Posted 13 February

Aliens: Colonial Marines bursts onto PSN today with Plus discount

Aliens: Colonial Marines

It’s a great privilege to be able to finally confirm what many of you have been hoping for; the release of Aliens: Colonial Marines on PS3 via PlayStation Store.

As of today you’ll be able to join the fight against the Xenomorph infestation. The game will cost £49.99/€59.99, but PlayStation Plus members can download the game with a 20% discount (offer available for two weeks only).

Created by Gearbox, the hugely talented and award-winning developer of Borderlands and Brothers In Arms, this first-person shooter is steeped in the eerie, claustrophobic and terrifying atmosphere that made the Aliens films successful worldwide. You and your friends will become the most badass military outfit in the galaxy – the US Colonial Marines.

To give you a bit of spiel about the game’s story; 17 weeks after losing contact with Hadley’s Hope, a new team of Colonial Marines returns to LV-426. The rescue mission becomes a battle for survival against new dangers, new enemies and new species of Xenomorphs (for those of you eagle-eyed enough, you will have noticed that the game’s storyline is a direct continuation from Aliens the movie).

You’ll play as Corporal Winter who, along with the help of your fellow squad members Sergeant Cruz, O’Neal, Bella and Reid, needs to establish what went wrong on the USS Sulaco, find out if there are any survivors left on LV-426 and make it back to the USS Sephora alive. Not as easy as it sounds considering the swarm of Xeno that are trying to eat your face off!

Not only does the game come with all the authenticity of the Aliens franchise and a vast array of classic Marine weaponry (including pulse rifles, motion trackers and flamethrowers) but the game features drop-in/drop-out co-operative gameplay, so you don’t have to face the Xeno menace alone if your nerves can’t take it!

On top of the main campaign story there is also an expansive competitive multiplayer on offer, with four different modes (Escape, Survivor, Team Deathmatch and Extermination). This range of modes provides an innovative, asymmetrical competitive multiplayer experience, allowing you to fight in first person as the ultimate badasses – the United States Colonial Marines – or in third person as the universe’s deadliest killers – the Xenomorphs.

I’m especially looking forward to skulking my way round the multiplayer maps looking to pick off lone Marines one by one!

You’ll be plunged into familiar and new environments from the iconic film franchise, and all players will have to fight the fear and face the true horrors of the Aliens universe!

Finally, I’d like to mention the Season Pass that’ll be released alongside the game on PSN; customers who purchase the Season Pass (£19.99/€29.99) will receive all four upcoming pieces of downloadable content, which will feature a new campaign as well as multiplayer content. The Season Pass will give gamers access to all four upcoming packs of DLC, as they become available, at almost 40% savings over the individual purchase of the content.

Hopefully you’re all as excited about this game as we are, and I really look forward to seeing some of you online for some multiplayer carnage – so you’d better stay frosty!

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Pity it’s not a privilege to play…

 

Blimey. I bought it for half that… including all the special edition content. Fun, but definitely not worth £50/£40!

 

Pretty sure this game will be sub £25 in a couple of weeks. Reviews haven’t been kind.

 

*cough* I want Yakuza HD collection & 5 in europe *cough*

*cough* I also want Phantasy Star 1-4 & Shining Force 1-3 with all spinoffs (CD and Gaiden 3 if possible) on PSN as vintage collections *cough*

Sorry It’s a rather horrible cough I have been having lately :(
Anyways I’ll take a look at the game, I like Aliens but not FPSes that much…

    Mike Kebby 13 February, 2013 @ 4:29 pm    

    I wish I had some news for you, but I don’t :(

    you should get that cough looked into btw ;)

 

^^^This, straight to bargain bin for this massive flop.

 

Hmm…
20% discount makes it £40, which is exactly what is being charged by retailers already (or less if you shop around) for a physical copy
#DigitalCopyFAIL

 

^^^ Also this, I passed on disc copy for less.
I guess with digital you can run it over two consoles, but even then I am waiting till you guts drop the pants out of it as everyone will do.

