Video Game: Aliens: Colonial Marines
Aliens: Colonial Marines
is a First-Person Shooter
developed by Gearbox Software
, set in the Alien
universe, and follows a group of United States Colonial Marines as they investigate the circumstances behind what happened to Ellen Ripley and the survivors of the USS Sulaco
. Colonial Marines is presented as the "true sequel" to the Aliens
film, and boasts authentic locales from the film universe. It features a story driven single-player mode as well as a four player co-op mode and multiplayer. A single-player Downloadable Content
campaign, "Stasis Interrupted", was also released on July 23, 2013.
The game was released across several platforms on February 12, 2013, only to be panned almost universally. Despite looking very promising with regards to previews and trailers, the game fell short due to numerous bugs and issues
, and for coming out generally disappointing; even the few critics that didn't slam it completely went into great detail about the game's graphical and mechanical failings. Due to the largely-negative response, the Wii U version was cancelled.
Despite all of the criticism, however, Gearbox issued a series of patches
to bring things up to scratch, and the first DLC pack received praise for its content. Though the response is still lukewarm, critics were more positive to the effort and noted that the patching is a step in the right direction.
A prequel, Alien: Isolation
, was released in October of 2014 developed by Creative Assembly. It was made with a similar engine to Colonial Marines
, but plays considerably differently
than its predecessor, emphasizing atmospheric Survival Horror
over simply shooting Xenomorphs (and given critical response, it seems to have worked).
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