Aliens: Colonial Marines review

There’s probably never been a movie licence more perfectly suited to being made into a videogame than Aliens. It features great characters, a kick-ass arsenal of sci-fi weapons and some of the scariest, most phallic enemies in H.R Giger’s nightmarish Xenomorphs. It’s influence is felt in almost all modern first person shooters; games like Halo probably wouldn’t exist were it not for Aliens. With a competent studio like Gearbox on board, and the blessing of 20th Century Fox to make a canonical game, we were expecting something that would help us relive our glorious memories of Aliens vs. Predator. How then, did it go so very wrong?

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Set immediately after the events of Alien 3 (and also filling in the bits between that film and Aliens),  Colonial Marines kicks off with you playing as a faceless Marine grunt by the name of Christopher Winter, sent on a search-and-rescue on the ill-fated U.S.S. Sulaco spaceship. Joined by other space marines who, in spite of Gearbox’s best intentions, are also hollow and one-dimensional, he’s tasked with a number of inane “fetch and/or kill” missions that purely serve as an excuse to get the player from point A to point B, all while shooting as many Xenomorphs or humans in the form of nameless, faceless Weyland-Yutani soldiers.

Close encounters of the turd kind

Right from the onset, there’s very little in the game that impresses; its graphically rather dated with blurry textures and beset with animation glitches that make the game’s 5 year development all the more apparent. You can tell this game was designed and conceptualised half a decade ago – because it even feels old-school. There’re ammo and health boxes everywhere, no cover system to speak of, no player choices and nothing to remind you that this is 2013. All that, coupled with the fact that your fleshy shell is soft and squishy and just two bullets or a claw attack away from death means you’ll die a lot regardless of the difficulty, sending you back to the last checkpoint to die again. After playing something like Halo 4, the whole thing seems positively antediluvian.

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Even the first encounter with a Xenomorph in the game is disappointing, devoid of anything remotely approaching tension – largely due to the fact that nothing within the world seems to have much weight to it.  In fact, my first alien encounter was bugged; the QTE prompts failed to show on screen, leading to my instant and repeated death. It wasn’t until I restarted that I knew I had to mash on a button to escape having my entrails ripped out. What little immersion there is is completely broken by one of the game’s most inexcusable misgivings; run too far ahead of your squad mates and you’ll see them re-materialise in front of you in a wavy purple haze. Their AI is unforgivably bad – and they’ll happily get stuck behind walls after completely failing to shoot the Xenomorphs that seem to ignore your squad-mates and make a beeline straight for you.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t really get much better from there. The lack of tension pervades throughout. I had hoped, based on my experiences with Ubisoft’s excellent ZombiU that Colonial Marine’s motion-sensing ping-tracker would add an almost overwhelming sense of dread to the game, making you question yourself, and whether turning the corner right now would be a smart move. Instead, it almost seems like it was added as an afterthought. Sure, you can bring up the tracker to help gauge where the next onslaught of Xenomorphs might be coming from, but it’s audible even when not equipped – making it  so much easier to just shoot at everything that moves.

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And that brings up the next complaint; though there’s a veritable armoury of available weapons, they too have no weight or grounding to them and just lack any sort of agency. You get the iconic Pulse Rifle, assault and battle rifles, a couple of shotguns, a flame thrower, an enemy-tracking SMART gun; everything you’d expect. They’re upgradeable too; as you level up within the campaign you earn the ability to unlock new attachments, like an under-barrel shotgun or grenade launcher, laser sights or capacity upgrades – but none of them feel like they matter much.

The game does open up a little more once it moves from the Sulaco to the human colony Hadley’s Hope; a familiar setting, as it where most of Aliens takes place. Here’s where Gearbox’s obvious love of the franchise can be seen in the attention to detail; Aliens fans will be delighted  to spot all the references and carryover from the films. Another bit of fan-service comes in the quest for Legendary Weapons; armaments once belonging to important film characters that you can find in the game, often where’d you’d expect them to be; they’re fun to find, but don’t really offer much more than the standard weapons. And then Gearbox pisses away all of that sentiment by inventing silly new types of Xenomorphs; spitters, noise-sensitive exploding things and the crusher, a large rhinoceros-like creature with a particularly tough exoskeleton.

