The storyline is poorly written. You are led from one point in the game to another, often with little explanation for the events that happen along the way. The game introduces classic characters from the Aliens franchise but without explaining how they got there.
Super Gamer Dude
Aliens Colonial Marines for the PC is supposed to be a true sequel to the Aliens franchise that we all know and love from the movies. While the game does offer up some nostalgia for hardcore Aliens fans, the game itself reminds you more of Superman for the Nintendo 64, an absolute mess and a waste of an iconic movie license. Let's be clear here. This reviewer is a fan of Aliens. This reviewer wanted nothing more than for this game to be amazing. But the sad truth is that the shoddy graphics, redundant and confusing storyline, and awkward game controls, make this game a huge black mark on the Aliens franchise.
Let's start with the game's graphics. Put simply, developer Gearbox didn't finish the game. There is poor motion detection where the different NPCs walk into and through each other. There are animations that are just plain missing. Some of the aliens you battle against look like they are trying to pull off a Michael Jackson dance move as they path to you. It's really more comical than scary or fun.
The artificial intelligence of these aliens is also lacking. They seem programmed to attack you on sight, but if you then run away or delay, the aliens just get kind of confused and wonder around aimlessly, like they forgot that you are there.
Combat in the game is also a complete mess. The game essentially is trying to be Call of Duty or Halo instead of an Aliens game. As we just mentioned, sometimes the Aliens just stop attacking you for no reason. Maybe it's nice to get an easy kill but it's certainly not fun.
The storyline is poorly written. You are led from one point in the game to another, often with little explanation for the events that happen along the way. The game introduces classic characters from the Aliens franchise but without explaining how they got there. There's even one character that died in the movie series that shows up in the game with no explanation. If this was just a game based on Aliens, that's fine, but remember, Gearbox said this was supposed to be a true sequel to the movies. So how does someone coming back from the dead make any sense?
The game lasts about six to seven hours. That is, if you can actually play it that long without throwing down your controller in disgust. I don't want to be all negative here. Seeing my favorite characters from the Aliens franchise alive on my screen really was pretty much fun and the game does contain lots of little references that fans of the franchise will enjoy. It's just sad that the developer didn't bother to finish this game before shipping it off to the public. There's not enough nostalgia in the world to save people from this game's unfinished graphics, sorry storyline and awful controls. If you want to get an Aliens fix, you'd be better off just buying it on Blu Ray.