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AVP vs The Critics,
This review is from: Aliens Vs Predator (Video Game)
Everyone who likes Aliens or Predator will love this game, it's that simple. Having read numerous reviews bashing this game, I was a little dubious as to whether to spend my hard earned money on it. Don't listen to the reviews, because it's definitely worth a punt if you've got any interest in it at all. If like me, you loved the original films, and the original pc game from 99, then this game is a delicious slice of fanfare with an oldschool vibe.
In terms of single player, you've got the ability to play as each of 3 species, each with their own 4 hour campaign. The story interlinks so you've got the added option of playing each level by species to really understand what's going on, although really that's not too important as the story is paperthin. Each one is different and it's refreshing to have 3 completely different species with their own unique abilitys and gory kill moves. Being blunt, the campaign is really entertaining but is not without some technical issues. The controls take some time to master but that's part of the fun. The AI leaves a bit to be desired but it's also forgivable if you love the source material. The sound effects are brilliantly faithful to the films, and add massively to the tension that made the films so iconic. In terms of graphics, AVP is really detailed when it comes to character models, but the levels could of had more polish, however, they're fine if your not too demanding.
The multiplayer is a breath of fresh air after playing so many other first person shooters. The three species play completely differently so you often feel more attached to one of the factions, although it's nice to mix it up and really see what AVP has to offer. The various modes are all entertaining, with infestation being an example of the unique multiplayer experience this game has offer. The game starts with upto 18 players, 17 being marines and one being an Alien. Whoever the Alien kills becomes an Alien, so the hunters become the hunted. The multiplayer retains the sense of tension that makes AVP, and gives it a totally unique flavour. Also, survival mode is really entertaining and provides a microcosm of the all round experience. When you've got a team of 4, you've got a mix of left 4 dead and nazi zombies. However, beware that the controls are quite oldschool, and you dont have the ability to crouch or use sights, but this really enhances the reality of the thrill.
Overall, AVP does suffer in some areas, but it's definitely forgivable if you're craving some epic wristblade, pulse rifle, or double mouthed action. This game is without a doubt a flawed gem, it's impossible not to enjoy the iconic characters, tense atomosphere, and brilliant trophy kills. It captures the essence of the original, and that can only be a good thing.