Aliens: Colonial Marines Collector’s Edition PS3 Review

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Well after being in video game developmental hell for almost 8 years, “Aliens: Colonial Marines” has finally been released.  This game is being touted at the “Canonical sequel to the James Cameron classic.”  Now as a whole the “Alien” franchise (the Original 4 films) aren’t what I would call “classic films” (aside from the 1979 original).  But the mythos and the possibilities of the series were immense (part of this has been shown in the off-shoot 2012 film “Prometheus”)  Now I know this game has been universally panned pretty much, so I will keep my actual “Game Review” pretty short and sweet.  This is a review to show you if this collector’s edition is worth the extra $40 ($99.99 Retail).  So here we go onto the goodies…

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The Extras

Ok…Now you can see them in the pic but I am going to go into detail about each item….

Additional DLC:  This is what I received with my CE.  I received 4 Movie characters for Multiplayer Mode (Cpl. “Eat This” Hicks, Pvt. “You look how I feel” Drake, Pvt. “Game Over MAN!!” Hudson, and Sgt. “Look into my eye!” Apone).  Also, you receive another DLC pack with “The Firing Range” level, as well as additional Marine customization for Multiplayer, more weapons featuring Ripley’s Flamethrower, Phased Plasma Rifle (is not in the 40-watt range) and Sonic electronic ball breakers (which are awesome).

Collector’s Edition “Xeno-Hive” This is very disappointing…but all it is is a clear plastic sleeve with Xeno’s crawling all over it that fits over the box…essentially they marked the box as a collector’s edition incentive (which would be fine it is was metal with the plastic sleeve over it…but a paper box and a plastic sleeve…disappointing.

Powerloader Figure:  This is a nice piece, not as big as I would like (about 8 inches tall) but the details are great and it is a fairly sturdy figure (that COULD NOT have been said for the AVP CE “Facehugger” which basically broke as I opened the package)

USOM Dossier: This is an actual (albeit smaller sized) envelope with your Marine Recruitment Card, Marine Graduation Diploma (I shit you not), USS Sephora Schematic, LV-426 Recon Photos, 2 iron on patches, and a Mission Brief (on some gnarly 80′s dot-matrix printer paper).

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The Game

I know I am a minority…but I HATE first person shooters.  Part of the reason I purchased this game was to see if I would even like them, my only enjoyable experiences with a first person shooter has been the “AVP” game that came out 4 years ago and the “Resistance” series, which was badass.  Without spoilers and repeating what other reviewers have said, the game controls are nice, the game is very “Aliens” looking and does atmosphere perfect, but your A.I. partners and enemies are borderline mentally handicapped.  The Multiplayer is nice and you get to play as BOTH Marines and Xenomorphs (Aliens for the uninitiated, which have a STEEP learning curve).  All in all, with my limited experience with FPS’s , it’s an overall fun game and very satisfying for fans of the film series.

"OH SHIT!"

“OH SHIT!”


The Overall Package

I think this game is a victim of a long wait and HIGH expectation.  As far as movie licensed games go, this one is a success in my opinion.  They don’t muck with TOO much (and what they do is forgivable).  For CE nuts (Like myself) I don’t feel I wasted the extra $40 on this…I got 2 DLC packs and some nifty souvenirs as well as a kickass powerloader statue/figure (which would of cost me $20-$30 easy at a hobby shop).  If you have the extra cash or are a die hard “Aliens” fans this is for you.  If you are an experienced shooter fan looking for the next GREAT shooter…you may want to wait until the price drops.  In closing, I am not disappointed and I don’t think you will either.  GAME ON!


Aliens Colonial Marines Collector's Edition Game Cover

Author: Lazz82

Random Spewer of Useless Knowledge is my official title. Connoisseur of films, music and video games. Throwing some knowledge your way!
  • Jonas

    Great review. I´ve been reading that the game has some glitches, is this true?

    • Lazz82

      I had encountered no “glitches” in my PS3 version…except the A.I. of your teammates. You will be shooting something and they will stand directly in front of you. It doesn’t happen that often…just enough to be annoying…but didn’t detract from the fun I have had with the game. Multiplayer is Laggy but I heard that on all fronts…no dedicated servers.

      • Jonas

        Thanks.

        It seems the other reviewers were making shit up again.

  • LionHeart

    You won’t be repeating other reviewers comments if you give it an overall fun rating man, don’t worry. Game is utterly terrible.

    As a side-note, I’m also not too fond of FPS, or really the first-person camera itself. However, I’m starting to get into it more. Borderlands and Far Cry 3 helped, but Bioshock paved the way. That game was worth playing no matter how much I disliked the angle.

    • Lazz82

      Haven’t played Far Cry 3 but would like to try it, wasn’t a fan of Bioshock or Borderlands (again I am not a HUGE FPS fan)…The game was fun and I have played MUCH worse games that gamesites LOVED.

  • Doubleh55

    I don’t know how this guy completely dismisses Aliens as not a “classic” film because I think most people know Aliens is one of the greatest action movies of all time. A classic in every sense of the word.

    • Lazz82

      I’m not “dismissing” I just don’t think of it as a “classic”…turning the “Alien” franchise into an action film WAS unique…but I feel that it took away from the far superior original and tainted it’s legacy. It is a great standalone action film….but in the breadth of the series…it just doesn’t stack up in my opinion.

  • Arthur

    This game rated horrible on gaming websites stating “no fear factor”, “horrible, dated graphics”, “glitches”, “very few memorable moments”, “boring, repetitive gameplay”. I will wait until it is in the bargain bin. Agree about the “Resistance” series. But the “Bioshock” series is also incredible.

    • Lazz82

      Without giving away any of the story…no it doesn’t have a large fear factor (aside from about 3 of the 11 missions). But “Aliens” was an action film and this game is action packed. There was some fan service done here and aside from all of the developmental problems it had, it was an overall decent effort, especially for a licensed video game. As far as “boring repetitive game-play” I feel that is a symptom of all FPS’s…..

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Was looking forward to this, as a fan of the franchise. But I too am late to the FPS bandwagon. Okay not late but I’m not as adept as many out there. That said I love a good FPS. Bulletstorm is just unadulterated fun! Bioshock has some great stories. And the Dead Space series is just intense and creepy but very well done. I’ve also heard Crysis are a good franchise.

  • Lazz82

    I will be posting a Crysis 3 review this weekend : )….But seriously Aliens; CM is a decent not overly complicated FPS…..if you have doubts wait til the price drops..But it is VERY fun