Average User Score: 7.4Aug 29, 2012Avp is a game that gets your hopes up only to balls it up by too obvious mistakes. The good points are the soundtrack, the moments that remain faithful to the original movies, and the fun bits which really bring out the campaigns. For example, it is brilliant to be an alien species with inhuman powers,running up walls or jumping up ledges. Gorily tearing your enemies heads off is also fun. At the start of each campaign it is promising, as you really feal like part of the films, but all atmoshpere is lost later on as the game becomes a shoot and run/ hack and slash / arena boss fight game. Why the developer just threw all of the atmoshpere he had away like that is lost on me, other than the fact that they were just lazy. Overall the campaigns are fun and is at first a healthy dose of alien and pred action for all of the fans dissapointed by the recent movies. But then again, due to a mixture of tedious controls, and lazy level designs it becomes somewhat a dissapiontment itself.
The multiplayer is fun, at least, but it really brings about the problems from the campaign onto a competetive match. The controls are weak and often unresponsive or overresponsive. This really messes games up for people, and they seem to especially disfavour the aliens movement, which is also its only advantage. The matchmaking means you will spend more time waiting for a game than playing one and the mechanics turn standerd death matches into a line of people "stealth" killing eachother. This means walking behind some one and pressing x. Another problem i find is the crazy imbalance in species. It seems that despite ist rock paper scissors approach to fighting the game goes by a predator beats all format too, not to mention that the marine can beat an alien easily in melee. The predator has an arsenal of overpowered weapons, each one basicly a one hit kill. Combi stick is often used to just throw it at an alien while in melee, and boom its gone. The plasma caster automatically locks on an one shot kills anything, ideal for campers. The marine also has a habit of blocking and beating an alien to death (how?!), but the predator is still the easy option, with the marine and alien about equal. This imbalance in species and stealth killing can really take the point out of the block- counter style of fighting.
Some modes stand ouy, and infestation, pred hunt and survivor all finally use the species strengths in the right way. The combat, despite its faults is fun and provides a chance to employ more skill in battle than an ordinary shooty game. The online is enjoyable, but beware of the faults in it. To a fan of the series this is a good buy, as it will give you a bit more alien/ predator action, which comes across in a classic movie style way for some parts. Combat is interesting snd the gamestyle is one of kind, however it needs tweaking to iron out some annoying problems. It has so much potential, but is let down by lazy issues.… Expand