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Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem PSP review
30 May 2010
Excerpt: Like Spider-Man and many more, Predator seems to have been born to star in a game. who’d pass by the chance to play as an alien with dreadlocks who can turn partially invisible anyway? Certainly not me. With such a great character, how could you possibly go wrong? Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem answers this very question with a rather underwhelming and mediocre game.
Excerpt: It's fun to say we've evolved to the point that we don't need snazzy graphics to recognize a quality gaming experience, but most of us still prefer a good-looking, quality experience. All the better if that snazzy exterior happens to be a goldmine of sci-fi geek lore, the Alien vs. Predator: Requiem license. The game of the movie in this case ends up being about what people loved and hated about the recently released film.
Conclusion: Requiem can be judged on several levels. Is it more entertaining than the films? You get to live vicariously as a Predator, so probably. Does it stand up to the Jaguar classic? An embarrassing lack of gameplay options points to no. Movie licensed games are often half backed cash-ins, is this crap? Well, not exactly. It's not a broken or a bad game, but, kind of like the films, it feels like a waste of an opportunity.
Summary: Strapped with an arsenal of exotic weaponry and equipment, players will take on the role of the ultimate Predator. Co-op multiplayer mode adds to the action and excitement as players hunt down and eliminate the Alien species lurking in the authentic universe of the AvP movie.
Excerpt: I remember a time when playing an Alien / Predator title was a joy. My first experience with the series was on the PC many years ago. Walking through the halls of an abandoned military station playing as a human was tremendously frightening and made me wonder at the possibilities of the same match-up in the cinema. Two horrible theater schlockfests later and a gaming series has dilapidated into nothing more than a shell of its former self.
Excerpt: As everyone hopefully is aware by now, the original 'Alien vs. Predator' movie was inspired by a series of videogames that were, in turn, inspired by a series of graphic novels. So it's no surprise that the second 'AvP' movie, 'Requiem,' would come with a videogame tie-in, a third-person action game for the PSP that was developed by Rebellion (who did the original AvP first-person shooter in 1999) and published by Sierra.
Excerpt: Over the course of recent years, last generation consoles were bombarded with some of the blandest and most mediocre gaming experiences to be had in the shape of film licensed games. Most of these consisted of flicking switches and hitting the same enemies with the same attacks for six hours, whilst the developers stuck in a timely clip from the movie every now and then to keep their employers happy.
Excerpt: From beginning to end, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is an incredibly easy game. There's not a single moment in this third-person shooter when you feel the least bit challenged, whether in terms of combat, scavenger hunting, or its occasional attempts at platforming. Although it's true that a game's difficulty is hardly the sole indicator of its overall quality, every other part of the game is far too mired in blandness to prevent you from drifting off under the spell of...
Pros: Some cool predator technology to exploit, Branching level paths offer nice variety
Cons: One of the easiest games you'll ever play, Combat quickly becomes a bore, Visuals and sound are equally dull, Bonus modes are pure filler