 

In space, no one can hear you scream for your money back…

 
A_Nonny_Moose 13 February, 2013 @ 12:14 pm   9

You mean to say that with the benefots of my £40 per year subscription and buy this game digitally for the same price as it is in shops? Amazing.

Seriously though, why are digital prices so high in Europe? What’s so special about Europe that means our digital prices are up to 50% higher than retail prices? Does Sony just swap the $ for a £ and leave it at that?

I’m genuinely asking here, is there ANY real reason for it? Because it’s effing ridiculous.

    Mike Kebby 13 February, 2013 @ 4:31 pm    

    I really, really wish I could address this – especially as I have experienced the pricing issue from all sides (SCEE, 3rd party publisher (SEGA), and as a consumer).

    One day somebody may come out and explain to consumers why digital pricing on retail BD games is the way it is, but that’s not going to be me I’m afraid :(

 
toddhunter 13 February, 2013 @ 12:17 pm   10

Got the Australian price? It is $78 retail so I’m hoping for something a bit under that.

 
PFC_Hudson 13 February, 2013 @ 12:18 pm   11

@A_Nonny_Moose

It’s the developer which sets the digital prices, NOT Sony

 
Paranoimia 13 February, 2013 @ 12:19 pm   12

If the reviews and user experiences I’ve read are anything to go by, *you* could pay *me* £49.99 and I still wouldn’t touch this.

@PFC_Hudson

No, it’s the publisher that sets the prices. Not Sony, nor Gearbox. SEGA.

 
PFC_Hudson 13 February, 2013 @ 12:26 pm   14

@millgate1

That’;s what I meant to say, I just typed the wrong word

The point I was making is that everyone blames Sony when it’s not their fault

 

I’m gonna grab it off of Steam for $3 soon enough. Just to own it as a comparison to the older games ;]

So thanks, but mo thanks.

 

It’s £30 on another service (can’t mention it apparently as it automatically sends your comment for moderation), so I guess it’s not Sega that sets the price but Sony (or Sony applies a bigger markup than the other service).

 

Hi Mike, good to get a day one plus discount but unfortunate that it’s for this particular game, reviews and on-line opinion has been universally negative:

http://www.vg247.com/2013/02/12/aliens-colonial-marines-reviews-begin-get-the-scores-here/

BUT there is a Sega published game out there crying out for a western digital release…YAKUZA 5! Don’t want to sound like a broken record but come on Sega, bring us YAKUZA!

 
ShadowhunterrX 13 February, 2013 @ 12:28 pm   18

*Created by Gearbox, the hugely talented and award-winning developer of Borderlands and Brothers In Arms*

I dont think SEGA will say this anymore without sarcasm :D

Said on the blog a while back I had a bad feeling about the game when the interview suggested it was more action driven.

http://bit.ly/XKlTAH

It’s just a vibe I got from the footage and interview.

I still think an idea I had when the DS was first announced would work well.You take the role of Gorman and have it play like Xcom but with the helmet cam’s on the top screen,and his command center on the bottom screen.

 

@11 I agree Sega would have to pay me to play this. I’m even more shocked that it’s been in development for 7yrs haha

 
toxic-inferno 13 February, 2013 @ 12:32 pm   21

I’m prepared to be disappointed by this game, and have been for several weeks now… so I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised! This has worked in the past, when games that were slated by reviewers became some of my favourite games.

 

Hope PS4 isn’t all about digital sales and no second hand games, cos if the digital prices don’t come down, few people will be buying.

    Mike Kebby 13 February, 2013 @ 4:36 pm    

    I am confident that digital pricing will fall to the same level as retail (if not cheaper) in the future. I mean, it really has to.

 
A_Nonny_Moose 13 February, 2013 @ 12:38 pm   23

Whoever sets the price, the question still stands. Why is the EU PSN so god damn expensive compared to retail? The US PSN isn’t like this.

