9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2002
This is a good add on, but there are a few minor flaws as have been mentioned in other reviews.
*not as suspenseful as the original (AvP2) as it can - at times - be nonstop action, which is good if you like that kind of thing, but id prefer it to be more scary like the original. also, when the aliens do attack, you get a 'dramatic score' which gives away that your going to be under attack well before you can see or hear anything
*the aliens first level takes ages on harder difficulties - firstly trying to work out where the hell your supposed to be going and then avoiding the plasma caster shots which seem to fly at you constantly when your not in an air vent
*aliens seem to be able to hurt you when they are a short distance away - can get a bit anoying
good points do outweigh the bad though, as those are all minor negatives
*awesome graphics and animation
*i like all the new weapons - they aer all really cool, especially the double pistols for the marine
*get to play as pred-alien - yay!
basically, if you liked the original or the films - get it. if you didnt like any of those, then why are you even reading this far into this review? weird... just buy the original and play it to death, then buy this if ou want some more...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2012
When ALIENS VS PREDATOR 2 the PC Game came out in 2002- it was an instant classic that truly captured everything we loved about both the ALIENS and PREDATOR franchises.
On top of that its expert use of game mechanics, physiques, graphics, iconic ALIENS/PREDATOR weaponry, vehicles,locations and interesting skins and class characters from the Colonial Marines, Corporates (off world Marines playable during multiplayer), ALIENS (including the Dog Alien 3, Predatorian (juvenile Queens and royal guard), Drones and PREDATOR classes (stealth, heavy duty or heavily armed).
If you don't own the original ALIENS VS PREDATOR 2 for the PC- by all means buy it- as it is the best ALIENS VS PREDATOR product and far superior to the dreadful live action films of the same name released after.
So popular was the game that Fox Interactive put into plan an expansion pack to capitalise on the games popularity. Unfortunately the game's staff and original makers "Monolith" had moved onto bigger fish- namely programming the ambitious James Bond license "No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way" first person shooter.
So the original game's code was shopped out to a Hungarian studio "Third Law Games" who did the bizarre KISS (yes the band KISS) Psycho Circus game- to expand on the original games mythology.
Primal Hunt is a prequel to the events in AVP2.
At first glance it appears to be fine- the first human mission shows the Corporates point of view and we get a "prettied up" Dunya (sporting a sensual Easter European accent) thick cut fringe and swaggerng hips that do fan service justice. The graphics are crisp (for their time)- there is plenty of action in the first level and we get to use and deploy sentry guns (ala ALIENS- Special Edition).
However things start going to pot when I realise how bad the level design is. Cliffs, narrow branches (during human levels), sheer drops whilst facing off hoards of aliens that attack in groups of 5's.
The usefulness of the "F6" Quicksave and "F9" quick load buttons soon become apparent.
The Predalien (ALIEN/PREDATOR hybrid) levels are the worst for many reasons. For one the first mission is your begin as a Facehugger and you need to impregnate a PREDATOR. What the mission briefing doesn't tell you is that it has to be the "correct" PREDATOR. That and the fact that the PREDATORS in the temple have a 99% Plasma hit rate if you take the "wrong turn". Finding well hidden escape vents during the maze is purely about luck and dying many times.
The second level (as a Chestburster) was even worse. I couldn't get past the level until I realised you had to jump onto a previous irrelevant "door button" (there were hundreds in AVP2 that are of no use to the ALIEN) but in this expansion pack one of these buttons is a "platform" to jump into an above vent you can't see. Had it not been for a YouTube video I would've been forever lost getting killed by security with Pulse Rifles.
It weird level design like this that gets you killed if you don't know where you're going first time. As soon as you're spotted you're dead and there is no hiding or stealth in this game (frowns).
The PREDATOR missions are similiar. Platform jumping is purely about luck and knowing what is or isn't meant to be jumped on.
In conclusion get AVP2 for PC. If you have a morbid curiosity you could purchase this expansion pack but bare in mind its rare purely because ti was so awfully received by fans due to said shoddy level design and impossible jumps that are a burden to all three species.
