Aliens Colonial Marines and Season Pass
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You and your friends against the deadliest killers in the galaxy. Another glorious day in the corps.
Buckle up, soldier! Welcome to Aliens™: Colonial Marines. Created by Gearbox, the critically acclaimed and fan-favourite developers of Borderlands and Brothers In Arms, this first-person shooter is steeped in the eerie, claustrophobic and terrifying atmosphere that made the Aliens films successful worldwide.
You and your friends will become the most badass military outfit in the galaxy – the US Colonial Marines. Following on from James Cameron’s classic Aliens, your squad will face off against the deadly, intelligent and unpredictable Xenomorph. It’s up to you to not just survive, but wipe out the infestation.
Hungry for more Aliens: Colonial Marines? Purchase the Aliens: Colonial Marines Season Pass and get access to four downloadable content packages at a 33% discount! All add-on content packs are scheduled to be released from March through to summer 2013. The Aliens: Colonial Marines Season Pass will give you access to campaign content, additional multiplayer maps, new modes, character customisation and more!
If you purchase this Aliens: Colonial Marines Season Pass, all included content should be downloaded in-game and NOT from Steam, or you will be charged twice. Aliens: Colonial Marines game required (sold separately).
Aliens: Colonial Marines (w/Season Pass)NeuroticFool | July 12, 2014 | See all NeuroticFool's reviews »
In this review, I'll give a summary of content and value: Now, let me start off by saying I got this during a sale for $5 or $6, and that this game is terrific value at that price. However, the base game and especially the game and season pass are priced horribly at retail ($20 and $50 respectively), and the quality and amount of content you are getting warrants at most $20 for the game and season pass and $10 for the base game.
It's for this reason I just can't recommend the game at the current price, whether it's the game with no DLC or a copy with the season pass. Speaking of the season pass, it adds little-to-no worthwhile content to the game. It does add a sort of horde/onslaught survival mode that turns the game into an "Aliens"-themed Killing Floor clone, but when a game gets better by mimicking the mechanics and gameplay of another game, that's when you know something is wrong. The season pass also adds an extra campaign that explores the tale of Corporal Hicks between Aliens and Alien 3, which is an interesting for a playthrough but honestly not worth revisiting. Other content added includes new maps for the 4v4 Objective-based "Escape" mode and the standard 6v6 Deathmatch mode. That's pretty much it, and it hardly warrants the price-tag of $20 tacked onto the base game's price.
And now for the "cliff notes" review of the SP/Co-op Campaign, MP, and Gameplay:
-SP/Co-op Campaign: *Uninspired writing *Cardboard-cutout characters that exemplify stereotypes of the military *Chock full of terrible clichés *Terrible enemy and ally AI *Buggy as all get out *Co-op makes the campaign loads better, but uses a Peer-to-Peer system, resulting in a good amount of lag, latency spikes, dropouts, and disconnects for everyone *Human enemies are unsatisfying to fight *No horror/sense of urgency when fighting Xenomorphs; your buddies are always at your side, being generally useless and shouting their generic callouts to flank this, kill that, get objective "X", etc. *Xenomorphs aren't the apex predators depicted in the films, their AI makes them look more like lemmings than the creatures that stalked the dark corridors of LV-426 in "Aliens", as they'll gladly charge you head-on, and refuse to scale walls or ceiling intelligently *Locales and levels are dull set-pieces that fail to grab your interest for the most part, but there are some environments ripped from the movies that serve to entertain (the Sulaco, LV-426)
-MP: *Honestly, I've stayed away from MP because of the Peer-to-Peer and the fact that I think competitive MP in this game would be utterly unsatisfying due to the gameplay and is most likely dead. *"Bug Hunt" mode is a lot of fun, it's Survival Co-op that reminds one of Killing Floor, but with more of a survival-horror twist (an element that is non-existent in the campaign, unfortunately). The feeling of being watched and hunted ends soon after you and your buddies get a few auto-turrets and go all "God-mode" on the Xenomorphs and Weyland-Yutani mercenaries that you face. The pacing seems to revert to something similar to the campaign (in which the pacing is terrible).
