Aliens: Colonial Marines didn’t exactly have a good reception when it was released. Well, that’s an understatement. The game was panned by critics and players.
Most of the criticism focused on how horrifying the Xenomorphs’ AI was, and not in a good way. Many players, as well as critics, compared the titular aliens to a town drunk. Essentially, the alien that was supposed to be hunting you didn’t actually hunt you.
Furthermore, many players were reportedly able to casually stroll past the Xenomorph. Aliens: Colonial Marines quickly became a laughing stock among the gaming community because of it. The developers created a survival horror without much horror, or a need for survival.
An Easy Fix
However, it looks like all the game needed was a quick fix. As several modders have noted, there’s one small but important typo in the game’s code. With the AI for the alien, ‘thether’ is misspelled ‘theater.’
It’s not that much of a big deal in most cases, but when it comes to the AI, there’s a massive difference. Players have posted videos before and after changing the typo. This change drastically alters the Xenomorphs’ behavior.
Where it once stumbled around like a drunk, it now hunts players incessantly. The code change essentially turns the game into what the developers originally intended. However, it should be worth noting that the developers haven’t commented publicly on the matter at the time of this writing.
If I was them, however, I’d have a sense of relief, and a sense of shame at the same time. Relief that the game can now be played as intended. Shame at the fact that all it took was the removal of a single letter. All it took was five years to find it.
Source: Game Rant.