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Aliens: Colonial Marines Gets A Big Fat PC Patch

Jonathan Lester
Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox, Patch, PC games, Sega

Aliens: Colonial Marines Gets A Big Fat PC Patch

Get Away From Her You Patch!

Gearbox have released a titanic 3.8GB patch for Aliens: Colonial Marines, which promises to sort it out. Tweaking everything from texture resolution to friendly AI, this monolithic update may have come too late to help with the frosty critical reception, but early adopters might want to take a look.

We've got the full patch notes below, which illustrate how shockingly incomplete Colonial Marines was at launch. More details in our 4/10 review.


  • Improved texture resolution.
  • Various visual improvements.
  • Added mouse smoothing to options menu.
  • Fixed crashes tied to launch and motion tracker.
  • Added additional safeguards to better protect save data.
  • Resolved an issue where a player's level could sometimes appear incorrect when backing out of a party.
  • Addressed several scenarios under which players could spawn without a weapon.
  • Changes to better prevent audio from sometimes cutting out during end of mission cinematics.
  • Fixed issue where Xeno death animation was not properly calculating momentum of the killing blow.
  • Smart Gun animation now properly tracks targets.
  • Addressed some instances where Xenos would display erratic animations.
  • Increased light radius for player's shoulder lamp.
  • Adjusted aim assist to better reflect player input.
  • Addressed an issue that could sometimes cause co-op player revival to not work under certain circumstances.
  • Addressed issues with players not spawning into a level properly.
  • Fixed a marine player invincibility exploit.
  • Resolved several instances where players could walk or fall outside of maps.
  • Addressed an issue where Ripley's Flamethrower (bonus content) would sometimes fire continuously without player input.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause localized text to sometimes display incorrectly.
  • Addressed an issue where weapon ammunition was not always highlighted properly.
  • General user interface improvements.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes.


  • Tweaked enemy and friendly AI to be more aggressive and responsive.
  • Modified campaign difficulty to account for improved AI responsiveness.
  • Improved enemy collision detection regarding doors and Power Loader.
  • Addressed some issues that could cause improper warping for co-op players.
  • Various tweaks to address instances where NPC characters would not always properly navigate to objectives.
  • Players will no longer bleed out immediately when downed in a Power Loader.


  • Fixed issues that could cause clients to report inaccurate results and statistics.
  • Addressed instances where a map would appear to "pop in" when loading into a new match.
  • New Xeno appearance customization added.
  • Multiplayer teams should now correctly auto-balance between rounds.
  • Increased duration of Lurker Pounce Challenge "Cat-Like Reflexes" from 10 to 20 seconds.
  • Fixed issue where certain multiplayer challenges would not unlock properly for all characters.
  • Crusher pick-ups now correctly appear as highlighted for clients.
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DivideByZero  Mar. 19, 2013 at 14:48

Would be good to find out if these updates actually fix the game.

It's all well and good saying you have fixed stuff...

JonLester  Mar. 19, 2013 at 14:55

Would be good to find out if these updates actually fix the game.

It's all well and good saying you have fixed stuff...

I'll take a look if I can find the time, but I doubt that even a 4GB patch could fix this last-minute botch job.

davidpanik  Mar. 19, 2013 at 15:49

I too will be keen learn how much of an improvement this has made. Perhaps a potential new feature on Dealspwn could be short "Games Revisited Reviews" or "Second Opinion Reviews" (by a different writer, or perhaps throw it open to the community).

JonLester  Mar. 19, 2013 at 16:04

Interesting idea that. I'll definitely try to check out the update, then - but remember that you're also able to start a discussion about specific games (that can be promoted to the front page).

Last edited by JonLester, Mar. 19, 2013 at 16:04

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