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It’s unfortunate that Gearbox’s love doesn’t translate to it being a good game. Instead, it’s a clichéd, stereotypical bravado-laden, gung-ho corridor shooter that’s mildly fun but never engaging, with a diluted narrative that doesn’t really go anywhere. Yes, you can play it co-operatively, but even the addition of friends doesn’t do much to make it enjoyable. There’s one element to the game that does feel a little modern and that’s its experience system. Everything you do in the single player campaign adds to your XP, all of which carries through to the multiplayer’s four modes – so you won’t be left at a disadvantage when you jump in to a game with actual human beings for the first time.

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Of the multiplayer modes that ship with the game, Team Deathmatch and Escape will likely be the ones that are played most. Deathmatches are complete and absolute mayhem. Playing as the Xenomorphs allows you wield as a range of penis-shaped aliens who are able to see the marines’ heat signatures and act accordingly, but both marines and aliens die with just a few shots, so kills happen at a rather rapid pace. Thankfully respawn times are short, but you’ll often rematerialise right in the middle of a raging battle, only to die again.

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Survival has you stay alive with your team as long as possible, with deployable sentry turrets to make your life easier and lastly there’s Extermination which has marines trying to destroy clusters of Alien eggs. Escape’s probably my favourite of the multiplayer modes, as it’s objective based. Marines will invariably have to move across a map to an extraction point doing things along the way, while the Xenomorphs try to prevent that from happening. There’s more in the way of multiplayer coming via DLC, including a “bug hunt” mode that sounds awfully like Gears of War’s “Horde.”

The multiplayer’s decent, and the reward of ranking up and unlocking new things as you progress  It’s not exactly deep and won’t dethrone Call of Duty eleventeen as the multiplayer shooter of choice, but it is fun. For about fifteen minutes.

Aliens: Colonial Marines stings of bitter disappointment; fans of the franchise will dually be delighted by the fan service, but appalled at the misappropriation of the licence and the liberties taken with the new Xenomorphs; while those just looking for a suspenseful horror title will find little more than a run-of-the-mill corridor shooter. It’s Duke Nukem Forever all over again.

Conclusion

In the end, Colonial Marines is just a huge disappointment. Its prolonged status in development hell shows. Had this been released in 2007 it might have been passable, but in 2013 its just an insult.
4.9

Aliens: Colonial Marines was reviewed by Geoffrey Tim on a PlayStation 3

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  • DieJason

    Game over man!

  • matthurstrsa

    Duke Nukem needs to kill these Aliens off. Unfortunately, he’s also been forced into retirement by Gearbox.

  • matthurstrsa

    Eish! As for graphics, I just checked the comparisons on Gamespy. There is no discernable difference (for me) between low, medium and high.

  • Galbedir

    This saddens me, had high hopes for this one :(

    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      Me too mate, me too. I swear I have had pant-wetting dreams with the tracker for the last few months in anticipation, this hurts my heart.

  • jac7

    “Now what the fuck are we supposed to do?!”

  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    Nooooooooooooooooo! Emails BT and tells them to shove the game in the bog, then flush it. Would rather buy DS3 than this steaming pile of cow excrement.

    • Andre116

      I guess the search continues for the next good co-op shooter.

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        Indeed my friend, indeed. What is there in the pipeline now? I can’t think of anything… Though, if you can pick up a copy of Halo we can coop that!

        • Andre116

          I’d consider it if I can get it at a reduced price. Not really a Halo fan. I wonder if Fuse will be any good when it gets released. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

    • OVG

      It looks great on paper but for Fucks $%**# sake man!!! I can understand DUKE THE PUKE but to see a very expensive IP get french kissed by the queen alien just gives me stomach convulsions.

  • http://twitter.com/mathuthe Mathias

    Fair review, Geoff!

    I’ll never understand how such an adaptable franchise always gets crappy games.

  • Trebzz

    A junk game thanks for the review Geoff

  • That Tall Twit

    Sad to see how below-par this is. I am a fan of the movies & the AvP games, and was looking forward to this one. Next time i guess (if there will be a next time).

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    *sigh*
    Why why why why why why why is it so difficult to make something decent out of material that is so damn good???

