Aliens: Colonial Marines
Aliens: Colonial Marines Receives a Further Patch
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Gearbox’s valiant effort to make Aliens: Colonial Marines a better, more stable game continues, as the developer has released another patch for the much maligned shooter.

You can see all the patch notes below, with fixes and adjustments to both single-player and multiplayer. The update comes following the discovery of the game’s first campaign DLC by sister-site PS3 Trophies. Details through the link.


  • Adjusted melee encounter animations

Various AI Improvements

  • Adjusted Xeno behavior to only allow for tail attacks when they're on ceilings
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Xenos to walk upright on ceilings
  • Adjusted Lurker AI to retreat a bit after a close encounter
  • Fixed a bug where AI marines would occasionally default pose if incapacitated from a melee encounter
  • Fixed a bug where AI would still be targetable by Xenos while incapacitated
  • Changed the close encounter lighting to fade out instead of abruptly turning off
  • Addressed an issue where player weapons would possibly continue to fire during melee encounters
  • Adjusted the dissolve effect for Xeno head pieces and particles in Bug Hunt and multiplayer
  • Adjusted the attack angle for the Xeno tail stab to prevent stretching
  • Addressed an issue where Xeno gore effects would occasionally play twice
  • Addressed an issue with the 'Eat This!' achievement from not being unlocked when using the double-barreled flush gun
  • Addressed a rare crash bug when using interactive objects
  • Addressed an issue where the motion tracker ping would play when you didn't have a motion tracker available
  • Addressed an issue where some particles would not appear when the World Detail slider was set to the minimum. NOTE: This may require some users to re-configure the World Detail slider (under Settings -> Video ) to ensure the setting is applied properly.


  • Adjusted "Recruit" difficulty to be easier. (Other difficulty options have not changed)


  • Adjusted a broken Extermination Point in Excavation
  • Addressed an issue in Extermination where the last two Extermination Points used would sometimes immediately reactivate
  • Addressed an issue that wouldn't let you select spectator cameras when joining games in progress


User Comments

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Comment #1 by bravheart83
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 04:41:01 AM
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Does anyone know if this is playable now, or is it still crap?

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Comment #2 by Earthbound_X
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 04:43:17 AM
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Least they are trying, I can respect them for that, they should have tried harder with the development though.

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Comment #4 by Darren Ford
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 04:44:31 AM
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Made recruit easier? Seriously I just started playing this on badass and its one of the easiest games I've played in a long time... How difficult was recruit?

@1 it's playable but still crap I wish I didn't waste my money on it.

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Comment #5 by TSB Grenadier
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 04:45:39 AM
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Game wasn't that bad. It could have been a hell of a lot better though. Still nice to see them give a shit about it.

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Comment #6 by Roose91
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 04:53:43 AM
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@1 It never was unplayable-it's just not very all.

I've played far worse games though-the only reason this is so critically panned and controversial is because of the franchise that it's apart of.

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Comment #7 by XenoNick
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 04:57:17 AM
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Comment #8 by Nateboy1989
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 05:15:36 AM
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Any idea when the Stasis Interrupted DLC comes out??? I haven't heard anything about it for a while...I'm looking forward to it...

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Comment #9 by gazmaster1
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 05:16:43 AM
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@8 it comes out today

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Comment #10 by Nateboy1989
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 05:18:16 AM
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Cool...looks like I've got some downloading to do...thanks...

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Comment #11 by SUTCLIFF 286
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 05:36:09 AM
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@1 - I started playing this game last week (on coop) and there are TONNES of glitches and it is a bit of a stinker but it plays ok and I haven't encountered any game breaking glitches they're mostly visual fuck Ups... Mostly

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Comment #12 by My iron lung
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 05:36:39 AM
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The best way they can "patch" this game is by getting every copy and burning it from existence.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 05:38:21 AM
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Where is the save game wipe fix though? still waiting on that after hitting almost level 50 twice just to be reset again.

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Comment #14 by michabos
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 05:54:01 AM
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I think the game is better than average, and I welcome a tweak of the recruit difficulty. Personally I had no problem beating the game on Ultimate BadAss using only one hand, wearing shades on the darkest graphic settings and listening to Chinese rock on high volume. ;-)

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Comment #15 by Emperor 95
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 05:58:31 AM
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@3 ha. Mythbusters...

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Comment #16 by Andreas_loel
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 06:11:33 AM
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@14 Thats stylish as fuck!

Might give this game a chance sometime, got it laying around here. It got coop so cant be that terribad

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Comment #17 by RedstoneFanatic
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 06:12:26 AM
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I think it's got some fundamental issues patches can't fix, but hell, they can make into at least a 50 to 70 rated game in the end.

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Comment #18 by Johan
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 06:34:29 AM
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@14 You must be joking right, better than avarage?

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Comment #19 by General Boredom
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 06:39:45 AM
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I enjoyed the game for what it was, and actually had some fun with the MP.

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Comment #20 by wes coas 4 life
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 06:54:05 AM
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I didn't have any problems when I got it.

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Comment #21 by wyliecoyote1973
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 07:02:59 AM
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Comment #22 by CALIBORS
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 07:19:37 AM
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@1 the games not as bad as its made out to be. Wouldnt have paid more than $15 for it tho.

review that made me want to play it/consider picking it up:

stuck on the lvl 5 crusher boss at the mo tho and no patch for it, so I will have to keep trying.

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Comment #23 by Aliasalpha
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 08:09:09 AM
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Its not that bad a game really, it's a solid 70% range game. I'm thinking of picking up the DLC if the quality is reported to be better but I suspect it'll be tough to get an impartial review of the DLC

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Comment #24 by bofeenaun
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 08:17:54 AM
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Hope dlc has better quality graphics than the game

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Comment #25 by bravheart83
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 09:10:09 AM
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I was told by people on my friends list it was a good game but when I went to GAME they told me it was an extremely glitchy, broken game. They recommended Defiance, which is pretty good but boring after awhile. Might just try this game, at worst I can rent it.

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Comment #26 by bLaKgRaVy
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 09:51:55 AM
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This patch isn't new and wasn't released today with the DLC. It was released on 7/15 and is still causing people to lose their progress.

I'm not getting this DLC until it drastically goes down in price.

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Comment #27 by Goku1552
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 04:25:03 PM
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so im guessing the patch would not unlock the claymore and assault rifle for SP? i leveled up in the shooting range and thus never unlocked them (and im rank 60).

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Comment #28 by Wing X Custom
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 05:15:55 PM
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A turd; Now with Frosting.

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Comment #29 by BasqueNYC
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 09:17:35 PM
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Sweet can't wait to tackle the new DLC this game is the tits!!!

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Comment #30 by BasqueNYC
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 09:21:02 PM
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Todd alot of peeps moan and cry in here,don't like it don't play see is that so hard

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US February 12, 2013

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