You & your friends are the deadliest killers in the galaxy – the US Colonial Marines. It’s up to you to not just survive, but wipe out the Xeno infestation.
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Release Date: 11 Feb, 2013

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About This Game

You and your friends are 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, you and your friends will become the most badass military outfit in the galaxy – the US Colonial Marines. It’s up to you to not just survive, but wipe out the Xeno infestation.

Key Features:

Enlist in the Marine Corps.

Bringing you a true sequel to the classic Aliens film, get tooled up with classic Marine weapons including pulse rifles, motion trackers and
flamethrowers.

The most authentic Aliens experience ever.

Using authentic environments inspired by the film series including Hadley’s Hope, the Sulaco and LV-426, you will be immersed in an eerie, atmospheric
world where any moment could bring your death.

Drop-in/Drop-out co-operative gameplay.

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. The whole campaign can be played with a squad of up to four players, dropping in and out as necessary through self-contained missions
within an over-arching narrative.

Loadouts and upgrades.

Create your perfect killing machine. An extensive upgrade system allows players to customise their characters to play the way they want. Earn experience to get perks, new weapons and new looks for your squad.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Operating System: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 2 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2GB RAM (XP), 2GB RAM (Vista)
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8500/ATI Radeon HD 2600 (256 minimum)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 20GB free hard disk space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Other Requirements: Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, DirectX 9, Microsoft .NET 4 Framework, Visual C++ Redistributable 2005, Visual C++ Redistributable 2008, Visual C++ Redistributable 2010, and AMD CPU Drivers (XP Only/AMD Only)
    Recommended:
    • OS: Operating System: Windows XP SP3/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: : 2.3 GHz Intel Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX560/ATI Radeon HD 5850 (512 minimum)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 20GB free hard disk space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Other Requirements: Software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, DirectX 9, Microsoft .NET 4 Framework, Visual C++ Redistributable 2005, Visual C++ Redistributable 2008, Visual C++ Redistributable 2010, and AMD CPU Drivers (XP Only/AMD Only)
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Carrington
3.5 hrs
Posted: 29 August
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HumansAreHerbivores
18.1 hrs
Posted: 29 August
Awful. Dull at best.

The easter eggs are nice. Otherwise it fails in every possible way.
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ValkyrieIsland
9.5 hrs
Posted: 27 August
Honestly, if you're looking for a coop shooter with buddies, it's not horrible.

But, as an Aliens game, it makes no sense and has a lot of inconsistencies with the film, which is why it fails.

Also, I can't imagine playing this game solo. Some segments are difficult even on easy with 2 seasoned gamers playing.

This game is like another Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. Way too hard alone, and non canon.

I'd say 5/10 from a non biased perspective, 1/10 for Aliens fans.
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The Rainman
80.6 hrs
Posted: 27 August
I really do not understand why this game has such a bad reputation. These are the complaints and the facts.
Complaints: "It's too much like COD." or "There are too many Weyland Yutani mercs." and "AVP 1999 & AVP 2 were the best aliens games EVA."
My response "And those game weren't like COD? It's an FPS, what the hell do you expect? I was a fan of both, however they too were typical FPS run and gun games, and AVP 2 Had allot of mercs as well in the marine campaign. ACM has way better graphics than both those games, looks and sounds more cannon and faithful to the movie Aliens, and the voice acting is pretty good and a hell of allot better than AVP 2. But I will admit the dialogue is a little silly at times and unrealistic, and some very dumbass statements were made by a few characters, I'll give the community that one, but is easily ignored and of little consequence."
Complaints: "It was falsely advertised." and "The Game is buggy." "The marines sound too much like COD talk." or "The story sucks and has plot holes."
My response "I saw the steam trailer, and it was not falsely advertized, there was nothing in the official trailer that was not in the game. If people are referring to E3 demos and screenshots literally from 8 years prior to ACM's release. Give me a ♥♥♥♥ing break whiny candy asses. E3 (Which I did not see and could care less about) is not a finished product and in fact is a demo. As for screenshots of earlier development, ya I saw those and they looked alright at the time, but this looks better IMO. And those screens were from another developer who abandoned the project and left us fans hanging, so ♥♥♥♥ on those screens and the lazy ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s for teasing us all those years ago. As far as being buggy, well I cannot add much to this because I did not purchase this game until the price came down and was already patched. I will not pay $60 dollars for any damn game no matter how much I want to play it. That price point is ridiculous, thus is the reason I haven't bought the last COD's or Deus EX HR yet. Won't do it, other things take priority. But there were a few bugs still, but not enough to break the game experience. And the complaint that the marines sound like... well... ♥♥♥♥ing marines...?, is idiotic. And as far the story is concerned, Its more cannon than other Alien games, with the exception of Isolation. I could care less about a few plot holes because I have always wanted to explore LV-426, and this alone was a pleasure to experience. And the way they allowed the fan to do this was handled pretty well IMO. And this story was 100 times better then the abominations that are the subsequent movie sequels, Resurrection, AVP, AVP2. As well as the AVP 2 Game, way better story..no one can deny this fact."
Last major complaint of the community is that the story was a little short and the Queen battle sucked. This is a matter of taste, as I thought it was about right, Isolation (Which is a great game) ran just a little long, but that is hardly a blemish. AVP 1999 was no different than this game (Spoiler) as you had to complete a few tasks to blow her out the airlock, and people say it is better than this game. I was a for sure fan of AVP 1999, but most of its praise comes from nostalgia, which is not a bad thing in of itself, but to say it is superior to this game is out right ridiculous. And also I think allot of people read some of the reviews and went in already ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off and on the band wagon. And as for people saying they want a refund are just being melodramatic (Maybe not so much if they paid $60, but that's on them for paying that much for a damn game).
In closing I enjoyed this game a little more than AVP 2010 (Marine campaign). And while I love Isolation extremely, it is simply a different style of game that matches the mood of the first movie, while this matches the second movie very well (Remember they were running and gunning in the Aliens as well). I've played through this game three times and I will likely do a forth. My only real complaint is the multiplayer, simply because I can't and never have played it (Servers are empty). I bought this at just a little over $20 but now is at $14 and is well worth it. I give it an overall strong 6.7/10, if that seems high it's because I am a super fan of the franchise, if I was a general gamer and not a strong fan probably a 5/10. If you're a fan of the franchise this is a must for your library.
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Xorcas
13.9 hrs
Posted: 27 August
This game is terrible.
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Nail Whale
26.8 hrs
Posted: 26 August
goo
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Phobos
1.9 hrs
Posted: 26 August
I thought i give this a go to at least give it a chance. Worst thing ever did.
The story is completely ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, from the umbilical guy deciding to do that, to the whole background made just to accomodate the movie continuity.

