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Aliens: Colonial Marines

Keep your head down, then rewrite the story
Recently, John Walker at Rock, Paper, Shotgun wrote a compelling article on SimCity, and how Electronic Arts' maintenance of radio silence has demonstrated total effectiveness in getting everybody to shut up. The basic argume... read feature

Aliens: Colonial Marines

Aliens: Colonial Marines Wii U canceled


What. A. Shock.
Apr 05
Those of you left caring may have noticed Aliens: Colonial Marines missed its Wii U release launch window. There's a very good reason for that -- SEGA finally decided to shoot the lame dog in the head, and has quietly cancele... read
Aliens: Colonial Marines

SEGA admits Colonial Marines trailers are unreflective


European branch of publisher 'fesses up
Apr 03
Following an upheld complaint with the UK's Advertising Standards Authority, SEGA Europe has admitted that trailers for Aliens: Colonial Marines do not reflect the game's final (shoddy) content.  The complaint was upheld... read

Aliens: Colonial Marines 360/PS3 update released


Nope, still not 'getting over it'
Mar 21
I'm sorry, dear readers. I've still not "gotten over" Aliens: Colonial Marines. After a set period of time, gamers tend to get aggressively apathetic over certain situations, and seem to grow angry if someone else isn't as re... read

Aliens: Colonial Marines 'Bug Hunt' DLC out now


Extra content for this game is almost impressive in its arrogance
Mar 20
Aliens: Colonial Marines' long-awaited (haha) "Bug Hunt" downloadable content is now available on Steam, Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network. It's a wave-based survival mode that, given the general brevity of the game's hyped ... read
Aliens: Colonial Marines

4GB Aliens: Colonial Marines patch available for PC


Oh man, remember this game? It wasn't very good!
Mar 19
Gearbox continues to demonstrate that, contrary to popular idioms, you can actually polish a turd. Aliens: Colonial Marines is being made shinier -- but no less stinkier -- in a 4GB PC patch that improves textures, A.I. behav... read
Aliens: Colonial Marines

Aliens: Colonial Marines update rolls out for Xbox 360


PS3 and PC updates are on the way too
Mar 07
Gearbox Software has taken steps to make its awful game slightly less awful. The studio's second update for Aliens: Colonial Marines is rolling out on Xbox 360 right now. The update covers issues and bugs found throughou... read
TimeGate layoffs

Aliens: CM co-creators TimeGate Studios hit with layoffs


As many as 25 people have been let go
Mar 04
TimeGate Studios, one of the development teams that worked on the poorly received Aliens: Colonial Marines, has had some of its staff laid off according to Polygon. The development of the game, its reception, and the story of... read
'There was a reason [the demos] were never playable.'
That Aliens: Colonial Marines E3 demo sure was neat, but you know what wasn't neat? The actual game. According to an anonymous source that spoke with Kotaku, this was always going to be the case since the demo ran on hardware... read feature

Secret SEGA blogger says Duke Nukem Forever had a big impact on Aliens' failure
[Update: Just to make it clear, I have been able to corroborate the basic information presented by "Danielson," not his more editorialized opinions. I can't back his claims of "embezzlement" -- likely more an emotional respon... read feature

TimeGate resumes show a LOT of Colonial Marines work


Studio more than 'helped' Gearbox, according to TimeGate employees
Feb 21
The Aliens community has been digging hard to get to the bottom of the ever-winding Aliens: Colonial Marines story. The latest development involves the unearthing of a number of resumes attributed to TimeGate employees, revea... read
Anonymous Aliens whistle blower blows whistle anonymously
It's fair to say the Aliens: Colonial Marines story has been a fascinating one. From the years of hype, to the negative reviews, to the later confusion over who actually developed the game, there's a lot of mystery and contro... read feature

Gearbox 'looking at' an explanation for Colonial Marines


Pitchford claims there are 'stakeholders' to think of first
Feb 19
After breaking his radio silence this morning to respond to lots of praise for Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford went on a bit of a blocking spree, cold-shouldering yours truly and a number of other people... read

Randy Pitchford has only time for Colonial Marines praise


Still zero explanation for the game itself
Feb 19
While the Internet at large still waits for Randy Pitchford -- or anybody -- from Gearbox to come clean and explain what went wrong with Aliens: Colonial Marines, the studio CEO has decided his best course of action is t... read
Action plus co-op is fun, but scary? I'm not so sure
The room is dark, cold, and unusually calm. The once bare walkways are now riddled with blood and severed limbs. In the distance, a faint hum can be heard echoing throughout the metal encampment. Its repetition is a solid rem... read feature

