When any video game gets released on the PC at the same time as the consoles, the question the crosses almost everyone’s lips at one point or another is “does it look any better?”When that game looks (to be frank, here) as bad as Aliens: Colonial Marines, that question comes quicker still. Seeing as asking whether something looks better or not is a visual question, we thought it would make more sense to show a video instead of asking you to read through all the changes (Read: Improvements).
The first thing that needs mentioning about Aliens: Colonial Marines, even before you see the footage, is that for some reason the game doesn’t support some of the more modern visual flairs that we’ve become accustomed to over the years. However, it didn’t take long for the gaming community to get their heads together and enable some features that should have been there from the start.
The PC footage that you’ll see in the following video has DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 enabled via a mod, as well as the SweetFX mod (all of which can be found here). These take less than two minutes to download and install and, we think you’ll agree, it makes a dramatic difference.
It’s pretty much obvious from the above video that, if you’ve got a PC capable of it (which isn’t hard), you should be getting the PC version of Aliens: Colonial Marines; at least until Gearbox and SEGA enable the graphical features that should have been in the game from release.
What do you think of the difference? Does it change your opinion of the game? What do you think about the fact that these graphical nuances weren’t included with the game at launch but the community modded them in within 24 hours? Let us know in the comments below.
Aliens: Colonial Marines is available now for Xbox 360, Windows PC and PlayStation 3.