I know the aliens are killing machines, what i didn´t know is that marines were made of cardboard. If an alien so much as come 2 mts from you and if it just looks your way you are dead, and you will die a lot. 1 because the hitbox is ♥♥♥♥ing terrible, and second because the pulse rifle shoots gentle delicious berries that aliens love to devour and spit out. Team mates are just dumb asses. Checkpoints are a joke.

Then i get a bug of some sort that everytime i leave the game it keeps on staritng it again and again non stop.

What a terrible experience for such a beloved franchise. Can´t believe you can ♥♥♥♥ up an aliens game.
Don´t give in to your curiosity or your love for the aliens titles, its just plain bad as they come.
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Dr.Death
10.0 hrs
Posted: 25 August
big suck
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HoneyBadger
16.3 hrs
Posted: 24 August
Co-op is much better than single player, which I wouldn't bother with. You can get a pretty decent co-op action going through somewhat exciting levels. The graphics, AI, and detail is marginal, but not quite on par with most of the big titles released around the same time. The story, in my opinion, is where the game lacks the most. It was marketed as a sequel to Aliens movie, and it didn't tie in well, at times being somewhat confusing. If you are Alien film series fan as I am, you will most likely be dissapointed. If the game is on sale and you can get it for less than $10, and you want some co-op first person shooter fun, then I would recommend it. Otherwise, there are better titles out there.
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ダークライフ
7.4 hrs
Posted: 23 August
Product received for free
No. Just no.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
270.6 hrs on record
Posted: 20 August
Single player is horrible. Alien and marine Ai was horrendous before the patch, to put it mildly. Game has been falsely advertised and the quality of the final product (compared to the demo), is horrible. But where the game really shines is its multiplayer. While not without some unfixed bugs and glitches, it is a load of fun to play against other players.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: 14 August
The development process behind this game was interesting.
interesting as in gearbox hired TimeGate a different devlopment studio to do the work for them. At the last moments of development gearbox took over and rushed the final stages of the game. This is evident.
and it's not hard to tell who did what. Timegate knew what they were doing. They worked with the alien ai they created.
They created claustrophobic levels with many walls and tight spaces and COVER for the aliens to utilise. This was great and i found myself getting overwhelmed and flanked quite often.
but gearbox, tsk tsk tsk
their level design was near identical to their game borderlands (also the reason they weren't working on acm)
Too many open spaces, not enough walls, not enough cover. The aliens didnt know what to do with it. And you would find them hiding behind nonexistent cover because all the rest of the little cover available was occupied by the other aliens. And this is why the would act stupid and rush into your bullets.

