‘Aliens: Colonial Marines’ Tester Claims Wii U is Worst Version

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Aliens Colonial Marines Wii U Version Worst

By now gamers have already read our Aliens: Colonial Marines review and watched our first impressions gameplay video, and found out that Gearbox Software‘s latest is less than desirable. However, recent developments with the game suggested the yet-to-be-released Wii U version might, in fact, be the definitive version of the game.

The disconnect between screenshots and trailers released for Aliens: Colonial Marines — which looked moody and atmospheric — and the final product appeared to be a byproduct of platform limitations, with a new theory suggesting the Wii U corrects all that. As it turns out, though, the Wii U version might be the worst of them all.

That’s according to an unnamed QA tester that worked on the game, who took to Reddit to say that the Wii U version of Colonial Marines is ostensibly the same game, only with “frame rate issues, texture loading, and horrendously misguided minigames thrown in.” Part of what makes the Wii U version worth the wait is apparently gamepad-specific mechanics, like using the device as the series’ iconic motion tracker.

Beyond being a handy way to anticipate a xenomorph attack, the QA tester reveals tracking the series’ iconic aliens using the device gives players a damage bonus. Additionally there is a minigame that pops up anytime the player cuts open a door using the game’s welding tool whereby they must keep heat “optimal.”

Ironically, the door-welding mechanic appears numerous times throughout the single player campaign, and was rather obtrusive to forward progress. But to know the animation (it’s not really a mechanic) is there for a Wii U minigame only heightens its uselessness on other platforms.

Unfortunately, the QA tester’s responses have since been removed from the popular site, likely because he violated the terms of his employee contract. A similar thread began on Reddit last week in which a former developer on the game revealed that Gearbox Software outsourced work on Aliens: Colonial Marines to several studios including TimeGate. The anonymous source claimed that Gearbox spent much of the game’s troubled, 6+-year development keeping their most prized properties (i.e. Borderlands 2) at the forefront of their minds.

Are you still holding out hope for the Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines? Has the poor reception for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 version soured any hope of the Wii U version redeeming the game?

Aliens: Colonial Marines is still targeting a March release for the Wii U.

Source: Reddit (via Nintendo Life)

TAGS: Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox Software, TimeGate Studios, Wii U

  • Coop

    Bang goes that hope then, was looking forward to using the gamepad as a motion tracker. Not that I don’t believe all the reviews but I may hold judgement until I see the game running

  • jack b

    If that’s the case, then I may save my money for a different game.

    • Vee

      Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate comes to mind….

  • suspicious gamer

    Time for Gear Box to dress up in its finest suit, grab its briefcase, and slowly walk into the ocean with a blank stare on its face.

  • Dan

    All the more reason for me to never buy a Wii U. Hopefully Nintendo will get some actually fun to play games for real gamers one day because everything is just casual junk (IMHO of course )

  • Josh

    Funny that people say that Nintendo doesn’t target “real gamers” on the WiiU. You know who’s saying that? Fan boys of other systems or people who haven’t even tried it. ZombiU is a prime example. For anyone who’s played it you would know that is about as hardcore as you can get. Mass Effect 3, Darksiders 2, and COD Black Ops 2 are more examples of that fact. A Walking Dead game is also slated to be out for the WiiU in March. I understand if people make comments because they don’t like what Nintendo has done in the past. But if you’re going to make comments at least know what you’re talking about so you don’t come off as “idiotic”. Really people…..