Review: Aliens vs Predator

HUNTER – SURVIVOR – PREY

Developer: Rebellion Developments
Genre: First Person Shooter / Action
Platform(s): PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
Release Date: February 16, 2010
Compatability (PS3): 3198KB Mininum Space | DUALSHOCK 3 Vibration Function | HD 720p / 1080i / 1080p | Network Players 2-18
Compatability (Xbox 360): 60KB Mininum Space | HDTV 720p / 1080i / 1080p | Online Multiplater 2-18 | Co-Op 2-4
Rating: 7.0

One of the biggest wars in the galaxy is without a doubt the Aliens vs Predator. In fact a couple of movies (and also games) were developed for an audience which never seems to be tired from this never-ending battle. The latest game from the series is maybe the best on consoles but it still has a number of shortcomings. With maybe some more time and thought, Aliens vs Predator could have turned out to be a massive game. Easier said than done.

The original aspect of Aliens vs Predator is that you can choose one of three campaigns in which all of them blend into the same story. The difference between each campaign is that you can decide to be an alien, a predator or a marine. With this in mind the game has a good replay value since once you complete one of the campaigns you can start another one with a different protagonist. The story isn’t that important. In fact the game mainly focuses on the difference and uniqueness between each campaign. Having said that, Aliens vs Predator isn’t a game which keeps you coming back for more because of certain issues.

The marine campaign is a straightforward FPS.

Playing as the marine is the usual first person shooter going through dark corridors and places in search for an escape from your enemies. This particular campaign is an interesting one with the sound effects taking over and your motion sensor keeping you at the edge of your seat, waiting for a group of aliens to come out and attack. On the other hand the visuals could have been much better especially when you’re in the jungle, which never seems to be coming to life. The marine campaign shouldn’t take you more than 5 hours to complete. Starting the alien or predator campaign will surely bring some innovative (but also frustrating) gameplay mechanics.

Agility is the key when playing with the alien. You will have the ability to crawl up walls and attack rapidly your enemies. This brings one of the game’s shortcomings, whereby the first person camera can be a bit dodgy and maybe the alien is too fast to control until you get used to it. The predator’s main benefit is stealth. You will spend most of your time on trees and on high places to scout for your prey. Playing with the latter will bring out more flaws in the textures of Aliens vs Predator. These two campaigns’ main attack is the melee attacks which as everybody knows, it can be very frustrating although the predator has some ranged attacks in its arsenal of weapons.

There's a good learning curve in order to excel as an alien.

One of the game’s benefits is without a doubt the multiplayer component. Six different modes and maps are available for you to play, each being different and varies to suit everyone’s taste. There is also the co-op maps in which you and your friends can team up to beat waves of enemies. The main downside here is that there are only two co-op maps available and if the host loses or quits the connection, the game is lost. Also leveling up your character won’t give you any extra collectibles or abilities. A good thing to point out (actually it’s a bad thing) is that the frame rate of Aliens vs Predator is pretty low and you will notice this in checkpoints or in busy areas.

All in all Aliens vs Predator is an enjoyable game which has a number of good things and uniqueness, but lacks in the final polishing of core aspects which keeps it from being among the best. Loads of games suffer from what I think tight deadlines so these can be released without having some final touches which make the game stand over the others. Again, this is easier said than done.

Reviewed by Barber – May 23, 2010

Graphics
The environments never seem to be coming to life. Textures have a limited number of colors and this is especially highlighted in the predator’s campaign.
 
Sound
The best aspect in AvP. Sound effects are great and give you the feel of being alone surrounded by hidden enemies. Voice acting is below average.
 
Fun
Playing with three different styles may seem to be loads of fun, but this is kept back with some technical issues. The multiplayer may be an enjoyable experience with some of your friends.
 
Final Score

 

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