I didn't believe the hype or negative reviews and had to see A:CM for myself.
I've played probably every Aliens game that has come out in the past 3 decades (I'm 30 years old, I've been around the gamer block a few times). Even if you are a big Aliens fan like myself and WANTED this game to be good, there is nothing remotely good about A:CM.
I know what you are thinking "It can't be that bad"... because that's what I thought. My expectations were low to begin when I rented it. I have to say, every bad review is absolutely true... and anyone telling you otherwise is either blinded by their love for Aliens OR they haven't played it yet. I won't go into specific details about why it's awful, because frankly the game just fails in every possible category.
If that doesn't dissuade you... you might also note that Timegate (co-developer) is filing for bankruptcy after helping make this game. That speaks volumes for the quality you can expect.
Don't rent it... don't buy it. Just don't. Forget this game ever existed.
As usual the user reviews for this game are just about on the money. The game isn't broken by any means but in this day and age the bar is set so high you really have to be solid to push out an awesome game.
Gunplay and gun models are decent but not great. Being able to upgrade your weapons as you play through the main campaign actually is what was just enough to keep me going for a full play through.
This game doesn't use a regenerating health bar. It has an armor bar and a few health bars which themselves will regenerate if you don't totally go through a bar. So you will need to pick up armor packs and health packs along the way. I know this alone will keep some player away from this game.
On normal (soldier) I found the difficulty to be all over the board. For the most part I plowed right through the campaign but at main set points in the game (you know the ones in the story where the music picks up) I ended up dying and retrying on average 10 times. Also the human enemies you run into are snipers with their hand grenades. I mean really it's like they were homing grenades from Borders. Overall the campaign ended up being about 6-8hr with 440GP to show for it.
The setting in the game is cool if you are familiar with Aliens you'll know what to expect. I'm not a huge fan but like I said it was enough to keep me going through a full play through.
Overall I would say the user reviews are right on. If you don't mind a B game to play in between your A classers to pick up a couple gamers then go for it. If you only want the best and hate a non regenerating health bar blow this one off. Either way I would have never played it at all if not for GFLY.