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Submitted by john2 551d ago | news

Aliens: Colonial Marines tester spills the beans: "SEGA were well aware the game sucks"

DSOGaming writes: "Aliens: Colonial Marines will be the title that will surpass Duke Nukem Forever. Yes, it wasn’t under development for as much time as 3D Realms’ FPS was, however it turned out to be just as bad as Duke’s latest adventures were. And ironically, it will keep us busy for a long time. A tester of Aliens: Colonial Marines has started an AMA on Reddit and according to the moderators of the sub-reddit /r/Games, this is a valid tester of Aliens: Colonial Marines. In other words, no, this is not someone trolling or someone faking just for the heck of it." (Aliens: Colonial Marines, PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360)

Update [UPDATE]

The tester has deleted his Reddit account. This was either in order to avoid getting sued by SEGA and Gearbox or because there was something 'wrong' with it. Moderators verified this user's claims, so for now we can take their word on this.

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NYC_Gamer  +   551d ago
It's both Gearbox & Sega fault for releasing a game that is outdated and broken
zerocrossing  +   551d ago
No matter what way you look at it we were lied to and that is not acceptable.
aCasualGamer  +   551d ago
So both Randy Pitchford and SEGA lied to their customers, surprise surprise...

I'm still at an awe that gamecompanies can market their games with those "gameplay" demos and then come out with a product that's a mere tenth of that demo interms of quality.

There are DISTINCT differences interms of both artstyle and technical resources used in the final game and gameplay demo.

It doesn't matter how you turn it or twist it, both of those companies lied to us. I will never touch another game Randy Pitchford is involved with or SEGA publishes.

Think of those who bought the game expecting an extension of that gameplay demo.
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knowyourstuff  +   551d ago
I don't doubt any of these claims from this tester, they all line up with the reality that the demo was indeed way better looking and playing than the final game, and the fact that the game was indeed sh*t, regardless of what Gearbox and Sega say about it. It doesn't surprise that the same people responsible for the trash can that was Duke Nukem Forever, claiming it really wasn't that bad a game, are also doing the same here. I mean come on people, you don't even need to read between the lines, it's right in front of your face.
ACEMANWISE  +   551d ago
The game is underrated. I understand completely that the game isn't what Gearbox hyped it up to be. That doesn't mean the game should be rated lower due to a disappointment.

I feel the game delivered on many other fronts. I think where they underdelivered is the lighting effects and some key moments expected to be relived from the movies. As it stands I think it's a 9 or 10 for most Aliens movie fanatics wanting a video game representation.
Irishguy95  +   551d ago
ACEMAN

Leave...just...leave

This is a disgrace to the Alien franchise. Still shocked Gearbox ****ed up on a chance like this. This game would sell like hot cakes if it was good. And by the looks of it, it'll sell like hot cakes even the way it is. Because of people like you...Gearbox will get away with ****ing over everyone. Jesus gamers really are the worst consumers.(Call of Duty being another example)
JustInTlME  +   550d ago
Aceman is NUTS lol. Game was the worst thing I've ever played. Not sure it was worth the .85 cents I paid at redbox...
Dark11  +   551d ago
People should not buy any games from Gearbox , not even Borderlands 3

that will teach them a lesson.
ironfist92  +   551d ago
Im still keen for BL3 regardless
zerocrossing  +   551d ago
@ironfist92

But what kind of message would that send to Gearbox?

It's OK to blatantly lie and mislead your consumers by showing a Demo with what appears to be gameplay footage but is in fact entirely scripted and not representative of the final product, so long as you make a decent game every now and then?

Personally that's it for me, I'm done, Im not buying a game from Gearbox again until they apologise and redeem themselves.
Lvl_up_gamer  +   551d ago
@ zerocrossing

How about voicing your opinion with your wallet and not buy bad games? That way you can still buy good gams.

Why so extreme with not buying any future games from gearbox? Pretty stupid and childish if you ask me.
zerocrossing  +   551d ago
@Lvl_up_gamer

You can call it childish if you want but they really disappointed me with Duke Nukem and now ACM.

If the rumours are true then what they did borders on criminal, Im not about supporting devs who are under handed and mislead consumers.

