Aliens vs. Predator – Review

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Name: Aliens vs. Predator

Genre: First Person Shooter

Platform: Xbox 360 (reviewed), PS3, PC

Price: £34.71 (Amazon)

On paper, there is so much that could go wrong with Aliens vs. Predator (AvP); not only does it attempt to tie together two of the most well loved franchises in cinema history, but it also tries to weave together three wildly differing campaigns and playable characters, not to mention resurrecting a much-missed gaming series and adding an innovative online mode into the mix.

Developers Rebellion however are no strangers to Xenomorphs, alien trophy hunters or Colonial Marines. Their first experience with the universe’s most lethal killing machines goes way back to 1994’s AvP for the Jaguar console, which was followed by two well-received PC sequels. Building on these solid foundations, Rebellion thankfully choose to mine the rich lore of the original films and the AvP Dark Horse comics rather than the woeful recent movies.

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What you get then is one of the goriest first-person shooters in recent memory that plays ample lip service to its fans and packs in all the best-loved bits of its two respective movie series.

Lance Henriksen reprises his role as Bishop in a story that is really just an excuse to have a massive intergalactic ruck. Human colonists, as per usual, are meddling in Xenomorph affairs by unearthing an ancient pyramid-shaped nesting ground that arouses the interests of a Predator hunting pack. It all goes pear-shaped and the Colonial Marines are flown in an attempt to save the day.

You’re getting three interweaving campaigns for the price of one here. Most familiar, and most polished overall, is the Colonial Marines campaign. While having some edge-of-the-seat survival horror moments, and some genuine scares to boot, it’s pretty much a standard corridor shooter, complete with boss fights and light puzzling. The Alien Xenomorph and Predator campaigns are a little more interesting and are more stealth orientated, though seem a little cobbled together in comparison to the flowing narrative of the human campaign.

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What really brings AvP into its own though is the obvious devotion to the licence shown. When playing as the Colonial Marine, you really feel like one; you have a gung-ho gang of continuously-dwindling comrades, the iconic drilling sound of the pulse rifle and the ominously ever-present click of the motion tracker. You’re totally immersed, and totally fearful that every corner hides a foe “coming outta the goddamn walls, man”.

Likewise, the Alien and Predator modes let you be as cooly evil in the game as they were in the films. Disorientating at first, the Xenomorph can stealthily clamber up walls at great speed and surprise opponents, lashing them with their tail and claw melee attacks. If playing as the Xenomorph is insectile, playing as the Predator is like being a walking sci-fi armoury; you have full access to Predator’s range of cloaking devices, heat sensitive visors, shoulder-mounted canons, spear and throwing disc as well as its brute strength and the ability to leap great distances.

And then of course, there are the well-publicised Trophy executions, and yep, they’re as bloody as they come. Bursting through a Marine’s head with the Xenomorph’s mandible or sticking one through the eye with your tail is sickly, brutally satisfying. It’s bound to upset a Parliament back-bencher or two, but it’s true to the flavour of the original films and in keeping with the uncompromising spirit of the game.

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While great attention has obviously been paid to getting the squeal of the Xenomorph and the roar of the pulse rifle just right, it appears not as much care went into getting the graphics up to the same standard as the sound effects. The many interior scenes are as cookie-cutter corridor clichéd as they come, but they can be forgiven as the Alien films pretty much invented what were to become those same clichés later on anyway. What is harder to excuse though are murky textures and sometimes jarring animation transitions. Character models look excellent overall, but it’s a shame that most environments looks as though they could have been lifted from this console generation’s launch titles.

Once you’re done with the generous three-course single player meal, there’s a load of multi-player options to get stuck into. Of course there are your staple free-for-all and team death matches, but best of all are the modes that isolate each different species’ individual strengths. Predator Hunt sees a lone Predator take on a wave of Marines, whilst perhaps the best of the bunch is Infestation, where a team of Marines battle it out against a single Xenomorph, with each fallen soldier swelling the alien’s ranks. Though often a lot of fun, there are definite balancing issues at play here due to the completely different skills of each species. Hopefully future updates can address this, but AvP’s unique multiplayer modes will likely pick up a dedicated following regardless.

