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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit on the short side
For the long-term PC player, the title Aliens vs Predator was a classic game, but was often slated for its extreme difficulty, and its initial release didn't allow any save games. After the success of Rebellion's first epic instalment, Sierra obtained the license to this franchise, and immediately had the developers working on a sequel that should surpass it in every way...
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1 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poor game!
i bought this game a week ago and ive played it once and wont be playing it again! its really poor game play and graphics.i would rather be playing a quality game like medal of honour allied assault than a cheap game like this!
Published on 9 Mar 2004


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit on the short side, 18 Nov 2003
This review is from: Sierra Best Sellers: Aliens vs Predator 2 (PC CD) (Video Game)
For the long-term PC player, the title Aliens vs Predator was a classic game, but was often slated for its extreme difficulty, and its initial release didn't allow any save games. After the success of Rebellion's first epic instalment, Sierra obtained the license to this franchise, and immediately had the developers working on a sequel that should surpass it in every way. But has it done so?
To some extent, it has done admirably. As before, we have a set of linear missions for each character to follow, loosely based within the same story - make no mistake, this game has a plot to follow, and it's only by following the characters through the game that the full extent of the "incident" will become clear. There are about seven missions for each, which will keep you going for a little while, and this time you have a save capability (so you won't have to keep starting again from square one). A good start if there ever was one.
Obviously some people will prefer playing some parts more than others. The Colonial Marine, Corporal "Frosty" Harrison, has the best game because it's an experience we can all relate to. We are reunited with the capable (but sometimes untrustworthy) motion sensor, the ever-useful Pulse Rifle, and the devastating Smartgun, as well as some redeveloped favourites such as the Minigun and Grenade Launcher. The Marine is a walking arsenal, but you're on your own, and ammo is not to wasted lightly. And as an aside, neither are flares, which will be in limited supply, and are almost essential in some parts of the game to see where on earth you are going - or what you are shooting at.
The Predator has some of his toys remodelled and refined, now including a net-gun, the devastating speargun, that lethal throwing disc, and of course the ever-useful wristblades and plasmacaster. It's a high-tech array of useful kit, but the Predator is by no means a tank. Unlike the original game, the Predator can recharge his energy supply himself, so there's no worries about running out of juice and taking on every enemy with your bare hands (boy, was that frightening). But the Predator's kit has its drawbacks. Its vision modes are species-specific - that means, if you are using your thermal mode to see humans in a dark corridor, you'd better hope there aren't any aliens in there, because you'll be blind to them. And it's worth saying that some of his weapons work better than others against different types of enemy (naturally).
But it's the alien that's the hardest to play, and to be fair the developers have done their best to make it a good experience. You actually start out as an escaped facehugger (that type that gave John Hurt a fatal embrace in the original film), later progressing to be a Chestburster, and then larger strains of alien creatures. This is an interesting approach, since the younger/earlier forms of alien have limietd size, mobility and fighting capability. As a chestburster some pimply 'tech with a pistol can splat you across the floor, so it's a game of stealth to begin with - it's not until later you get a chance for some payback, and to start snapping those jaws on some unsuspecting victims...
The game is well-developed and well realised, with the three species being quite evenly matched in their own way, while having distinctly different capabilities. It's a triumph of gameplay, and the game engine performs well under just about any system produced over the last four years. It's a genuine joy to play every so often. So why have I marked it down to just Four Stars?
Well, it's a question of experience. The problem with a game being made of three stories means that, while the whole game is a respectable length, it means that each of the three stories feels a bit short. If anything, the story-driven missions actually make this problem worse, because it feels like you've been so immersed in the situation that the loose ends were tied up too suddenly, and that the proverbial rug has been pulled out from under your feet. It's a bit of an anticlimax, and I can't help but wonder if the time spent developing multiplayer aspects might not have been better spent adding content to the single player game. After all, the expansion pack would have plenty of space for improvements and additions...
So overall, a brilliant game, well made and well played, and definitely worth owning if you don't already have a copy on your shelf. Four Stars overall, only just missing out on Five despite its pocket-money price.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is it the best 1st person sction game???, 3 May 2003
This review is from: Sierra Best Sellers: Aliens vs Predator 2 (PC CD) (Video Game)
From the verity 'game for games sake' Aliens vs Predator 2 is one of the best, it has it all, 3 species, many, many weapons and lethal ways to kill, an attractive story line, somewhat straight forward but very entertaining missions and for the first time a game which scared the hell out of me!
But Aliens vs Predator 2 is not just a game for me, the reason i hold it in such high esteem is because it has stayed so faithful to the films. The movement of aliens, predators and marines is all very well structured, the graphics are impeccable, and the sound is increadible. All sound in the game, across all 3 species are EXACTLY the same as off the films, the paulse rifle, motion sensor, hissing of the alien and the strange sounds of the predators machinery have been mastered perfectly to fit the game.
The single player is great, the marine is increadible, its like your thrown straight into the film, from beginning to end you will catch yourelf hugging the walls and topping your clip up in the (frequent) event that the corridors will fill with Xenomorphs and predators, it is simply thrilling and is an experience which is truly great, especially if you are a film lover.
