#22 – Aliens: Colonial Marines (PC)

I don’t think I’ve ever played an Aliens game that wasn’t Aliens vs. Predator. Except for Aliens Doom. Aliens Doom might be better than Aliens: Colonial Marines. It’s not that it’s a bad game, it’s just not the most exciting game. It feels like it fails to capitalize on the franchises strengths, which are being spooked by aliens that fucking kill you, and watching your friends die all around you. The aliens in this iteration are not very lethal, and they rarely manage to kill anyone except some unnamed scientists. If it weren’t for the dead bodies scattered around, you’d be hard pressed to tell that the aliens are killing anyone at all. They just seem to be bothering people.

And there’s a lot of dumb stuff in this game, even for a video game. Zombie aliens that explode. An ending that goes nowhere. A pointless cameo that fails to explain or justify itself. I mean, Aliens: Colonial Marines isn’t the worst game I’ve ever played, but I’d probably be pretty unhappy if I’d bought it on release for $60. And I’m playing it post-4GB patch that apparently improved the graphics but not much else.