The way I see it I'll have more cash to spend on genuinely worth while games instead.
MidnytRain  +   551d ago
That's stupid. You're supposed to skip the bad games and BUY the good games. That way you encourage them to make GOOD games.
RememberThe357  +   551d ago
What about this for an idea; We buy the products that are good from Gearbox and we don't buy the products that are bad. I think that sends them a much clearer image that we want quality and that's all we'll be willing to pay for.
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hulk_bash1987  +   551d ago
Gearbox and Sega are officially dead to me. I wasn't too excited for the game myself, but as a gamer I find this kind of thing unacceptable. For them to have lied and tried to take advantage of people like that is disrespectful. When I saw the tech demo comparison to the final game, the differences were mind-boggling.
NeoTribe  +   551d ago
Right... Lets destroy an amazing title like borderlands just because we didnt like a different game that same company made. Grow up.
Tapioca Cold  +   551d ago
What are you talking about? gamers can't do that. We get fed crap games, half finished all the time. We always just throw our money at these guys and never object.

It still baffles me that people pay for xbox live.
Imalwaysright  +   551d ago
What is stupid is how this industry gets away with shit like this. How the hell does the industry get away with false advertisement? Sony with Killzone, MS with kinect, Bioware with Mass Effect, bullshots... and now this. It's baffling to me how this industry gets away with all kinds of shit. The industry doesn't need us skipping one game from one company, the industry severely needs another crash.
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zerocrossing  +   551d ago
I understand what you are all saying voting with your wallet is a sound practice, but we're not talking about a good and a bad game coming from 2 individual companies, if Gearbox pulled this crap twice already what's going to stop them from doing it again? a change of conscience? Not bloody likely.

Until we, the fans get a formal apology, I see no reason to support Gearbox. If you enjoy Border Lands that's fine, but don't expect the rest of us to support a dev team well known now for lying and misleading there consumers and not having the decency to come clean or make the guilty party take the fall for it.
mynameisEvil  +   550d ago
@Imalwaysright
Man, a good console crash could be exactly what we need.

If any company wanted to do well in it, there'd be no choice BUT to be nice little pro-consumer "good guys." At least until the industry built itself back up and they'd forget why they were successful during the crash. :P

Honestly, though, some of the terrible business practices need to end. A lot of this crap includes things that should've been in the base friggin' game or never should've existed at all (like the DLC for Dead Space 3's scavenger bot).

@Zerocrossing
People are kind of pathetic. "Buy the good games, though!" - People who don't care when they get screwed over.

Whatever, I'm with you and whoever else that isn't' buying from Gearbox until they've apologized and explained. The other people can buy games that rip them off in the future if they want. *shrugs*
camel_toad  +   551d ago
True. Luckily for me Steam refunded my pre-order of the game but it sounds to me like Gearbox/Sega knew they were selling people a complete and total piece of garbage.

It would and will never happen but I think they should give owners of the piece of trash a full game credit.

Complete consumer robbery.
TheRacingX  +   551d ago
At the very least, make gearbox go back and patch and fix this game, put in the lighting, high res textures, add DLC to the single player that adds or put back those levels we thought we'd play. Too bad if it costs them $$$ to do it, they shouldn't have used the $$ from Sega to make Borderlands 2, they should have given us the game we thought we were going to play.
Root  +   551d ago
They shouldn't of taken so many projects on at once

They had Borderlands 2 on their plate, they should of stuck with that. Duke Nukem and Aliens should of waited

Hell they didn't even do the B2 DLC, they outsourced them which is why they probably weren't as good as the the first games DLC.

They should of focused on Borderlands, it's their main attraction. They should of done the DLCs aswell themselves.

