Feb 14, 2013

'What The Hell Happened to Aliens: Colonial Marines?'

If you have been paying any attention to recent gaming news, you have more than definitely spotted at least one article utterly destroying Sega and Gearbox's Aliens: Colonial Marines. For a game that's been in development for over 7 years, this might already take the cake for 2013's biggest gaming disappointments. I seem to distinctly remember the excitement I held for the game's release, it finally looked like a return to form for Aliens, but it looks like things fell apart. No one is quite sure what happened during the game's development quite yet, but something catastrophic definitely occurred at some point. Some developers that we know have hinted at the fact that a good chunk of the game was outsourced to Timegate studios (The developers of Section 9) while Gearbox focused on developing their own IP's, so we're wondering if there is any correlation.

This comparison video shows quite a bit of footage from the the pre-release that garnered a lot of my (and many others) excitement, while comparing it to the god awful release build that seems to enjoy dropping a massive sh*t on any hopes I had for the IP. Probably the biggest surprise out of this is just how much they changed in terms of atmosphere, why the hell would you remove fog, god dammit! I can't even begin to fathom why this game took such a dramatic change for the worst and I'm not quite sure I even want to know. This might just be another case of gameplay target footage created by the company versus reality, an ongoing bad practice in the game industry.

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