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Aliens: Colonial Marines [Download]

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Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard
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  • ASIN: B009K6YJTS
  • Release Date: February 7, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard

The Aliens are perfect killing machines, the nightmares of the galaxy. Our only hope for survival is the ultimate in military force. Are you ready to sign up with the Colonial Marines? 17 weeks after losing contact with Hadley’s Hope, a new team of Colonial Marines returns to LV-426. The rescue mission becomes a battle for survival against new dangers, new enemies and new species of Xenomorphs. Developed by Gearbox, the critically acclaimed developers of Borderlands and Brothers In Arms, Aliens: Colonial Marines is the ultimate action/horror first-person shooter.


Enlist in the Colonial Marine Corps
Get tooled up with classic Marine weapons including pulse rifles, motion trackers and flamethrowers.

The most authentic Aliens experience ever
A true sequel to James Cameron’s classic Aliens. Enter an eerie, atmospheric world where any moment could bring your death.

Drop-in/Drop-out co-operative gameplay
Gearbox, the masters of co-op, bring their expertise to the Aliens universe. Xenos getting too tough? Call up your buddies so they can drop in with extra firepower.

Badass competitive multiplayer
Play as Xenomorphs or Marines in four thrilling game modes. Xeno players will have to focus on agile movement and timing of quick, devastating attacks. Marines take them on with teamwork and incredible firepower.

Loadouts and upgrades
Create your perfect killing machine. Earn experience to get perks, new weapons and new looks for your squad.

System Requirements

Minimum Specs:
Operating System: Windows XP SP3
Processor: 2 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor
RAM: 2GB RAM (XP),2GB RAM (Vista)
HD: 20GB free hard disk space
Optical Drive: DVD
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Video Card:NVIDIA GeForce 8500/ATI Radeon HD 2600 (256 minimum)
* This game requires the Steam client to be installed for gameplay

Recommended Specs:
Operating System: Windows XP SP3/Vista/Windows 7
Processor: 2.3 GHz Intel Quad CoreProcessor
20GB free hard disk space
Optical Drive: DVD
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX560/ATI Radeon HD 5850 (512 minimum)

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121 of 126 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only for the Biggest of Fans...UPDATED February 13, 2013
Platform for Display:PC Download|Edition:Standard
Man it hurts to write this review. For over 6 years I have been waiting for this game and I had high hopes.
Even with my high hopes I was concerned. This is one of the strongest franchises today but as we have seen with the latest of Alien movies (Resurrection, Alien3, AVP) and games, it's one of the easiest to mess up.

Sadly folks this has happened again.

When I heard that Gearbox was making this game, my hopes rose a bit. Their Boarderlands games were pretty good all in all so how could they screw this up? Right?

As soon as you start playing Aliens: Colonial Marines you realize that every inch of the game screams how much Gearbox tried to make it everything it should be. They cared about the franchise and they wanted us to feel the same emotions that we felt from the Aliens movie. It has a million different pieces from the movies but fails to connect them properly.

Unfortunately they failed and they failed badly!

All that you cared about from the Aliens movie is hard to find in this game.
The emotion is gone.
The tension is gone.
The atmosphere is gone.

What a shame!

The game does have potential and that is seen in the game as quick glimpses but it never mounts to much. Sadly these rare moments are just that; RARE!

The Graphics are extremely dated and this brings this title down another notch. As one reviewer said already, it's like playing the first FEAR game which is insane really. While better than the consoles, the PC version still has low res. textures. Suffers from odd glitches and has some TERRIBLE A.I.

Speaking of the A.I. ...... What on earth? Why is it so bad? Your fellow marines in the game will behave in the most idiotic of ways.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC Download|Edition:Standard
I was really excited for this game, especially after watching a few of the videos that I will post in the comment section (Amazon doesn't allow linking to other sites in their reviews). I went so far as to pre-order the game on Steam and now wish I could get a refund.

The ONLY good thing about this game is that the whole thing can be beaten in under 5 hours (less if not for the bugs). According to Steam, I played this game for 7 hours so far and have had 4 crashes, as well as encountering literally countless bugs, the best of which was doors NOT OPENING, or getting STUCK in the environment - forcing me to reload multiple times... Yeah. No idea how this made it past quality assurance... Way to go Gearbox, way to go.

But honestly, the bugs aren't even the worst part. What makes this game so terribly boring is that it feels like an on rails light gun game, with terrible and uninteresting level design (there are some exceptions to this). Why an Aliens game has such limiting environments is beyond my understanding. Invisible walls and missing textures also serve to bring down the little immersion that some of the better designed areas bring to the table.

