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Aliens: Colonial Marines

COMMENT | Crying "downgrade" - a monster of the industry's own making

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Downgrade, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Watch Dogs

COMMENT | Crying "downgrade" - a monster of the industry's own making

"Downgrade!" "Downgrade!" "Downgrade!" The cycle of accusations and allegations begins afresh with a new witch hunt as the Witcher 3 comes under fire for not looking as good as an early unoptimised build, and we're getting pretty sick of the whole thing.

There's a case to be made that 'downgrade' accusations are a product of unreasonable entitled gamers who don't understand how games development and marketing works, and I was good and ready to argue that case. In fact, I ploughed 507 words into a first draft... before deleting the entire article and realising that there's another way of looking at the situation from a very different perspective.

Isn't this suspicion and cynicism a perfectly natural reaction to an industry that has systematically exaggerated or downright lied to its customers for years? Aren't gamers actually "entitled" to point it out, not "entitled" because they pointed it out?

COMMENT | Crying "downgrade" - a monster of the industry's own making

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Aliens: Colonial Marines just £1.97 on PC at Currys eBay Outlet

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Balls, FPS games, Gearbox Software, Omnishambles, PC games, Sega, Shite

Aliens: Colonial Marines just £1.97 on PC at Currys eBay Outlet

Aliens: Colonial Marines | Currys eBay Outlet | £1.97
PC price comparison | Aliens: Colonial Marines Review

Yes, Colonial Marines is a big bag of xenomorph effluence. But sometimes a bad game can be worth dropping two quid on just for the lulz. Alternatively, you can probably buy the DVD of Aliens for this much. Or a little paint tester kit, which you could watch dry.

The disc also makes a great coaster. Thanks to Irah @ HUKD!

Michael Biehn: Working On "Passionless" Aliens Colonial Marines Was "No Fun At All"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Michael Biehn

Michael Biehn: Working On "Passionless" Aliens Colonial Marines Was "No Fun At All"

Terminator and Aliens star Michael Biehn has spoken out about his recent flirtations with gaming voiceovers, slamming the team behind Aliens: Colonial Marines as "just going through the paces." However, recording Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon was apparently a bit of a laugh.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Singleplayer DLC Sneaks Onto Xbox Live

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, DLC, Gearbox Software, PC games, PS3 games, Stasis Interrupted, Xbox 360 games

Aliens: Colonial Marines Singleplayer DLC Sneaks Onto Xbox Live

Without so much as a sinister hiss, a new DLC pack for Aliens: Colonial Marines has slithered onto Xbox Live through the vent system.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Campaign DLC Hinted By New Trophies

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, DLC, FPS, Gearbox Software, Sega, Stasis Interrupted, Trophies

Aliens: Colonial Marines Campaign DLC Hinted By New Trophies

Ah, the good old achievement leak. We haven't had one of these in a while. The latest piece of gaming property to be outed by premature trophies happens to be a piece of campaign DLC for Aliens: Colonial Marines, entitled Stasis Interrupted.

Gearbox has yet to officially confirm the content, but we have the spoilery awards below courtesy of PS3 Trophies. It's likely to be the last piece of season pass DLC.

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Sega and Gearbox Respond to Lawsuit

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Bioshock Infinite, Gearbox Software, lawsuit, Sega

Sega and Gearbox Respond to Lawsuit

Earlier this week we reported that a class action lawsuit had been filed against Sega and Gearbox software on the grounds of false advertising for Aliens: Colonial Marines. As we all found out on launch day, Sega released a game that bore little resemblance to the one displayed during numerous trade shows like E3. Animations, lighting and scenes were obviously spruced up for a stage demo before being returned to the ugly mess for the actual game committed to disc. Review embargoes also meant there was no time to warn faithful fans who pre-ordered the game.

Well, both Sega and Gearbox have given statement via IGN. Gearbox seem bullish straight out of the blocks, "Attempting to wring a class action lawsuit out of a demonstration is beyond meritless. We continue to support the game, and will defend the rights of entertainers to share their works-in-progress without fear of frivolous litigation."

While Sega made a similar statement, it was slightly more reserved, "Sega cannot comment on specifics of ongoing litigation, but we are confident that the lawsuit is without merit and we will defend it vigorously."

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Game Buzz | Episode 30 - Ghosts

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Call Of Duty: Ghosts, Curiosity - What's Inside The Cube, Game Buzz, GTA V, Microsoft, Nintendo, Podcast, PWNCAST, Respawn Entertainment, Wii, Wii U

Game Buzz | Episode 30 - Ghosts

This week on the Game Buzz, we take a look at the suspiciously co-incidental convergence of Curiosity's end with Microsoft's upcoming Xbox reveal; we chat about the new GTA V info and discuss the unveiling of Call of Duty: Ghosts; we return once more to Nintendo's Wii U woes and their new message to existing Wii owners; and finally we look at the class-action lawsuit being brought against Aliens: Colonial Marines.

