I was going to give a detail review of why I know this game is thrash and why should be put in a $10 bin or in a "buy one get one free" deal one week after its release, but someone already beat me to it. At first I thought it was going to great game since it was made by Gearbox, but sadly I was wrong the only reason why give this a 4 instead of a 2 is because I'm a great fan of both Aliens and Gearbox. The only good thing I got out of this game was getting the 3 golden keys for Borderlands 2.
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Are the graphics great? No. Is the story-line as great as the film? No. Are there buggy glitches in animation from time to time? Yeah. But I've never experienced anything that was a game halting glitch. If anything, when a xenomorph stands perfectly still, I take the opportunity to blast him in the head without getting harmed. Even on recruit difficulty, there's enough trying to kill you to make things hairy.
If you wanted something as polished as Halo 4 or something on par with the entire Uncharted series, this isn't it. BUT if you want a shooter that allows you to blast xenomorphs (and a few humans) in the face, with some nods and easter eggs to one of the best sci-fi movies ever made, the game does it's job.
Just because it took 6-7 years for the game to finally be released, does not mean it will be the best game ever made. And even as a huge Aliens franchise fan, you can't let yourself be let down because it isn't the perfect picture of what you wanted it to be. It is what it is, a run for your life, blast everything in between you and safety bug hunt. Stick with that mentality and you'll have a good time playing.
As far as other's comments about the leveling system, just be happy that you can upgrade anything at all, unlike previous Aliens and AvP games. For those that say there are no moments of horror, try sneaking around 5 sightless exploders without a weapon in pitch blackness, or running from the Raven with only your welder in hand. It's tense at times, and a shootout at others. The challenge system adds another layer of "completionism" to the campaign and versus matches.
Just like Resident Evil 6, a game can't always be what you wanted it to be, it's what the developers wanted. It may be different than what you expected, but don't let that or what other's think cloud your judgement. Sure it could have been better, so could every game. Just enjoy Aliens: Colonial Marines for what it is, and not for what it isn't, and then send it back.