The aliens single player is interesting as much as entertaining, be an alien, from face hugger to chest burster to a fully grown perfect killing machine! You can run at super human speed, leap across the screen to an innocent marines throat, and scale the walls and ceilings of the game to find the perfect alien behaviour, something which has kept youths pondering through and since the alien triology (+ resurection). Finally the predators single player mode is very fun, his main weapon is that he can cloak and attack with surprise, he battels agains his former foe Rykov, a mad ex marine and his army of corporates to retrieve his lost mak, and ultimately to claim his bare skull, into his collection.
The mulitplayer truly is a great experience, barricade tunnels with marines equipped with mini guns and flame throwers or patrol the overhanging air vents with a xenomorph, there is so much scope for creativity when playing with 3 species and up to 20 players across many multi player maps that it is made the best game currently for the PC. Not as scary as the single player but way more entertaining, make friends and fight to see which is the superior of the three species.
All in all a GREAT game, my favourite for the past year, the choise of three species across single and mulitiplayer gaming will keep you entertained for a long, long time, i guarantee, for game lovers a must, for the film lovers it is epic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different sequel, 3 May 2005
This review is from: Sierra Best Sellers: Aliens vs Predator 2 (PC CD) (Video Game)
This is overall a very good game. I don't believe that this has the same level of atmosphere and suspense as the first AVP, but using the (now aging) Lithtech engine still offers crisp graphics. The Alien was the most interesting single player experience, starting off your life as a face hugger trying to find a host and progressing through the various stages of life.
Where the game really shines is in the multiplayer experience, there are still a lot of populated servers out there. With many different types of game play.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth checking out, 2 Jun 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Sierra Best Sellers: Aliens vs Predator 2 (PC CD) (Video Game)
Bought this game little over a week ago from amazon and was very pleased with my purchase, very enjoyable from the start as you have the choice of alien predator or marine, im currently still doing the alien missions and its alot of fun. Definatly worth buying and the online multiplayer is wiked, enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AVP2, 3 Oct 2004
This review is from: Sierra Best Sellers: Aliens vs Predator 2 (PC CD) (Video Game)
Ok, well, the gameplay in this game is rather irrelevant. Get online and go and kill somebody. Its so rewarding to collect your mates head or eat him alive. The one player game is not without its charms but it is online play where this game really shines. Full marks to sierra and keep up the good work. AVP3?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AVP2, 2 Jun 2003
This review is from: Sierra Best Sellers: Aliens vs Predator 2 (PC CD) (Video Game)
This is possibly the scariest game I have played, the game places you in the world of the Alien and the predator where humans are placed at the bottom of the hunting chain. You must choose whether you want to be the marine, alien or predator each character having its own story line all inter connected which was improved from the first game. Each character has its strenghts and weaknesses, the marine having sofisticated weaponary however being too slow compared to the alien which runs at lightening pace but in its early years is too vulnerable as it develops from a face hugger to a fully grown alien. The predator has the ability to cloak itself and stalk on prey with its long range weaponary, however it is poor especially when it comes to close range combat. The enviroment in this game is stunning and the graphics are very detailed, whether it being through claustrophobic narrow tunnels or open lush forests. The lighting effects are used well in this game to give a sense of fear. Each character will take you about 10 hrs to finish, it is a little short. The game is similar to the likes of half life as there are small scripted parts in the game which keeps the game interesting. This game ranks high compared to other first person shooters, if you are a fan of the previous game or the either of the movies this game is a must.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i can't stop playing this game, 2 July 2003
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This review is from: Sierra Best Sellers: Aliens vs Predator 2 (PC CD) (Video Game)
alien vs predator 2 is the madest game ever you can be a marine,predator or an alien. the graphics are unbeliveable and game play is outstanding. if you like the movies your love this game no matter who you play as the weapons, movement and kills are even better then in the movie, multiplayer mode is even better as you have team matches, death matchs and loads of others where killing has never been more fun.if you get this game play as the predator you can go round collecting heads and camaflauge yourself for up close kills.
get the the add on pack primal hunt this part to it is even greater.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great but not better than the first., 29 Aug 2004
This review is from: Sierra Best Sellers: Aliens vs Predator 2 (PC CD) (Video Game)
I played the first game, blow mw away even if it was a no story line. I loved playing as the alien it was super fast nothing could stand in me why without being cut to pieces. bought this game, enjoyed the other two storys then tried my hand at the alien one. it's just not the same, the alien is too slowed down for me. all in all the game is solid and tough and will scare you half to death.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 14 May 2011
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This review is from: Sierra Best Sellers: Aliens vs Predator 2 (PC CD) (Video Game)
This is the one of the best games I have ever played. Although it's quiet old now, the fun never stops, the suspense is always there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Avp versus saving money, 27 May 2003
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This review is from: Sierra Best Sellers: Aliens vs Predator 2 (PC CD) (Video Game)
This game takes all the best features from the original game and yet contains so much more. The best improvement is the plot, which is far more exciting and climatic. The graphics, lighting and atmosphere are all far better and double that with being jumped at when you least expect it, and you have one of the most nail-biting games in history (if you would dare take your hands off the joystick). We will, however, all miss the skirmish mode, which is not incorporated into this game. Still, if I had the choice of saving up my money and buying this, I know what I would do...
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