    Mike Kebby 13 February, 2013 @ 4:38 pm    

    The US PSN doesn’t have to worry about pricing competition laws across multiple countries. It is one store with one currency.

    This is one of the problems with pricing content in EU – you can’t be allowed to buy content cheaper in one country (within the same region) than another.

    I’m not condoning the discrepancy between digital and retail pricing, but there are reasons why it is the way it is at the moment. It’s not just publishers being greedy – I promise.

 

Removed from my Love Film list as IGN gave it 4.5 outta 10. Poor game, the developers should have played RESI 6 as Leon to understand tension and atmosphere. Now that’s how you make a game! Go and have a look Mike, then come back to us with a decent game!! Tut Tut!!

And Sony sort out your pathetic pricing structure!! it bears no relevance to anything apart from pure greed!!!! MAKES ME SICK!!

 
Lunastra78 13 February, 2013 @ 12:56 pm   25

I’m a big fan of Alien and Aliens and it’s a shame to see how the franchise is mistreated every year in some money-grabbing plot from men in suits who don’t give a damn about neither the game nor the fans.

SEGA should sell the rights of the Alien games to someone who cares about it and are prepared to invest the time and money that is needed to make good games.

There are so many better games out there that I feel genuinely bad for those who spent their hard-earned money on this game.

 
DarkFhoenix 13 February, 2013 @ 12:57 pm   26

I’m really looking forward to this title! After checking the net and finding that it supports 2 player split screen I’m even more so, now I can drag my brother kicking and screaming into the alien infested word with me ;)

Great job game developers dudes

 

And to think they canned the Aliens RPG for this train wreck…

Now, if we could just go back in time and find the idiot that made decision.

 
funkpower 13 February, 2013 @ 1:05 pm   28

Just in case you need to be persuaded even more, here is the 4.5 review from IGN:

EXPRESS ELEVATOR TO HELL. GOING DOWN.

THE VERDICT

Aliens: Colonial Marines looks like Aliens, and sounds like Aliens, but unfortunately it just doesn’t feel like Aliens. Instead, it feels indistinguishable from almost every shooter you’ve played in the past twenty years. There are some feelings of nostalgia to be enjoyed, but it soon wears off and all that is left is some bog standard run ‘n’ gun action that brings little of note to the FPS table – and it suffers from a severe lack of optimization on PS3 and 360. Aliens: Colonial Marines has definitely been crafted with a lot of love for the franchise, it just needed a little more imagination – and a hell of a lot more polish.

4.5
BAD
Aliens: Colonial Marines is an uninspired and unfinished game, and not remotely worthy as a sequel to the Aliens film.

+Iconic audio effects
+Plenty of fan service

– Terrible AI
– General lack of tension
– Serious graphical issues
– Truncated campaign
– Half-baked multiplayer

 

I’ll never understand the pricing on digital copies. Why does it cost more to buy a game that has no packaging or physical disc? Also the physical disc can be resold.

So why punish those that choose to buy a game they can’t get rid of? Surely that should be embraced and therefore a discount on the digital copy should be rewarded.

The mind boggles.

 
Noisepurge 13 February, 2013 @ 1:16 pm   30

yeah Mikey! How bout those Yakuza 1+2 HD Collections and Yakuza 5 up on PSN after this! :D

 

Folks, just wait for it to drop in price – it won’t be long. £40 is a ridiculous download price.

It has received some of the worst reviews so far this year.

mremerson 13 February, 2013 @ 1:24 pm   32

I think Mike Kebby did not read the reviews about this crap, or so he thinks we’re a bunch of idiots.

    Mike Kebby 13 February, 2013 @ 4:40 pm    

    I absolutely don’t believe you’re a bunch of idiots at all, this post was written last week before all the reviews hit.

    Also, I’m employed to do what I can to support SEGA’s titles that are released digitally, so it’d be career suicide if I was to start slating our products.

    I can’t imagine you’d do things in your job that would upset your management team would you?