Game Buzz | Episode 30 - Ghosts. Recorded 3rd May, 2013.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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TimeGate Studios File For Bankruptcy

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Bankruptcy, Section 8: Prejudice, TimeGate

TimeGate Studios File For Bankruptcy

Aliens: Colonial Marines Devevloper Goes Under

TimeGate, the studio behind Section 8: Prejudice and the lion's share of Aliens: Colonial Marines, have filed for bankruptcy and currently owe between $10-50 million to numerous creditors.

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Class Action Lawsuit Takes Aim At Aliens: Colonial Marines

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Class Action, Gearbox Software, lawsuit, Sega

Class Action Lawsuit Takes Aim At Aliens: Colonial Marines

Following massive controversy over misleading demo footage, screenshots and marketing, the much-maligned Aliens: Colonial Marines has been targeted by a class action lawsuit on the grounds of false advertising.

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Pitchford Apologises For Aliens: Colonial Marines Wii U Cancellation

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox, Sega, Wii U games

Pitchford Apologises For Aliens: Colonial Marines Wii U Cancellation

Just a quickie: Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has apologised to Wii U owners who were looking forward to the recently-canned Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines.

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Game Buzz | Episode 26 - #YOLO

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Adam Orth, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Always-on, Classic FM, Doom 4, Game Buzz, idSoftware, LucasArts, Microsoft, Podcast, PWNCAST, YOLO

Game Buzz | Episode 26 - #YOLO

This week, we look at the closure of LucasArts and wonder if this is actually the best thing that could have happened to the ailing studio; we discuss the controversial breakthrough video games made with two composers reaching the top five in Classic FM's Hall of Fame; we applaud id Software's decision to restart Doom 4's development after not being happy with the current project; we chat briefly about the ASA involvement with the Aliens fiasco; and we breeze through this week's next-gen tidbits, including Adam Orth's naive remarks about always-online hardware.

Game Buzz | Episode 26 - #YOLO. Recorded 5th April, 2013.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Axed on Wii U

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Sega, Wii U games

Aliens: Colonial Marines Axed on Wii U

Sega have just confirmed that the upcoming Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines has been cancelled despite it having been due in 2013's first quarter. The company confirmed the news to Joystiq, but without giving a reason: "Sega can confirm that the Wii U SKU of Aliens: Colonial Marines is no longer in development."

This isn't the first Wii U game to take a beating and this is where we'd usually once again comment on the struggling console. Not this time though, the last thing the Wii U is another underachieving game that will send gamers racing back to the stores clutching their receipts.

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Advertising Standards Authority Gets Involved With Aliens: Colonial Marines

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Advertising, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox Software, Sega

Advertising Standards Authority Gets Involved With Aliens: Colonial Marines

SEGA Admits Ads "Did Not Accurately Reflect" The Game

After receiving a complaint about misleading and unrepresentative trailers for Aliens: Colonial Marines, the Advertising Standards Authority has insisted that SEGA runs disclaimers going forward.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Gets Another Console Patch

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox, Patch, PS3 games, Sega, Xbox 360 games

Aliens: Colonial Marines Gets Another Console Patch

Hopeless botch job Aliens: Colonial Marines has received another major patch on PS3 and Xbox 360, which promises to "better protect save data," fix "some" of the erratic Alien animations and generally polish the turd a little bit more.

If you're interested, patch notes are after the break (courtesy of a Gearbox community update).

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Gets A Big Fat PC Patch

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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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.

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REPORT | Aliens: Colonial Marines Was Neglected, Delegated, Then Assembled In Nine Months

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Bug Hunt, Gearbox Software, Report, TimeGate Studios

REPORT | Aliens: Colonial Marines Was Neglected, Delegated, Then Assembled In Nine Months

Gearbox Palmed Development Off To TimeGate

Aliens: Colonial Marines feels like a rush job despite ostensibly being in development for six years, and this might be right on the money. Kotaku claims to have heard from numerous sources who worked on the project, who allege that Gearbox totally ignored the project to focus on Borderlands 2, outsourced the whole thing to TimeGate and then desperately tried to make a working product in less than a year.

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PWNCAST | Season 3: Episode 7 - Notes on a Scandal

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Dreamfall Chapters, Games previews, Gearbox Software, Lies, Martin Bruusgaard, Podcast, PWNCAST, Red Thread Games, TimeGate Studios

PWNCAST | Season 3: Episode 7 - Notes on a Scandal

Aliens: Colonial Marines finally arrived this week, and Jon...well...let's just say he was not hugely happy with the final product. In this episode of the PWNCAST, we pull apart Gearbox's TimeGate's effort and examine the wider dangers of a commercial industry centred around previews and pre-orders.

