Aliens vs Predator PC Games and Downloads
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Released on 19/02/2010
The three most deadly predator species in the universe come together for a showdown: chest-bursting aliens, high-tech hunter Predators and well-armed human marines fight for survival against each other in the ultimate in scary first-person shooters, Aliens Vs Predator.
Aliens Vs Predator updates the classic film-inspired action of the original game with state-of-the-art atmospheric visuals and all new features including groundbreaking and terrifying three-way multi-player.
In online multi-player, and in the single-player campaign play as the Alien, able to scale any surface and kill with teeth, claws and tail; or as the Predator, with high-tech hunting camouflage, a master of the stealth kill; or as a Colonial Marine, with firepower and squad numbers to fight back against overwhelmingly lethal odds.
A three-way fight for survival means epic and scary first-person action in Aliens Vs Predator.
In the all-new Aliens vs. Predator, players will have the chance to take the role of the three infamous species; the Colonial Marine, the Predator and the Alien. Each of the three species has its very own distinct story-driven single-player campaign mode that interweaves with the campaigns of the other two species. Aliens vs. Predator will also feature unique 3-way online multiplayer, allowing gamers to pit the three species against each other in the ultimate battle for survival and for the right to be crowned the deadliest species.
- On planet BG-386 a colonist mining group discovers an ancient pyramid containing a dark and horrible secret. Across the stars a race of warriors is alerted to the discovery of their pyramid and a hunting party is dispatched to ensure that it remains sealed at all costs, whilst deep inside the ruined pyramid a malevolent intelligence awakes from centuries of dormancy.
- The Marine’s story is an incredible fight against the odds, and the horrors lurking in the dark. Beset on all sides yet armed to the teeth, the Colonial Marine represents humanity’s last stand with the firepower to fight back.
- As the Alien, players will discover what it’s like to be the most murderous and lethal creature in the universe, with the ability to traverse any surface with awesome agility in order to get close enough to unleash its deadly teeth and claws.
- A master of the hunt, the Predator grants the player a suite of exotic weaponry and equipment with which to stalk its unknowing prey. Earn the greatest honour by ambushing prey up-close and butchering them for a gory trophy kill.
More than a Bug Hunt
The Xenomorph and the Predator are no strangers. These two Sci Fi behemoths have been tangling with each other for years. One of the best entanglements was eight years ago on the PC in Alien Versus Predator 2 by Monolith. So a sequel - or a fresh start - depending on your stance, has been long overdue.
This time Rebellion were handed the task of bringing these two killer species back into the spotlight. Rebellion needed to make sure that AvP was exciting, tense, dark and gruesome; it needed to capture the tension from the films and the key elements of each species to ensure that this was an emotional rollercoaster that kept you on the edge of your seat.
The single player follows the three species through the same story. One species story will offer answers to the questions that another species story gives. Not only that, but each of the campaigns feels completely different, the marines is tense and terrifying, the Xenomorphs is stealthy and exhilarating, and the Predator’s is a combination of the two.
The classic pulse rifle regurgitates bullets at a scary rate...
Man I love the Corps
You’re the Rookie, fresh out of training. This is your first drop. And what a drop to come in on!
Within seconds your first mission has gone straight to Hell. The setup for the Marine campaign works so well and it feels almost like being in the film Aliens. The tension builds as you make your way through deserted a compound, whilst your motion sensor blips periodically.
The marine campaign is your standard FPS, albeit a damned tense one. The first part sees you going against just the Aliens, but throughout the campaign you’ll be reminded of the Predator presence as its mandibles click and it plays audio clips it’s recorded whilst watching other marines.
If you’re familiar with a first-person shooter then you’ll feel comfortable in the marines shoes, if a little a nervous! The Marine definitely has the biggest hill to climb, as he is the slowest and most technologically inferior combatant. But don’t count him out just yet…
Although the marine is slower than both species and the Predator’s weaponry is much stronger than the marines, neither can match the fire rate of the marine. When it comes to a front-on assault by the Alien or Predator, the marine will stand tall. The classic pulse rifle regurgitates bullets at a scary rate, and the double-barrel shotgun can take an Alien head clean off its shoulders, just be wary of the resulting acid!
Attacks vary from clean-cut inner-jaw action to the marine’s head being torn from his shoulders like a bowling ball.
There's somethin' movin' and it ain't us!
Subject Six was born in the lab, after showing higher intelligence than its siblings Weyland marks Subject Six up for the programme, but as always the Xenomorph will never successfully be kept like a pet, and you escape, spilling the blood of scientist and Marine alike.
The Alien campaign is all about speed and stealth. As you have no long-range attacks at your disposal you must rely on concealing yourself in the shadows before lunging at your prey. If you knock your target of their feet, you’ll be granted the chance to pull off a Trophy Kill. This is not a pleasant way to go; attacks vary from clean-cut inner-jaw action to the marine’s head being torn from his shoulders like a bowling ball.
