It has to be said that in their attempts to condemn AVP's graphic violence and justify their ban, the Australian classification board actually made the game sound great: ‘human characters being subjected to various types of violence, including explicit decapitation and dismemberment as well as locational damage such as stabbing through the chest, mouth, throat, or eyes.’ And now, unless you live in Australia of course, you can currently pre-order a copy of this action-shooter in all its uncensored brutality for just £17.99 from either Play or Amazon. The next cheapest pre-order deal comes in £34.73.
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Many people, including myself, were quite dubious regarding Rebellion Software’s ability to do something original with the AVP series and create a game which was more than just another bog-standard 3D action shooter. But despite the fact that AVP doesn’t have the most revolutionary, cutting edge-graphics engine or some profound, multifaceted plot, it truly excels in terms of both atmosphere and gameplay.
AVP allows the player to assume the role of any one of the three warring species, and whilst the space marines pack some impressive fire power – including pulse rifles and brilliantly rendered flamethrowers – and the Predators are pretty much unstoppable with their cloaking devices and shoulder cannons, it is H.R. Geiger’s alien which, as ever, proves to be the most interesting and unique.
Of course, when playing as an alien, the player has no ranged weapons and has to relay on a series of powerful melee attacks must be unleashed at point blank range. The aliens do have certain advantages however. They can drop from any height without sustaining damage and, best of all, are extremely agile. The player can run up walls and across ceilings with such great speed that, according to the reviews, it’s a disorientating and stomach-churning experience - but also brilliantly original.
Playing as the ill-fated space marines caught in the cross-fire also has real perks. The level environments, strobe effects and overall use of lighting are superb, and combined with the steadying crescendo of bleeps and pulses from the motion tracker when something is lurking in the deep recesses of some dingy cargo bay, provides an unparalleled level of dread. Unfortunately the predator is probably the least interesting, but then again, you can’t have everything can you?
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