    • ElNicko

      ^^This^^
      most probably because they are not made by people like us , people who are fans of the material. not guys who have probably never seen an Aliens movie

    • ElNicko

      ^^This^^
      most probably because they are not made by people like us , people who are fans of the material. not guys who have probably never seen an Aliens movie

    • ElNicko

      ^^This^^
      most probably because they are not made by people like us , people who are fans of the material. not guys who have probably never seen an Aliens movie

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  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    “penis-shaped aliens”??

    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      Their tongues, heads? When I was at UCT, we actually studied this as part of a feminist course I did under the umbrella of my degree in science fiction and fantasy. There is a LOAD written on the subject of the Aliens and what they ‘mean’.

    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      Their tongues, heads? When I was at UCT, we actually studied this as part of a feminist course I did under the umbrella of my degree in science fiction and fantasy. There is a LOAD written on the subject of the Aliens and what they ‘mean’.

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        I get the reference, I was just trolling the fact that Geoff is on a penis thing today 😛

        • Sir Captain Rincethis

          He’s… On… A penis?

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            That escalated better than I could have hoped!
            ROFLROFL

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            I’d say ‘Ultimate tag team’ but I am too scared where that will lead too XD

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Well, if he makes one more penor reference today…

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      It’s pretty well known that H.R Giger’s designs were based on genitalia. Here’s a facehugger. what does its mouth look like to you?

      http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u139/SezCook/facehugger1.jpg

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        A CHEESE CURL!!!

        No, 3 OF THEM!!!

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        Why it’s a…

      • OVG

        :p

  • Darth_Clericus_The_Ultimate

    So sad. I was really hoping this one would be great. It seems the franchise has hit hard times indeed.

  • FoxOneZA

    Reminds me of Ghost Recon FS being all hype and a dismal experience.

    • Tbone187

      I’m still keen to play it tho…was shocked to see it in a bargain basket already…

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        No way, already?!

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          Wherewherewhere???

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          Wherewherewhere???

          • FoxOneZA

            Dude, it looks like a PS2 port on PC. It’s playable but not good looking.

          • FoxOneZA

            Dude, it looks like a PS2 port on PC. It’s playable but not good looking.

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            That bad?
            I don’t need no stinkin port

          • FoxOneZA

            Yep, Google just how bad that port and AC Revelations are.

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Whats wrong with ACR?

          • FoxOneZA

            It doesn’t hold a stable frame-rate. It’s playable and a much better port but even Rayman looks better!

    • Darthdad

      I enjoyed GR:FS, you take that back! 😉

      It’s a pity about Aliens:CM, was really looking forward to it.

      • FoxOneZA

        Lol, save your cash for Crysis 3.

      • FoxOneZA

        Lol, save your cash for Crysis 3.

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    I am going to by a game this year that NOBODY is hyping about, maybe the hype kills the game?

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  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Eish. I was expecting a good game….

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  • Blackhawk

    Sooooo…. Doom 1 with the Aliens mod is better than this? Played that sucker “stukkend” while in high school!

  • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

    Hudson: Well that’s great, that’s just fuckin’ great, man. Now what the fuck are we supposed to do? We’re in some real pretty shit now man…

    Hicks: Are you finished?

  • Macethy

    Well well well, no look at everyone turning to Dead Space 3 suddenly when I told you all this game would tank. I feel so smug now…

  • Macethy

    Well well well, no look at everyone turning to Dead Space 3 suddenly when I told you all this game would tank. I feel so smug now…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=686751624 Darren Peach

    I hate the Aliens Game Franchise. Not for the game itself but the fact that its based on a movie. When I see these games all I can think is who gives a crap. When you have Bioshock, Doom, Fear and every other original IP why waste your money on this crap.

    • http://www.facebook.com/warren.ross.106 Warren Ross

      The 1999 AVP game was a great example of how to take an existing, much-loved franchise and build upon its strengths. Aliens is one of my all-time favourite movies, so imagine my thrill at being able to personally wet myself at the blips on my motion tracker! Magnificent stuff.

      I don’t have any issue with taken IP from one format onto another (the LotR films are one great example; Batman: Arkham Asylum/City are others, no?), but it does seem to be difficult to pull off consistently well.

      Why not just enjoy good games regardless of where they come from? And if you have an existing affinity for the source material, well, so much the better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=686751624 Darren Peach

    And Dead Space. That is a goody !