Hopefully BL3 is on its way

If the Wii U Version is the worst version then wow....the thing which Gearbox praised the Wii U for is the worst version. I knew it seemed strange Gearbox being a bit suck up like towards the Wii U and Nintendo before the console launched...they wanted the worst version to sell more
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ironfist92  +   551d ago
*should've/should have

not should of
Legion21  +   551d ago
Aliens was in development before the first borderlands even released. Maybe they shouldn't have lied or they just should have delayed the game till it was as good as the product they showed off.
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Tzunoy  +   551d ago
They just care about the money. F them with their game.
Majors  +   551d ago
This proves that we need a seperate company to play and rate these games independantly and then issue them with a RRP. This way developers will get sick of dishing out games which fall into the £20 bracket and will up their game to get into the £40 AA bracket.
There are way too many £40 games being released which are only worth £25 max and this system will weed them out.
IRetrouk  +   550d ago
I see where you are coming from and would love a system like that, but i think you would still get the problems we get now, dodgy or paid for reviews, overhyping would still happen, games would be put in the wrong pricing bracket and we would still end up reading articles like this.
YoungPlex  +   551d ago
"The tester claims that Gearbox used the money they got for Aliens: Colonial Marines on Borderlands 2."

Looks like Gearbox pulled a fast one, what a shame; the demo really looked promising too. I'm quite shocked and disappointed on how Gearbox handled this game!
rainslacker  +   551d ago
If true that pretty much constitutes fraud.

I'd honestly be surprised if a tester in a game company would be privy to such information. It's highly unlikely the higher ups would ever discuss it outside of a higher-ups meeting, as you know...it constitutes fraud, and the more people that know about it the more likely you are to get your ass handed to you in court. On top of that when you deal with the kind of money needed to produce a game, every dime has to be accounted for, and no doubt Sega would have taken notice if a significant amount of money suddenly went missing.

As far as Sega knowing it was a bad game...of course they did. They would have played it and seen it's progress. All the bugs would have been well documented, and the company itself knows about a thousand bugs that the consumer would never notice. Sega wanted the game released, and for whatever reason the game itself never got fixed before it went gold. It's not that uncommon in the industry, it's just not very common for big publishers to allow it.
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VverdugovV  +   550d ago
I hope the tester is legit because he had some good things to say about the other Alien game developed by Creative Asembly and the PS4.

"we are making the new alien game with creative asembly who make total war. That game looks amazing. Very dark, very slow paced (in a good way). The textures and lighting look really really good. I've seen it running on a PC. The PS4 dev kit looks like a computer. It looks so good rif not better running as any super high end PC. We did not have those controllers, but they look like what was promised."

http://i1.minus.com/iTeTRho...
Veneno  +   551d ago
Ive been a tester for a major publisher. Testers don't have access to any kind of information like this. They are pions. The lowest of the low. This "information" the tester knows is total bullshyt. Im sure it was speculated and most likely true, but testers have zero first hand knowledge of this kind of stuff.

And also, who cares? Shitty game is shitty. Dont buy it and move on. No need for this "boycott Gearbox" movement. If they keep thismkind of behavior up, they will eventually sink themselves like THQ.
konnerbllb  +   551d ago
If I were a game developer wanting to air dirty laundry I would go on reddit and claim I was a game tester.
xyxzor  +   551d ago
This isn't true. Testers depending on how the company is structured are the "Middle Men". They know all the BS production and development do and often hear how poorly management handles things often from Senior Producers themselves. Unfortunately for them, they are also the first people to get the boot when things go south. I would know, because I am one.
MysticStrummer  +   551d ago
Interesting read. I like what he says about the other Aliens game in the works. As for SEGA's involvement, that was the main reason I didn't have high expectations for the game. I didn't want it until I saw it in action, not the E3 demo everyone else has their panties in a wad over, but the IGN livestream a week or so before release. It was obvious from the livestream that A:CM was a very basic shooter, in many ways mediocre, that nevertheless had good to great Aliens atmosphere, so I bought it. Those low expectations helped me to enjoy the game more than many did.
chasegarcia  +   551d ago
Sega is the publisher. This is mostly Gearbox fault.
MysticStrummer  +   551d ago
Yet when EA publishes a game people have no problem blaming them for whatever. In this case the publisher apparently knew the game wasn't going to be well received and they put it out anyway. You're saying they get no blame?
Legion21  +   551d ago
@MysticStrummer EA gets blamed for things like rushing games, or policies such as day one dlc and online passes. Sega didn't rush this game it's been in development for more than 6 years, this is gearbox's fault for not delivering, they had ample time. Even if they didn't they shouldn't have showed off a product that wasn't what the consumers were going to get.
rainslacker  +   551d ago
Sega, being the publisher, is ultimately responsible for what they release. Publishers do not just give a butt-load of money to a developer and say "go at it". They are involved with the project from start to finish. Publishers are the ones that set deadlines and milestones. They are the ones that have the ultimate authority on how the funds are used. And they are the ones that are responsible for giving the go ahead to release the game.