-Gameplay: *The weapons feel hollow and are unsatisfying to shoot, and there are too few to keep your attention if you're a gun nut, but mods are plentiful but are all too similar (underbarrel grenade launcher, underbarrel shotgun, underbarrel flamethrower...starting to see a pattern?). There are some cool weapons, like the Smart-gun and auto-turret (the auto-turret unfortunately breaks the gameplay, in my opinion), and the classic M4A1 Pulse Rifle, with it's distinct "ratatat" firing sound (the sound alone makes it fun to shoot), and although the weapons have no weight, heft, or punch (except for the shotguns), the gunplay is solid. *It's fun gibbing Xenomorphs, but only for so long, as they feel pretty weak to fight and only powerful in hordes. *A progression system adds some replayability, but honestly, if you completed this game, you most likely won't return to the campaign, except maybe for some Co-op with your buddies. Thankfully, the progression is the same in campaign as it is in the multiplayer (allowing you to have one character that you can level up offline, or online in co-op campaign or competitive MP), which is nice, but you cannot choose loadouts in the campaign and instead, the custom attachments you apply to weapons are the only persistent aspect of the character progression (as far as I know, anyway) besides gaining XP and whatnot for your character. *I haven't tried playing as an Alien, so I can't review that aspect of the game, as I said before, I haven't tried the competitive MP.
TL;DR: It's an alright game with a bad campaign component that's saved by a survival mode, character progression, weapon mods, and co-op. It's a terrible value at anything above $30 for the game and season pass bundled together, but if it's available for anything less than $20, I'd recommend you and your friends grab this game and give the co-op aspects of it a try.
Not the Alien you were looking for..XenoSilence | Feb. 8, 2014 | See all XenoSilence's reviews »
But it is the Aliens game they said it was.
Many expected a horror survival title but Aliens (2nd movie) wasn't exactly a horror movie. This game scratches the itch to kill the most iconic sci-fi bad guy ever made and it does it well -- dead aliens by the droves.
Multiplayer is awesome, its only flaw being p2p hosting being very unreliable making it hard to find a decent game but when you do it is great fun and definitely more terrifying than campaign.
Over all it is an enjoyable singleplayer and multiplayer experience if you enjoy blowing up aliens and never asking questions -- before or after.
Above average game!iFLIP07 | Oct. 16, 2013 | See all iFLIP07's reviews »
This game is great when it comes to online multiplayer. Though the singleplayer didn't make me as happy as the multiplayer did. The singleplayer can be fun with friends (coop) it makes you forget about its poor story. Didn't enjoy the story at all. The gameplay is a bit weird, from the way friendly NPC do things to the alien's movements; its almost like a glitch but yet I don't think it is. Graphics is 4 out of 5 which is good but could've been better. SFX and Music gets a 4.5... made the game more suspense and intense.
Multiplayer is my where I got my best experience from. You can play as a human and as an alien and really enjoyed playing as one too. Always funny whenever I kill a human friend.
Game is hard for both single and multiplayer. If you like a challenge, get this game!
Decent After PatchesiDangl3z | Sept. 30, 2013 | See all iDangl3z's reviews »
Before the patch, I thought this game was garbage. Some of the graphics were horrendous, and it just didn't feel like a finished game. Now that it has been patched, the game looks much better and modes like survival are really fun to play! Story is okay and so is multiplayer, but this game is definitely worth playing at least once
Keeps Getting BetterPlagueofMidgets | Aug. 28, 2013 | See all PlagueofMidgets's reviews »
I would say it is worth it now after the patches. The game is not nearly as bad as people say it is. The console versions maybe but the PC version has gotten increasingly better over time. The bug hunt DLC is a fun co-op experience as well. I purchased the game with the season pass bundled for $8 and I am very happy with my purchase. I grew up with the Alien franchise so perhaps I can appreciate it a bit more. It isn't an award winning game but it's no Bad Rats or Secret of the Magic Crystals and people still purchase those. Hope this helps!