It’s a narrative with so much videogame potential, and yet, despite countless attempts, no one seems to have ever made a decent Aliens Vs Predator computer game. Or at least, it’s been that way until now. Because if the reviews are anything to go by, Rebellion Software’s up and coming Aliens Vs Predator 3D-action-shooter is original, atmospheric, and contains enough explicit violence to have MPs demanding an immediate ban during Prime Minister’s Question Time. And I for one really can’t wait.
So if a bit of virtual dismemberment, decapitation and disembowelment sounds like the perfect way to spend a quiet night in, head over to Zavvi where you can pre-order a copy of Aliens Vs Predator for £16.95 - the cheapest price currently available.
One of the best things about AVP is the fact you can play as all three warring species in parallel campaigns and of course, they all come with their own strengths and weaknesses. When assuming the role of the Colonial Space Marines you’ll be human and frail, but pack some impressive firepower including M1 Pulse rifles, grenade launchers, those little silver grenades which are like mini-nukes, and flamethrowers. Refreshingly, the flamethrowers are supposed to be very well rendered and nothing like those pathetic units you had in Alien Trilogy (a lighter and deodorant can would have probably looked more impressive).
Playing as the Predator also has its perks. You’ll have a glamorous selection of weapons at your disposal, and although I am not exactly sure which of these the game is going to contain, it's certain to have plenty of classics from the Predator's arsenal. I predict scythe-boomerangs, death-nets, extendable spear for impaling, shoulder cannon, wrist-blades and probably one of those weird Predator-first-aid-kits. However, according to the reviews, the Predator is probably the least interesting of the three campaigns.
Unsurprisingly it is H.R. Geiger’s Alien which, as usual, has got everyone talking. Although the Alien campaign is apparently slightly shorter than the other two, it is by far the most interesting and original. Like a fly, the Alien can run up and down any surface, across walls and ceilings, and can drop from any height without taking any damage. Admittedly, it has no ranged weapons and rains down a series of powerful melee attacks at close range using its claws, teeth and of course tail. One reviewer described it as a stomach-churning and disorienting experience which takes some getting used to, but superbly original.
All I keep thinking is bring on the online multiplayer!
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