Gearbox's part was only enabled by Sega. If GB was doing a crappy job then it was up to Sega to fix it, either by demanding that GB do so, or finding another developer who could produce a quality product.

I'm not saying that this isn't also on GB, just that it isn't solely on them.
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Megaton  +   551d ago
"The tester has also revealed that the E3 demo was never part of the actual game and what was showcased was not from Unreal Engine 3."

Wonder if there's a legal case to make against them for that. Something along the lines of bait and switch.
CommonSenseGamer  +   551d ago
Doubtful. Otherwise Sony would have been done for Killzone 2 footage and MS over that whole Milo incident.
Megaton  +   551d ago
Not quite the same thing.

The Sony employee who said the Killzone 2 target CGI was in-game misspoke and corrected himself at the same E3. Guerilla Games did not try to hide anything.

Milo never released to the public. You could argue Microsoft has been incredibly deceptive with other Kinect titles, though, as they always fake the stage demos with pre-recorded footage, but at least with that it's still in-game footage.

With Aliens, they knowingly paraded around something that would never make it into the game under the guise of in-game footage.
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AKS  +   551d ago
Killzone 2 still ended up looking very impressive even if it didn't match the "target footage."

Aliens: CM on the other hand looks quite bad. By PC standards, the final product looks like it was made nearly a decade ago.
SilentNegotiator  +   551d ago
1) It was public knowledge that the KZ2 target footage was CGI WAY before Killzone 2 actually released.

2) Milo never actually released in any way. That is not the same situation.
aliengmr  +   551d ago
It was pretty obvious KZ2 was CGI. The ACM demo made it look as though it was being played real-time.

With ACM, you are led to believe that what you are seeing is what the final version will look like.
jmc8888  +   551d ago
The other thing that makes the Gearbox look so bad is that the demo had a disclaimer SAYING it was 100 percent in game footage.

You really can't get around that. It wasn't someone speaking or from an article but a disclaimer stating it was in the video.
TheDivine  +   551d ago
And Sony with Resistance BS. The demo they showed to sell the game wasn't even in the game either. It was a cool section and then the game was uglier, boring, watered down exc. I kept waiting for it to get good like what I saw but it never did. Total bait and switch.

This is just a shame though. This could've been one of my favorite games. Add atmosphere, horror, basically make dead space with aliens and my childhood dreams of living in Alien wouldve come true. Shitty games won't suffice for my fantasies.
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jagstar44  +   551d ago
I was so convinced this game was going to be incredible...is there some sort of curse surrounding movie tie in games.
Hufandpuf  +   551d ago
No, just liars and bad games.

The recipe for money grab companies.
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fossilfern  +   551d ago
Wow this is just a whole mess. Also in regards to the WiiU:

"We don’t know if it will come out, Sega are conisdering canceling it, but right now its still going.”

This is just an absolute joke, the whole thing has been mismanaged. Also:

"The tester has also revealed that the E3 demo was never part of the actual game and what was showcased was not from Unreal Engine 3."

"The tester claims that Gearbox used the money they got for Aliens: Colonial Marines on Borderlands 2."

Sorry to quote what Megaton and YoungPlex also quoted but if this is true then Gearbox is in deep trouble from fans/gamers and Sega but Sega aren't safe from this storm either.

These sorts of practices need to be stomped out of the gaming industry because I'm sure Gearbox and Sega will probably get away with all of this unless something is said by consumers.
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zerocrossing  +   551d ago
Im not sure how much actual involvement Sega had with this web of lies, since they were only the publishers I can't personally blame them for this mess as much as I do Gearbox.

