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Old Feb 11, 2013, 10:18 PM   #1
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Colonial Marines reviews trickle in: Game over for Gearbox ?

http://venturebeat.com/2013/02/11/does-applying-a-review-embargo-automatically-kill-a-game/

4/10 from GamesTM
5/10 from the French PS3 site

So begs the question whether slapping an embargo on reviews till release day was a cheap ploy by Gearbox because they knew it was bad and took advantage of the pre-order rush ?

The Australian release code via Steam had a missing executable too.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 07:52 AM   #2
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Trailers and some other promo material of Colonial Marines never made me to look forward to its release and I am a die hard fan of AvP 1&2.

I do not understand why would anyone made a game that was not up to their expectations. They had so much material available to make Colonial Marines, but I guess they found out in the end that it's hardly enough to make a good game.

Still, it looks like someone invested heavily in Colonial Marines and they simply didn't want to watch their money go down the drain.

But yeah, this is evil and totally ****ed up.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 09:05 AM   #3
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I haven't played Aliens:CM, but it seems like the game isn't that great.
However, reviews and meteoritic and such is hugely dependent on which developer.
It seems like everything from Bethesda and EA gets 80+ regardless of the quality of the game.
Like Oblivion, which has like 95 Metascore.. In my opinion that is one of the worse RPGs ever made. Of course many likes it. However, could this game warrant 95 of 100 in score? No, because the game has obvious flaws that no one can disagree with.
First of the game has very awkward UI on a PC. The 3rd person view is not usable at all. The game is also not really balanced properly at all, and the fact that mobs always levels with you doesn't actually help on that. It's also universally accepted that every NPC in Oblivion looks like crap.
95 of 100 should mean that the game is close to perfect.

You also have games like Dragon Age 2 that have gotten very good reviews, but among fans it is generally accepted as a bad game. The same can be said about Kingdoms of Amalur. But they are EA games, and EA owns the game industry..

If you look on another side, like german rpgs. Gothic 3 has like terrible review scores. However the game was a bit buggy at launch (but not really much worse than Skyrim or Oblivion), and it absolutely got slaughtered.
Still the game has many fans, and in my opinion it's one of the better RPGs ever made (talking about new RPGs now).


Anyways, Aliens:CM is probably not a great game. But I have no belief in reviews at all anymore. Is it the worse game of the year, probably not, although reviews claims it is. It's from gearbox, so it probably runs pretty well. The graphics is probably quite ok. Shooting mechanics are probably too.
Are people disappointed that it isn't perfect game, yes, but that doesn't mean it's among the top 5 worst game released the last year..

Just to make something clear, I have not played this game, I have never been planning to play this game, even if it got a perfect 100 metascore. It could be a game I could pick up for $10 on steam sale in a year or two tho, as I usually get like 1-3 hours of fun out of shooters before I stop playing them and get bored.
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Every site that I know of is giving ACM horrible reviews for the same things. So I doubt its any good. I mean its scoring lower than Duke Nukem Forever, and that's saying something.
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 04:32 AM   #5
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Oh, well. On a brighter note you can now buy Daikatana on gog.com but it is only a Windows version.

Jokes aside, this game looks like a fun diversion once it gets down to $5. or $10. on a Steam sale. I wouldn't touch it until then. And just for the record, I wouldn't touch Daikatana at all. I still have some standards left!
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Old Feb 16, 2013, 06:58 PM   #6
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Every site that I know of is giving ACM horrible reviews for the same things. So I doubt its any good. I mean its scoring lower than Duke Nukem Forever, and that's saying something.
I watched this gameplay walkthrough from user theradbrad and it seemed interesting to me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWlW4rbq030
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 04:59 AM   #7
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I played Colonial Marines up until Hadley's Hope and it's truly terrible.

I think the main problem of this game is that almost nothing works when put together.

The sloppy level design, apart from rooms faithfully copied over from the films, doesn't make much sense as a whole, room after room. AI can't orientate properly and graphically it's not something you like to look at. And that one of the few legible textures on the display just above door keypad, oh dear.

The AI is just sporadic. Sometimes the enemies charge at you head on, sometimes they stay in cover. Aliens can surprise you from time to time, but mostly they just chaotically run around in circles as they are figuring out the best path to their potential meal. It's very Quake III bots intelligence.

One thing I truly hate about Colonial Marines is that they added a bolt handle on left side of the pulse rifle. Why?

Colonial Marines has it's moments, but as suddenly as they arrive, they quickly dissolve into the rest of the Gearbox made garbled mess.
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 03:19 PM   #8
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I haven't played Aliens:CM, but it seems like the game isn't that great.


Anyways, Aliens:CM is probably not a great game. But I have no belief in reviews at all anymore. Is it the worse game of the year, probably not, although reviews claims it is. It's from gearbox, so it probably runs pretty well. The graphics is probably quite ok. Shooting mechanics are probably too.
Are people disappointed that it isn't perfect game, yes, but that doesn't mean it's among the top 5 worst game released the last year..

Just to make something clear, I have not played this game, I have never been planning to play this game, even if it got a perfect 100 metascore. It could be a game I could pick up for $10 on steam sale in a year or two tho, as I usually get like 1-3 hours of fun out of shooters before I stop playing them and get bored.
sorry but whats the point of 'reviewing' a game you haven't even played. it probably runs well? the graphics probably ok? shooting mechanics probably good? wtf.
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 03:31 PM   #9
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You do realise the same publisher brought us Duke Nukem Forever..... Enough said.....

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I haven't played Aliens:CM,
Anyways, Aliens:CM is probably not a great game. But I have no belief in reviews at all anymore. Is it the worse game of the year, probably not, although reviews claims it is. It's from gearbox, so it probably runs pretty well. The graphics is probably quite ok. Shooting mechanics are probably too.
Are people disappointed that it isn't perfect game, yes, but that doesn't mean it's among the top 5 worst game released the last year..
The game is truly awful. I have played it, and I played & own the PC version. The console versions are meant to be even worse.


Now I'm one who thought Call of Duty : Black Ops 2 was banal generic over-rated crap, but seriously Aliens : Colonial Marines should have been scrapped. Its so out dated, even the previous AVP 2010 game is just leagues above it.

The alien and npc movement / ai are all reminiscent of a game from 2004-5.


The only benefit of the game looking so bland and only supporting DX9 is that you can at least run it at v.high res without penalty, but even then the game is isnt a looker.



Actually if you want to play an ok alien game I'd recommend AVP 2010 over this any day of the week. It's vastly superior in every regard.
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You do realise the same publisher brought us Duke Nukem Forever
And Borderlands.

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