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And so for everything that could have been “Game Over” for AvP, it manages to rise above and deliver on the promise of its weighty licence. It’s neither clever nor pretty, but it’s crammed full of all the gory ingredients that fans have been crying out for. AvP will carve a nice little niche in your gaming heart… and then probably burst out of your chest and eat your family. Excellent.

4/5

Buy from Amazon

Gerald Lynch

128 comments

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  • complete with boss fights and light puzzling. The Alien Xenomorph and Predator campaigns are a little more interesting and are more stealth orientated

  • Rebellion thankfully choose to mine the rich lore of the original films and the AvP Dark Horse comics rather than the woeful recent movies.

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  • best shooting scenary alien combiantion with predators really nice article i will try to play again after put the game otherside ..

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  • I played all the three campaigns. I really experienced everything the whole story had to offer us.

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  • very good article but i found that game more hard to play it could be better in graphics actually i expected from the movie alot but game is nice..

  • it was brilliant on fullhd tv i dont know people how they found this simple they should play it on a good equipment really..

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  • I have beaten the game already.
    It’s a ok game but graphics sure do break the games rating from what it could be.
    The game also takes a fair bit of your day to load so if you feel like getting avp for ps3
    Or xbox360 remember to buy some tea.
    In other words try not to look at the screen it takes long to load!!…
    If your looking for a game with a avp movie like game this is not your game
    If you like avp and you are looking to play single player campaign
    You are looking at a game with ok graphics and crappy story but kick but
    Action.
    Take this from the bro and make sure to read this before think about buying this game.
    Ps.. Sorry for the spelling on my last post I got my little brother to post it for me lol.
    Just seen that post today lolololol…..

  • i love this game first fact is i love alien and predator movies makes me feel like i am in those movies so graphics are brilliant but unfortunatelly i got red ring error other day coz of summer maybe ihsould get this game on ps3 too thanks all guys about reviews and commends love it..

  • I think that the mixture between good graphics and tense game-play make AvP one of the greatist games of the year.

  • I like this game because it’s not huge. I know this may sounds strange, but I like the fact that there are specific boundaries to how far you can stray of the beaten path. It’s easy to get lost in the expansive worlds that a lot of games have these days. Yet Avp keeps it nice and over-see-able. I feel after playing through all the three campaigns that I really experienced everything the story mode had to offer me. In the future I can see myself playing the story mode again on a harder setting because it does not seem like such a huge undertaking.

  • Go play it then pdubbin, since you’re so easily pleased. Pros play properly immersive and challenging games. As for those that don’t like the game, they’re entitled to their opinion as are you to yours, however crass and ill-informed it is.

  • In comparison to the old AVP its still lacking. I had more fun on the old game from monolith, trying to spear gun people.

    I hate having people line up behind me and “stealth kill” having whacked x repeatedly.

    In terms of single player…. well I enjoyed the marine story a lot but feel the predator and alien campaign were also lacking.

  • Also all u haters are just big bitches. just go back to playin pokemon, i heard that a new version came out recently

  • Well now that AvP has been out for awhile, I believe it is official that this game KICKS ASS!! The ability to finally have a game where you dont have to worry about which guns compliment each other and what special abilities u can get along with wasting hours to finally get those perks is refreshing (I’m looking at u COD). Learning to become a master of all three species is a challenge that everyone wants to master. That said there are some difficulties with the game. Playing as the alien, it is hard to hit an enemy with a tail attack, and it is also hard to perform a stealth attack after sprinting up to an enemy. Lighting is sometimes TOO dark (yes I know it is supposed to be dark in the game). Unfortunately the predator is TOO awesome, so online the predator normally ends up dominating. All said it is one awesome game, and looking forward to the sequel

  • Got the game and… disappointed. Why? I began the Predator campaign only to find a cheesy tutorial to start me off. I think that could have been the subject of a separate ‘mode’. When I did begin the campaign proper, It was good until I was up to my laser sights in xenomorphs about two minutes in. I think the game (certainly for the pred) should be more stealth than mouse-mashing and frantically searching the keyboard for the illogical keystrokes required. I also think that the tension is better when the action builds up as you go deeper into the game. Therefore, for me, it lacks the immersion I got when playing Crysis for example. The lack of energy and toys for the Pred was also frustrating. The first AvP game was a simple affair (to say the least) but the atmos was second to none. I’ll try the Alien campaign next to see what that’s like. If I don’t like it, I’ll put it up on eBay. If keyboard hammering is your thing, you’ll love it. If you have a brain, you won’t. Simples.