I'd also like to mention that the game is very short, doesn't have the epic feel of AVP2 nor does it have the "power loader armour" and said level design and random respawning of ALIENS out of no-where is both cheap and amateurish.
If you're happy searching walkthroughs have a go but bare in mind without them you'll be hitting your PC table (and F9 key) in frustration. A lot.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2002
Well, there are some good points and some bad points.
I felt the corporate levels were pretty badly designed - the landscapes were beautiful, but the aliens have a habit of appearing out of sheer rock faces, and even on easy, the levels were challenging through sheer numbers and falling off those $*$"ing cliffs. I spent far too long at 15% health with pistols because everytime there is a pickup, you immediatly get ambushed and it's pretty much as good as not getting it.
The Predator game was good, with well thought out plot and locations. The new weapon fills the only real hole in the predator armory (rate of fire) but I'm sure the pred starts a self destruct at the end, and it never goes off...
The alien game suffers from a lot of problems. There is a room with three exits. One of these exits will allow you to continue the level, the others will have you killed instantly. That's assuming you can avoid all those plasma-caster wielding predators. Grr. And of course, it is way, way, way too short.
TO summarise - an OK add on for an excellent game - a little disappointing though.
+Predalien beefed up a little
-Pickup-able sentry guns appear to do very little damage
-Way way way too short
-Russian accents (supposedly)
+Dimitri's character developed
-Dunya "Prettied up" I preffered the embittered Merc.
+Dunya in the shower ;)
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2002
If you've already got Aliens vs Predator 2, and if you're going to be playing online (which should mean you!), you really do need this game. Weapons which were rather unbalanced in the first game are tweaked for this expansion pack, new ones added for extra vitality, and new server options have been added: if you don't like a particular weapon, just disable the weapon from the server menu. AvP2 is already a great game to play online, and Primal Hunt makes it all the more fun and balanced.
Of course, you will probably be trying the single-player game first. The SP game will take you to all kinds of places: 500 years into the past (ie. about 300 from the present day...), the ruins of the ancient civilisation as seen in the original film Alien, Predator bases, gigantic human-made fortresses, the works. Plus there's a range of suitably outlandish indigenous life-forms, as well as civilian facehugger-fodder, hard-ass (and heavily armed) corporate mercenaries, and of course the titular Alien (inspiration for pretty much every sci-fi film since the late 70's, a biomechanical hive-minded beastie which gestates inside a living host) and Predator (complete with trademark clicketty-click growls and an array of nastily sharp weaponary for hunting you and everyone else). Then there's the guns, which blow every other games' offerings out of the water, but you'll soon find out about those.
So, AvP2: Primal Hunt. A game based on some of the greatest and most downright scary sci-fi films ever made, with great creatures, scenery and guns. And a plot. Frenzied multi-player action. Jaw-dropping weapons. Enough atmosphere to use as deodorant. The catch? It hasn't come out yet. Hah.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 2002
No doubt you've looked at the 2 star rating and may be guessing I didn't really like the game all that much. Well, Yes and no.
Primal Hunt is an acceptable expansion. There's nothing too wrong with the game in general. So why the low score? Well, it's mostly a number of little things than one or two major flaws. I'll list them and you can decide whether they would influence your enjoyment of the game:
*Annoying level design/enemy placment- In a few places I felt the game was rather annoying rather than challenging. I especially hated a few sections where you could activate Alien eggs and get Facehugger running after you when you couldn't see the damn things becuase the were a level up/right behind a pillar in the dark you just walked past or behind the rock outcropping your walking past until the facehugger came off it's higher level or whatever and lept on you or you jump up only for it to pounce on you as soon as you get to a new level. I don't mind shooting facehuggers, I did plenty of that in AvP2 proper, but really, setting them off when you have no chance of getting rid of the things until there far too close is just annoying. There's no way you can do anything about it first time you play and it's only really with foreknowledge the second time onwards you can deal with it without problems. Equally the Corporate levels annoyed me a tad, since the Corporate gets a 360' motion sensor the designers seem to have taken this as carte blance to have you attacked from 360' every time you get to a point where an Alien attack is triggered. Even frequently is fine, but every time just gets as dull as being attacked from the front every time.
