Colonial Marines: Dead on ArrivalTrue to its Xenomorph DNA, Aliens: Colonial Marines is proving very hard to kill! Rubbish games come and go, but sometimes we get something that misses the mark so badly we hear about it for months to come.
Released on the 12th of February, Colonial Marines was universally panned by critics and gamers alike. Bearing absolutely no resemblance to the trailers (more on that later), we got a broken Gearbox game that suffered from hideous last-gen graphics and boring humdrum gameplay.So where did it all go wrong? It could be traced back to an interview with an "informed insider" who took to Reddit to vent frustrations literally 2 days after the game's release. It turns out Colonial Marines was actually a joint project between little known, inexperienced developers TimeGate, Demiurge Studios, and Nerve Software. Gearbox was merely overseeing the project. What's more surprisingly is that the 7 years development cycle bragged by the publisher Sega was actually more like 18 months.Colonial Marines was doomed from day one development. The embarrassment didn't stop there. Sega got their wrists slapped by the UK Advertising Standards Agency for misleading advertising. Check out one of the older trailers and think back on what you really got to experience in the game: You have to admit, the trailers looked pretty amazing. Sega had to confess that although they were made using the game engine, it was not actually in-game footage! So from then on, ads and trailers for Colonial Marines had to carry a disclaimer. The calamity continued. Aliens: Colonial Marines was recently cancelled for the Wii U. It's exemplary of Sega's lack of faith in the platform, and it's also a big blow to the big N's latest console. Are you feeling as deflated as I am? Let me bring your attention to the ultimate consolation prize. I'm talking about AvP: Evolution, available on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. It's hands down the best Xenomorph-packed game in for a long time. Colonial Marines might have been dead on arrival, but there's no reason to give up hope that one day we'll get that Aliens title we all deserve.