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Ships Ahoy - Aliens: Colonial Marines

SEGA announces that Aliens: Colonial Marines is now available worldwide, offering a new first-person shooter set in the Aliens sci-fi setting for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, with a WiiU edition coming at some future date. Here's the official launch trailer for the game, and here's word:

SEGA® of America, Inc., SEGA® Europe Ltd., Gearbox Software and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products® today announced that its highly buzzed-about blockbuster Aliens™: Colonial Marines video game is now available on store shelves across the globe for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows® PC. A release date for the announced Wii U™ version will be revealed at a later time.

Pitting players against the universe’s deadliest killing machine, the Xenomorph, Aliens: Colonial Marines is the official video game continuation to one of Sci-Fi’s most renowned movie franchises. As the authentic addition to the ALIENS canon, the game’s stunning visuals and adrenaline pumping action will deliver a breathtakingly immersive four-player drop-in drop-out cooperative campaign and four expansive competitive multiplayer modes – Escape, Team Deathmath, Survivor and Extermination.

The critical reception for the game so far has been pretty negative, and Eurogamer notes a this tweet and this one from sleuth superannuation pointing to this post from last year that he disregarded at the time. This includes a comment from someone claiming to be an ex-developer on the project saying at the time development had "been a total train wreck," and that Gearbox was only developing the multiplayer portion of a game primarily designed by TimeGate Studios.

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40. Re: Ships Ahoy - Aliens: Colonial Marines Feb 12, 2013, 11:07 Jivaro
 
Slashman wrote on Feb 12, 2013, 09:48:
Hey Darks...where are you now to defend the game we horrible Bluesnewsers unfairly called crappy before release?

He might be playing it because he likes it. I hope so anyway. He was obviously very much looking forward to it.

It sucks that this game is apparently going to fall short of even minimal expectations for a great many people. This franchise seems like it was made for video games and yet it just can't seem to come out quite right.

Hopefully a buddy will take the plunge and let me check it out. I too was hoping it would be good, but given the reviews so far I won't be purchasing it just yet. A playable demo might be the difference between me buying it on a Steam sale for 5 bucks in a year or so or buying it sooner for 20-30 bucks. I have been known to like a franchise enough to 'overlook' some glaring issues, but only after I have been able to spend some time actually playing it through a demo or at a friend's place.
 
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