 

PS: Just to show how bad the game’s AI actually is, look for the video ‘Aliens: Colonial Marines – Pacifist Mode’.

The guy actually manages to run through the level on one of the hardest settings without firing a shot.

 

The Sony Store sells games at the recommended retail price (RRP), if they were to sell it (as standard) for a lower price it would anger the retail outlets.

Stop moaning about it, it’s simple. If it costs too much, don’t buy it!

 
MordecaiHunter 13 February, 2013 @ 1:43 pm   35

iam just glad that i will be able to sell on my copy of this poor game, thats why i NEVER will buy a digital game over 20 notes !

And come next wednesday i hope for sony sakes that the rumors are not true about the ps4 not playing used games, that will be the death of console gaming !

 
SpiderMike_X 13 February, 2013 @ 1:43 pm   36

@32

Or maybe he did read the reviews but he’s just doing what his job title entails. Which is to publicise the digital campaign for any SEGA title. Regardless quality. He isn’t a marketer or even a marketing strategist, so give the guy some slack. No one with half an ounce of intelligence will be duped by a price without giving ANY title some due diligence.

 
SpiderMike_X 13 February, 2013 @ 1:44 pm   37

And just to weigh in with my OWN opinion. I bought this at GAME yesterday and did 4 levels solo and the rest in Co-op. While the online and co-op suffer greatly from a lot of stuttering and slow-down, there was a vast amount of laughs and fun to be had playing it. The online is awful. More people = more problems.

Solo, and speaking purely as an Aliens franchise fan – I had loads of fun. Looking round the environments, looking for those fan-boy nods and hunting down those legendary weapons was great sport. Sure the AI is sketchy, Xenos move oddly at times, but it deserves more than a 4 for the fan-boys. On my Facebook page I gave it a 7/10 for the average gamer, as there is plenty of replay value and in the right lobbies online in entertaining. Add a point if you’re an Aliens Buff. I wouldn’t recommend a purchase at ANY of these prices. But a rental at the least or wait till this enters bargain mode. Then you’ll be getting what you paid for.

 
SpiderMike_X 13 February, 2013 @ 1:45 pm   38

And just to weigh in with my OWN opinion. I bought this at GAME yesterday and did 4 levels solo and the rest in Co-op. While the online and co-op suffer greatly from a lot of stuttering and slow-down, there was a vast amount of laughs and fun to be had playing it. The online is awful. More people = more problems.

Solo, and speaking purely as an Aliens franchise fan – I had loads of fun. Looking round the environments, looking for those fanboy nods and hunting down those legendary weapons was great sport. Sure the AI is sketchy, Xenos move oddly at times, but it deserves more than a 4 for the fanboys. On my Facebook page I gave it a 7/10 for the average gamer, as there is plenty of replay value and in the right lobbies online in entertaining. Add a point if you’re an Aliens Buff. I wouldn’t recommend a purchase at ANY of these prices. But a rental at the least or wait till this enters bargain mode.

Then you’ll be getting what you paid for.

 
MartyTheParty 13 February, 2013 @ 1:51 pm   39

As has been said before, the prices of the digital games is totally farcical! Why would anyone play MORE than the retail price for a physical copy to get a digital one? Surely the fact that it is digital REDUCES the cost for the publishers? No physical product, no artwork for disc/ manual, no shipping costs – surely that would add up to making a digital download much cheaper than the physical product? It is madness, but people MUST be buying them or the prices would have dropped by now.

 
SpiderMike_X 13 February, 2013 @ 1:56 pm   40

You only have to look at the ratings next to each title to see that people ARE buying this. Some people don’t live dead close to a retail store (what’s left of them) or trust online outlets with credit cards and the like so store prices are cheaper than driving those extra miles or getting scammed.

And as someone else pointed out. No one is forcing you to pay anything. So if you’re disgusted at the price, simply refrain from posting. Moaning achieves nothing, but I suppose it makes some of you feel better.

