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Despite Being Terrible, Aliens: Colonial Marines Sells 1.3 Million Copies

by Joey Davidson | May 10, 2013May 10, 2013 6:00 am PDT

Aliens - Colonial Marines

So this is exactly how far a game can get on brand recognition. It’s also how far a game can get when it shows demo footage and screenshots that are pretty much made up in the months leading up to launch.

Aliens: Colonial Marines felt like a betrayal, didn’t it? We had a company like Gearbox going after one of the greatest science fiction franchises in history. They were set to make a stunning game that finally lived up to its title. Even better, Aliens: Colonial Marines looked like the real thing thanks to staged and falsified demos at conventions.

Yet here we are now, with a completely buggered final product. Aliens: Colonial Marines is outright terrible. It’s broken in places, it sports horrific gameplay, terribly stupid AI and a storyline that’s completely weak. In short, it sucks.

Despite all of that. Despite the fact that it’s a bad game, and despite (and maybe because) Gearbox’s decision to veil the truth with their PR cadence, Aliens: Colonial Marines has moved more than 1.3 million copies.

1.3 million copies sold is a solid figure for a good game. It’s stunning that this thing hit that mark. The numbers come from Sega’s recent financial report.


Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...