Skip to main content
If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Modders Give Gearbox's Aliens Some Colonic Irrigation

Aliens: Colonial Marines got 99 problems, and looking like it's from 2005 is one of them. Which is mystifying, given that recent in-game footage clearly showed that a more attractive version of the game did/does exist somewhere. God only knows why they'd put so much effort into a game whose lone memorable achievement is taking as long to develop as Half-Life 2 did, but modders have been busily trying to make Gearbox/Timegate's mess look a little more as though it was released this decade.

Results so far are mixed, but explorations of the game's ini files suggest it's set its own bar mysteriously low, including failing to recognise current-generation graphics cards. Guides to and pre-fixed files for this exist if you want to dabble.

Meanwhile comparatively simple tweaks have introduced better lighting, effects, anti-aliasing and loading speeds thanks to DirectX 10 support. Don't expect miracles, and bear in mind it's something of a brute force approach, but it does make things look a little more lively.

Watch on YouTube

However, there's controversy around this mod, with rival modders suggesting that it's not true 10iness and indeed there might even be a placebo effect at work. Well, those gentlemen can have their drama - for players the question is whether, whatever the mod actually does, it makes the game look and/or run better for them.

There's also the SweetFX mod, which I'm struggling not to describe as the Instagram of Unreal engine games - but while what it does to shadows and highlights might be a little exaggerated, it does seem to do very welcome things to ACM's dim, dull world.

Nothing as yet to fix the lousy AI, turgid writing or unrelenting tedium, alas.

Rock Paper Shotgun is the home of PC gaming

Sign in and join us on our journey to discover strange and compelling PC games.

In this article

Aliens: Colonial Marines

PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, PC

Related topics
About the Author
Alec Meer avatar

Alec Meer


Ancient co-founder of RPS. Long gone. Now mostly writes for rather than about video games.