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A disappointing end to a long wait.,
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This review is from: Aliens: Colonial Marines: Limited Edition (PS3) (Video Game)
Let me just say what a huge Aliens fan that I am. I have books, comics, models, games, every film (yes even the awful AVP films) and have probably way to much of an obsession with the franchise on a whole. So back in 2002ish when I saw the first ever demo of it, I was quite hyped for it. It was buggy and needed a lot of work done to it, but it looked like it was shaping up to be a good game. Unfortunately the game was cancelled later in the same year and we gamers were held in limbo for years waiting for another game to come along that would give us the Colonial Marine experience. In between 2002 and 2013, there were many rumors, magazine articles and trailers showing off the new "A:CM" and in one of the developer interviews it looked as though the game would be in good hands and I hastily preordered my copy of the game as soon as it was available for. So, when it arrived and I sat down to play it on the PS3, I prepared myself for the experience that I had waited so long for. Which brings me to the review I am writing now.
The game is a mess! The textures don't load properly 90% of the time, the AI is bugged and unintelligent -in some cases, my fellow marine would just stand in place letting xeno's run right past him and kill me- other times xeno's or human enemies would get stuck in the middle of the floor or just run straight at you. Several of the cutscenes stopped halfway through only to make me replay the mission that I had just finished, other times, my marine would get stuck in an invisible object and I would be slaughtered instantly. The load times, oh boy the load times. I stood in front of a normal door waiting to get into the next area for at least a minute before the game decided it had finished loading the shoddy textures and let me in, only to be encountered by another door directly after it. Some didn't open at all and had me restart the level, and a number of times, my companion got trapped in the door and then teleported directly in front of me, ruining a grenade toss of letting an enemy get in the way. The weapons are extremely over powered and boring to use, even the smart gun, although playing with Hudson's rifle and Vasquez's smart gun for a few seconds was quite fun as a nod to the movie, but other than that, the weapons don't feel as they should and are un-enjoyable to use. The story is just stupid, the characters that you have to be with are bland and unlikable, and every "scare" is scripted out the but, leaving no tension for the player at all. The game is supposed to make you fear the xeno's and blast them away with the pulse rifle faster than you can say boom, not put a bullet between the AI marines head. All in all the game is barely worth a rental at best. I truly wanted to find things in this game that I loved, that made me appreciate the people at least giving it all they had. But I can find barely two. The sound is at times expertly implemented coming from what I believe to be the Aliens soundtrack itself and at some moments can make you realize that this IS an Aliens game. The few nods towards the franchise as I mentioned before are good fan material and make for a couple of funny moments. But with those things aside, the laughable AI, bland and effortless graphics and uninteresting story is more than enough to sink this into the levels of bargain bin garbage. If you want a "true" colonial marines experience, I would suggest playing Aliens Vs Predator for the PC which, although made in 2001, far exceeds this games capabilities in any department.
Final score: 2/10