  • http://www.facebook.com/daryl.eksteen Daryl Eksteen

    How can they release such a title with high quality games out such as Far Cry 3 and Borderlands 2!? What actually goes through the developer’s and project team’s mind?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=723046805 Travis Pike

    They obviously put all there effort into making a sweet ass collectors edition and forgot about the game…… everything in the box seems top notch, the statue is pretty solid and PC edition was cheaper than a xbox game.

  • http://twitter.com/D4RKL1NG Martin du preez

    Grab yer torches and Randy pitchforks! Let’s burn Gearbox to the ground!

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  • Twakkie

    Man this sucks. I REALLY wanted this to the next best thing after buttered toast. Freaken Gearbox, I love you but I hate you!
    Still going to buy it though, I haven’t missed one Alien or AvP game and even if this is crapper than soggy toast, I still need it for my collection.

  • lukas

    damn, you guys remind me of my ex wife. nothing is ever good enough. doesnt meet your standard. Art direction : Solid
    Gameplay : old school (lekka)
    story? Who cares… read a book if you want a story.

    • http://www.lazygamer.co Gavin Mannion

      Unfortunately pretty much the entire planet disagrees with you.. I haven’t played it yet but this game is being universally panned

  • http://www.facebook.com/lukas.dekock.5 Lukas De Kock

    Nothing satisfies eh?

    The art direction is solid.
    the gameplay old school. (lekka)
    story? Read a book if you want a story.

    (or you can just delete any positive feedback of the game like before?)

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      We don’t delete comments. Both of your comments are showing. It’s not “good” oldschool. I’d rather play Rise of Triads for all eternity than this horseshit.

    • Willem Swanepoel

      There is nothing wrong with the art direction…

      gameplay old school ?? excuse me ? There is NO “scary factor” in this game. I could remember when I played Aliens vs Preditor 2, how I shit my pants when I played as a marine…

      Aliens is a horror franchise, it must be scary.. THIS IS NOT SCARY at all. There is no.. o shit help factor. It is a poor game.

      No scary factor ? so if that is not your concern then why didnt they just make another COD ?

      Like Geoffrey said:

      it’s like a Call of Duty campaign without the excitement or polish.

      If someone ask me how is Aliens, I will reply with that… cannot describe it better

    • Willem Swanepoel

      There is nothing wrong with the art direction…

      gameplay old school ?? excuse me ? There is NO “scary factor” in this game. I could remember when I played Aliens vs Preditor 2, how I shit my pants when I played as a marine…

      Aliens is a horror franchise, it must be scary.. THIS IS NOT SCARY at all. There is no.. o shit help factor. It is a poor game.

      No scary factor ? so if that is not your concern then why didnt they just make another COD ?

      Like Geoffrey said:

      it’s like a Call of Duty campaign without the excitement or polish.

      If someone ask me how is Aliens, I will reply with that… cannot describe it better

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  • http://www.facebook.com/warren.ross.106 Warren Ross

    Must say that nothing I saw around this game prior to release got me all that excited (nothing new in here at all). I loved the first AVP game to bits, but since then none of the other attempts at the franchise have raised the bar any further and this one appears to have lowered it. :( Pity!

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  • Willem Swanepoel

    It is the first time in my LIFE that I ALT+F4 a game after the 20minutes of gameplay.

    I have to watch Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection to get over the disappointment… in HD!!!

    I cannot believe they can fuck such a great game up…

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      It is genuinely quite an awful game. How it was released in the state it was is beyond my reckoning.

      • Willem Swanepoel

        I can live with the poor graphics and sub par story line, my brain can imagine a better one;-)

        The main reason why I love the aliens games is that you shit your pants when ever you see them. When you see the dot on your radar, then you know … ohoh..

        I started to get the scary feeling in this game and then the first Alien poped up .. and I was … REALLY IS THAT IT. The first appearance of the aliens and I didnt even get a fright … WTF Gearbox …

        I am so disappointed … sigh

        From there on it just went from poor to horse shit….

  • Cabbit

    I enjoyed a lot of the game, but then I am a massive Aliens/Predator fan. They could definitely have done it better. Very little atmosphere and scare factor to this game. I’m glad there was no cover system and that they used med packs and amour kits instead of the usual wait and become healthy again trick. Weapons feel a little like plastic water guns. The ai for the aliens isn’t good by any stretch of the imagination, felt like they were in the way and not that I was fighting for my life. I really hope that they fix this soon. The ai for your marine squad mates is terrible absolutely terrible, and I’m glad I finished the campaign with a friend.

