Aliens: Colonial Marines

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Aliens: Colonial Marines
Aliens colonial marines cover.png
Developers
Publishers
 
Engines
Release dates
Windows
February 12, 2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines at Steam Charts
Aliens: Colonial Marines at SteamDB
 Aliens: Colonial Marines at Wikipedia
Alien
Alien Trilogy 1996
Aliens: Colonial Marines 2013
Stasis Interrupted
Alien: Isolation 2014

Key points

Disadvantage Australian version does not contain .exe file, which is fixable.[1]
Advantage Patch from 18. March 2013 added better resolution textures, various visual improvements and tweaked AI.[2]

General information

More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Gearbox Software Forums - A:CM Technical Support
More information Forums at AvPGalaxy.net non PC-specific.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GamersGate Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Amazon.com Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Retail Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Information All versions require Steam.[3]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Bug Hunt DLC Windows
Reconnaissanse DLC Windows
Movie Map Pack Windows
Stasis Interrupted Windows
Limited Edition pack Windows
Collector's Edition pack Windows
SHARP Sticks Windows
Sawed-off Double Barrel Shotgun Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Launch the game with -nomovie parameter[4]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Aliens Colonial Marines\PecanGame\Config\

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\49540\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.svg
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Silver.svg Notes on WSGF.
Ultra-widescreen Hackable WSGF UW Silver.svg
Field of view (FOV) Native Slider in menu. For additional FoV see Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native Is called 'Full Window' in window mode settings.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native Referred to as "Texture Detail" in Video settings.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native Only features FXAA. Forcing real AA can lead to problems.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Hackable Capped at 62 FPS. See High frame rate.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Advantage A slider is included, but no specific values are viewable.

Fix Further manual FOV adjustment by editing FOVOffset

Information Note: FOVOffset is not the FOV, but the offset from default value. See screenshots for details.
  1. Open PecanEngine.ini
  2. Locate line FOVOffset=XX in [SystemSettings] section and change XX to your desired value.

High frame rate[edit]

Fix Disable frame rate smoothing

  1. Open PecanEngine.ini
  2. Locate line bSmoothFrameRate in [Engine.Engine] section and change TRUE to FALSE.

Input settings[edit]

Controls settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Native In-game toggle added with patch from 18. March 2013[2]
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller
Controller support Native
Full controller support Native
Controller remapping Impossible
Controller Y-axis inversion Native
Advantage Support for Logitech G15 keyboard display. Shows current objective or challenge.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Unknown
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native RU version may need a workaround to play in English.
French Native Unknown Unknown
German Native Unknown Unknown
Italian Native Native Native
Polish Native Impossible Native
Russian Native Unknown Unknown Only available in Russia.
Spanish Native Unknown Unknown

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play Impossible Multiplayer requires creating an online lobby. If a connection to Steam is lost, players will be disconnected from host.
Online play Native 10
LAN co-op Impossible Multiplayer requires creating an online lobby.
Online co-op Native 4

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native
Peer-to-peer Native
Dedicated Impossible
Self-hosting Impossible
Direct IP Impossible

Issues fixed[edit]

Steam failed to start - Missing executable[edit]

Fix Delete appcache folder[5]

Disadvantage Does not work for some users.
  1. Go to the Steam installation folder.
  2. Delete the appcache folder.
  3. Restart Steam.

Failed to start game (app already running) error[edit]

Information There is no universal fix, however these are confirmed to work for some users.

Fix Delete appcache folder[6]

  1. Go to the Steam installation folder.
  2. Delete the appcache folder.
  3. Restart Steam, game should update itself.

Fix Set Steam language to the same language as the game[7]

Fix If that does not work, try changing also operating system language[8]

Failed to start game (RU release doesn't work when English language is selected)[edit]

Information This solution is probably applicable to other non-English releases.

The game crashes to desktop after trademark screen, shows one of the error messages from previous issues.

Fix Copy INT folders from Russian version[9]

  1. Set game language to Russian (within Steam select game Properties -> Language -> Русский(Russian))
  2. Wait until the game download localization files.
  3. Locate <path-to-game>\PecanGame\Localization and <path-to-game>\Engine\Localization folders and copy their contents somewhere safe (You need only INT subfolders, they contain different files, don't mix them up!).
  4. Set game language to English.
  5. Wait until the game chop it's legs off (it removes said INT folders needed for game to function).
  6. Copy both INT subfolders you saved earlier back to <path-to-game>\PecanGame\Localization and <path-to-game>\Engine\Localization accordingly.

Blue screen on AMD CPU[edit]

Disadvantage There seems to be problem with game running on AMD FX processors where game crashes to BSOD or freezes system. Issue is similar to Borderlands 2 BSOD and fix also works with Aliens: Colonial Marines.