There's also some time travelling.

So we don't thoroughly depress ourselves, however, Carl also chats to Red Thread Studios' led designer, Martin Bruusgaard, about the upcoming third chapter in the Dreamfall/Longest Journey saga: Dreamfall Chapters

PWNCAST | Season 3: Episode 7 - Notes on a Scandal, Recorded: February 22nd, 2013

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be a few instances of strong language.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines | £22.85 | Simply Games | PS3

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, FPS games, PS3 games

Aliens: Colonial Marines | £22.85 | Simply Games | PS3

There's nothing like a never ending wave of scathing reviews to smash the price of a new release down. Simply Games are selling the game for about a tenner cheaper than everyone else, only on PS3 though. The game's campaign is only about six hours long and the co-op struggles to run smoothly enough to bother. Multiplayer fans may be able to persevere with the competitive options though. Using the motion scanner to track down other players playing as xenos can be a damn intense experience. Playing as the aliens should be more rewarding though, at the moment their controls are really unresponsive, but this could be patched.

Thanks to ian2009 at HotUkDeals.

EDITORIAL | A Note On Previews

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Games journalism, Games previews, Hype, Impressions, Marketing, Medal Of Honor: Warfighter

EDITORIAL | A Note On Previews

It's a difficult thing when you realise that you've been played, but that's a feeling that critics and consumers alike have been dealing with this past week. We were led to believe certain things about Aliens: Colonial Marines, shown screenshots, watched video, played demos, and run previews of material that simply wasn't up to scratch in the final game, or worse still, didn't exist.

Jonathan issued an apology at the end of his review the other day that went as follows:

I can only apologise for how long it took to get this review on-site and how useless it will be to many of you who bought the game at launch. SEGA only sent us review materials several days after Colonial Marines released, which is rather suggestive in and of itself.

I also feel responsible for anyone who pre-ordered Colonial Marines on the strength of my hands-off preview, which as it turns out, was based on a made-to-order demo build that doesn't resemble the final product in any meaningful way. Many of my peers have already weighed in on this reprehensible bait & switch, but frankly, any of my feelings of betrayal will pale in comparison to paying customers and loyal fans.

I'd like to add my voice to that, along with a few words on how the 'system' operates currently, along with a few points on how we'll be  dealing with previews going forward.

Everything these days is geared towards encouraging consumers to make a commitment before a game shows its face. Pre-orders have become everything - encouraging gamers to make a financial commitment ahead of release, and driving that decision with trinkets and treasures that would normally perhaps have been unlockable prizes just a few years previously, but now tend to exist as day one DLC for those who had the strength of mind to be rather more conscientious with their money. That'll teach 'em.

EDITORIAL | A Note On Previews

Only this week, pre-order listings emerged for the Bioshock Infinite Season Pass - essentially a pre-order for a pre-order for multiple blocks of downloadable content that are completely unseen and have yet to even be announced. We're pre-ordering pre-orders now. How did it come to this?

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Review | Colonic Irritation

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, FPS games, Gearbox Software, PC games, PS3 games, Sega, Xbox 360 games

Aliens: Colonial Marines Review | Colonic Irritation

Platforms: PC (Reviewed) | PS3 | Xbox 360

Developer: Gearbox Software | Nerve Software | TimeGate Studios

Publisher: SEGA

"There are two... no, three... from the left!"

My motion tracker reached fever pitch as I relayed the grim news to my fellow marines. We'd already lost two squadmates to a cunning spitter who melted them into slop with molecular acid, and the slavering hunters had hounded us into a dank stairwell. Lowering my beloved tracker for the pulse rifle, I assumed position and waited for the inevitable assault.

The first Xenomorph broke cover, hissing out of the thick steam straight into a claymore mine, but the second was on the ceiling. It pounced past us, pinning our sniper and tearing great gouges out of his armour. I turned and dropped it with a snarling burst from my pulse rifle, but a scream of pain from behind let us know our point man was dead. Reflexes took over, my pump action shotgun decapitating another opportunistic Xeno as I wheeled back to the staircase. "Come on," I yelled to our injured sniper, "we need to move!" And I ran... straight into the sneering embrace of a perfect killing machine. Why hadn't I checked my motion tracker one last time?

Aliens: Colonial Marines Review | Colonic Irritation

This is what Aliens: Colonial Marines is like... in multiplayer. Though sorely lacking in maps and polish, the competitive suite absolutely gets what the Aliens franchise is all about.

So it's doubly tragic that the singleplayer campaign is a such a shoddy, hateful mess. Sorry Aliens fans, but you're in for some chop.

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