We've recently featured some great preorder deals for Rebellion's upcoming first person shooter, but it's always difficult to decide whether or not to take the plunge and preorder a game without any reviews or hands-on experience. Luckily, Rebellion has just released a multiplayer demo of Aliens Vs Predator that'll give you a good idea of what the full game has in store.
- PC Users: Click here to download the AvP Demo from Steam
- Xbox 360 Gold Members: Click here to queue up the AvP Demo
- PS3 Owners: Access Playstation Store on your console to download the Demo
The demo grants you access to a single map and deathmatch gametype, but more importantly lets you take the Marine, Alien and Predator out for a spin. I've spent some time playing as all three species and I can happily report they offer very different gameplay experiences. The Marines are the most conventional combatants, with powerful firearms (such as the classic homing Smartgun) and traditional FPS-style tactics. Squads that stick together and communicate properly tend to wipe the floor with xenomorphs and cocky predators that attack piecemeal- definitely make sure you've got a headset!
The Aliens play very differently. The ability to scale any surface allows them to take position high above unwary players and pounce when their back is turned. Grabbing and chowing down on tasty, succulent humans is an exhilarating experience - though mastering their blinding speed and disorientating camera took a fair bit of practice (and a fair few deaths!).
The Predator sits halfway between the two with a subtle blend of stealth, melée prowess and advanced firepower. They start with nothing but the bare minimum of equipment (to balance them out), forcing them to scrounge and hide before being able to take on a skilled enemy. I didn't really enjoy the Predator experience as much as the other two (in other words, I got completely destroyed online), but they're clearly an advanced multirole character who will reward clever tactics and singleplayer practice down the line.
Download the demo and let us know what species you prefer!