    The visual quality of the game is very average, but they did capture the look of the Aliens universe.The new variant strains of the Xenomoprh are a bit annoying in the sense that they don’t really explain them at all.Yes there is a large variety of them in the universe, but they are explained. The Raven,Crusher, and spitter are so far not explained at all. This really annoys me and I want to know about their life cycles. The Crusher has a decent design, but the raven just looks bad. Should of replaced it with a Praetorian and the problem of explaining and aesthetics of it would have been dealt with at the same time. The spitter makes even less sense, other than just adding it for the benefit of the multiplayer. As far as I know drones and warriors already have the ability to spit.

    As for what I got in my collector’s box, with that I am very very happy. It is top quality stuff and made the purchase all the more worth it for me.I’m happy I bought it and hope to have a few people to play it with in the multiplayer modes as they look to be a lot of fun. The coop campaign was fun with someone that can actually shoot by your side. I’m enjoying it and hope to play with a few friendlies out there. I’m relatively easy to find on steam.

    But with saying all that, I really don’t think it’s a game you should spend your hard earned money on if you’re strapped for cash and have to pick between games.If you’re buying it to just play the single player, then don’t. Wait until it becomes a lot cheaper to purchase then enjoy it with friends.

    p.s.

    And so the few words I wanted to say turned into this. I’m far to passionate about this franchise it seems.

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  • hudson

    ma to think that people have to nit pick everything, I personally loved this game, I mean sure it has some problems but for what its worth its realistic. You cant tell me that youll be alive after 2 xeno claw attacks or pounces for that matter. So its only right that youd die so much. I believe this game was based on skill. Im playing on hardened where ammo is very scarce, the aliens take at least three shotgun shots before dying and I still die after 2 or 3 hits from an alien. Its very fucking realistic. If you cant look past dying a few times than why even play video games at all. now I will admit the queen fight was redundant, I took no damage at all unless I was slow on pulling the switches. she could have been a little more difficult.

  • hudson

    ma to think that people have to nit pick everything, I personally loved this game, I mean sure it has some problems but for what its worth its realistic. You cant tell me that youll be alive after 2 xeno claw attacks or pounces for that matter. So its only right that youd die so much. I believe this game was based on skill. Im playing on hardened where ammo is very scarce, the aliens take at least three shotgun shots before dying and I still die after 2 or 3 hits from an alien. Its very fucking realistic. If you cant look past dying a few times than why even play video games at all. now I will admit the queen fight was redundant, I took no damage at all unless I was slow on pulling the switches. she could have been a little more difficult.

  • hudson

    ma to think that people have to nit pick everything, I personally loved this game, I mean sure it has some problems but for what its worth its realistic. You cant tell me that youll be alive after 2 xeno claw attacks or pounces for that matter. So its only right that youd die so much. I believe this game was based on skill. Im playing on hardened where ammo is very scarce, the aliens take at least three shotgun shots before dying and I still die after 2 or 3 hits from an alien. Its very fucking realistic. If you cant look past dying a few times than why even play video games at all. now I will admit the queen fight was redundant, I took no damage at all unless I was slow on pulling the switches. she could have been a little more difficult.

  • hudson

    ma to think that people have to nit pick everything, I personally loved this game, I mean sure it has some problems but for what its worth its realistic. You cant tell me that youll be alive after 2 xeno claw attacks or pounces for that matter. So its only right that youd die so much. I believe this game was based on skill. Im playing on hardened where ammo is very scarce, the aliens take at least three shotgun shots before dying and I still die after 2 or 3 hits from an alien. Its very fucking realistic. If you cant look past dying a few times than why even play video games at all. now I will admit the queen fight was redundant, I took no damage at all unless I was slow on pulling the switches. she could have been a little more difficult.

  • hudson

    ma to think that people have to nit pick everything, I personally loved this game, I mean sure it has some problems but for what its worth its realistic. You cant tell me that youll be alive after 2 xeno claw attacks or pounces for that matter. So its only right that youd die so much. I believe this game was based on skill. Im playing on hardened where ammo is very scarce, the aliens take at least three shotgun shots before dying and I still die after 2 or 3 hits from an alien. Its very fucking realistic. If you cant look past dying a few times than why even play video games at all. now I will admit the queen fight was redundant, I took no damage at all unless I was slow on pulling the switches. she could have been a little more difficult.

