Aliens: Colonial Marines is a mess. The fact that it was in development for six years makes it even more absurd.
And as it turns out, there was some dissension in the ranks; specifically, between publisher and developer. According to what one industry source told GameSpot , Sega was concerned that Gearbox was focusing too heavily on their vaunted Borderlands series.
And as a result, that focus meant time taken away from the Aliens game, which was delayed multiple times. The anonymous source stated as follows:
"Sega was very concerned that the bulk of Gearbox's resources/manpower was being spent on Borderlands and that they weren't investing the effort in Colonial Marines that they should have been. …hence it being repeatedly delayed.
Obviously, judging from the end result, that issue was never resolved."
Colonial Marines has been widely panned by critics; it scored a 4.5 at GameSpot, earned a 3 at Eurogamer, a 5 at IGN, and a 3.7 here. On the flip side, last year's Borderlands 2 was one of the best games of the generation. But don't forget that Gearbox evidently didn't create the majority of the campaign; as development was an apparent "train-wreck," it was handed off to TimeGate Studios .
It certainly isn't a warm, fuzzy story. Just disappointing as hell.
Related Game(s): Aliens: Colonial Marines