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Just when you thought it was safe to forget about Aliens: Colonial Marines, the UK's Advertising Standards Agency has weighed in on the discrepancies between pre-release trailers and the retail game.
The complaint was allegedly submitted by Reddit user subpardave, who also shared an image of the response he received. The government group agreed to "informally uphold" the grievance, and accepted Sega Europe's measure to include a disclaimer in the notes section of their YouTube videos for the title.
The text reads: "The trailer footage shown uses the in-game engine, and represents a work in progress."
While technically true, the unique nature of Aliens: Colonial Marines creates a conundrum. It is rare that a game looks and performs worse in final form than in pre-release builds, however that's just what happened here. Expectations that titles improve throughout the development cycle are both reasonable and pervasive amongst consumers. In short, this new sentence does little to inform a potential purchaser that the retail product is less polished than demonstrations shown at major conventions and industry events.
Furthermore, the note only appears underneath the trailer on YouTube. The video is unchanged, and the text is not included as an annotation or in added frames. Embedded footage viewed anywhere other than YouTube's site does not display the new disclaimer either.
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Lulz that's still amazing that it bombed so badly there is need for a disclaimer
Somewhere...out in the desert...an E.T. game is looking for company.
Didn't anyone other than me see the commercials weeks before this game released? I was at Gamestop and their were several people talking about how they were waiting for this game to come out. I said that from what the commercials look like I think I will pass. Then several weeks later after the game released I was back at Gamestop and ran into a few of the same people. I had what is referred to as a "I told you so" moment.
This makes me chuckle.
I wish this game would find a nice black hole to call home.. While it's at, cut me a check for $64.
Ahaha! Now that's funny!
If you guys want a good Aliens game, I just picked up Aliens: Infestation for ten bucks at my gamestop, and it's a really fun Metroid/Aliens game.
Ok, NOT buying any gearbox game till they either cop to their lying and deceit of 'them' making this game or they make the game we always wanted.
Who even cares about Colonial Marines anymore?
I hope people loose there job over this game i was suckered in and so disappointed i absolutely love the aliens franchise and bought into Pitchfords lies :-s.
I was so mad that I payed $60 for this game. They really did mislead us, considering the final product was UTTER CRAP. I even tried to defend the game at first, but after beating it on normal and hard difficulty, I was shocked at how GearBox/Sega could release this game with good conscious. This game had such potential and Gearbox just passed it over to work on their precious Borderlands 2, which IMO wasn't that great either. Fool me once...
Talk about adding insult to injury.
The whole post-development story for this game is just crazy.