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So Gearbox took on a project they felt would give them huge publicity and had such great source material and previous games to draw from that it would likely be an instant hit with at least some effort. Then put it on the back burner cause they didn't have control and wanted to focus on their own hit Borderlands... Then they took scraps of a "game" with no actual structure or script, and told a small time studio to make a AAA Blockbuster game in under 2 years?

If anyone can't put the majority of the blame on GB, they are looking through fogged up love goggles.

They treated this project like it was nothing. Like it would be a success regardless so they didn't need to spend much time on it. They could put it off and focus on their own games and have a money maker whenever they felt like it. Sega likely started breathing down their necks asking "Wheres the game?" or "How close are we to shipping A:CM?" and Gearbox couldn't push it off anymore and realized they didn't have the time/manpower/budget to head this up while doing their own beloved projects so they pawned it off on a smaller studio to either take the fall or bail them out.

Then they were hoping to take the final project, tweak it a bunch, say they had something to do with it, and get paid.

DNF, this... and I seem to be the sole person who dislikes Borderlands... I find it rather dull and boring... and often quite tedious... Though, I haven't tried BL2... maybe they improved it a bit...
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Gearbox kept promoting the game right until it shipped. There was no to very little mention of anyone else working on it. It was all about them about how they "loved" Aliens and about how it was going to be a great FPS true to its roots. I don't see any way for them to weasel out of this one, no matter how many leaks blame the other studios (Time Gate , Demiurge ?).

If the game wasn't up to par they shouldn't have promoted it so much with no reservations. Simple.
It doesn't really matter at this point who is to blame. It was somewhat expected given how well the franchise has been faring lately. In fact I'm now slightly disappointed that the game isn't worse. That would have stirred up the community for weeks to come.
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the commercials for the game seem so epic, until you actually look at the graphics..

just looks old.
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Well you're not the only one that hated borderlands!

It seems like this game could've been like what Crysis was and PC only but Gearbox wanted to strip it all down so consolites could have it too. So everyone got a mess in the end. By the sound of it Timegate made a pretty good game and it is all on Gearbox but IMHO that doesn't matter, seeing as how Sega paid Gearbox and they didn't get the product. So, passed on or not, it is ultimately Gearbox that is to blame.

FYI: This isn't a console bashing comment, just stating what I read!
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Originally Posted by StormX2 View Post

the commercials for the game seem so epic, until you actually look at the graphics..

just looks old.

The .ini file that has the list of all Graphics cards and their Graphic "rating" the game uses doesn't list a single card made after 2006. Generally the list has to be editied to include most modern cards. Even my HD 5850 was given a graphical score of 4 / 5 by the game.
Edited by Superplush - 2/26/13 at 8:17am
post #25 of 70
man I used to love sega back in the day, but this just proves they don't belong on this planet anymore lol
the dreamcast died over a decade ago, and your 3rd party games are terrible, sega just give up already and file bankruptcy.
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thats why this one's a rental, for me.
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Gearbox kept promoting the game right until it shipped. There was no to very little mention of anyone else working on it. It was all about them about how they "loved" Aliens and about how it was going to be a great FPS true to its roots. I don't see any way for them to weasel out of this one, no matter how many leaks blame the other studios (Time Gate , Demiurge ?).

If the game wasn't up to par they shouldn't have promoted it so much with no reservations. Simple.
It doesn't really matter at this point who is to blame. It was somewhat expected given how well the franchise has been faring lately. In fact I'm now slightly disappointed that the game isn't worse. That would have stirred up the community for weeks to come.

This is the craziest part of all this. I was sold on this game based on the demo/talk-through they showed. All about how they loved the aliens universe and were complete nerds for the universe and blah blah blah.

I was sold by the apparent true love that was just a front. It's hard to believe how fooled I was by the emotion they put behind their dialogue on these pre-release demo walk throughs. It angers me at how I was deceived so wholly, even. I truly believed gearbox would bring this game out with all the bells and whistles deemed worthy of a great labor of love and dedication to a franchise history such that of the aliens universe.

As many times as I've been fooled in my life over things, especially games, I still want to believe there are some good quality developers out there who won't throw any punches when it comes to making a quality piece of art. I want to believe....I just don't know if there is much left to believe in. A few kickstarter projects give me hope, though. So does CD PRojekt Red
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original AvP was the best Aliens game and Im sure it will stay that way. the latest remake of it is beautiful btw.
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Nothing to justify a statement like that, that's for sure, I thought it was ok personally...

What's meant by that is not that the game is the worst in history, but the fact that this title had so much potential And anticipation. Its the fact that it could have been so great yet fell so far from it. Some games are terrible right from the start, its in their nature, and these are the games no one cares about or gets upset over. That was not this game.
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What's meant by that is not that the game is the worst in history, but the fact that this title had so much potential And anticipation. Its the fact that it could have been so great yet fell so far from it. Some games are terrible right from the start, its in their nature, and these are the games no one cares about or gets upset over. That was not this game.

Precisely, it broke steam preorder records. A LOT of people were hyped for this, then.......reality set in.
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