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.Players are put into the shoes of Lieutenant Christopher Winter, a Marine who is tasked with assisting two squadrons of Marines who have boarded the USS Sulaco, which has mysteriously reappeared over the planet LV-426. When the situation becomes desperate and Winter's unit is forced down onto the planet's surface, they discover an alien infestation more intense and horrific than anything they could have imagined, and must fight to escape the planet and stop the xenomorphs once and for all.Colonial Marines is presented as the "true sequel" to the Aliens film, and boasts authentic locales from the film universe (including the U.S.S. Sulaco and the Hadley's Hope colony, among several others) and classic weaponry ranging from pulse rifles to flamethrowers, as well as new equipment and skills all within a squad-based combat system. It features a story driven single-player mode as well as a four player co-op mode allowing players to share the experience with three friends.The game was released across several platforms on February 12, 2013 but, sadly, received almost universally negative reviews. Even the few critics that didn't slam it completely went into great detail about the game's graphical and mechanical failings. However, the game was near-universally praised for the detail that the developers went into as far recreating the environments that were present in Aliens.Due to the largely-negative response, the Wii U version was cancelled. In response to the criticism, Gearbox issued a series of patches for the game to make the final product play more like the E3 Demo. 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 single-player Downloadable Content campaign, "Stasis Interrupted", was released on July 23, 2013.
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