Still it reflects very poorly on evryone involved.
fossilfern  +   551d ago
No doubt. But as a publisher Sega must of known, they were the ones who contracted Gearbox. Now I dont want to see people lose their jobs but someones head has to roll for all of this. And I think Randy Pitchford is one of those heads.
sypher  +   551d ago
Well look at it from SEGA's point of view. They paid a developer millions to make a game. That developer use that money to fund their own game and issue that contracted job out to other developers. Smells like a law suit to me.
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rainslacker  +   551d ago
Well, using the funds on another game is fraud, unless they had permission from Sega...which is unlikely, so technically it's already stamped out. In this regard a tester is unlikely to know about that sort of thing, which I have a more detailed comment up above about, same with a response to Sega's "fault" for zerocrossing...won't retype it here.

The E3 thing, yeah I would agree there. I don't think games should be misrepresented at all. If a company isn't ready to show a game to that degree then make a trailer, or use target renders and state as such, like Killzone mentioned above for instance.

Unfortunately, while I understand your sentiments, the truth is people will hate on this for a week or two, and then forget about it. The truth is, most consumers do not really pay that much attention to the publisher or developer. It could have some effect on word of mouth for future projects, which could really hurt sales. It sucks, but that's just the way it is. At the very least it can possibly make people be a little more skeptical so as not to get their expectations up to high with other games. Shame it has to come to that though.
chukamachine  +   551d ago
The engine says it all.

Unreal

Nvidia PhysX.

Why on earth would they use PhysX, lol. Nvidia only bought it to stop amd. My heart goes out to the nerds who bought the hardware as well.

Ok Maybe I was abit harsh, there is one positive, those dudes slagging it off were wrong, it does indeed have dynamic lighting, PS3 version has it.
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mynameisEvil  +   550d ago
Why would they use PhysX? Have you SEEN what PhysX can do? http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Enjoy.
matrixman92  +   551d ago
ok...we get it, the game sucked...get over it and move on to better things
LOL_WUT  +   551d ago
If only life was that simple, but it's not, i'm a huge Alien fan and this just disappoints me.
Blank  +   551d ago
Wow so if sega was aware of a bad game why still release it sure to cash in but by doing so it ruins their rep im confused as to why a company would purposely do all this its a waste of the gamers and dev teams time, time and money we dont get back sega and all those affiliated with this game better shape up and think more about their reps
rainslacker  +   551d ago
Because outside the gaming community bubble, it probably won't hurt them that much. Look at how many bad games get released by all the big publishers, and look how little effect it's had on their overall sales. Even Capcom sells a lot of games, and they are terribly unfriendly to the consumer.
herbs  +   551d ago
Brutal...
Soldierone  +   551d ago
Sucks for Sega. They could have started a really strong come back if this game was actually any good. Too bad it kept them in that "they haven't released anything good in years" boat.

As for Gearbox they are just one hit wonders so far. Beyond Borderlands (which isn't even that ground breaking if you take away the cell shading) they haven't made anything good.
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Hufandpuf  +   551d ago
Couldn't agree more. People praise GB for the one hit wonder of Borderlands, yet are surprised when they release a garbage game because they are unaware that they release garbage games consistently.
yewles1  +   551d ago
Nope, makes no sense. Complete contradictory here. So Sega ALLOWS Gearbox to take their money to put into another game published by someone else?

Now I gotta' ask THIS: How much did 2K pay for Borderlands 2?...
MacDonagh  +   551d ago
I believe that there was deception involved here.

There have been two notable cases recently where companies have transferred resources to work on other projects. Silicon Knights for instance were transferring resources to work on a Eternal Darkness 2 demo while they were working on XMen Destiny; as well as deliberately misleading Activision by showing off assets of the game like character models, levels etc.

Another would be Pandemic who were accused of transferring resources to work on Battlefront 3. Although a senior person denied this happened, it does make you think twice about a lot of things. Developers can fool publishers if they are savvy enough to work the system.
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Trekster_Gamer  +   551d ago
The only way to redeem this would be if possible and not at the hands of the same devs release a patch to upgrade the current game in all areas.

Provide FREE DLC that is quality and do it in short order. I know this won't happen but I still dream of an AWESOME game set in the era/time frame of Aliens and LV426..