The enemy AI is absolute garbage and allows you to easily blast one Xeno after another as they calmly walk in front of your shotgun (or get glitched in the environment and just stand there). Getting hit in ACM by an alien is virtually impossible.
Eventually you also get to fight some humans, but nothing changes. You can still Rambo your way through everything using your trusty shotgun with what feels like unlimited ammunition and pinpoint precision.
Next up is the AI of your squad mates, and wow... It is not uncommon to see someone glitched in the environment or running around in circles during a firefight.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars After Patch September 29, 2013
Platform for Display:PC Download|Edition:Standard
I bought this game recently when steam had a sale and I wanted to give people another perspective on the game after the 4gb update was applied in May. I played this game when it first came out and like everyone was really let down by the glitches, graphics and gameplay. I just played the updated version and I must say Colonial Marines feels and looks much better. Whatever polishes they did to the graphics made a noticeably nice (not spectacular) difference and the gameplay feels much smoother than when I first played it. It felt much closer to home with the movie, Aliens. I would recommend that people have a heart of forgiveness and try it again. From a 2 out of ten I now rate Aliens at 5.5 - 6 out of ten. Not bad at all. Sound effects straight out of the movie and the characters/aliens themselves look better and move smarter than before. If you're an Aliens fan and enjoyed games like doom 3, you would definitely have some enjoyment playing this game.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute garbage :( February 17, 2013
By Hojo
Platform for Display:PC Download| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
I waited for this game for a while as I love the Aliens series, it has chunky controls and game play. The feature to play online against other people is absolutely horrific, not fun at all. I rarely buy video games anymore because you can usually finish the game in about 3 days, this game was only about 3 hours to finish. Wait a few months for it to be in the bargain bin at your local game store if you really want this game.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another case of DN:F-itis February 14, 2013
Platform for Display:PC Download| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Awful. Gearbox had the license and had been working on this for 6+ years (they were taking so long to get it finished SEGA was considering suing them). Instead of putting a decent team on it they farmed it out to 3 or 4 other developers until Borderlands 2 was released. With BL2 out the door they called in the work from the other devs and decided it sucked so they did what they could in 4 months or so and said screw it. That meant stripping out anything that had a 100% progress block (resulting in a 4-5 hour campaign) and threw it out the door knowing full well what the blowback would be. This is another case of Duke Nukem: Forever, only this time it is even worse: broken mission scripting, missing, or extremely low-res textures, clipping, crashes, non-existent enemy AI, non-existant story, broken cutscenes. You name it it's there.

So 2 out of the last 3 games Gearbox has released have been absolute disasters. I bought this game on the sale on Sunday because I hoped it would be on par with Borderlands and I am a big Aliens fan. Needless to say I got burned since it was the digital download version and can't get my money back (wont be doing that again). I will not be pre-ordering another Gearbox game. I would recommend everyone stay away from this one, it is an unbelievable disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOTY
This game is amazing, granted the fact that I never played it at release. Best $2 ever spent. This game will definitely change your life. GOTY 2014 (with all the patches)
Published 10 days ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the 2$
I played the story line with a few friends was a good bit of fun. Multiplayer pretty much doesn't exit on it. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Daniel
1.0 out of 5 stars Bugy
The game is buggy a wanted to play the singleplayer but the games soo buggy + theres no one that play the multiplayer so that out dont buy it you wont play it
Published 12 days ago by sebastian
3.0 out of 5 stars A So So game
It is a so so game, not the best and not that crap!

But for the price I am paying for (under £5) is worth the buy to play with mates, I pre ordered this regretting... Read more
Published 13 days ago by boiboi_67
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth for discount price
At launch may have been a bad game but after some patching and at discount price is not that bad
Published 13 days ago by Orwain
1.0 out of 5 stars I wanted my $2.00 back
Got it when on sale, of course after the last game, AvP, which was also horrible (wanted my $5 back then, too), there was no way I was going to be picking up this game for any... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Teh_AngReH_WAAAUGH
2.0 out of 5 stars save your money
I paid 1.99 not bad at that price but I wouldn't pay much more very disappointing could have been so much better
Published 15 days ago by gerald graham
3.0 out of 5 stars For fans only
While this game has a million flaws and annoyances, it still has a large attention to detail and brings back some of the awesome nostalgia of the alien series. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Prompt and fast delivery
The price was ok for this game , i wouldn't pay more because it's not what i expected from all the hype around it and i'm glad i waited for the price to drop .
Published 16 days ago by Florin
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
This game is tolerable. The single player storyline isn't terrible, it's exactly what you'd expect from the Aliens franchise if you were just thrown in with a gun and given some... Read more
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