  • despite of the save bug this game is awsome i finished the singleplayer campings and now i want to go online PS;rabbit if u dont like this game play mario and leave us alone

  • To the pc players I honestly think this was meant more for a xbox360 in my opinion based from what people have told me. You have to consider that thy can’t have as many buttons since it’s a cross platform/console to pc game. It’s not another halo or gears But honestly most of you are overanalyzing the game. I mean come on it’s fun to pick up the game once in awhile and rip someones spine out as the predator chuckles. But this is my opinion and can’t be considered the truth as such everyone who has said anything about any game is the same; only an opinion and not fact since we all have different tastes.

  • I don’t know how much time he spent playing, but this is a horrid console port to PC and plays terribly. Gamespot and IGN have it right.

  • I have loaded the game andI tried to play. The game starts, but there is no display at all. Tried tofix it with display adjustments, but to no avail. thought it might need reinstalling, so I uninstalled the game, now it won’t reload. Please help

  • Im a very seasoned pc gamer and have always loved anything AVP but for crying out loud. Why the hell cant they get the net code and server listings sorted out. This is a retail game, not a beta. I pay for finished products, not half assed Console cast offs. The whole point of using a pc for this sort of game is the pure precision, speed and graphics.
    Im incredibly dissapointed, especially as my progress and skins have suddenly dissapeared.

    REBELLION dont EVER release a beta as a finished game.

    Sorry if my rant seems over the top but im seriously dissapointed and I wont be buying any more of their games.

    Please dont think this is just some punk ass kid makeing comments for the sake of it. Im 40 years old and have been gaming in one form or another since i was 12.

    Nuff said i think for now.

  • game is the or one of the best in the last few years its riveling me against god of war 3 until that comes out get this game man the graphics are alot better than that person who mentioned earlier go to your console settins and change the H settings on your tv or get a better tv man

  • There is going to be dedicated servers soon, people. 🙂 Although I hardly have any problem with the host servers as they are now. And the only problem I have with the game is that as a Predator you don’t start off with any equipment, whereas when you’re a Marine you get a machine gun, pistol, and you can have stems, and Preds have to use energy to heal.. which sucks. Still fun though.

  • Oh very interesting! A few days ago some Jerk told me “Rabbit your dump, the Game ist perfect” and now? There are more and more Gamers with eye´s wide open! This Game is not half as good as Avp 1 and 2 are!

    I think that Gametrailers, IGN and many many more are right, without fanboy bonus it´s a simple shooter with ceap look and boring Gameplay especially the alien!

  • Okay I have a few things to say, some of it is hating some of it is giving props. The hating; to all of you peoe who are needlessly bitching this game maybe you bitch because uhh you suck? Also the only problem I’ve had is the disc being to overpowered and the dedicated servers needing to be erected. Another hating; don’t complain because this game “seems” to be a run of the mill or a copier of other games did you ever notice that the avp gameline has been out far longer than the recent cods, halo, and most any othe fps you can think of? That’s because it’s a good game. Now the compliments; each campaign mode thrilled me, as a marine I was scared senseless, as a predator I felt like the biggest harass in town and as the alien I felt like that one sneaky alien that kills half your crew. I have been playing nonstop since I got it. And don’t ever trust reveiws or other peoples opinion; I was told [prototype] sucked, I got it and love it! Stay gold.

  • Just started playing it, and I must say it’s a disappointment. Just your run of the mill shooter. The predator and alien aspect of it is interesting but if you played the original games in this franchise you will feel like you have seen it before. Graphics are good, but lackluster compared to other games released in the same time frame. The dark/flashlight aspect will have you experiencing a Doom 3 deja-vu. Not a hideous game, but not worth the hype.

