Aliens is one of many fun 80s action films, especially considering the original was a blend of sci-fi and horror. You didn't know if Ripley was going to survive, and you sure as hell didn't know how she was going to do it without any weapons. For the sequel, Cameron gave her a lot of stuff, so you do get that visceral feeling of satisfaction when she destroys an entire nest, and when she kicks that Queen into space. I can understand why it does seem overrated.
Braving the pillow gauntlet.