Aliens: Colonial Marines

The problem with Aliens?

Unsubstantiated explanation surfaces.

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An anonymous source, claiming to be involved with the recently released sci-fi shooter Aliens: Colonial Marines, has surfaced on Reddit.

The post offers an explanation to the behind the scenes goings-on that contributed to the poor critical reception that the game received. Whilst there's no way of knowing if the following excerpts are genuine or not, they sound entirely plausible. That said, it's worth taking the following information with a fairly hefty pinch of salt, given the fact that many of the details stated below are completely unsubstantiated.

Aliens: Colonial Marines

Here's some of the key points mentioned in the post on the LV426 thread:

GBX outsourced a good portion of the game to outside companies. Initially, the plan was for TimeGate to take the majority of campaign, GBX would take MP, Demiurge and Nerve would handle DLC and various other focused tasks. This decision was made mostly so that most of the developers at GBX could continue working on Borderlands 2.

It became pretty apparent that what had been made was in a pretty horrid state. Campaign didn't make much sense, the boss fights weren't implemented, PS3 was way over memory, etcetcetc. GBX was pretty unhappy with TG's work, and some of Campaign maps were just completely redesigned from scratch. There were some last minute feature requests, most notably female marines, and the general consensus among GBX devs was that there was no way this game was going to be good by ship. There just wasn't enough time.

Beyond gameplay, the story has been raised as an issue several times. I can't really comment without feeling bad beyond saying that the script was approved by 20th Century FOX, and that the rush to throw a playable product together came at the cost of the story. Campaign does a pretty bad job of explaining a lot of the questions raised at the start of the game, and so hopefully there will be DLC to flesh that out a bit better.

Aliens: Colonial Marines

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