I know, I know Keep dreaming....
Jek_Porkins  +   551d ago
How would a simple game tester be privy to what Gearbox spent money for Aliens on? I mean tester is something everyday people can do. I don't think he knows the inner workings or anything like that, also the fact that he removed his post could mean troll.

I played the game, thought it was okay, not great, but not as terrible as some of the reviews are saying.
stuntman_mike  +   551d ago
Agree how would a game tester know about gearbox and sega,s financial situations and where the money went?
I dont doubt gearbox and sega lied to people and screwed up the game.
jmc8888  +   551d ago
Well there are ways people can find out. Employees aren't always in a vacuum. They know some of the other people working there. Maybe hang out at a bar. Maybe some are roommates. So people have access to other parts of a company. Doesn't mean that's the case here, but possible he knew someone in the accounting department, or someone a bit higher up the management chain who let him in on it.

But there's also times where you can pigeonhole it. If you're working on something and certain limits are there, say with BL2 about the scope/timeline/whatever and then you hear about the higher ups meeting with Sega who agreed to fund an extension for A:CM, and the next day or so the BL2 game gets expanded with another round or two of DLC or something.

Think of it like how maybe a parent knows his/her kid wants a game, but doesn't give him the money, suddenly the kid has the game and they didn't give the money, a smart parent would ask their child where they got the money. Basically something like that.

Again not saying this happened, but within a company people are always talking and trying to make heads of whats going on.
rainslacker  +   551d ago
Well...Game testing is a full time job. I know the guys over at Epic are working very long weeks and hours right now with GOW:Judgement coming out. Many are contract workers, but there are a lot of full time positions as well. Game testing isn't like the commercials, it does take a lot of work to play the same game day in and day out looking for even the smallest bug to report.

It may seem like an awesome job...but imagine playing the same game for 60-80 hours a week, be good at it, all while noticing bugs, then trying to replicate that bug, then reporting them, then retesting them after it is supposedly fixed, only to retest everything else involved to make sure that didn't break with the fix. On top of that until the last 6 months or so, they are generally playing very broken versions of the game.

Anyhow, you are right, the game testers are unlikely to be privy to that information. Some things do go around the office, and a game tester can be very tuned in to what's going on in the office if they pay attention. However something like this isn't likely to make the rounds at the water cooler. If something like this was going on it would be held very closely to the chest of those doing that transferring. The less people that know about fraud the better.
Skate-AK  +   551d ago
I wonder if all the DLC that releases in the season pass is already built.
DialgaMarine  +   551d ago
On the talk of lying cheating game developers/ publishers and the consumer completely getting f*cked, where was everybody when the cheapest piece of garbage ever created, Skyrim, was released?
aliengmr  +   551d ago
That assumes most agree that Skyrim is a "cheap piece of garbage", they don't.

That you had to even ask, pretty much answers your question. They were enjoying Skyrim.
jmc8888  +   551d ago
Skyrim garbage? Not even.

Now if you own the PS3 version I can understand that, but still it's a bit unfair. Skyrim is a very advanced game, and the current consoles don't really have the horsepower to run it correctly.

They got it on the systems, so that's good. They screwed up with the DLC on PS3, and while Bethesda should have known beforehand what the deal was with the PS3, it was an issue with getting it to work on the PS3's ancient technology of 256mb actual ram. The PC version likes to use 1.5 gb's of ram.

The PC version is awesome. Tons of mods that make the game look amazing (and takes a good amount of power). Big world. Tons of content.

The mods though are insane. Some aren't good, but that's because there's so many of them. I literally have 150 mods and I barely look around for stuff. Though I have a lightsaber, can fart spells, have exploding chicken, can bang any adult in Skyrim...or fist them woman or man, can rain meteors down on the world, etc, etc, etc. Plus tons of free content. Hell I even have a floating ship as a home and have a mod that has an alien attack.

The game is absolutely beautiful with the mods.

But the key to remember about Skyrim is whether or not there is a good version to it? Yes the PC version is great. Is there a good version of A:CM or Duke Nuke 'em Forever? No.