    • of course you seen it before,about 10 years ago….as far as just another run of the mill shooter I have to say your wrong about that.Halo is a run of the mill shooter and Doom 3 is as well( both are good by the way),This game has a interesting concept that hasnt had a face-lift in ten years,its just unfortunate thats just about all it is a Face-lift on a old concept (minus a speargun),While the game is fun and gory,it needs a patch REALLY BAD,dedicated servers are a must and im sick of losing my rank,skins and saved games everytime i turn around.the patch’s and some DLC will make this game draw a better expierance but it will be too little to late im afraid,die hard fans will love the game regardless as i do, but multiplayer will probably die from the lack of dedicated servers and the fact you can spend more time looking for a game then acctually playing it and as players will move to BF:BC2 as soon as its released.

  • Just started playing it, and I must say it’s a disappointment. Just your run of the mill shooter. The predator and alien aspect of it is interesting but if you played the original games in this franchise you will feel like you have seen it before. Graphics are good, but lackluster compared to other games released in the same time frame. The dark/flashlight aspect will have you experiencing a Doom 3 deja-vu. Not a hideous game, but not worth the hype.

  • Bought the pc version today and have tested it some. I’ve been waiting for this game for a long time. Loved the first AvP, second was decent, anyhow to the point.
    They ruined the alien! The jump/crouch mechanic that was so awesome is totally gone. The whole alien experience feels alot more sluggish and the game feels like yet another console game converted fast and cheap to pc.

    Marine was ok, but nothing special compared to good FPS games, so why not play those? Havent tried predator yet, but theres better be some awesome speargun action. So far this has been a major dissapointment. I really loved the alien in the origial AvP. I played it to a point where my friends wouldnt play the game against me on LAN. The alien in this game has shit controls. Where the F### is the crouch button? You know, the button that makes the alien crouch, cling to walls and if used right can give you a solid longjump.
    And the alien attack, thats another horrible thing, you cant ready the tail for a strong mouse2 attack and the jaw-head bite is so slow to come up that it cant be used in combat it seems. The alien is soft and cant take much damage, but it lashes out alot of damage if played well is one of the fundamental ideas in the original. Here they seems to have made the alien take a few more bullets, but also made the standard marine rifle about as accurate as politicians answering cabinet questions. But! The aliens attacks are shit and when theres 3 marines shooting you dont want to spend 3 seconds cuddling with the first guy you pounce.

    Another game with great possibilities ruined by flawed mechanics and changes to the worse on the things that was really great in the original.

    • Aliens automatically crouch all the time, anytime, everywhere, except for when in direct combat with a Marine, Predator, etc etc.

      Aliens can auto jump to walls and ceilings now, indicated by your target cursor when it lights up.

      It just takes getting used to.

    • agreed,the kill moves are good but the way you go about excuting them are cheap in multiplayer however it works well in single player i think but in the first game you had postion your crosshair up on the the head of your foe and hit your prim fire button and hope u didnt eat led or the tip of a spear in the process,the dev shouldve stuck to that concept but kept the kill moves for multiplayer, alien jump and wall transition work however,not being able to ready and hold the tail attack does kinda blow however and where in the hell is my damn speargun,sadar and netgun?

  • I got just one question for everyone out there:
    Q:Did anyone see AvP 1 or AvP 2 on a console..ever?
    A:no

    So why the hell do dev’s constantly put out games (some of them originaly a pc exclusive) that are cross platform? and I know the answer,MONEY!

