Aliens: Colonial Marines
Aliens: Colonial Marines Gets Second Post-Release Patch
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Gearbox has released a further update for Aliens: Colonial Marines, with the aim of making a pretty crappy game slightly less crappy.

A quick glance at some of the problems the patch addresses gives you a decent idea of the state of the game. Stuff like “players could walk or fall outside of maps” is not an insignificant issue.

But hey, now it’s fixed! At least they haven’t just left it to die, eh? You’ll find the full patch list below, courtesy of Gearbox.


  • Addressed an issue that could sometimes cause co-op player revival to not work under certain circumstances.
  • Addressed issues with players not spawning into a level properly.
  • Fixed a marine player invincibility exploit.
  • Resolved several instances where players could walk or fall outside of maps.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause localized text to sometimes display incorrectly.
  • Addressed an issue where weapon ammunition was not always highlighted properly.
  • Addressed some issues where multiplayer / co-op clients could see interactive objects displayed in a different state.
  • Fixed a bug affecting voiceovers with the Firing Range bonus content.
  • Addressed an issue where Ripley's Flamethrower (bonus content) would sometimes fire continuously without player input.
  • Addressed a rare issue that could cause Achievements to not unlock properly.
  • General user interface improvements.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes.


  • Addressed some issues that could cause improper warping for co-op players.
  • Various tweaks to address instances where NPC characters would not always properly navigate to objectives.
  • Added safeguards to prevent players from using a weapon in the weapons-suppressed portion of "One Bullet."
  • Modified Bella and Reid's behavior in "No Hope in Hadley's" to prevent them from spawning at the wrong point.


  • Fixed issues that could clients to report inaccurate results and statistics.
  • Addressed instances where a map would appear to "pop in" when loading into a new match.
  • Addressed an issue that was could cause stutter when opening the multiplayer scoreboard.
  • Switching profiles while in a lobby now returns players to the title screen immediately.
  • Multiplayer teams should now correctly auto-balance between rounds.
  • New Xeno appearance customization added.


User Comments

Forum Posts: 5
Comment #1 by Crazyfulla
Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 05:05:38 AM
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This game reminds me of Duke Nukem Forever.. both were delayed for ages and when finally released it failed miserably.

Atleast they're trying to fix it... sorta

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Comment #2 by My iron lung
Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 05:10:35 AM
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No matter how many patches they release goes the saying.
"You can't polish a turd".

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Comment #3 by kaiyo penguin
Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 05:15:18 AM
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was gonna pick this up when i cleared some of my back log. but after everything heard and read. i know not to bother now. cheers peeps you saved me some cash. :)

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Comment #4 by RedstoneFanatic
Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 05:24:41 AM
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Unless they can overhaul the graphics, ending, voice acting, and the entire Xenomorph fighting system / scary factor... patches won't do too much. If they released something that did all that, then they'd pretty much be set for an at least 'meh' game.

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Comment #5 by Floodclaw
Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 05:25:15 AM
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@2: You can polish a turd. It'd still just be a shiny turd, though.

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Comment #6 by roza
Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 05:40:35 AM
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@1 Both by Gearbox too.
From what I hear, they put all their effort into Borderlands, a relatively new IP tehy wanted to be good. And left Aliens and Duke out to dry which are 2 HUGE IPs. Already proven to be successful.

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Comment #7 by Kazenji
Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 05:43:15 AM
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This game looked nothing like what they showed off last year

seriously Gearbox should fix this game up and re-release it.

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Comment #8 by SeraphTC
Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 05:45:10 AM
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@5 How on earth would you polish a turd?!? You'd just get crap everywhere! It'd be all up in your cloth. This is not possible.

On the other hand, if you somehow lacquered said turd, or maybe shrink wrapped it with plastic or something, then it might be possible. But you'd really be polishing the coating, not the turd.

It would also still just be a coated, polished turd.

I really have too much time on my hands today.

Not enough to attempt this though.

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Comment #9 by XxStuartxX 1990
Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 05:53:13 AM
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@2 actually you can.

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Comment #10 by SeraphTC
Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 06:06:17 AM
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@9 Well there's something I didn't think I'd ever see.

Still, the phrase generally refers to the generally soft human turd, whilst they used very dry Ostrich and Lion turds.

Much like a lot of the stuff from Mythbusters, the results are slightly questionable.

I don't think this process would work for human turds.

One thing I am sure of, is that these comments have been pretty well and truly derailed.

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Comment #11 by onidemon
Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 06:14:34 AM
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haha.......gotta love Myth Busters.

As for this game, really glad I didn't pick this up day one. Hopefully it'll be a tenner before long so I can see just how bad it truly is

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Comment #12 by Nevander
Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 07:19:45 AM
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Gearbox didn't actually make this or DNF. Blaming them for this game's quality is absurd. This game is so much worse than DNF by the way, which was NOT a failure. People just can't seem to firmly grasp the concept of not this gen, not going to do good with the current gen croud.

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Comment #13 by Geordiefly
Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 07:22:00 AM
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Thats a good sign for a new game. 2 comments into a thread and the entire page turns into the topic of polishing turds. Think it might be a sign to not even bother when it gets put into the bargain bin...

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Comment #14 by Tai_MT
Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 07:53:26 AM
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I'm waiting for a patch where I can play Splitscreen online with my friends. You know, drag a guest into online play or into Cooperative.

Let me know when that broken feature is fixed. I'm sick of only being able to use splitscreen in "offline mode".

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Comment #15 by ModernViking
Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 08:30:45 AM
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Ill wait until its 6 bucks like Duke.

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Comment #16 by xWelshlad92x
Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 08:51:07 AM
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Still No update for that small problem where peoples Ranks would Randomly Disappear that has happened to me twice now

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Comment #17 by Jack Frost
Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 10:20:46 AM
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@#16 - And don't hold your breath that Gearbox will ever fix it. They might find a way to get you some of what you earned back, but the glitch will always be there.

This same thing is still happening in Borderlands 2. Granted, they patched it so it reads your save file and gives you back the Badass Tokens you'd already earned. But then you have to go and re-distribute them. So, if it happens again, and it will since they haven't fixed the problem, you get to re-distribute the points again! Heads and skins are pretty much just gone...

In fact, it might even be safe to say that Gearbox games cannot be trusted to keep very good track of your progress.

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Comment #18 by Fleshtrap
Saturday, March 09, 2013 @ 02:19:47 AM
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"This game is much worse than DNF" Ummmmmm. No.

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Comment #19 by MrDeathMetal
Saturday, March 09, 2013 @ 12:32:24 PM
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The game wasnt all that bad, just a little dated. Most of what they fixed I never seen or had a problem with. The reason it got bad reviews is only because people cried and cried that no one would put it out, and when someone came along and did, they werent happy with it. You just cant please some people.

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Comment #20 by Emperor 95
Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 05:41:54 AM
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It has been proven you can in fact, polish a turd.
Mythbusters legends

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Comment #21 by Darke Ryder
Monday, March 18, 2013 @ 03:07:25 PM
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And the PC update patch is 4 GIG.

A patch that's almost the same size as the game.


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Comment #22 by MCFC Blue Nose
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 @ 11:34:11 AM
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Nice, the 2nd update & twice now its deleted my save & all my stats, cheers Gearbox

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