Aliens: Colonial Marines has managed to piss of scores of people. People are shaking their pitchforks at Gearbox Studios, and rightly so. That definitive Aliens experience that we've all been promised and have been anxiously waiting for never came. There is, however, an alternative and—even though it pains me to say this, it's called Aliens vs. Predator.
That's right. The game that released in 2010, and was destroyed by critics, scored higher than the latest game from the Aliens license. But now, when I look back at Aliens vs. Predator, I realise it wasn't all that bad; it just needed a little more polish. Aliens: Colonial Marines, on the other hand, needs to be rebuilt from scratch. Moving on. Here are five reasons why Aliens vs. Predator is better than Aliens: Colonial Marines:
5. The Graphics
It's really sad when a 3 year old game that's developed by a small studio looks better than a brand new game from a development studio that brought us two Game of the Year worthy titles: Borderlands, Borderlands 2. Aliens: Colonial Marines looks really dated on all consoles and on PC.
4. The Story
Though both games don't really have such great stories, at least Aliens vs. Predator's story is coherent. It doesn't hurt to mention the the dialogue and voice acting in Aliens Vs. Predator is also a lot better.
3. The Campaign
Aliens: Colonial Marines single-player campaign bored me to sleep. There was no suspense. The aliens instilled no fear in me. Felt like a shooter on rails. Aliens Vs. Predator actually made me crap myself from time to time. The aliens are far more threatening. Heck, you can even play as an alien in campaign mode.
2. The Ambience
The ambience in Colonial Marines felt sterile. Alien vs. Predator captured the feel of the Alien and Predator universe quite well. The ambience also adds to the suspense of the game. Harder to spot the aliens, and all that.
1. The Multi-Player
It's sad that there are not enough people playing Alien vs. Predator online. It's actually quite fun once you get a hang of the frustrating controls. Aliens vs. Predator is not as much of a mind numbing grind as Colonial Marines. If you are playing as a marine and want to stand even the smallest chance of survival, you have got to stick with the other troops. Aliens, like I mentioned earlier, are a lot more fun to play and a hell of a lot more threatening. They are quicker, slyer, and jump faster and higher.
Even though both games don't really deliver that ultimate experience you've been waiting for, Aliens vs. Predator certainly comes closer to the cake. Looks like fans will have to wait a little longer for that game they've been waiting for... or they could just play the classic Aliens vs. Predator game on PC.