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A review for the game (No DRM whining)
, 20 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Aliens Vs Predator (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
Ok to begin this is a really good game. If you're a fan of the respective franchises it pays homage too, in this case the original Predator and the first two Alien movies (it may include the others and I liked number 3 but I digress) The game is set far away from the awful movies scenarios and swaps out the insufferable and uninteresting teens for cool Colonial Marines from Aliens and if you wanted humanity to be caught in the middle of these two species then they better have weapons and of course, they do.
Much like the original AVP game made by Rebellion you get 3 campaigns for each species and a whole multiplayer mode based around you choosing a race and getting involved in battles with others online. Sadly at the time of writing this dedicated servers are having issues (they were not made ready for launch apparently) so you'll have to get your kicks in single player first until they're up and running.
Thankfully the single player is great fun and the game does a great job of making you feel like the respective characters. You have the tense vulnerability and destructive firepower of the marine, the savage and advanced technology of the stealthy Predator and the feral brutality of the Alien (extra set of jaws included). Little note to the adults this game is violent, really violent. Trophy kills for the Preadator and sneaky decapitations performed by the Alien can be a little extreme so make sure minors are out of range for this one (There's an 18 label on this for a reaspon). Each species is great fun to play as and are naturally very different the campaigns also give you the chance to do what you want with these characters (break out and cause havoc as an Alien, hunt both races with thermoptic camouflage on as the Predator and pretty much run and gun with the iconic pulse rifle). There is also a fun survivor mode added too which can be played both online and offline, here you play as a Marine and you attempt to fend off wave after wave of Aliens of varying classes. Yeah you've probably played these a hundred times before but this time you get to do it with a pulse rifle. There have been many criticisms that this game uses unoriginal thinking in its game design which I can see but let's face it there's a checklist of things you want to do as these characters which games have tried to emulate since the nineties so the chances are you've played like this before in other games but like I said before this is a game for the fans of these respective characters and for us this game is the game we've been waiting for so naturally déjà vu is gonna' be with you.
There are six modes for multiplayer which allow you to try your hand at capturing control points in domination and there is also infestation which sees a random team member spawn as an Alien who recruits a new alien to his team each time he or his new friend kills a Marine. Sadly only 6 maps are given with this game which isn't very much and only two are available for survival modes. Thankfully they are good quality maps so it's a case of quality over quantity although sour grapes will abound with net nerd fury when the first wave of DLC for this game comes out containing the maps that should have been in this game with a neat little price tag attached to them.
Then of course we have Steam the game providing network which also provides the dreaded DRM for modern PC games. Steam is unavoidable and you must have it to play. Yes I too miss the way PC games used to be but this is the way the industry is now you can thank piracy for draconian protective measures and please don't post any debates about DRM on this review it's an old subject now and it's boring to discuss things that won't change. PC game providers need to protect their products even if it means the customer will complain about their methods. Besides Steam is free and the game will patch itself saving you googling patches. The game did take quite a while to download due to an error in the downloading process and also because of the sheer number of people downloading at the same time as me (Steam servers aren't big but they do get the job done eventually). Most of the game is not on the discs you have but is provided by Steam as a download as soon as the discs authorize that you have bought the product, again this is the way of the PC game industry you can't part exchange your old PC games anymore so if you're buying a game like this be sure it's defiantly what you want. For those of you with very slow internet this may be an issue as the download is approximately 14GB for the complete game. I'm not sure how much is on the discs but it won't be a lot plus the game must patch as well so patience is advised.
The end result is worth it and I thoroughly recommend you play this game if you're a fan of these characters and those movies. If you're a fan of the AVP movies you may also get a kick out of it similar to the thrill of watching the fight bits in those pretty awful movies. So in conclusion buy it be patient and have fun, it's a great game and well worth the effort.
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