Aliens: Colonial Marines get 4GB patch with 'visual improvements'

The PC version of critically-panned disasterpiece Aliens: Colonial Marines has received a hefty 3.8GB update today, promising to address many of the critical flaws noted in the game's original release.

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The PC version of critically-panned disasterpiece Aliens: Colonial Marines has received a hefty 3.8GB update today, promising to address many of the critical flaws noted in the game's original release. For example, the update promises to improve texture resolution and add "various visual improvements," which should make the game look more like the demos that were originally released.

AI has also been tweaked to be "more aggressive and responsive." This image went viral around the game's release, which properly summed up people's feelings about the AI. (However, Alice points out that in this specific section of the game, "it's supposed to do that.") In addition, campaign difficulty has been modified "to account for improved AI responsiveness."

While it's commendable that Sega and Gearbox have been working to address the game's many criticisms, many would argue that these are features that should have been in the game when it was originally released. Today's update is for PC, but "future updates" for Xbox 360 and PS3 promise to incorporate many of these features as well.

For a full list of patch notes, click here.

From The Chatty

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    March 18, 2013 3:10 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Aliens: Colonial Marines get 4GB patch with 'visual improvements'.

    The PC version of critically-panned disasterpiece Aliens: Colonial Marines has received a hefty 3.8GB update today, promising to address many of the critical flaws noted in the game's original release.

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      March 18, 2013 3:24 PM

      You can't fix this game...................... Move on people, let this game be a punishment to GearBox for the crap handling of this game.... I thought they learned from Duke Nukem but I guess they didn't learn anything.....

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        March 20, 2013 12:49 PM

        Duke 4 was fast paced and fun IMO. Overhype and delay was its main problems. A:CM is just plain shit.

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      March 18, 2013 3:28 PM

      I give Gearbox credit for trying to fix it, at least. Could have completely said screw it. Probably was enforced by Sega to push out what was originally intended or face a lawsuit.

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        March 18, 2013 3:33 PM

        I award them NO POINTS.

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          March 18, 2013 10:14 PM

          I award them HALF POINTS.
          /at least they didn't bail

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        March 18, 2013 4:22 PM

        If it's hindering sales, then the publisher makes them patch. If it's polish, the publisher pushes the developer to move on. Hard to say about this one due to the history.

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        March 18, 2013 8:44 PM

        I vote this is called trying to avoid a lawsuit.

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      March 18, 2013 3:30 PM

      Wait! Are you sure you don't want to charge us an additional $10 to band-aid and psuedo finish your broken game? I mean, that's what all the cool Publishers are doing nowadays!

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      March 18, 2013 3:31 PM

      they should have sold it for $10 just to watch the internet explode

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      March 18, 2013 3:49 PM

      cant stop laughing at that gif

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      March 18, 2013 3:52 PM

      It figures. I JUST uninstalled the game last night.

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      March 18, 2013 4:03 PM

      Does the Gibson ever talk about what he does at Gearbox anymore?

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      March 18, 2013 4:05 PM

      Film grain and bloom lighting to hide the crappy textures.

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      March 18, 2013 4:07 PM

      I understand it's 100% art assets for HATS

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      March 18, 2013 4:08 PM

      I'm wondering how the dlc will be and what it will be.

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      March 18, 2013 4:16 PM

      Would this game be even worth $10 when it goes on sale?

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        March 18, 2013 4:23 PM

        No. It's awful.

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          March 18, 2013 10:16 PM

          it's not awful. it's just "meh"

          Everyone had huge expectations for it, and its "meh" was a huge letdown.

          As it is (pre patch) it's just generic shooter # 3,140,862

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        March 18, 2013 10:31 PM

        As it stands without the patch, it is a 20$ game. The patch might make it into a full AAA quality release, but I'm not sure unless I see how it pans out for MP.

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      March 18, 2013 4:23 PM

      I'm so confused.

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      March 18, 2013 4:33 PM

      "critically-panned disasterpiece" Niiiiiiiiiice.

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      March 18, 2013 5:17 PM

      i'd love to see some before and after shots. The Aliens Colonial Marines subreddit is completely dead.

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      March 18, 2013 5:44 PM

      for the sake of the devs Gearbox paid to make this POS, I hope this is the patch that fixes most of the problems the game has.

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      March 18, 2013 7:59 PM

      Just put it on sale, I'll buy it an enjoy it.

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      March 18, 2013 8:26 PM

      lol