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Yesterday reviews of Gearbox’s Aliens: Colonial Marines went live (including ours) and the game is pretty much an absolute mess; poor AI, bad animation, out-dated graphics and a terrible story are just some of its failings. Some, including an ex developer, want us to believe Gearbox is absolved – because they essentially sub-contracted the game out to TimeGate Studios to handle the games multiplayer instead. Publisher SEGA says that’s nonsense.

According to SEGA’s senior producer, Matthew J. Powers, that story – which might help explain why Colonial Marines is so damned terrible – just doesn’t ring true. An ex-developer on the project says that the game’s single player was essentially outsourced to Section 8 devs TimeGate and that Gearbox was handling multiplayer, but Powers says responsibility for the travesty should rest entirely on Gearboxes shoulders.

“Absolutely not, the game has been developed by Gearbox Software,” he told PlayNews (via DSOGaming) “Other studios [like Timegate] helped Gearbox on the production of single and multiplayer.”

To what level did other studio’s “help,” I wonder? Not that it matters – regardless of who actually developed it, it’s an awful, awful game – and I’ll certainly be looking at future Gearbox titles with an extra dash of caution.

Aliens: Colonial Marines was released yesterday for PC, Ps3 and Xbox 360 and currently sits with a Metacritic average of 47%.

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Author:Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Lardus

    Wether outsourced or not, blame goes with Gearbox. It was their baby, and it is apparently a screw-up of note. Shame on them!

    • Admiral Chief Erwin


  • Lord Chaos

    Got the game yesterday hoping I could look past all the flaws and find some enjoyment. Ended up standing against a wall and repeatedly blowing myself up with grenades.

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      Was the grenading yourself at least fun?

      • Trevor Davies

        With flashbangs so you go blind?

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          That would work

      • Lord Chaos

        Was trying to wake myself up from the nightmare.
        Strangely enjoyable when you try and figure out the physics and bouncing the grenade off the surroundings.

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          Understandable :P

    • Brady miaau

      Sounds like great fun.

      Thanks for the warning……

    • matthurstrsa

      You threw grenades in game or for real?

  • Willem Swanepoel

    They should get shot, every asshole who worked on this game. I am so disappointed…I need something to get over it….

    I was so excited to play this game, got it. Installed it and had to alt f4 after 20minutes else I would kill myself with a spoon.

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

      I had to play through the whole thing for review purposes. And then I had to play it more. Imagine how I feel? :P

      • Willem Swanepoel

        I feel sorry for you. This is really a sad day for Aliens franchise…Gearbox should not make FPS games anymore, someone should remove their FPS Developer’s Card.

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        No wonder you were so grumpy

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        Did you have issues with a bug with the end boss? I read a few other peoples reviews that did. Said they would have finished it in 4 hours if not for the shitty glitches.

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      A spoon you say? That bad eh?

      • Willem Swanepoel

        it’s like a Call of Duty campaign without the excitement or polish. — what Geoffrey said ;) it is so true

        Do not even bother spending your hard earned cash on this one. The review is spot on, I didnt want to believe it but yeah ;-(

    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      Shame man, I saw your post yesterday, thought maybe you’d last longer than minutes…

  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    A bloody travesty. Gearbox should be ashamed. I am so upset, I am going to hurt this kitten. That’s on your Gearbox, that’s on you…

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      I’d be careful, he looks like a killer!

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      That alien is about to meet a world of pain that is unfathomable!

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        Agreed, it looks like it’s about to hug the face off it ;)

    • Brady miaau

      Dude, and the kitten is a Scottish Fold too. I have one. They are quite timid as a breed, BUT when pushed into a corner, they can and do fight and fight hard, just like all other cats. Alien is in trouble.

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        I fear Gearbox has underestimate what the cat can do… I mean, I am just their (bloody) agent. They have forced me to do this to said Scottish Fold. This, yes, THIS is what happens when you make a game that smells worse than Darryn after a nacho eating contest. Shudders*

        • Brady miaau

          Yeah, but as a serious cat lover and fan of different and varied cat breeds, I still back the cat. The cat has deception and speed on its size, like a mongoose against a snake. The snake has to be lucky once to win, but nine times out of ten, is not that lucky.

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            This is true. And the fact that WE KNOW the AI of this Alien is very suspect probably adds to the favour of this cat.

          • Brady miaau

            I forgot about bad AI.

            Cat 1, Xenomoprh 0

        • Brady miaau

          Yeah, but as a serious cat lover and fan of different and varied cat breeds, I still back the cat. The cat has deception and speed on its size, like a mongoose against a snake. The snake has to be lucky once to win, but nine times out of ten, is not that lucky.

  • Willem Swanepoel

    I cannot wait for AngryJoe’s review.. the amount of swearing that will come out of that guy’s mouth will be so much!! ;)

    He was one of the guys like me, that were so excited about this game. The disappointment is so huge, I just want to explode.

  • http://twitter.com/mathuthe Mathias

    Gearbox should learn to stop developing games that were started developement by someone else.

  • FoxOneZA

    Codemasters did a similar mess up with Body Count and Operation Flashpoint so they just stuck to making racing games after that.

  • matthurstrsa

    And so the mud slinging begins. A bad product is a bad product, and everyone should feel bad.

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