Aliens: Colonial Marines divides critical opinion
Aliens: Colonial Marines, Sega's new shooter based on the eminent sci-fi franchise, has been met with divided opinions from gaming's top reviewers
The latest Aliens game has been released this week to a storm of critical opinion. While some reviewers (including our own) praise the enjoyability - others are unimpressed with what they deem a sub-par shooter.
We've rounded up some of the top comments from leading reviewers below:
IGN wasn't shy about its dislike for the game and took a stab at the mediocrity of it all: "Aliens: Colonial Marines looks like Aliens, and sounds like Aliens, but unfortunately it just doesn’t feel like Aliens. Instead, it feels indistinguishable from almost every shooter you’ve played in the past twenty years."
Going on to say that the only enjoyment you might get are from those rose-tinted memories of the films: "There are some feelings of nostalgia to be enjoyed, but it soon wears off and all that is left is some bog standard run ‘n’ gun action that brings little of note to the FPS table."
Conversely, EGM felt that as a debut, Colonial Marines did well by its sci-fi namesake: "Like most successful license-based games, Aliens: Colonial Marines is much more than a loving homage; it serves as one of the most robust story-driven co-op experiences to date. The concept definitely has room to grow, but as maiden voyages go, Colonial Marines is a clear winner."
Next up is GameSpot, which was pretty condemning of all aspects of the title: "The Alien franchise deserves better than this. Aliens: Colonial Marines is a disappointing exercise in bland corridor shooting, dragged down by laughable dialogue and cooperative play that makes the game worse than when you adventure on your own."
While Eurogamer continued on this path, saying: "It's shocking stuff, certainly one of the most glitchy mainstream releases of this hardware generation, and the sort of thing that would barely pass muster as a low budget game from 2002. That it comes from Gearbox, a developer with considerable talent and experience, is bewildering."
Meanwhile, T3's own review argued that despite being rough around the edges, there was underlying fun to be had from the game: "Its graphics are patchy, its gameplay straightforward and overall it doesn’t feel like a big budget sequel to one of the greatest horror films ever made. But Aliens: Colonial Marines remains fun and consistently engaging throughout. Just be aware, there are some kinks going in and temper your expectations accordingly."