Aliens: Colonial Marines – Bait and Switch? Did the Original Build Ever Exist? What Happened?

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Six years. That’s how long Aliens: Colonial Marines was in development. Let’s face it; a lot can happen in the span of such a lengthy bit of time; but one would think that given the sheer amount of time the powers-that-be had to get things right, they would. Right? Wrong.

Here’s the thing: Aliens: Colonial Marines (review here) is a fun game, BUT, and this is a really big friggin’ but, it’s not the game that everyone was originally shown. Need an example? Video Gamer just uploaded a video comparison between the widely seen gameplay demo and the final product. Did Sega, Time Gate, and Gearbox flat out swindle us? The differences in the videos are staggering.

Tell us what you think in our comments section. We would love to know what Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford has to say about this.

In fact, as gamers we should ask him. Drop him a line on Twitter after watching the irritating video below.

In Aliens: Colonial Marines, players are part of a United States Colonial Marine squad and must prepare to face an alien assault more intense and horrific than ever before. Driven by a compelling and original story penned by renowned writers Bradley Thompson and David Weddle, Aliens: Colonial Marines will retain the atmospheric look and feel of the original films while leveraging next-generation technology to create an entirely new interactive Aliens experience.

Packing classic Aliens weaponry ranging from pulse rifles to flamethrowers as well as brand-new equipment and skills all within a squad-based combat system, players will become an elite United States Colonial Marine. Featuring claustrophobic environments, a brooding soundtrack, and a multitude of surprises and shocks, players will battle against menacing alien hordes in strikingly detailed levels that include the stark interiors of the abandoned Sulaco and unique environments created specifically for the game.

Aliens: Colonial Marines will feature a story driven single-player mode and an all-new four player co-op mode allowing players to share the chilling experience with three friends. In co-op mode, each player will assume the persona of a Colonial Marine and have a distinct role to play in the completion of every mission. Additionally, more multiplayer modes will be revealed later in the year that will complete the Aliens video game experience.

Visit the official Aliens: Colonial Marines website to learn more.

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