An Open Heart Felt Letter To Anyone That Tries To Defend Aliens: Colonial Marines
Aliens has finally been released and hot off the heels of the drama I mentioned earlier we now are able to see a larger image of the overall devastation this game is releasing to the public. The general population has spoken, the reviews have been posted, and while a few “ game designers” have decided to defend the work or give it score of an outlandishly high nature, the rest of the choir has in perfect harmony stated,
I don’t care if you are a game designer, gamer, usability professional, journalist, or just occasionally purveyor of games you will in some way find at least ONE quantifiable game ruining bug that breaks the experience for you. Whether it be the blurry UI, the pathetic AI of the Xeno-morphs that have this weird tendency to just run towards you, or the fact that everything past the first two minutes looks like a sloppy mess that is now directly connected to at least 4 different high end game studios (one of which is GearBox which has burned us all in the past with the Duke Nukem fiasco). There is no way this “game” can be called a game.
I can’t even believe half the crap I’m seeing on twitter today. We have excellent game designers , creative directors, and other various professionals accusing people of giving poor scores to products based on the fact that they played the game only once and it looked ” alright“. If these people had really played the game themselves then they would have seen issues that no real game professional would ever ignore. These are bugs that any child can recognize and it shows a level of laziness I have a really hard time believing exists within the industry.
Today just to prove a point, I watched someone online play this game and I tweeted out each issue I saw or the player asked questions about. I was eventually twitter jailed about halfway through the game. In the video I heard the player say ” Why is the water not moving?”, “Why is the radar attached to a button while everyone else has it out automatically?”, “Why did I just QTE to place an enemy head humping alien safely back on the ground?”, and I personally believe I heard the leader (in game) ask someone to find him a Rhino ( the animal) when dealing with a serious medical emergency. We have bad bugs, poor game play, terrible narrative, blurry UI, and some of the worst cut scenes I have seen in ages.
Guys, I have got to ask…. what is going on?
This is not the time to try and defend something, this is 2013′s Duke Nukem we are facing right now. Instead of giving more people reason to believe certain sites are somehow being paid off for good reviews we should be asking how in high hell any of these companies thought this was a good “game” that should be sold to be public. I feel as if no testing had taken place on this “game”, that no one bothered to put in their best effort, and that somewhere in the mess of all this garbage we have seen the birth of a poison. A poison that could very well harm the reputation and professional future of every single developer involved with this “hot mess”.
It’s irresponsible dumping of half finished games like this that destroy game companies every year, It’s inappropriate titles like Aliens: Colonial Marines that make people every day question the intelligence of everyone that works in a AAA studio. It’s games like this that explicitly point out that the game industry needs to enact some form of refund policy that is similar to what exists in other countries or else our own government will be forced to do it for us, and to me personally it highlights a point that has been mulling around in my mind lately.
The game industry needs to focus less on scams
and more on quality games
In the next year we will see a lot of really bad games being made as everyone focuses on their new consoles, The dlc start dates, and the obsession with making a billion dollars. We will see developers fall as each new device is announced, cringe over how the new vita hardly has any good games on it, and continually wonder if Used games are going to be silently murdered in the middle of the night. It is a sea of garbage that most gamers cant afford, are barely interested in, and most analysts even state that the consoles are only being released because their creators think “its time”. It isn’t time, and it probably could never be “time”. People are happy with the graphical quality of current games, and the insane costs with higher specs is severely limiting the amount of resources and time it takes to make high quality games. If game companies don’t start paying attention to what they are doing then a whole bunch of games like Aliens will be the only things on the market, and the whole system will just collapse around itself again.
Again, I really hope I’m not seeing any of the studios I just mentioned laid off in the coming months, I don’t want to see good people laid off because guys at the top think the games were safe to sell.