Jimquisition: Previewed, Preordered, Prescrewed


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Feb 18
Preorder culture expects gamers to trust developers more than ever, but how does that work when they inspire so little faith? The "take cash now, provide content later" tactic is currently serving companies well, but with re... read
DTOID Show

PlayStation 4, Watch_Dogs, Destiny, & Iwata's Luigi Hat


The Destructoid Show Learns How To SEO
Feb 15
Hey guys, if you missed it, here's today's Destructoid Show, which was live earlier. Because we do that every Friday. Lots of news today: Naughty Dog delays The Last Of Us for an extra month. This thing is an actual prototyp... read

Randy Pitchford doesn't like being called a liar


Gearbox CEO breaks radio silence after Colonial Marines launch
Feb 15
Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford raised his head above cover today, making a few indirect Tweets regarding the controversial Aliens: Colonial Marines launch. While he didn't provide an explanation or an apology, he did make it cle... read

Aliens: Colonial Marines not canceled for Wii U


Publisher confirms the shame is still coming
Feb 15
In the fallout of the Aliens: Colonial Marines controversy, fact and fiction are difficult to separate. SEGA has, at least, put paid to one of the not-so-true suggestions, denying rumors that the Wii U version has b... read

Aliens: Colonial Marines 360 save wipe bug


Do not clear your cache if you want to keep your saves
Feb 15
Oh, Aliens: Colonial Marines could really use some bad press? Sure, why not? It's been such a long time since we heard anything negative about it. Try this one on for size -- players are reporting that Xbox 360 save files are... read

Aliens: Colonial Marines mods add better lighting


Once again, a modder does a developer's job
Feb 15
As usual, unpaid PC gamers have stepped up to the plate and finished what clearly inadequate developers started, adding improvements to the critically mauled Aliens: Colonial Marines. These enhancements add DirectX 10 feature... read
Pitchford goes to Molyneux and beyond
How often we forget that demos are sales tools, designed to pitch consumers a dream of what may be, not what actually is. Dull knives slice cans like butter, hamburgers perfectly cook on a budget grill, and Aliens: Colonial M... read feature

'TimeGate and Gearbox do everything horizontally'
After the last couple days of dispute between anonymous Gearbox and TimeGate employees on Reddit, we have a quote that settles the capacity that the two companies worked under on Aliens: Colonial Marines. "Whereas in a tradit... read feature

A rundown of all the known (and not-so-known) events so far
Aliens: Colonial Marines has turned out to be more than just a bad game. It's a confusing story of allegations, outsourcing, and potential deception on a considerable level. The biggest mystery to come out of this debacle is ... read feature

Office Chat

Hope for Fallout, doubt for Batman and sadness for Aliens


Another casual discussion from the Dtoid news room
Feb 14
In another casual conversation from Destructoid's news room, Jordan Devore, Daniel Starkey and and I discuss the possible futures of Batman and Fallout. Plus, we marvel at how spectacularly wrong Aliens: Colonial Marines went. read

Jimquisition: A-LIE-ns: Colonial Marines


Emergency Jimquisition!
Feb 13
Waking through Gearbox's walkthrough of Aliens: Colonial Marines. That is, the Aliens: Colonial Marines Gearbox wanted the world to believe in, not the one that actually happened. While demo footage is not represen... read

Aliens: Colonial Marines patched on all systems


May as well be using harsh language
Feb 13
Gearbox Software has released three big launch patches for all versions of Aliens: Colonial Marines, with a laundry list of improvements.  If you're hoping the patch fixes all the issues that netted the game its current ... read

Aliens disappoints, Demos kill sales, and Toys are fun


The Destructoid Show wants out of this chickensh*t outfit
Feb 12
Hello there, boys and girls! It's your creepy uncle Max with another installment of the critically-acclaimed [citation needed] Destructoid Show! Today we talk about Aliens: Colonial Marines, which seems to be the bummer of t... read
Aliens: Colonial Marines

SEGA denies Aliens: Colonial Marines was outsourced


Claims wholeheartedly that Gearbox developed the game
Feb 12
Shortly before the embargo broke on Aliens: Colonial Marines reviews, a potential explanation for the game's woeful quality begun to surface. According to reports, Gearbox Software outsourced the solo campaign to TimeGate Stu... read
Xenomorph action that won't ruin your day
Aliens: Colonial Marines is finally out over more than half a decade of waiting, and the disappointment is real enough to lick. It's a terrible letdown, to the point that this particular Aliens fan -- who buys almost anything... read feature







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