The Alien is easy enough to play as once you’ve been through the training at the beginning of the campaign. I found wall running quite exhilarating, and after some practise, jumping from wall to wall to dodge the hail of bullets that came my way when I wasn’t particularly stealthy.
Agility and stealth may get you close to your prey, but what do you do when you’re in attack range? Well if you’ve reached your prey un-noticed you can do the aforementioned Trophy Kill. But if you’ve been spotted you’ll need to use your light and heavy attacks to knock down your foe to leave them open for a gruesome demise.
The Throwing Disc could decapitate an enemy before ricocheting in the desired direction.
You’re one ugly…
As the Predator, you’re there to set things right by eliminating the Xenomorphs and the marines. The Predators appear when they receive a beacon showing that their pyramid has been opened by Weyland, and they’re not too happy about it.
Manoeuvring the Predator is again as easy as the Alien, if not easier, as you don’t need to worry about the wall climbing. Slightly faster than the Marine the Predator can jump to great heights to get a better vantage point and by using the focus button you’ll be able to see a jump point that is in range. Using your advanced technology and strength, you’ll try to take advantage of the high vantage points offered by some areas to cloak and take in the surround area.
Being the Predator means planning your attack so that you can take out the Aliens and Marines with as little hassle as possible. The Plasma cannon will take out an enemy in one hit, but bear in mind that the Plasma Cannon will need recharging after a few shots.
As much fun as the Plasma Cannon is, I found the Throwing Disc and Staff to be the best weapons. The Throwing Disc could decapitate an enemy before ricocheting in the desired direction just by looking, so this has the chance to hit multiple targets before returning to you for another throw. The Staff is just like a javelin, aim carefully and throw. A bonus to the Staff is that it can be used when you’re cloaked, so you won’t give away your position to the Marines.
As handy as the cloak is against the marines, it doesn’t seem to have any effect on the Aliens. Which is a shame as it would be cool to see the Aliens interact unaware of my presence, before I give them both barrels from my Plasma Cannon!
I’ve heard grown men scream like little girls as an alien has snuck up and surprised them.
We're all in strung out shape, but stay frosty, and alert.
As good as the single-player campaign is, the real magic for me is in the Multiplayer. In the games that I’ve played, I’ve heard grown men scream like little girls as an alien has snuck up and surprised them and not to mention the constant stream of Alien/Predator quotes, definitely keeps you amused!
As you’d expect from an FPS, you have your standard Death Match and team death match. On top of that you also have Species Death Match, Mixed Species Death Match, Predator Hunt, Infestation and Domination.
Of all these matches, Predator Hunt and Infestation are possibly the most interesting. Predator Hunt pits one Predator against a group or Marines, if someone kills the Predator they then assume the role of the Predator. Infestation sees one Alien against the Marines; every time the Alien kills a Marine that player will join the Alien and bolster the Alien team.
The last mode for online is the co-op mode, Survivor. This sees a group of 4 marines taking on wave after wave of Aliens. You can be as tactical or as trigger happy as you want; but in my matches I found that communication and marines being back-to-back was the best option.
Rebellion has done a great job in rebooting an almost forgotten franchise.
Outstanding. Now all we need is a deck of cards.
To say AvP is the perfect game would be an overstatement, there are glitches and AI issues, such as Marines walking past the cloaked Predator, but looking towards him, or face huggers coming through a solid wall to harvest a scientist. But for the amount of fun and nostalgia that AvP brings I’m willing to overlook these glitches.
Rebellion has done a great job in rebooting an almost forgotten franchise. The three campaigns are long enough and with hidden audio devices, Matriarch Jelly and Predator trophies to find throughout the levels and four difficulties levels to go through, there is plenty of scope for replay, especially for perfectionists who want to get full trophies/achievements.
Alien Vs Predator brings back a franchise that has been overlooked for so long, is it perfect? A 10/10 game? No, but is it fun? Hell yeah! It can reduce men to screaming girls and get your heart pumping with fear as you walk towards the unknown.
Just remember, online, everyone can hear you scream…
- +Looks brilliant, lighing creates an amazing atmosphere.
- +Great Online - especially Survivor and Infestation.
- +Each campaign feels and plays differently
- +No holds barred gore - true Alien and Predator style.
- -The campaigns just seem to end.
- -Not knowing how much DLC support this will receive
- -Some minor glitches here and there
Alone in the dark
The torch beam cuts through the gloom, offering brief glimpses of carnage and destruction. Your ammo counter is flashing a warning - less than twenty shots left. Somewhere in this hastily abandoned off-world colony, amid the bodies, is the terminal that will bring you one step closer to safety, if only you can find it.
Then it happens. Faint at first, the ping of the motion tracker is enough to make you freeze. Something's coming. It could be a survivor, of course, but you know there's nobody left alive. No, it's something else. Something dark, fast and ruthless. And now it's less than 20 metres away. You're alone, vulnerable and this thing has your scent. Can you guess who's coming to dinner?
