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Aliens: Colonial Marines 

Microsoft, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U (Gearbox)

Aliens: Colonial Marines has a lot going for it. It has one of the best developers around, a great framework to build on and actually designed to be official Aliens canon. But it fails in one key aspect: the gameplay. The shooting mechanics are clunky. The controls feel outdated and Xenomorphs just blandly pop out and get blasted away like cardboard cut-outs in a shooting gallery. The AI teammates in the solo campaign are ridiculous. They seemingly can’t get hurt by enemies or friendly fire, they say generic comments at completely inappropriate times and they seem as uninterested in the missions as I do as a player. The multiplayer has its moments when you get to play as a Xenomorph (reminiscent of Left 4 Dead multiplayer). All and all Aliens: Colonial Marines is a bland and uninspired mess. I’d rather watch Aliens 3 than play this again.
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