I am yet to play it, but weirdly enough, none of this turned me off on playing it. If anything, I want to play it even more.
Make no mistake, I don’t want to throw down 60 bucks for it. I just want to play it. Preferably when it is cheap as hell. I want to play it because they don’t make bad games like they used to.
In the modern era of video games, you still get bad games. But as the technology has improved and budgets get bigger, most “bad” games are not bad in the way that some of the games of our past were bad. Even games that are critically crushed are still playable… they are just bad when compared to their competition.
I have a strange affinity for playing bad games. Not uninspired games, or boring games. I mean really fucking bad games. I mean games like Drake of the 99 Dragons (a game that I recommend that everyone should at least watch), Big Rigs, Sonic 2006 and Daikatana (a stone cold classic).
I like games that obviously haven’t been through the bug stomping phase. I like games that haven’t been thoroughly play tested. I like games that went over budget and over time and still turned into shit.
Games like these interest me because it is like peering into the dark side of the video game business. Not every game can be a polished classics. These games are often the end result of being under a tight deadline, running out of money, or simple incompetence. They help you appreciate the great games even more.
Aliens: Colonial Marines is unfinished. There have been reports of screen tearing, pop in textures, horrific enemy AI and horrible writing. It gets extra points for being developed by Gearbox, who created one my favorite games of 2012, Borderlands 2.
You can beat a whole level just by RUNNING BY THE XENOMORPHS. LOOK:
THAT IS WHAT I LIKE TO SEE. This game isn’t going to sell for shit, which means it will be in the bargain bin soon. EXCELLENT.