Prey for mercy
Yes, Aliens vs Predator is a scary game. At least, it is when you're playing as a soft, delicious Colonial Marine. Up against xenomorphs that can tear you to pieces in an instant, not to mention a technologically advanced Predator stomping around looking for trophies, it's by far the toughest of the three single player campaigns. It's also the most familiar, given that space marines, spooky corridors and slavering aliens have been mainstays of the first-person shooter genre for over ten years.
Playing as a Predator takes you through the same locations, but tweaks the gameplay to favour a stealthier approach. Your aim is to prevent pesky humans from defiling a sacred Predator training ground, and as you carve your way through their ranks you accumulate an arsenal of other-wordly weaponry drawn from the movies. You want the flying disc that slices people into bits? You got it. How about that extendable spear, for instant death skewering? Yep, that's yours as well, along with the ability to turn invisible and distract enemies with a spot of gravel-throated ventriloquism.
Playing as an Alien is even stranger. Receiving psychic orders from an imprisoned Queen, you must break out of captivity and disrupt the colony's research into your species. Your weapons are your claws and barbed tail, backed up with no small amount of speed and surprise. Capable of scuttling up walls, across ceilings and into air vents, it's a dizzying experience but also a fantastically satisfying one. Stalking your prey, dropping on them from above and then delivering a wet, squelchy skull-chomp is gruesome fun that every movie fan will relish.
In terms of atmosphere and attention to detail, there's little to complain about, regardless of which species you prefer. All the sound effects are drawn from the movies, so every shot, scream or squeal pulls you further in. It's just a shame some of the human characters aren't more convincing, both in appearance and behaviour, but this is a game that's all about the monsters. The title stars are both well served by their iconic design, and the carefully prescribed stories make sure to offer lots of opportunities to see them at their best. Witness the moment where your Alien shadow looms over a cowering colonist as you prepare them for a facehugger, or the snarling, drooling view you get when a Predator grapples with a xenomorph up close. It's blatant fan service, but no less effective for its shameless pandering.
Acid house party
Sadly, there's no getting away from the fact that with three very different story modes to accommodate, the single player game feels rather small. Each campaign is over far too soon, and once you've got past the atmospherics of creeping around, it's fair to say that they can sometimes be a bit uneventful as well. Both Alien and Predator are also rather hampered by twitchy control schemes that get in the way of the thrill of controlling such infamous creatures. The Predator's leaps are a cumbersome fiddle, while the Alien has a habit of getting snagged or stuck while wall-crawling. It's one thing to fudge the perfect stealth kill by tripping over the controls, but when faced with a boss fight where two hits can mean death it becomes even more problematic.
These issues persist in the generous multiplayer menu, but at least everyone is on an even playing field. What is impressive is just how many different modes the game boasts, and how well they've been tweaked to make the most of the three-way mayhem the versus concept can offer. There are standard Deathmatch options, but it's more fun to opt for the more unique game types. Infestation, for example, pits marines against a single player-controlled Alien. Each player killed comes back as another Alien, worsening the odds against their former teammates. Predator Hunt turns the tables, and puts the Alien on the run, pursued by a team of Predators. Survivor, meanwhile, recalls Left 4 Dead and Gears of War's Horde mode, trapping a small group of human players in a relentless battle with Alien swarms.
Clash of the terror titans
For anyone who shivered and thrilled to the titular creature's movie exploits the minor control problems will be a small obstacle, easily overcome.Aliens vs Predator is a fine update of the old PC shooter series, and one that goes out of its way to deliver everything you'd want from a massive monster mash-up.
With three different solo modes, and a fantastic multiplayer selection, it's a game to sink your teeth into.
+ Looks and sounds just like the movies.
+ Great multiplayer modes.
+ Three different ways to play.
- Single player campaigns are short.
- Controls can be frustrating.
- Awkward difficulty spikes.
Konami has reminded gamers that its unique immortal-themed action game NeverDead will be available in stores across the country this week.
Developed for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the title is the creation of Metal Gear Acid director Shinta Nojiri and was co-developed by the UK's own Rebellion Software, the team behind the recent Aliens vs Predator game.
In NeverDead, gamers take control of Bryce Boltzmann, a jaded and gruff government agent tasked with hunting down demons, who also happens to be affected by the curse of immortality.
Thanks to Bryce's unkillable nature, players will be able to rip their own body apart and reassemble it for various purposes, allowing them to tear off their own gun-wielding arms to throw at enemies, or explore inaccessible areas as a severed head.
NeverDead also includes a wide array of cooperative and competitive online challenges and a theme tune by thrash metal band Megadeth.
Tomoyuki Tsuboi of Konami said: "In a destructible environment where even the amputated and severed pieces of the hero can be a weapon, anything is possible."
Alien Vs Predator Review (24/02/2010)
More than a Bug Hunt
The Xenomorph and the Predator are no strangers. These two Sci Fi behemoths have been tangling with each other for years. One of the best entanglements was eight years…
The torch beam cuts through the gloom, offering brief glimpses of carnage and destruction.…
NeverDead hits UK stores this week (02/02/2012)
Konami has reminded gamers that its unique immortal-themed action game NeverDead will be available in stores across the country this week.…
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