its the same for graphics too.
Early game there are plenty of dark, similar coloured crevices for the aliens to hide in and particle effects are abundant.
But late game the aliens stick out like sore thumbs also contributing to their inability to flank late game

But since the patches the game doesn't look too bad, its pretty good actually. There are still minor hiccups in the companion's ai as well but overall this games actually quite enjoyable.
I just wish timegate got to develop the whole thing. im giving a positive review because timegate did a great job. This thumbs up goes their way.
if I could though I would also leave a negative review saying Gearbox sucks.
gearbox was that one guy who doesn't help with group project until the last minute and drags everyones grades down to a C with their crappy contribution.
also, I feel like the majority of the negative reviews are just bandwagoning.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.4 hrs on record
Posted: 20 August
Underrated game. It's really good Alien game, mainly when you play CO-OP Story or Bug Hunt. It's not hard to find players for co-op, if you take a look at forum and add some people(there are even weekend events for co-op in some groups(example Aliens: Colonial Marines | Bug Hunt)). Even when you play alone, I thinks it's pretty good.

7/10 (Make sure to get DLC too)
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: 21 August
A highly enjoyable FPS. It has some flaws, but overall is a very good game. I'm not sure why the game has genereated dislike for it, since it's better than some highly rated FPS war titles. One of the biggest complaints people have had is the AI, which has been patched...but people STILL mention it, pointing to a scene where an alien walks by you....not mentioning that the alien is BLIND and it's a stealth portion of the game..where you are supposed to be silent so as not to attract the alien.

If you are looking for a horror experience like alien isolation or something though? You will be disappointed with this. While this is a fun game, it's VERY much a FPS.

Co-op works well, unfortunately that's the only multiplayer mode I have tried....I really do recommend this to any FPS/Alien/scifi fan though. Derspite peoples claims? it's a good game!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: 19 August
GOOD with friends
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: 16 August
I bought the Aliens Collection that comes with ACM, AvP, and all the DLC for both games, for $30. And for that price it's pretty good. I had played it previously on Xbox 360 but only ever played the base game , so it was fun starting fresh and getting to experience Stasis Interupted which is actually pretty good.
The game looks crappy, but for the price it ain't half bad. Multiplayer is a bit of an issue. You won't find many people online. When I tried searching for players I only found one. The only way you can play MP is if you find some guys on the forum. So if you buy Colonial Marines, then friend me and we can play CoOp.
But yeah, it's worth the $15. And worth the $30 if you bought the collection.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
40.2 hrs on record
Posted: 13 August
Good old aliens action !!! Love it !!! :-)
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: 6 August
An average first person shooter. The graphics are decent and consume fair resources at medium quality, but sometimes get stuck, has easy and quick solution: pulse Ctr+Alt+Del, then Esc. Other bug reopen the game, close the Steam window to avoid it. A gameplay bug makes almost impossible to pass the ending of level 5 at highest difficultly. There are other bugs, like collision errors of objects or corrupt save files, degrading the game. A pitty.

Mechanics is simple. Player can run, jump and crouch, carring all his weapons with some ammo, but is abundant. The armour is not very effective, but there are many replacement parts. The combat is fast, because damages are powerfull, the explosives can kill instantly. The player can acomplish challenges to upgrade his weapons, by kill enemies or find collectibles.

There are a limited autohealing system, the medkits can not carry, but are easy to find. There are not a stealth system. Player has companions, but their IA is unpredictible: sometimes are very contributors, but many other times they dessapear to going too forwards or backwards.

The enemy AI is common: humans take coverages and then advances, the Aliens attacks directly from its hidings. All things, scenaries are taken from film of the title, with great similitude and detail. Mapping is lineal. The plot fits with the story of film, and not wonderful but neither bored.

