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Gearbox post PC specs for Aliens: Colonial Marines
Posted: 14.01.2013 14:55 by Simon Priest Comments: 22
The system requirements for Aliens: Colonial Marines from Gearbox Software have chest-burst onto the Internetz, in the hope that said xenomorph shooter doesn't case-burst your desktop rig.

Appreciatively, I'm sure, the lower spec demands are quite generous for those with a less than interstellar setup. It uses Steamworks so the usual one-time online activation is needed.

Aliens: Colonial Marines from the creators of Borderlands has been a very long-time in the making, with little info having escaped the studio, leading to cancellation rumours.

However publisher SEGA and Gearbox have now given us the official PC specifications needed to fight off those vent-loving, colony vandals; the xenomorphs, or just 'aliens' if you prefer.

Minimum Specs:
Operating System: Windows XP SP3
Processor: 2 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor
RAM: 2GB RAM (XP),2GB RAM (Vista)
HD: 20GB free hard disk space
Optical Drive: DVD
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Video Card:NVIDIA GeForce 8500/ATI Radeon HD 2600 (256 minimum)


Recommended Specs:
Operating System: Windows XP SP3/Vista/Windows 7
Processor: 2.3 GHz Intel Quad CoreProcessor
RAM: 2GB RAM. HD
20GB free hard disk space
Optical Drive: DVD
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX560/ATI Radeon HD 5850 (512 minimum)


Aliens: Colonial Marines releases on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and PC February 12th.

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Comments

By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 14, 2013
SirRoderick
20gigs HD space? Meaty that
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 14, 2013
herodotus
Pretty standard for a console port, Roddy. If it was a PC-only title it'd be much smaller.
GTX 560Ti - yup, I'm ready as long as the game's any good. Can't wait for a good marines vs. Aliens game, and haven't looked forward so much to a movie tie-in (of sorts) since "Starship Troopers". Let's hope it's better than that mess (the FPS, not the RTS which I quite liked).
By The_Tingler (SI Core) on Jan 14, 2013
The_Tingler
Yep, I'm ready with my 560Ti as well. I've heard mixed things about the last single-player previews, but I at least have played the multiplayer and it's already great fun - and that wasn't even the L4D-style co-op or 'Escape!' mode. At the very least the campaign should be super-reverential to the series canon.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jan 14, 2013
nocutius
Decent enough requirements.

As long as this won't be a third person shooter I'm interested.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Jan 14, 2013
FoolWolf
Sounds like a multiplatformer coming our way and with most likely some badly optimised textures for "high resolution game play on your awesome PC machines yous guys..."...
If it plays a bit like Left 4 Dead 2 and have some decent AI to be tolerable as a SP game as well I think this could be... OK?
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 14, 2013
herodotus
Certainly wouldn't pre-order, even if I had the cash.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 14, 2013
SirRoderick
I never pre-order, unless I have both great confidence in the dev and a real perk for doing so.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 14, 2013
herodotus
The same for me. I can count on one hand the number of retail packaged games I've pre-ordered since 1989. In fact my very first pre-order was "Homeworld".
Since then it's mainly been a few CE's (aside from the couple that bombed like "Il2:CoD" and "Naval War Arctic Circle").
Using digital distribution does seem to spur pre-orders more than the old way but for me unless there is a substantial cash discount and/or vital extras, or I simply can't wait for the damn thing - pass.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jan 14, 2013
nocutius
Kickstarter and varios beta purchases kinda count as preorders too.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 14, 2013
SirRoderick
Well in kickstarte, where I've funded 3 projects, I'm getting the very significant perks of things like 50% off retail price. In Star Citizen for instance, I get discounted, I have alpha and beta access and some goodies for the game. That combined with their excellent campaign and followups, not to mention Mr Roberts' personal involvement to encourage my confidence, means I'm more than happy to help them out. I'm also assured that my money actually went into the development itself and isn't being funneled into an EA executive's pocket.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 14, 2013
SirRoderick
Paradox? Borderlands?!

Dear me Chosen, what HAVE you been drinking? :P
That is a 2K game of course.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 14, 2013
herodotus
A Russian who doesn't drink? Wow, you ARE the Chosen One:)
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Jan 15, 2013
danfreeman
20 gigs? Really? This reminds me a lot of the latest alien vs predator game which sucked on so many levels and needed 15 gigs of space.If a world as huge as Skyrim could be put on 6 gigs of space i see no reason why this needs 20,just goes to show how friggin lazy the bastards can be,not touching this until i see a review.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 15, 2013
herodotus
Multiplatform - they're always 15-20GB.
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Jan 15, 2013
danfreeman
Not all hero,how many multiplatform games do you know that have around 15 gigs?
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 15, 2013
herodotus
All Triple A multiplatform titles, such as "W40K:Space Marine" and "CoD" as examples.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 15, 2013
SirRoderick
As for single platform ones, The Total War series! Always massive :)
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 19, 2013
herodotus
Well Eurogamer just released a pretty average (read disappointing if you've pre-ordered) preview of the game, reminding us that not only is Gearbox responsible for "Borderlands" but also "Duke Nukem", admittedly as a latecomer to the project.
My fear is that unlike the genre-bending "Borderlands", this may fall into the much hyped, but ultimately very disappointing "BiA: Hell's Highway" category.
The visuals are so far, well, average and with only three weeks until launch (approx.) I'm personally hoping that the heavy console-bias of previous Triple-A titles doesn't translate to a crap port to PC.
All of this talk of XP bonuses and a strong emphasis on Co-op and MP has me somewhat concerned as a dedicated PC gamer.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Jan 24, 2013
FoolWolf
Me too, that's why I "hope" for a Left 4 Dead in space - the alternatives are most likely crapfests to 90% and 10% probability that it is actually good and new and fresh and awesome is not really on the map at all at this point...
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 24, 2013
herodotus
Well in a wild moment of weakness (which I blame on insomnia and too much coffee) I pre-ordered with a 30% discount from GMG. So, still hesitant that this will be a flop, I'm at least looking forward to revisiting LV426 and enjoying a healthy SP experience. If it is not jaw-droppingly and dazzling visually, with ultra inspirational gameplay my howls of regret will shatter the earth's core. The MP focus sounds very reminiscent of Sega's last flop, "AVP".
In fact, if it doesn't make me go and watch "Aliens" and "Alien 3" again, I'll be writing screaming blue murder and scouring my back with lashes. I fear the latter.