Hopes and dreams were shattered last week when Gearbox's Aliens: Colonial Marines failed to live up to even conservative expectations.
The Sega-published shooter paid lip-service to the revered sci-fi franchise it was based on, but superficial pandering wasn't enough to mask the numerous technical and design failings crippling the overall experience. Needless to say, it was a major disappointment for fans long-awaiting a new game worth of bearing the Aliens name.
But where professional development studios have failed, impassioned fans may succeed. A group of modders have already taken their tools to the PC version of Alien: Colonial Marines to bring the games visuals up to scratch.
Threads offering a step-by-step guide on how to tweak Colonial Marines to get the most out of it have started popping up on the Steam forums. For now, it seems the community is focused on aesthetics, but how long before it starts digging to AI? And then more.
Maybe these are just more desperate hopes from fans of the series, or maybe modders will give us the game the series deserves.