When Aliens: Colonial Marines first came onto the scene in 2013 many people did not like it (me included). It received so many bad reviews and critiques it was considered for a short time to be pulled from shelves. However, recently Templar GFX Modding has taken on the complex task to give the game a complete overhaul and give fans what they hoped would be the game when it was launched.
Templar GFX Modding who designed and executed the mod have made this game absolutely amazing which you can find at ModDB. The overhaul has touched every little detail of the game such as the animations, the engine, and the weapon mechanics. Templar even reprogrammed the Artificial Intelligence for the Xenomorphs and the humans. They even went in and drastically improved the effects and visuals of the game.
I got a chance to play this recently and besides the major overhaul what I find most dramatically changed is in the Xenomorphs. When I played the original creation, I found the Xenomorphs to be boring, easy to kill and not visually stimulating. However, in this mod I find them to be more deadly. The way they move and their behavior has them appearing more scary, and I caught myself several times jumping when one of the Xenomorphs popped up on the screen out of nowhere. Templar says the new Xenomorphs, “Dramatically shifts the tone of the entire campaign.”
Templar went on to say, “This is how Colonial Marines should have been when it came out.” I have to agree with this. When the game launched many fans were angry on how the game looked amazing in demos and trailers, but when they bought the game it was far less than what was advertised. Sega and Gearbox Interactive (the makers of the game) received numerous false advertising complaints and even were slapped with a lawsuit. Now when I bought the game, I was disappointed with it. I could see the game didn’t match the hype. I can even agree the game makers dealt in false advertising, but I wasn’t angry enough to put together a formal complaint or enough to file a lawsuit.
The possibility of Modding gives me goose bumps. You have to try out the original version of Colonial Marines and this new Mod version just to see how different the two games are. Just imagine if every game that sucked someone goes in and gives it an overhaul? Doesn’t it just sent shivers down your spine?