    Mike Kebby 13 February, 2013 @ 4:42 pm    

    Indeed.

    This is why retail BD titles sell well digitally, because for some people they can’t get to a local retail outlet (or there isn’t one in convenient distance).

 

One of the reasons why digital isn’t automatically cheaper than physical (although it should be), Sony and MS charge more in licensing fees for digital over physical. These numbers aren’t remotely accurate, but purely to illustrate the point:

Physical RRP: production cost 10%, licensing fee 20%

Digital RRP: licensing fee 30%

This is why, apparently, the Wii U e-shop is meant to be appealing to a lot of indie developers, as Nintendo have drastically cut their licensing fees as well as making payouts much easier (if you hadn’t heard, you had to sell something like 5000 copies on the Wii e-shop before you could get paid any profits at all).

 

I am all for timely digital releases of new games, but this game is hardly worth £10, let alone £50.

 
JadoreSox 13 February, 2013 @ 2:35 pm   43

The pricing of new releases is a joke. Where do people get these ridiculous ideas from that a: Sony have no control of the pricing in their own store and b: Sony don’t want to compete with retailers. Things are this way for one main reason and that’s the ineptitude of SCEE.

Boxed copy- £37.99

Digital copy- £49.99

Legal thief in my eyes.

 
Mon-Da-Hoops 13 February, 2013 @ 2:59 pm   45

I notice you didn’t list any of the reviews Mike, I wonder why…… avoid!

    Mike Kebby 13 February, 2013 @ 4:43 pm    

    I wrote this blog post last week, and the game wasn’t scheduled to release until today (hence why the blog post went up today).

 
SamiFFXII 13 February, 2013 @ 3:05 pm   46

This is a good offer, but alas, i’m not into FPS games. Just wanted to ask you, are you a big fan of Bleach?

    Mike Kebby 13 February, 2013 @ 4:44 pm    

    HUGE fan of Bleach! :)

    Just hoping they decide to bring the anime back, as the manga is still going strong.

    Jawad Ashraf 14 February, 2013 @ 4:23 pm    

    I used to enjoy Bleach. When it was good. Then they ruined Aizen :(

 
AndyWhooo 13 February, 2013 @ 3:16 pm   47

Does a bargain bin big enough to fit this game exist???

 
Jamesyp00 13 February, 2013 @ 4:17 pm   48

@funkpower to get people to nto play the game please post the bad reviews from some of the other websites all over the web and not just IGN, IGN is an awful awful website and anything they say shouldn’t be trusted.

@Mike Can we get some new Yakuza info instead of this please? I’d easily forgo this ENTIRE game in place of some new Yakuza 5 or Yakuza HD info, Maybe even Kenzan too!

another_gamer195 13 February, 2013 @ 7:01 pm   49

Firstly thanks Mike, i liked the replies you have given regards the digital pricing situation, including i believe your own opinion, and not the usual transparent non-answers we usually read from the blog staff. though i am hoping they also share your veiws but, as you say Can’t really express them due to contractual reasons, a shame if so as i believe most people would be, erm, ‘less stressed’ if they knew our blog staff felt exactly as the rest of us.
Also about the game, i really had no clue that it was seen as a wash out, i believed, and had hoped it was the opposite, reading the last blog articles a while ago had me convinced This was going to deliver, and it was going to be a day oner for me, very lucky i got DS3 on friday otherwise i would of bought this yesterday. Still, reading the ‘bad’ review c/o above post makes me laugh a little. it ‘seems’ the games been slated more just for being a ordinary fps, like the majority of games released happen to be, true they (ign) minused it for a graphical reason, but i wonder if it wasn’t The Aleins game how they’d of scored it.

 
supersmith2500 13 February, 2013 @ 8:53 pm   50

Hate to say this SEGA but stick to Sonic and your main franchises. You never do a great job at movie/comic licensed games. =\

Also, Activision did an alright job at comic licensed games. Not sure for movie licensed games though.

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