Aliens: Colonial Marines has been singled out as one of the most disappointing games of the year. Currently playing through it again in co-op with my younger brother, even my own disparaging review seems generous.
It’s a sentiment shared by many a gamer, with one so miffed off with A:CM that they’ve filed a class action lawsuit against publisher Sega and developer Gearbox, citing false advertising as the final game diverged so greatly from what was promised in early game demos (and presented as in game footage.
The two defendants have now issued public statements concerning the action, basically shrugging off the claims.
“SEGA cannot comment on specifics of ongoing litigation, but we are confident that the lawsuit is without merit and we will defend it vigorously,” said SEGA.
Gearbox have issued a similar response:
“Attempting to wring a class action lawsuit out of a demonstration is beyond meritless. We continue to support the game, and will defend the rights of entertainers to share their works-in-progress without fear of frivolous litigation.”
Many have noted massive discrepancies between early promotional footage and the final games content, best illustrated in this video:
However, this is regular practice in game development, with features being cut as time, money or play-testing demand. The critically acclaimed BioShock Infinite was demoed with many moments cut from the final game. The real problem with A:CM is the poor quality of what was finally left in the game, and we’ve got a feeling gamers are just going to have to suck it up and accept it.