Intensely thrilling and immensely satisfying, Alien Vs Predator is a long-overdue return for a beloved gaming franchise, and infinitely better than the movie mash-ups starring both of Hollywood’s most celebrated extraterrestrial killers.
Offering a tantalising variety of play styles, AvP allows gamers to choose the role of space marine, Alien or Predator. As a human soldier the experience is one of survival horror, with ferocious xenomorphs lurking in the darkness and the red target dots of the Predator’s shoulder cannon heralding frantic fights for survival, all the time soundtracked by the iconic click of your motion sensor which adds a tangible sense of dread to every encounter. By contrast the Predator game is a more stealthy affair, with players leaping between platforms to secretly draw a beat on distant enemies, peering through a heat sensor to clock marines in the darkness, or using an invisibility device to sneak up on unwitting targets. Most remarkable, though, is playing as the Alien, where you can barrel through the claustrophobic corridors at a breakneck speeds, lurk camouflaged in the shadows to ambush enemies, or scuttle along walls and across ceilings to leap onto rivals and tear them to shreds in a frenzy of claws and flashing teeth.
The game’s presentation – which draws inspiration from all the movies, and features a great turn from Lance Henriksen – is also spot on, while the gratuitous gore and comic book violence make this a welcome break from the endless parade of realistic shooters littering the shelves. Best of all, though, is the delicious multiplayer mode where all three classes can face-off against each other; a unique set-up that offers a wide range of challenges, including a fun mode where 15 marines face a single alien, but transform into xenomorphs as they die until only one human player is left to fight an overwhelming intergalactic horde.
Sadly lacking the emotional engagement of blockbuster blasters such as Call Of Duty or Killzone, AvP is still an endlessly exciting and richly varied experience, and one that will delight fans of the movies – both good and bad – that inspired it.
Reviewed by Sebastian Williamson
|Suprisenly great game|
This game was a hell of a lot of fun. I was suprised by how good it was and i dont know why. Maybe because the films sucked so much balls i expected the game to be pretty much the same. Maybe because I was expecting a call of duty first person shooter rip off with some aliens in it. I was wrong. I love the first predator movie. I just thought it was a classic action movie. So of course i started the predator campaign. Which is just awesome. Although know one really admits it i think every one w... More
Posted by paulcarey95 at 14:57, 17 December 2010 | Report This Post
|It's behind you...|
What a great game. The story element really worked for me, especially for the Predator. If the AVP movies had been like this they'd at least be watchable! Love the Marine mode, it flet just like the Aliens movie and playing as the Alien was great fun. I think my only criticism is that each 'game' flet so short, but as you're getting 3 games in 1 then that's understandable. The DLM is pretty good, but I don't like having to pay for it! Over all, a fun game and worth revisiting on harder settings ... More
Posted by morphie at 08:37, 14 November 2010 | Report This Post
| RE: An Interesting Alternative|
Fantastic game, while you're playing it...
I started off with the ALIEN campaign, because I'd heard how 'shit-your-self-scary' the Marine campaign is (also the ALIEN is just amazing!), and I really enjoyed lurking in the shadows and jumping out at unsuspecting prey, even if the 1st person controls etc. can be confusing at times, but then the last level, the one and only encounter with the Predator(s) is ridiculously short... I came away shocked at the shortness of the campaign.
Then I... More
Posted by JimBill93 at 17:53, 27 February 2010 | Report This Post
|An Interesting Alternative|
Managed to get an early copy of this game and I have to say when I started the game as the marine I REALLY loved it. So atmospheric, good graphics and bucketloads of alien slaughtering. However the marine campaign is FAR too short, so you are then left with the Predator and Alien campaigns. My problem is I really can't get the hang of either of the other species, in either single player or multiplayer. The Predator seems to be over complicated with too much going on, and the Alien is fast bu... More
Posted by lauriedunsire at 19:37, 20 February 2010 | Report This Post