Fix Update BIOS[10]

Information Addition information and links to motherboards websites can be found at AMD knowledge base library.
Information Update procedure varies and can cause motherboard to malfunction when update is interrupted or applied incorrectly. Read carefully manual to your motherboard and instructions on screen when updating.
Information Information about Borderlands 2 BSOD issue can be found at Gearbox Software Support page.

No textures[edit]

Disadvantage Forcing anti-aliasing via drivers on nVidia GeForce cards will result in missing textures and black game scene.

Fix Disable anti-aliaising in graphics adapter[11]

GPU detection fix[edit]

Disadvantage Game has problems with detecting some graphic adapters - mainly mobile GPUs and new graphics. Because of this, game can select wrong settings profile for your system.

Fix 1. Checking GPU detection[12]

  1. Edit %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Aliens Colonial Marines\PecanGame\Logs\Launch.log
  1. Locate line [0000.53] Log: Machine detected compatibility level: Composite: X. CPU: Y. GPU: Z. where X,Y and Z values are assigned grade of your system. Value of 5 is the highest grade for high end hardware.
  • If you have got powerful hardware and you are not getting high enough grades, follow guide in next fixbox. Otherwise you don't need to change anything.

Fix 2. Adding your GPU to the hardware list[12]

1. In file Launch.log locate these lines:

[0000.53] Log: GPU stats:
[0000.53] Log: 	VendorID: 0000YYYY
[0000.53] Log: 	DeviceID: 0000XXXX
[0000.53] Log: 	DriverVersion: <numbers>
[0000.53] Log: 	DeviceName: <GPU name>

2. Edit %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Aliens Colonial Marines\PecanGame\Config\PecanCompat.ini

3. Locate section for your vendor - search for VendorName= value.

4. Add line into your vendor section for your graphics adapter. Use information from Launch.log file like so: 0xYYYY=G,<GPU name>

where:
YYYY        -  last four digits from VendorID
G           -  your desired hardware grade - 1 lowest, 5 highest
<GPU name>  -  string from DeviceName
  • Example 1:
[0000.52] Log: GPU stats:
[0000.52] Log: DeviceID: 00001244 
[0000.52] Log: DeviceName: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti

will result in 0x1244=5,NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti

  • Example 2:
[0000.53] Log: GPU stats:
[0000.53] Log: 	VendorID: 00001002
[0000.53] Log: 	DeviceID: 00006738
[0000.53] Log: 	DriverVersion: 8.17.10.1169
[0000.53] Log: 	DeviceName: AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series
will result in 0x6738=5,AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series

Fix 3. Additional graphic enhancement for high-end hardware[12]

Information This step is optional. It will force maximum quality level of detail for grade 5 hardware.

1. Edit %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Aliens Colonial Marines\PecanGame\Config\PecanCompat.ini

2. In section [AppCompatBucket5] search for these lines:

TEXTUREGROUP_World=(LODBias=1)
TEXTUREGROUP_WorldNormalMap=(LODBias=1)
TEXTUREGROUP_WorldSpecular=(LODBias=1)
3. Change ones to zeros and save the file. Additionally you can tweak some other options in this section.

No weapon[edit]

Fix Switch between weapons[13]

Unresponsive controls[edit]

Information Problem with controls where in-game camera is always rotating and in menu cursor is always moving down. Demonstrated here.

Fix Unplug all USB game controllers, alternatively disable them in Device manager[14]

Fix .ini edit[14]

  1. Open PecanEngine.ini
  2. Locate line AllowJoystickInput=1 in [WinDrv.WindowsClient] section and change 1 to 0.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3 XP SP3, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor 2.3 GHz Intel Quad Core Processor
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB 20 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2600
NVIDIA GeForce 8500
256 MB of VRAM
ATI Radeon HD 5850
NVIDIA GeForce GTX560
512 MB of VRAM
Information Although developer recommends 20 GB of free space, download size is around 6 GB. With all DLC available the download size is 14 GB though.

References

  1. Missing Executable - The Gearbox Software Forums
  2. 2.0 2.1 PC Update / Hot Fix Information (Updated 7/22/2013) - The Gearbox Software Forums
  3. Aliens: Colonial Marines to support DirectX11 and Steamworks | PCGamesN
  4. Small Tip : Disable Intro Movies - Steam community guides
  5. PC: "Missing Executable" Error : Gearbox Software Support
  6. Got Eror after Logos (app already running) :: Steam community discussions
  7. Got Eror after Logos (app already running) :: Steam community discussions
  8. "Failed to start game (app already running)" error after exiting the game :: Steam community discussions
  9. Crash at starting Game - The Gearbox Software Forums
  10. Crash or Bluescreen on launch :: Steam community discussions
  11. No Textures? :: Steam community discussions
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 GPU Detection Fix /Graphics boost :: Steam community discussions
  13. No gun Glitch. - The Gearbox Software Forums
  14. 14.0 14.1 PC version launches but with Xbox control options ?? - The Gearbox Software Forums