‘Alien: Isolation’ still haunted by the failure of ‘Colonial Marines’ – 6/15/2014

Sega and Creative Assembly are attempting to redefine the horror-survival genre with Alien: Isolation, but every attempt to demonstrate the games uniqueness has been overshadowed by the failure of Aliens: Colonial Marines.

Recently OXM reported on the struggle Creative Assembly is having in promoting the game while trying to escape the shadow of Colonial Marines. The article noted that many gamers who sampled the demo at E3 2014, tried to play the game like a shooter rather than a horror survival.

The games presentation and demo at E3 2014 had been praised by critics but gamers are still bringing up comparisons with Colonial Marines.

When the game was first unveiled on January 7, gamers were a little weary of the announcement with most of them expecting the it to be a failure. Since then; any news or preview about Alien: Isolation has always been meet with remarks that bring up the failure of Colonial Marines.

The moment an article about Alien: Isolation is published on a news site or posted on a aggravator site like N4G, the discussion will quickly be dominated by expectations of failure while citing Colonial Marines as an example of what to expect.

In response to the negative backlash, several game pundits were trying to assure their readers that Alien: Isolation will not be a disaster while encouraging them to give it a chance. Many were quick to point out that the game is influenced by Ridley Scott vision and not the James Cameron film.

However gamers had been quick to dismisses the pleas of giving the game a chance.

Alien: Isolation will be released on October 7, 2014 for all major consoles and the PC. With so much bad publicity, the development team will be under a lot of pressure to avoid another disaster like Colonial Marines

Written for The Gamers Progress
06/15/2014
Original Article: ‘Alien: Isolation’ still haunted by the failure of ‘Colonial Marines’

Gamers surprised that Crytek is developing ‘Homefront: The Revolution’ – 6/6/2014

Crytek official announcement that they are developing Homefront: The Revolution has impressed many gamers while pundits in the media are surprised that this sequel was even considered.

The original Homefront was a highly anticipated game that was promoted as a new vision for the shooter genre by having players engage in a guerrilla war against North Korea’s (known as the Greater Korean Republic in game) occupation of America. Its biggest selling point was a story written by John Milius, Hollywood icon who directed Red Dawn.

However the game was meet with mediocre reviews due to what was seen as a bland gameplay that offered nothing original. The failure of Homefront resulted in Kaos Studios having to shutdown while playing a contributing factor that lead to THQ having to file for bankruptcy in 2012.

In a market dominated by the rivalry between Call of Duty and Battlefield while saturated with forgettable knock-offs, Homefront had faded from gamers memories. So when Crytek announced a squeal, the premise impressed the gaming media while also having them ask “why?”

Hayden Dingman of PC World started his article by stating, “I’ll be honest: I’d sort of forgotten that THQ ever contracted Crytek for a Homefront sequel. I’d definitely forgotten that Crytek then purchased those rights when THQ went bankrupt just so they could finish creating said sequel.It exists. Crytek is making Homefront 2—titled Homefront The Revolution—a reality.

Aaron Birch from Den of Geeks started his preview by stating, “Despite the first Homefront being almost universally mauled by the critics, and being seen by many as one of the worst FPS titles in recent memory, a second game is on the way. ” After that he goes into details about the game with some optimism.

In an interview with the development team, David Jenkins of Metro starts by asking, “I know everyone must be asking this but… why? Why buy the Homefront franchise when the basic gist of the story seems easy enough to recreate without the licence? I mean, the idea of America under occupation is interesting but the whole North Korean angle is rather silly and you could’ve easily just swapped in aliens or another country and made pretty much the same game.

In a less optimistic outlook, Jesse Rogalski of Hardcore Gamer stated, “Is the idea of a sequel to a title that undersold, under-delivered and one that can be directly linked to the demise of not only the developer, but the publisher itself, already doomed before release?

Gamers have also shared their concern on social media and forums as many surprised a sequel to Homefront is even being considered.

Despite many asking “why bother,” the premise along with Crytek reputation has sparked gamers interest and are whiling to give it a chance. Rogalski and Dingman do note at the end of their article that the game does look interesting.

Homefront: The Revolution will be a reboot the original game and will have players fight a guerrilla war in an open-world setting built using an updated version of the CryEngine.

Written for The Gamers Progress
06/6/2014
Original Article: Gamers surprised that Crytek is developing ‘Homefront: The Revolution’