    The problem is that its not always a good idea.
    anyway I cant wait for a expasion pak…lol

  • LISTEN,I DONT THINK ITS A CONSPIRACY,BUT I DO BELIEVE THOSE PEOPLE AT GAMESPOT(AND OTHERS) TAKE BRIBES LIKE YOU MENTIONED.PERSONALLY I THINKS THOSE IDOTS AT GAMESPOT NEED TO STOP TRYING TO PLAY AVP (PC VERSION) WITH A DAMN 360 CONTROLLER B/C #1 IT DOSNT WORK RIGHT AND #2 IF YOU DO USE IT, THEN I SEE WHERE THERE COMMING FROM WITH THE CONTROL THING AND THE ALIEN..PUT DOWN THE XBOX CONTROLLER AND PICK UP THE GOOD OLD FASHION MOUSE AND KEYBOARD AND FOR GOD SAKES GAMESPOT,LEARN HOW TO PLAY BEFORE GOING AND MAKING A BAD REVIEW..BEYOND ALL THAT THE BOTTOM LINE IS: SCREW A DAMN REVIEW,I DONT NEED STUPID ASS WANNA B GAMERS AT GAMESPOT(OR OTHERS) TO TELL ME WHAT THE HELL I WILL LIKE AND WHAT I WONT,PERIOD!
    AVP RULES AND I ENCOURAGE EVERY PC GAMER TO BUY A COPY AND SEND YOUR RECIPTS TO GAMESPOT!

  • Am I the only one who thinks the mass critique that AvP has gotten is a tad harsh, possibly even a little too much.

    I’ve thought of two possible reasons, the first being more plausible. Rebellion (a small UK developer) do not have the kind of money the likes of Bungie, Rockstar & Infinity Ward have to bribe reviewers into bolstering there products scores.

    Two – The press have all gotten together behind closed doors and agreed to dampen down the hype of AvP in order to prevent turning AVP into what MW2 has become. A bag of sh*te populated by people far too young to have been allowed to purchase the product without a parental figure oblivious to BBFC ratings, why? Because its brilliant.

    If I’m correct however, I may have just ruined possibly one of the greatest FPS’s out there…..

  • Aliens vs. Predator is all the better for the extended fan service; it plays out like a best-of reel, with Lance Henriksen anchoring the whole show with a knowingly hammy reprisal of his role as Bishop.Aliens vs. Predator – the first-person shooter that sees Rebellion return to the universe it helped establish over fifteen years ago – the Oxford developer is given free rein to present these toys as God intended. The result is a pitch perfect tribute to action cinema’s greatest icons, wrapped up in a game that’s equal parts horror, shooter and stealth-’em-up.

  • im waiting for the game to come out tomorrow but i have played the demo enough to know that this is a good game most of u are complaining about the grapics but come on for me so long as i can see and make out what everything is then thats good enough for me and also the games from ages ago are still good i mean look at unreal tournement thats a great game but thats just what i think so it dosent matter but wahoo for tomorrow when its released

  • Just finished the entire story and have to say that I am very pleased! the problems that plagued the xbox 360 version dont seem to be present in the pc version..but it was meant to be a “PC GAME” in my opinion.Im running it on max settings with Direct X 11/10 and it looks pretty damn good, it dosn’t break any barriers or anything.(I have gtx 295 so no tesselation for me)Marine story was GREAT,Alien was ok,Predator was good,learning curve can be a bit steap,but once learned its a blast…all in all i give the game(pc version) 8/10
    (needs a patch to correct some minor bugs and the damn multiplayer server nightmare)

  • It’s oky im talking about the game it self. yes
    I allready played it it’s fun online but it does tack a
    Long time to load. Thats the only problem with the game
    Yeah” it’s a big problem with the game better known then not known at all”. THE GAME IS GOOD BUT IT NOW!……………………………………………

  • Òla! I loved the Alien VS. Predator games in my childhood, but the new one dont look good, dont have style and the gameplay is deadly boring! There are a lot of good games on the market, but avp is none of them.

  • What a Crap! Everybody talks about AvP, so i played the Demo, after this poor Gameplay and ugly Look….no thanks! What does Rebellion think??? That the Gamers worldwide are blind??

    I love the Predator and the Alien movies, they dont deserve such a digital waste!

