Everything that needs saying about Aliens: CM Jim Sterling will/has cover.*
As for Battle Born...
A) I don't play MOBA titles. Ominous item and play complexity paired with a notoriously childish audience does nothing for my interest in the genre. Combining that with a FPS design, a perspective that greatly limits tactical awareness, sounds damn hard to do effectively. Bordlerlands had a lot to recommend it, but getting blow up by Suicide Psychos from behind wasn't high on that list -no that didn't constantly happen, but BL didn't have the phenomena of Creeps either.
That said there's nothing saying, least of all myself, that GB has
to take everything from the MOBA checklist for their own title. LoL dumped the "last hit" mechanic DotA cherished, and nothing of value was lost.
B) the character designs (willowy bow elf, hulking spess mehrine, steampunk gent, Rob Liefeld Samurai, etc) look like they'll get Gearbox sued by whoever's Deviantart account they are stealing from.
Yeah, they're colorful and a nice aesthetic mix -so what? How much of a character's visual appeal is delivered from a first-person perspective?
BL2 fans were petitioning Geabox for a 3rd person camera option right up until...now, basically. I don't think they've stopped. I'll grant given BL's location-hit mechanics that'd be a big mess to make playable, but even only as an observer mode it would be welcome.
C) I am intensely skeptical of anything Gearbox promises to deliver. They don't mess around with the Gears of War franchise, but Borderlands was hit and miss about the whole trailer/reality ratio. Then Aliens: CM happened.
I've paid enough attention to understand that bad games get made for entirely reasonable reasons. Video games share some production outcome bugaboos with movies: that the backers aren't usually the producers. When the actual director and the paymaster disagree about when the project's done that's a reliable way to end up with a buggy, coarse dose of straight-to-infamy shovelware where insofar as their's hope for the resulting aberration it's that hype sells a million copies and generates a demand for a major content patch.
And then there's Aliens: CM.
As for Stargate; I get that. And that it happened well before green-screen tech reached it's current levels anybody-with-a-laptop levels of accessibility hurt it's depictions of the fantastic. But otherwise it's another "great idea" with an entirely meh-worthy execution.
I played the RPG, Shadow was a huge fan and would run SG campaigns, but I've never caught the bug. It should be nearly impossible to combine commando-scientists and a-historic world-hopping in a boring way, but if anything could be holding SG back for me it's TV-PG nature.
SG could be violent and gritty.
SG could be terrifying and tense.
So could the A-Team
, and neither is at all
What the Stargate franchise could really benefit from would be a Battlestar Galatica
-style reboot. The story doesn't have to change, but the tone needs an overhaul. Show me some actual drama. Show me some characters I care about with some actual conflicts. Give me some Band of Brothers
Goddamn an HBO Stargate series could be good
Anyway, whatever. There it is: poke the bull, get bullshit everywhere.
*I use an inconsistent tense as I'm not sure if you're not referring to some future project with the same title. There's been a bunch of GB Aliens titles and they blend together after a while.