(http://www.sega.com/avp/us/) Rated Mature by ESRB. Alien vs. Predator series has been popular series amongst comic books, movies, and video game fans. With the rich history that the Alien and Predator universe provides, it is no surprise this franchise about these vicious space creatures has spread into many different channels. In the video gaming world, Alien vs. Predator was a great success when it first released back in April 1999.  With its huge fan base and anticipation, Rebellion Games has graced us with another exciting Alien vs. Predator title for gaming consoles of this generation. This new game has a new batch of characters, a new story, and a new combat system. It will have fans around the world dropping their jaws in amazement.

(http://www.sega.com/avp/us/) Rated Mature by ESRB. Alien vs. Predator series has been popular series amongst comic books, movies, and video game fans. With the rich history that the Alien and Predator universe provides, it is no surprise this franchise about these vicious space creatures has spread into many different channels. In the video gaming world, Alien vs. Predator was a great success when it first released back in April 1999.  With its huge fan base and anticipation, Rebellion Games has graced us with another exciting Alien vs. Predator title for gaming consoles of this generation. This new game has a new batch of characters, a new story, and a new combat system. It will have fans around the world dropping their jaws in amazement.

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Presentation:

The campaign takes place on the planet BG-386 in a colony called, “Freya’s Prospect”. There are three separate campaigns that take you on separate, yet intertwining storylines played by each species (Alien, Predator, and Human). The way the plots of each species intertwine and how you revisit the same sites from different points of view is extremely interesting and quite entertaining. Due to fragile nature of the human race within the game’s story, you will grow a bond with each character and care about them as they become hunted.

 

Graphics:

From the battle scared armors of predators to the slimy and grooved skin of the aliens, you can tell the developers spend their time on creating the character models with the utmost detail on both their appearance and accessories.  The lighting effects of the game are very dynamic.  The way light bounces off differently on object surfaces, the sheens of the aliens’ bodies, and the beam of light from the marine’s weapon cutting through the darkness, all these effects adds to a visually enticing ambience.  The AvP world is rendered in an extremely realistic and very gory manner; staying true to the original mood that was set in the Alien and Predator movies. While playing as an Alien or Predator you have the option to grab the enemy and perform a “trophy kill” in which you kill your enemy in a particularly gruesome fashion. This presents extremely interesting moments during online play, where you still view the trophy kill from the first person perspective even as the target of such an attack.

         

Sounds:

Any fan of the AvP universe will be glad to hear that the sound effects from the movies carried over extremely well into the videogames. The sounds of Aliens writhing in pain, the familiar blast of the marines pulse rifle, and the signature Predator roars are all present in this game. Other than for nostalgic purposes, the sound effects play a vital role in game. The marine’s motion tracker “pinging” when an enemy is near and subtle sounds in the environment will help you pinpoint your enemies and make the game much more immersive and fun. 

         

Gameplay:

Alien vs. Predator plays like a typical first person shooter with a twist on combat strategies.  Each race within the game has its unique attribute and combat style differentiating it from other first person shooters.  Instead of just getting close to the enemy and mashing the melee button as the Predator or Alien, you have the option of doing a heavy attack, light attack, or blocking (The marine can light attack or block, but is allowed to shoot instead of perform a heavy attack. Additionally, the interplay between the different races creates an interesting balance because of the different combat attributes. Marines use several different weapons including the pulse rifle, scoped rifle, shotgun, and auto targeting “smart” machine gun which suits well in long range situation. Predators use classic plasma caster and smart disk to dominate the battlefield through high grounds and stealth camouflage. Aliens strike savagely with just their bare claws and tail through surprise attacks from hidden corridors, tunnels, and ceilings.

 

Although the campaign is short, it’s easily extended by the amazing online gameplay.  The online multiplayer mode consists of several different game modes.  The different species seem to well balance in player vs. player mode.  Also, as you progress through multiplayer games, you will unlock unique skins of different species. There is a good selection of multiplayer maps to select from although some of the maps seem to favor a certain species.  One of the most unique multiplayer modes is infestation, where all the players are human marines except for one player who will play as alien.  As soon as the alien player kills a marine, the marine player will become an alien.  As the game mode continues, more and more marine player will get killed and turned into an alien.  The alien player will attempt to kill human players and convert them to alien players.  As the last few skilled marine players remain, they are faced with hordes of alien attacking them until only one marine player is left to face against everyone else playing as alien.  This mode is very intense and entertaining as the tides of the battles turn from marines to the aliens.

         

Conclusion:

The latest Alien vs. Predator game definitely does the series justice. It’s exciting, gory, and true to the glory that is the Alien vs. Predator franchise. With its detailed character models and daunting sound effects, it will be a welcome addition to gaming consoles of this generation.   Although it has a shorter single player campaign than you would like from such a fun game, but it definitely makes up for it with the hours of fun that you can have with the multiplayer games consisting of 7 different multiplayer game mode.

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