The problem with Skyrim was the console, and Bethesda screwing up with the PS3 version. Which of course isn't even the game itself, but the DLC. The game proper still runs.
mynameisEvil  +   550d ago
...

Did you seriously just call Skyrim an advanced game?

Oh, dear Lord, I'm gonna go take some medication now, maybe a nap, too...
2pacalypsenow  +   551d ago
Its in the agreement he signed to not disclose any info on beta testing that's why he deleted everything... Its the same for every Beta testing
MilkMan  +   551d ago
well know if its legit when the WiiU version comes out.
If it has that mini game and the problems he/she described then we'll know this person wasn't full of caca.

However, I will say that if I was Gearbox and Sega. I would have NEVER let this dog out of the gates.
Npugz7  +   551d ago
I don't like randy pitchford! Not only is he annoying but a liar as well!!!
Talamak  +   551d ago
They really screwed up
cleverusername  +   551d ago
Cant believe people are STILL defending Gearbox online!! In this day and age we should get BOTH good gameplay and graphics TOGETHER, ESPECIALLY after 6 years of development but apparently that's expecting TOO MUCH!!!(According to the people defending the game anyway)
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Picnic  +   551d ago
Sega has primarily always been arcade-headed. If it would pass for a fun arcade game it would be good enough for them to publish. Depth is not generally one of Sega's values it seems, it can detract from the ride. Sega make amusement rides, like House of the dead : Overkill, old school fun if you like that sort of thing. And they're not as hot on having the best graphics like they used to be on the Dreamcast.

Parts of Aliens - Colonial Marines are said to be very good though. There is still practically no scarier foe, in the right conditions, than those Aliens.

And in some videos that I've seen the final version in some parts IS better than the demo.

Reviewers are very harsh these days. For them to give the game 5-7 out of 10 might mean that, if you love the Aliens for specific details and its heritage, rather than for the nuts and bolts of what it provides which has been copied by many other sci-fi shooters ever since, then you might add 2 points on to that. At least by standards from a few years ago when the project was started. It'll all be about your frame of mind. It might be 'Perfect Dark Zero ' good and that got 8 out of 10 from many reviewers so I will probably still try a rental at least.

But Borderlands 2 shouldn't have extracted any work from this game. Aliens is too important in sci-fi. A Borderlands sequel could have waited.
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RumbleFish  +   550d ago
I had a lot of fun with Duke Nukem Forever. It was the game I expected. For Alien fans this must be a major letdown though. Perhaps if there was a new movie and the IP had gotten a bit new blood and some more interest recently, they would have put some more resources in the production.
All in all I have to say that I didn't understand a lot of things that have been going on with SEGA in the last few years.
bozebo  +   550d ago
Says every tester of every bad game. It's well known they don't give a shit if they launch something bad, money is the incentive - if releasing a bad game = money, bad games will be released. One big time it failed was APB though, they thought the hype would magically make them win so didn't bother listening to their QA testers (you know, about the game physically not working etc.)
solid_snake3656  +   550d ago
This is why I'm so cautious about buying new games. Games nowadays are either a hit or miss. The used game industry isn't putting developers out of business. The developers are putting themselves out of business by making crappy video games.
landog  +   550d ago
game lok freaking great on pc, don't own it personally but a friend is a huge alien fanatic, he basically said,

"sure, i hear the reviews, but i own everything alien, even the terrible ps2 alien rts, so i'm getting it"

and guess what, he loves, he called me over to check it out, it looks incredible on pc, yes i hear from ign and other reviews that the console version look awful, of course they do, they're 8 years old, anything on pc looks better, this is the natural state

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

all pc games look awesome though..lol

but, it sounds like people who love the alien lore, ect....alien fanboys like the game

personally when steam has it for $5-$10, i'll grab it, with all these bad reviews, that should be in a month or two
cleverusername  +   550d ago
'WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO ALIENS COLONIAL MARINES' on youtube says different and it's PC footage they're showing. The demo looked A LOT better than the retail release too
KontryBoy706  +   550d ago
I really wanted to buy this game. Something told me to watch a few youtube play throughs though... after seeing some... I smelled bulls@#$
shamon  +   550d ago
this game is not that bad i love it so far hate reviewers who just write off these games
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