The lights are on
I have spent a couple hours in the campaign, and played a hand full of online. I have to say, this game is not as bad, or broken as most of these reviews suggest. I hardly ever let reviews make or break my game purchases, and I really don't understand why everyone is saying "oh I knew it was gonna suck!" etc etc, when they haven't even played it! By no means is it groundbreaking, or reinventing the wheel, but it's a fun shooter set in the Aliens universe. There was a day one update, which I'm sure took care of the issues mentioned in the reviews, such as bad AI, screen tearing, and glitches, which I have not encounteres any of that so far. Granted, the graphics aren't stellar, but they aren't as bad as some reviews suggest. That doesn't make or break a game in my opinion anyway, that's just an added bonus if it has amazing graphics. Look at Dishonored, that was an awesome game, but the graphics weren't mind shattering in that, just average.
So, decent campaign so far, from what I have played. Definitely has the Aliens vibe, and all sets and sounds are there. The multiplayer has potential, hopefully they add more maps and game modes soon. My one sole complaint with gameplay is playing as an alien/xenomorph in multiplayer. Maybe it's gonna take some getting used to, because you definitely have to use a different tactic, and possiby some leveling up, because they feel a little underpowered.
Anyway, that's pretty much my little review. It's not a groundbreaking shooter that does anything new, but it's a fun revisit to LV-426, and see a lot of things from the movie. If you are a fan of the movies I think you will like it, and it's a decent shooter. I think it's fun, and that' really all that matters in the end.
I give it a 7.5/10
I honestly would have ranked the level of fun I had playing the campaign in co-op mode with 3 other live people a ten. I had blast blowing away aliens with other live people. Overall I would give the game an 8. I thought it was a great experience. If your an Aliens fan I don't see how you can't have a good time playing this game with your friends.
I agree with you about not letting reviews fully decied on whether or not to buy a game. I bought Alpha Protocal even though they sauid it was terriable and found it nowhere as bad as they said. I think that reviews should be used only as a single step in the process of choosing what game to buy. Beofre I buy a game, I read reviews, then play the demo( if there is one), then watch vidoes online of others playing. Then, and only then, will I decied if a game is for me or not.
I am currently reseraching this game, and I can already tell that it is not for me. But,it doesn't seem that bad of a game if you are into that type of game.(Not much of a shooter fan, but I am a fan of the movies).