In what feels like The Games Story Of The Year, during the Steam summer sale the much reviled Gearbox title Aliens: Colonial Marines was marked down to a stupidly low three dollars. A modder happened to notice that in the INI file for the game, there is a single typo that is – get this – responsible for many of the awful AI choices that the xenomorphs make in the game… Like running directly at you on their hind legs instead of crawling on the walls and using ducts to surprise you. A once horribly broken game is now… Functioning? Thanks to a single letter? Sure. That’s about at 2018 as a games industry story can get.
This is amazing.
How did the devs not notice the xenomorphs were simply not behaving as they should, especially when players complained about the poor AI. Part of the games selling point was supposed to be the AI, so how did no one at Gearbox say “hang on, something’s not right”?!