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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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27. Re: Ships Ahoy - Aliens: Colonial Marines Feb 12, 2013, 10:20 Beamer
 
Esoteric wrote on Feb 12, 2013, 10:15:
I'm curious, did Gearbox develop the entire game by themselves? I wouldn't think the makers of BL1/BL2 would put out such a bad game.

EDIT: Nevermind, missed this part "... and that Gearbox was only developing the multiplayer portion of a game primarily designed by TimeGate Studios."

Which is so weird.
Gearbox now has 2 recent releases, 2 out of 3, that sucked. And apparently sucked not from their work (though the multiplayer has been cited anywhere from "a ton of fun" in the two positive reviews I've read to "still boring" in most of the others), but from the work of others.

Gearbox is stamping their names on shitty games that they're not wholly responsible for. Which actually makes them wholly responsible. It's just a stupid thing to do in an industry where the name on the box is often what sells games as much as what the game actually is. There are people that will buy anything Epic or Valve. And, if Gearbox had only put out Borderlands 2 in the past 18 months, they'd be very close to being right there with them.

Instead there was Duke, and now there's this.
 
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