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Aliens Colonial Marines Wii U will be the best looking version - Randy Pitchford

Gearbox's Randy Pitchford has reiterated his belief that the Wii U version of Aliens Colonial Marines will be the best looking version of the game. Speaking with Gamespot, Pitchford explained why Colinial Marines will be at its best on Nintendo's new console.

Of course, Pitchford had previously said that Aliens Colonial Marines Wii U has more to offer than versions on other consoles while director Brian Martell added that it is the one of the best looking versions of the game.

However, Pitchford has now gone one step further, saying that not only will it be the best-looking but it has options that aren't possible on other consoles. "The Wii U is a next-generation system," said Pitchford. "It hasn't even come out yet and we've had our 360s and PS3s for a while now so it's natural that it's a very powerful system. Now, it's up to Nintendo to talk about their system and they haven't revealed all of their details yet, but so far we're thrilled with it. It's pretty clear to us that the best-looking console version of Aliens: Colonial Marines is going to be on the Wii U".

That doesn't mean the Wii U version will be different, just that Gearbox can give Nintendo gamers extra little features that aren't possible on other platforms.

"We have to be careful, we don't want to have completely different games. The game experience, the campaign, the competitive game... it is the same game on each platform so if you love the 360 you're fine, you're going to get the game experience. Now, the Wii U is a more powerful machine so if you're one of those early adopter types and you've got the disposable income to buy a new console right now, maybe that's something you want to look at for this game.

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As for those extra features, Pitchford said: "It does have the added advantage of this new controller, and that gives us some interface options that are just not possible on the other platforms. The most obvious one of course is a motion tracker. So, like, I'm playing the game and maybe I'm in one of those suspenseful sections, and all of a sudden... WAWUM, WAWUM, and I realise the sound is coming from the controller. And I look down and it's a motion tracker in my hand, in the actual controller. And it's motion-sensitive too so I can scan the room by moving the controller. It's pretty cool and that's just one of the many uses of this device."

He added: "I'll tell you what's kinda cool too. When I'm playing competitively, sometimes I like to look at the score when I'm playing but I hate having to cover the screen with an overlay. Well guess what? I can look down at the Wii U screen and if I want to keep the score there or whatever and just have a glance I can keep it down there and not have to worry about overlays or anything like that, and that's kinda neat."

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  1. onmsam Monday 21st May 2012 at 12:15

    absolutely brilliant news making the wiiu a next gen

  2. MartinIsAwesome Monday 21st May 2012 at 12:31

    High praise for the Wii U indeed. This is going to to get lots of tongues waging in anticipation to see if other developers come to the same conclusion.

  3. Redfish20 Monday 21st May 2012 at 12:37

    Pardon me for being cynical, but how exactly is it going to look better? The game has been designed so to run on the 360 so beyond having a few res'd up textures for the WiiU it really can't look any better without a costly redesign. I'd love to be wrong but as far as I see it all multi-platform games can only look as good as the weakest console they're made for.

  4. imbusydoctorwho Monday 21st May 2012 at 12:58

    I would've hope it would be the best looking of all the versions.

  5. Tazer_Silverscar Monday 21st May 2012 at 14:26

    Pardon me for being cynical, but how exactly is it going to look better? The game has been designed so to run on the 360 so beyond having a few res'd up textures for the WiiU it really can't look any better without a costly redesign. I'd love to be wrong but as far as I see it all multi-platform games can only look as good as the weakest console they're made for.

    From the way it's been described, they are actually building the WiiU version alongside, but seperately. As in, the graphics, the gameplay, everything, are built for the WiiU. It's essentially the same game as the other versions, but they're making it so the best way to experience it, will be to play it on the WiiU.

  6. hamzahdsi Monday 21st May 2012 at 15:18

    I dont believe this for some reason.

  7. Xenobladeperson Monday 21st May 2012 at 15:46

    I dont believe this for some reason.

    You better believe it... Do you believe it yet?


    Heh, heh... I can't wait to rub this in all the XBOX players faces. I don't care too much about graphics, but everyone else in the world seems to think that they're more important than gameplay. (they're not)

  8. CraigEmberson Monday 21st May 2012 at 23:05

    Pardon me for being cynical, but how exactly is it going to look better? The game has been designed so to run on the 360 so beyond having a few res'd up textures for the WiiU it really can't look any better without a costly redesign. I'd love to be wrong but as far as I see it all multi-platform games can only look as good as the weakest console they're made for.


    It's being developed for Wii U separately... Basically, the PS3 and 360 versions will be almost the same - While the Wii U version is a next-gen, so it's being developed alone for that and is not a port. It will be made to play to the strengths of Wii U, including better textures and unique features. You don't seem to know too much about how these things work, you just guess based on lazy ports but not everyone does that.

  9. Xenobladeperson Tuesday 22nd May 2012 at 19:44


    Heh, heh... I can't wait to rub this in all the XBOX players faces. I don't care too much about graphics, but everyone else in the world seems to think that they're more important than gameplay. (they're not)

    I told an XBOX player about this and he replied 'they're... um... just.... um... making fun of the Wii because it's got the worst graphics ever.' I laughed. He couldn't take the fact that a Nintendo console has better graphics than an XBOX or PS3.

  10. liveswired Wednesday 23rd May 2012 at 21:39

    Pardon me for being cynical, but how exactly is it going to look better? The game has been designed so to run on the 360 so beyond having a few res'd up textures for the WiiU it really can't look any better without a costly redesign. I'd love to be wrong but as far as I see it all multi-platform games can only look as good as the weakest console they're made for.

    If the game director says its going to be the best looking version it will. Just looking at the basics: higher resolution textures for a start will add more details, a higher native resolution alone will make the game look better, more AA+AF, tessellation, more lighting, more advanced lighting, higher polygon counts - all these things make better looking games whether used singularly or combined - and you don't need engine redesigns to feature these.

    I have many console ports on my gaming PC (I've been a pc gamer for years). I can tell you that simply upping the resolution alone contributes to a much better looking game.

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