Excerpt: Is anything scarier than a xenomorph swarm coming at you in a dimly lit corridor? With only a crummy torch and a few flares to light your way, the sight of these man-sized nasties, leaping about from wall to wall and slamming into your horrified face is one reserved for the very worst nightmares. SEGA and Rebellion's Aliens Vs Predator always had this quite primal sense of fear going for it. It's you against the beasts.
Conclusion: You won't be buying AvP for its single-player though, and if you are you may find yourself sorely disappointed. Rebellion has built AvP around its multiplayer, which is both well-constructed and surprisingly well-balanced. Each species comes with its own unique advantages and shortcomings, and will take some time to master, but once you do, AvP rewards in spades.
Conclusion: An average score for a very average game. Aliens vs Predator does nothing to revolutionize the genre or the franchise, but does provide a few visceral moments of pure action as well as offering a little bit of variety in it's multiplayer offerings.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is When I was a young gamer reading previews of Atari Jaguar games, I was intrigued and yet utterly terrified by the prospect of an Alien vs Predator game. Both were creatures from films that made me wet my pants and haunted my subconscious leading to many a sleepless night. At the same time these were two bad-ass villains in one game and better yet, we could take control of either one and really wreck havoc.
Excerpt: Good licensed games are hard to pull off, even moreso when you're talking about Aliens vs. Predator, easily two of the most recognizable sci-fi properties in movie history. It's a good thing, then, that Rebellion Developments is up to the task, having developed the well-received AvP games in the 90s. The franchise returns, respawned and ready for a new audience, but is this sci-fi shooter still a blockbuster at heart?
Excerpt: I’ve come to the conclusion that this game was designed to hurt me. A bit egomaniacal I’ll admit, but nothing explains the pain this game has brought me. Nothing else explains failure of this kind. The first Aliens Versus Predator was a great game. You felt to fear and terror of a colonial marine stuck in a badly lit colony surrounded by two of the most vicious, bloodthirsty, and generally antisocial alien species to grace the silver screen, and they both wanted to do...
Excerpt: There have been many games based around the Aliens vs Predator franchise over the years; some of them have pleased fans and gamers, whilst some have drawn their ire. The most excellent, though, has undoubtedly been Rebellion’s Aliens vs Predator and its Monolith developed sequel, released in 1999 and 2001 respectively.
Excerpt: that kept players constantly moving through the maze-like levels the game forced them into. Hitting a dead end in those mazes with H.R. Geiger’s nightmarish rape-monsters only a few feet behind was cause for me to shut off the original game more than once. That's gone here.
Conclusion: It's good to see the franchise back and I like that Rebellion is at the helm. Overall, the multiplayer takes center stage here and what's left is a mediocre campaign at best. My recommendation is a weekend rental -- get through the campaign in a sitting or two and then spend several hours with multiplayer to see if this one is worth your gaming dollar.