3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Works as well as the PC version and no upgrade needed - but short,
This review is from: Aliens Vs Predator (Video Game)
I couldn't wait the month that it took to upgrade my PC to play this game, so I went round to a console-owning friend, learned the gamepad controls and gave the Marine campaign a whirl.
My five star fun rating is for the Marine single player campaign simply because that's the most accessible and it lets you "be in the films" so to speak. This strand of the three SP storylines is highly influenced by the plotline of the first AvP film, before making reference to the other Alien and Predator movies we've loved for 20 years.
Whilst you can be "let off" Facehugger attacks with your defensive melee mode, as the Predator the ritual kill can get boring. When it goes to "hand mode" to do hacking and flicking switches as a Marine and then you get attacked, it's unfair to lose health and have to melee straight away, especially in finales where you will have multiple warriors attacking and you might not always be able to heal. That leads to multiple checkpoint grind which depending where you are in the campaign, can be frustrating rather than challenging in places.
Making you stop playing the game to hear the PDA audio files when your Marine colleagues can be heard just fine over the radio also breaks the suspense unless you save them up and play them when not in danger.
The music is well done and the sound design gives you the relevant effects from the film and earlier games.
So why only three stars? A sequel has already been announced, so we don't know how many new maps might be coming over Live. Three races and the multiple modes might make you take it off the shelf again one day if you're a primarily single player gamer, depending on whether your multiplayer progress can be carried forward in your Live Profile to the next title in the modern series.
So it's not bad, merely short and sweet for hardcore fans - but such fans might view this game as one they must own along with every Alien and Predator-related DVD. At the very least you can use this as practice for the sequel, so rent through Lovefilm if you're not sure about it (if that's possible).