Aliens: Colonial Marines was ‘Passionless’ According to Michael Biehn
Gearbox Software’s Aliens: Colonial Marines has been widely derided as one of the worst games of 2013. One of the original film’s actors worked on the video game, and believed the developers were just “going through the paces.”
In an interview with Game Informer, Michael Biehn (‘Aliens,’ ‘Tombstone’) talked a bit about his experiences in voice acting in games. ‘The Terminator’ star related how great his time was working on Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, and how he was surprised given how disappointed he was working on Colonial Marines.
“The only other gaming experience that I had was I did a voice [Corporal Hicks] in the ‘Aliens’ game that they made,” Biehn said. “That wasn’t fun at all. I just didn’t really have any fun.”
Biehn related how refreshing it was to work with the Blood Dragon team, who all appeared to have a lot of reverence for ’80s action flicks. Conversely, his time on Colonial Marines wasn’t nearly as engaging. “It seemed kind of passionless. I think in movies, television, and the gaming world, you get some people that are really, really passionate, and some people that are just going through the paces,” Biehn added. “They think that because they have a brand name they’re going to get a hit game or hit movie out of it. That certainly was the situation on [Aliens: Colonial Marines].”
It’s not all that surprising to hear given just how much turmoil the video game went through during development, and how poorly it was received. It’s rare to hear an actor speak so candidly about poor experiences so closely to when they happened, but it’s not like Biehn’s words could do any more harm to the Colonial Marines brand.