VIDEOSMission 01: DistressMission 02: Battle for SulacoMission 03: Sulaco Falls[img]http://lpix.org/t/1434376/Sulaco Falls image.jpg[/img]
I love Aliens
. And I love Opposing Force
, the Half-Life
expansion pack that was essentially Aliens
set in the Black Mesa Research Facility.
Guess what? Gearbox Software have made an Aliens
game. 20th Century Fox considers the game's storyline to be a true canon sequel to Aliens
, and it's going to explain various mysteries surrounding the events of Aliens
and Alien 3
. Of course, every true Aliens
fan needs to get the Collector's Edition...
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A statue of a Marine in a Power Loader wrestling with a Xenomorph! A replica USCM patch to wear! A Plasma Rifle! A Pulse Rifle with a flamethrower strapped to it! Yessssss. Take my money!This is going to be the best thing ever.
Aliens: Colonial Marines
had amazing preview videos and screenshots a year before release, loads of hype and a big marketing campaign. What we eventually ended up with was a buggy mess that looked dated on PC and outright horrible on consoles. Patches fixed most bugs and improved the AI, and a couple of months after release the PC version got a huge 5 gigabyte patch that completely overhauled the graphics. (Of course there's no 5 gigabyte patch for console gamers, so their version still looks terrible.)
The gameplay is essentially Left 4 Dead
crossed with Call of Duty
. That's not necessarily a bad thing; in fact it is perfectly possible to have a good amount of fun in this game, but it is a far cry from the tense and challenging marine campaigns of the old Alien vs Predator games. (Even the disappointing 2010 AvP game did a better job of delivering an authentic Colonial Marine experience.)
My previous Let's Plays have been "underrated" games, such as Wolfenstein 2009
, and Inversion
. Those games didn't get much hype, were overlooked or panned by reviewers, and didn't sell well, but I found them surprisingly enjoyable and thought that they were worthy of more attention. Aliens: Colonial Marines is not that sort of game.
Still, for an Aliens
fan, there's some entertaining fan service, and revisiting the locations from the movie is cool. There's some fun to be had here. Just keep your expectations low. Reeeaalllly low.
I am playing the game on the hardest difficulty setting, Ultimate Badass, as on lesser settings the aliens are literally no threat whatsoever. On the normal "Soldier" difficulty Xenomorphs die from one or two bullets, and if they do succeed in reaching you their claws and teeth barely hurt, and you can simply punch them to death
. On Ultimate Badass the enemies are actually dangerous, and as a result, you will see me die a few times, but that's what you should expect if you go up against an army of alien killing machines.
I played and recorded the first two missions a couple of months ago, before
the huge 5GB patch, which means you'll get to see the game's original graphics and AI. The rest of the game will be with the patch. (I shall also do another video of the first mission to highlight the improvements in graphics and AI.)
Mission 01: Distress