CM's development was the coop commentary video by Pitchford in which he kept talking about his immense passion and excitement for the project, with that cool turret section. Then he goes off, hires another studio to do most of the work, takes that section completely OUT, and spends his entire time on Blands 2. Not cool

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@parrot_of_adun @NbAlIvEr10000 I do agree, but for Gearbox's barkers to sit there and hype this and DNF for being leaps and bounds above what was actually offered shows me a company that cannot be trusted.

I, for one, will always question anything to do with Gearbox from now on.

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@Aspire85 @parrot_of_adun @NbAlIvEr10000 So far, I'd say there's only evidence to be skeptical about releases of theirs that they didn't personally craft. But to each their own.

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@parrot_of_adun @NbAlIvEr10000 But those 2 are their more recent works. When you're an up and coming studio trying to make a name for itself, you create gems like Half Life Opposing Forces. When you're sitting in a pool of money and just want more money, you create the turds of games like the two that were listed

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@lfebaggins @parrot_of_adun @NbAlIvEr10000 That's the problem, those works were made largely by 3DRealms and TimeGate respectively. If anything, the real problem with Gearbox is, A) their willingness to tackle more than they alone have the resources to handle, and B) adherence to promotional campaigns that contradict the reality of the two games mentioned, not that GB necessarily makes bad games.

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Horrible game which was universally panned.

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It really says a lot when a creative director doesn't have a creative presence.

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I think the Aliens care more for their young than the devs cared for the game.

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Generic FPS if I've ever seen one.