Aliens Colonial Marines - Sega.
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Anyone got this? anyone got this and actually like it? Immense amount of hype, but after reading a bunch of reviews and watching a playthrough all I can do is
Apparently it has not only a ton of glitches and bugs, but dull gameplay, shabby graphics, laughable animation.. Still at least after 7 years of development there's an entire 5 hours of gameplay.
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Stuff like this is why I never buy games until they've been out for a while and have been reviewed. I've been burned a few times in the past by horrible games, so I'm cautious.
Of course some reviewers are complete sell outs. Driver 3 for example got 9/10 reviews in two official magazines despite being unfinished, near unplayable rubbish, same thing happens today with some large gaming websites, and happens all the time.:( At least here, pretty much everyone seems in agreement its a bit of a stinker.
Watch out for paid PR types 'astroturfing' and bigging up a game in comments sections, these guys are full of tricks.;)
Nadesico, oops, was that a pre-order? does he feel ripped off or what?
This is the last game I pre-ordered:
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
It seemed so cool, play as Anakin and Obi-Wan during the Clone Wars. What I got was a frustrating mess. It's a 3D game that has a static camera, you can't always see what you're doing and have to do things like blind jumps. I spent more time redoing jumps because I couldn't see where I was going than I did anything else. Add horrible controls to the mix and you have a frustrating mess. After a while, I gave up trying to play it because of the frustration. Games are supposed to be fun, not stressful. Plus, it takes forever to load on the PS2 and the movies look jerky, like they're too much for the PS2's video processor. Judging from the star ratings on Amazon, it's not any better on any of the other systems.
After that crap, I started getting more cautious with games. Even if it's something from an established franchise, I'll still wait for it to be out and for others to try and review it. (guinea pigs )
I saw where there was a Colonial Marines game out but I haven't really checked it out yet. After seeing that video and what else you guys have said about it, I'll pass.
On foot, it had the same types of camera and control issues that plagued many 3d, third person games of that era, no surprise that the clone wars had the same issues, there are some good star wars games but always be highly suspicious of franchise tie-ins - they're guaranteed sales just by adding the name so why try and actually make it good?
Also, Kotaku sums up the scores conveniently here, see if you can tell which review site was bought off by Sega. *cough*EGM
edit - just reading the EGM review http://www.egmnow.com/articles/reviews/egm-review-aliens-colonial-marines/ I'm almost 100% certain those are absolutely not screenshots from any released version. I think the reviewer was probably basing his analysis on how many lovely gifts and VIP trips to the studio he was given rather than actually playing the game. 9 out of 10? really? Brandon Justice - stupid name, massive sell out.
Here's his bio
Yup, typical of the 'former industry' journalist whos basically now a paid shill to help shift games for his old insider buddies.
I played the ACM demo at EBExpo (Australia's E3 attempt) last year, and it was substantially superior to the crap i saw last week.
Oh, thats interesting, was this the version as shown in that escapist magazine demo?http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/6832-A-LIE-ns-Colonial-Marines
i'd thought this was an unplayable peice of pre-set animation.. but perhaps not? If so i'd guess this was running on a powerful pc, and the entire project had to be scaled back / optimised to meet the constraints of console power (And not optimised very well)?
Eg, i wish i was offering any particular insight but yeah it happens all the time, industry insiders getting into positions to give favourable reviews to former clients for money, VIP trips to E3, etc.
This is another incident from last year: http://wosland.podgamer.com/the-players-and-the-game/ the villain of the piece, Lauren Wainwright, former square enix employee who while working as a reviewer only reviewed square enix games and gave them all good marks, even if they were turd.
but this is what you get, because games journalism makes no money from their actual readership - because everything is given away for free these days - so the only way these sites make money is by selling out to publishers... While they might be accurate about some titles, the titles produced by their sponsors will always be treated to nice reviews. Journalists have even been sacked for writing truthful reviews for some of these places.
*edit* where is the comments section for Mr Justice's review?
*edit 2, http://www.egmnow.com/articles/news/supposed-gearbox-dev-dishes-about-aliens-colonial-marines-issues/ some insight perhaps, if anyone cares. I've worked for Timegate, they suck;)