* the PredAlien levels- This was one of the most annoying things to me, becuase of the three mission per character limit you actually only spend one episode as the Predalien since the game stick to the life cycle of Facehugger, Chestburster, full Grown Xenomorph. With only one episode as the Predalien I felt somewhat cheated, especially since IMO the Facehugger and chestburster levels weren't on par with the ones in the original game. The Facehugger level is the sort of level that if you take a wrong turn you run the risk of dying before you can react, and the facehugger level is simply too short to me.
* Utter lack of Closure- As the other reviewers have said, the game does have a plot. The only problem I have with it is the ending of the story arc, while explaining why a team of Marines and Predators came to the planet in the main game, it otherwise has a very unsatisfactory ending. Nothing from it's main plot is resolved. I felt there really should have been another level just to finish off the plot which was left hanging at the end of the game.
* Silly Anorak point- Just something that annoyed me, at one point a character in the game(I won't spoil it by saying who it is or if it's a player character or a non player character- it could be anyone in the Corporate or Predator campaign) gets facehugged, despite this they are still often attacked by aliens and other facehuggers. A very Anoraky point I agree, but it still annoyed me.
* Too short- Three Episodes a character was a tad too short. Upon finishing the Predalien 3rd mission my feeling wasn't 'Wow, I did it' but 'is that it?'. Ever since Opposing Force came out for Half-Life, most gamer want a bit more meat in their expansion packs.
After all that you might think I disliked this game intensely. I didn't though. there are a few good sections of the game which get the blood going and hey, it's still got Aliens, Predators and Colonial Marines which increase it's style immensely, they are still great charcters to take control of and fight with. Equally weapons that were rather too good have been toned down somewhat(the Smartgun isn't so smart anymore). These are all very good marks for the game.
When Primal Hunt is good, it borders on great. But it's like that only rarely, and after finishing it sadly I could only think of how much better it could have been. This game is really no more than average. If I could have given the game a 2.5 I would have. Since it's not really good enough for three stars but neither is it really as bad as a two Star review might suggest. It just simply had a lot to live up to and it didn't.
In conclusion, I would probably only recommend this to Alien v. Predator completists or people who play multiplayer frequently, something I lack the bandwidth for most of the time. The Single player campign, while not bad, is simply not anything like as good as it could have been.
on 4 August 2014
Excellent game and would recommend it
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2009
Although a little dated in graphics when compared to Crysis, this is a great game with lots of upgrades starting with Primal Hunt and going on with Mods from the internet that really bring more quality to the game. The game and story line itself is ... intense. Play this game in the dark and really think about being the only Marine left. If you have seen the films, you will really know what I mean.
AvP2 is also great fun for LAN Parties, I would recommend 'Last man Standing' as a top multiplayer game.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2012
If you liked AvP 2 but didnt get enough action then this is a great expansion to the game , with new weapons , characters and a storyline there is much to explore. My only criticism of this game is that for me it was far too short. But besides that I would reccomend it.
5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2002
If you liked the predator part of Aliens Versus Predator 2, then this is the add on or you, over 5 new missions, new weapons and multiplayer options (like predator self destruct!!!) You are a Predator hunting "key" to controling the xenomrph inhabitants of the original planet 100 years before the events of avp2, when you get accidently frozen in stasis until a certain coporate soldier by the name of Dunya is sent to get this "key" but also awakens you and takes the precious artifact- A deep plot for the Predator with added extras for the Xenomorph and Marine games ( you play a predalien or Dunya )
2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2002
Fun while it lasts! But for me, that was a grand total of two evenings, and I'd completed the Corporate (i.e. Marine) game. It's much more, hard core alien shooting than ordinary AvP2. The aliens come at you far more frequently, and in much bigger groups. That kills the suspense a little, but makes up for it in excitement! Just wished it had lasted a little longer...
I started on the Predator game, but the early stages of that consist of wandering around a planet, shooting some Bison-type creatures. I stuck that out for about two minutes of boredom before I gave up.