The game is injustly underrated by the exigencies of hardcore fans of last generation graphics and multiplayer modes, but its true that bugs deserve downgrade the game in rankings. The 2 main campaigns for Marines and humans are short, even with downloable content, about 20 hours to reach half of achievements in normal dificultly. Only to buy in bundles or with high discounts.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
80.6 hrs on record
Posted: 27 August
I really do not understand why this game has such a bad reputation. These are the complaints and the facts.
Complaints: "It's too much like COD." or "There are too many Weyland Yutani mercs." and "AVP 1999 & AVP 2 were the best aliens games EVA."
My response "And those game weren't like COD? It's an FPS, what the hell do you expect? I was a fan of both, however they too were typical FPS run and gun games, and AVP 2 Had allot of mercs as well in the marine campaign. ACM has way better graphics than both those games, looks and sounds more cannon and faithful to the movie Aliens, and the voice acting is pretty good and a hell of allot better than AVP 2. But I will admit the dialogue is a little silly at times and unrealistic, and some very dumbass statements were made by a few characters, I'll give the community that one, but is easily ignored and of little consequence."
Complaints: "It was falsely advertised." and "The Game is buggy." "The marines sound too much like COD talk." or "The story sucks and has plot holes."
My response "I saw the steam trailer, and it was not falsely advertized, there was nothing in the official trailer that was not in the game. If people are referring to E3 demos and screenshots literally from 8 years prior to ACM's release. Give me a ♥♥♥♥ing break whiny candy asses. E3 (Which I did not see and could care less about) is not a finished product and in fact is a demo. As for screenshots of earlier development, ya I saw those and they looked alright at the time, but this looks better IMO. And those screens were from another developer who abandoned the project and left us fans hanging, so ♥♥♥♥ on those screens and the lazy ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s for teasing us all those years ago. As far as being buggy, well I cannot add much to this because I did not purchase this game until the price came down and was already patched. I will not pay $60 dollars for any damn game no matter how much I want to play it. That price point is ridiculous, thus is the reason I haven't bought the last COD's or Deus EX HR yet. Won't do it, other things take priority. But there were a few bugs still, but not enough to break the game experience. And the complaint that the marines sound like... well... ♥♥♥♥ing marines...?, is idiotic. And as far the story is concerned, Its more cannon than other Alien games, with the exception of Isolation. I could care less about a few plot holes because I have always wanted to explore LV-426, and this alone was a pleasure to experience. And the way they allowed the fan to do this was handled pretty well IMO. And this story was 100 times better then the abominations that are the subsequent movie sequels, Resurrection, AVP, AVP2. As well as the AVP 2 Game, way better story..no one can deny this fact."
Last major complaint of the community is that the story was a little short and the Queen battle sucked. This is a matter of taste, as I thought it was about right, Isolation (Which is a great game) ran just a little long, but that is hardly a blemish. AVP 1999 was no different than this game (Spoiler) as you had to complete a few tasks to blow her out the airlock, and people say it is better than this game. I was a for sure fan of AVP 1999, but most of its praise comes from nostalgia, which is not a bad thing in of itself, but to say it is superior to this game is out right ridiculous. And also I think allot of people read some of the reviews and went in already ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off and on the band wagon. And as for people saying they want a refund are just being melodramatic (Maybe not so much if they paid $60, but that's on them for paying that much for a damn game).
In closing I enjoyed this game a little more than AVP 2010 (Marine campaign). And while I love Isolation extremely, it is simply a different style of game that matches the mood of the first movie, while this matches the second movie very well (Remember they were running and gunning in the Aliens as well). I've played through this game three times and I will likely do a forth. My only real complaint is the multiplayer, simply because I can't and never have played it (Servers are empty). I bought this at just a little over $20 but now is at $14 and is well worth it. I give it an overall strong 6.7/10, if that seems high it's because I am a super fan of the franchise, if I was a general gamer and not a strong fan probably a 5/10. If you're a fan of the franchise this is a must for your library.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.7 hrs on record
Posted: 3 August
A game sullied by its very poor quality upon release, A:CM has received a somewhat infamous reputation for being...well...rather rubbish. That said, time has moved on and so the price has come down and patches have been released along the way. And you know what? Its actually not that bad for a "tenner".

At first, the companion-ai is what gets you down; My bandana-bearded chum, "O'Neill", has this habit of getting stuck...usually found running blindly into a wall, unable to catch up with you unless "beaming to your location" if you are separated by a certain distance. He also seems to disappear ahead of you...like he is the Flash? "Right, matey shall we go now - WHERES HE GONE NOW?!" - which reminds one of the situation at the supermarket when an old dear has "lost her husband" for the uptenth time. Also, close combat is confusing as you either need to press "E" or "V" which becomes frustrating durning a criticial encounter with a bug - can we not just have one or the other, please? Last and probably most dissapointing is that weapon selection doesnt seem to go beyond the third numerical key...but I think that might just be me overlooking something...

The thing that won me over, was the bit where you are stripped of your weapons and you end up evading the bugs with a bit of stealth and cunning, which is admittedly basic in comparison to Alien Isolation's superior artificial intelligence, but ultimately A:CM actually delivered a genuinely scary-but-fun experience, but without punishing the player for merely laying low, for which 'Isolation was guilty as hell. It was in this part of the game where the player gets a taste of what it was like for poor Newt, and somehow, the faults of the game become niggles as you finally accept A:CM for what it is: a blatant excuse to return to Hadley's Hope, slap a large bug around his slobby-chops with an awesome Power-Loader and give those smug Company-bums a damn good thrashing.

Still rough around the edges, but with the patches and at a budget price there is some fun to be had with Colonial Marines. Just dont pay more than £10 for it!
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