  • hudson

    ma to think that people have to nit pick everything, I personally loved this game, I mean sure it has some problems but for what its worth its realistic. You cant tell me that youll be alive after 2 xeno claw attacks or pounces for that matter. So its only right that youd die so much. I believe this game was based on skill. Im playing on hardened where ammo is very scarce, the aliens take at least three shotgun shots before dying and I still die after 2 or 3 hits from an alien. Its very fucking realistic. If you cant look past dying a few times than why even play video games at all. now I will admit the queen fight was redundant, I took no damage at all unless I was slow on pulling the switches. she could have been a little more difficult.

  • hudson

    ma to think that people have to nit pick everything, I personally loved this game, I mean sure it has some problems but for what its worth its realistic. You cant tell me that youll be alive after 2 xeno claw attacks or pounces for that matter. So its only right that youd die so much. I believe this game was based on skill. Im playing on hardened where ammo is very scarce, the aliens take at least three shotgun shots before dying and I still die after 2 or 3 hits from an alien. Its very fucking realistic. If you cant look past dying a few times than why even play video games at all. now I will admit the queen fight was redundant, I took no damage at all unless I was slow on pulling the switches. she could have been a little more difficult.

  • hudson

    ma to think that people have to nit pick everything, I personally loved this game, I mean sure it has some problems but for what its worth its realistic. You cant tell me that youll be alive after 2 xeno claw attacks or pounces for that matter. So its only right that youd die so much. I believe this game was based on skill. Im playing on hardened where ammo is very scarce, the aliens take at least three shotgun shots before dying and I still die after 2 or 3 hits from an alien. Its very fucking realistic. If you cant look past dying a few times than why even play video games at all. now I will admit the queen fight was redundant, I took no damage at all unless I was slow on pulling the switches. she could have been a little more difficult.

  • hudson

    ma to think that people have to nit pick everything, I personally loved this game, I mean sure it has some problems but for what its worth its realistic. You cant tell me that youll be alive after 2 xeno claw attacks or pounces for that matter. So its only right that youd die so much. I believe this game was based on skill. Im playing on hardened where ammo is very scarce, the aliens take at least three shotgun shots before dying and I still die after 2 or 3 hits from an alien. Its very fucking realistic. If you cant look past dying a few times than why even play video games at all. now I will admit the queen fight was redundant, I took no damage at all unless I was slow on pulling the switches. she could have been a little more difficult.

  • hudson

    ma to think that people have to nit pick everything, I personally loved this game, I mean sure it has some problems but for what its worth its realistic. You cant tell me that youll be alive after 2 xeno claw attacks or pounces for that matter. So its only right that youd die so much. I believe this game was based on skill. Im playing on hardened where ammo is very scarce, the aliens take at least three shotgun shots before dying and I still die after 2 or 3 hits from an alien. Its very fucking realistic. If you cant look past dying a few times than why even play video games at all. now I will admit the queen fight was redundant, I took no damage at all unless I was slow on pulling the switches. she could have been a little more difficult.

  • hudson

    ma to think that people have to nit pick everything, I personally loved this game, I mean sure it has some problems but for what its worth its realistic. You cant tell me that youll be alive after 2 xeno claw attacks or pounces for that matter. So its only right that youd die so much. I believe this game was based on skill. Im playing on hardened where ammo is very scarce, the aliens take at least three shotgun shots before dying and I still die after 2 or 3 hits from an alien. Its very fucking realistic. If you cant look past dying a few times than why even play video games at all. now I will admit the queen fight was redundant, I took no damage at all unless I was slow on pulling the switches. she could have been a little more difficult.

  • Uberutang

    Completed (hardened) on LAN Coop this weekend. (PC)

    No bugs or glitches found. No game breaking moments.
    Really cool stealth level 😛

    Graphics set to max with vsync on and really no complaints. Looks and plays a lot like Doom3? With better lighting etc.

    Next game!

  • Tim

    May I ask why nothing was really said about the story? For me that’s the most important thing next to gameplay.

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