  • I have played the demo for probably a total of 10-15 hours or so, and i would say this game is going to be awesome. At first i thought the Predators were going to be the best just cause there BA but after playing each race i would say its perfectly balanced. The predators are very good but can be easily killed if they dont pick up any weapons right away. The Aliens are very good because of how ridiculously hard they are to see, and also they have the strongest melee attacks. The Marines are very good because they have there radar+flashlight and their guns are very powerful. in my opinion i would say the marines would probably be the most overpowered, although not by much at all

  • pre ordered this bad boy survivor edition cant wait been playin the demo over and over like a man possesed quality game well done rebellion/sega and good review add me gamertag frontlinedave [xbox live]

  • cant wait , ive actually read few good reviews, mainly positive. empire magazine also gave it a 4/5 , ign 8.5
    so the majors having given this a good review. But regardless fo the reviews im definetly picking this one up .

  • Personally not interested in the MP aspect or the alien or predator campaigns. I wish the game concentrated solely on a human campaign that was really focused and polished. Having said that It looks good and it looks like a job well done. The GameInformer review was a disgrace – not because it gave it a low score but because it was unable to meaningfully describe why it gave a low score. It takes a huge effort to create a game, the very least GameInformer can do is put some effort into their reviews which thankfully techdigest have done here.

  • Having played the Demo to exhaustion (not really) I’ve come to appreciate the differences in Marine, Alien, Predator strategies that must be learned in order to survive and make it to the top.

    I can see the appeal of having options and play style change when you pick a “class” in AVP. You’re not just getting a different weapon like you would in typical FPS, but Rebellion has managed to make the player feel that they must change the way they move, attack, flee, track, and recover in battle.

    Looking forward to the retail release tomorrow.

  • Hey thanks for the review, I’ve been playing the demo and searching for a review and I am satisfied. The demo is good (though deathmatch is not a good choice for the demo), and I thought the GI review was a little harsh. Can’t wait to get this the day after tomorrow. The review was nice and said a lot, I’m glad this assured me that its a game to buy, I’m lucky I preordered.

  • @Ben

    I’m pretty sure that the ‘lightning fast alien strikes’ that you’re talking about are reserved for the campaign; it’d get pretty frustrating as a marine if you kept getting one shotted from behind by a load of aliens. In other words, it was done in the name of balance.

    I myself think the graphics are pretty darn good. They’re not revolutionary or anything, but they get the job done, and -in my opinion- the trophy kills are really, really awesome. Besides, it’s not the graphics that make a game, although they are definitely a bonus.

    Well, that’s all in your opinion anyways; however, I’d still be interested to hear what those ‘many flaws’ you mentioned are.

    Anywho, I enjoyed the demo a lot, even if the Deathmatch mode isn’t really in the spirit of the game; I mean, Aliens killing Aliens? Marines killing Marines? Team Deathmatch and the other ‘special’ modes will be where all the fun is 😛

    I think the game is being released to the public today; I’ll probably buy it if nothing else catches my eye first. Thanks for the review.

  • I just played the demo and I have to say….. hmmmm not impressed at all. What happed to the lightning fast alien strikes>? Takes like half hour just to hit them twice. Anyway all that aside….. poor graphics and lining up to “stealth kill” each other just isn’t iving up to my hopes. Many flaws and a severly dissapointed loyal fan of the first games.

    I had waited to see how this turned compared to BS2. After the demo……..Im going back to Rapture to put my money where me’ mouth is!

    Overall AVP demo apeal? – 6/10

  • good to see a reviewer that didnt base his review on how much money he was expecting as a bribe. IGN and game informer are without credibility…All I gotta say is IGN’s score for GTA4 being a 10…Yeeeaaah.

    Played this demo of the game and had genuine fun, something I haven’t had in a game for a while. Varied and interesting, I love it! Great review btw! Keep it up!

  • Sorry……after playing the demo and watch a lot of ingame stuff….this is like a PC Game from 2005! Nothing for me, i think 58/100 Points from GameInformer are a fair rating.

    • “Sorry……after playing the demo and watch a lot of ingame stuff….this is like a PC Game from 2005! Nothing for me, i think 58/100 Points from GameInformer are a fair rating.” – thats not necessarily a bad thing mate. pc shooters from yesteryear are awesome. you didnt want ANOTHER mw2 did you?

      tho the demo gave me alot of doubts.

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