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'Aliens Vs Predator 2 - PC'

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Sun 08/07/07 at 09:44:
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Just what is it that marks Earth as a happy hunting ground to the Predators? These intergalactic hunters seem to spend half their lives on Earth, slashing and hacking their way through the populace at will. But the Predators in Aliens vs Predator 2 aren't roaming around on Earth. The place they've picked for their hunt is actually a human-run research post that specialises in somewhat dodgy experiments upon Aliens, which includes a fully functioning artificial hive stuffed full of head-biting, colonist-cocooning, acid-for-blood xenomorphs.

As in the original Aliens vs Predator, the single-player game gives you the opportunity to play as either a Predator, marine or an Alien. But whereas the campaigns in AvP were essentially separate stories, Aliens vs Predator 2's sports a single coherent storyline, showing the same events through the eyes of different species. So in some situations, you'll hear word of what one species is up to, then get to experience it first-hand in its campaign. It's a welcome touch that makes the three campaigns tie together rather well.

Each of the species has very different characteristics and technology, requiring distinctly different tactics to be employed for each one. The marines, for example, are not as physically strong as the Aliens or Predators, but this doesn't mean you're going to get slaughtered the moment you step into the research complex. The marines have access to a wide range of weaponry including the pulse rifle, which you begin the game with, a shotgun, pistol and enemy tracking smart gun, all featured in the Aliens movies. Plus you get your hands on some other unseen weaponry, comprised of the usual FPS assortment: sniper rifle, rocket launcher, grenade launcher, and mini-gun - the marine campaign requires you to be fleet of foot and fast of trigger finger - as in most 3D shooters.

If, on the other hand, you're more of a Thief fan or chose to root for the dreadlocked one in the two Predator movies, then the Predator campaign will probably be your first stop (although you'd be a fool not to have a crack at all three campaigns). As the Predator, you pick up various weapons as you go through the game, including a net gun, a shoulder mounted cannon, a flying disc weapon and a pistol, but you start off with only a couple at your disposal - your claws and a spear gun. But your primary strength as the Predator is your stealth - your cloaking device keeps you perfectly hidden from humans and synthetics, your vision device makes your foes stand out against the background and you have a zoom facility that lets you take out targets from a distance - the disc and shoulder cannon even home in automatically, making you a formidable foe.

And then there's the Alien campaign. While you might think playing as a lone Alien would require huge amounts of stealth, this isn't the case. Speed and cunning is more important - the latter is required to find alternate routes round the automated sentry guns that can cut you to pieces in seconds, while the former lets you get close to your opponents and take them out, especially with no long range weapons at your disposal. A little disappointingly, enemies do tend to see you if even if you're hanging from the ceiling in a dark corner - in single player, at least. Multiplayer is a different story, since human players actually have to remember to look up.

Unlike the previous game or the Aliens movie, Aliens vs Predator 2 doesn't solely take place in the corridors of a deserted colony or an Alien hive. True, you do get to visit those locations, but you also get to wander around alien jungles as the Predator or through the corridors of the research complex and pods as all three species. The level design is pretty damn good and convincing. In fact, the game has a lot in common with the Aliens comics, which often centre around the dodgy activities of those attempting to exploit the Alien as a bio-weapon. Such attempts usually end in tears and much tearing of flesh and Aliens vs Predator 2 is no different.

Aliens vs Predator 2 has to be the scariest game I've played in ages - the programmers have gone out of their way to shock you at every opportunity. And when you're not being shocked, there's the almost unbearably enduring fear that something's about to come around the corner and take your head off. The atmosphere in Aliens vs Predator 2 is so thick, you could cut it with a chainsaw. Granted, most of the occurrences in the game are scripted and the enemy AI really does very little, but it adds tremendously to the atmosphere to be standing around a corner or crawling through a vent and hear characters nearby crying, "Oh god, oh god" when they catch sight of you. Or watch them fleeing when you release Facehugger specimens into the room - chaos has never been so enjoyable.

It's really hard to find anything wrong with this game. My only gripe would be that there hasn't been an third game in the series, and it's been four or so years since AVP2 was originally released. But if you're looking for something a little different, or a fan of the movies, AVP2 fits the bill nicely. And with it being on budget, you really can't go wrong.
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Sun 08/07/07 at 09:44:
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"Braaains"
Posts: 439
Just what is it that marks Earth as a happy hunting ground to the Predators? These intergalactic hunters seem to spend half their lives on Earth, slashing and hacking their way through the populace at will. But the Predators in Aliens vs Predator 2 aren't roaming around on Earth. The place they've picked for their hunt is actually a human-run research post that specialises in somewhat dodgy experiments upon Aliens, which includes a fully functioning artificial hive stuffed full of head-biting, colonist-cocooning, acid-for-blood xenomorphs.

As in the original Aliens vs Predator, the single-player game gives you the opportunity to play as either a Predator, marine or an Alien. But whereas the campaigns in AvP were essentially separate stories, Aliens vs Predator 2's sports a single coherent storyline, showing the same events through the eyes of different species. So in some situations, you'll hear word of what one species is up to, then get to experience it first-hand in its campaign. It's a welcome touch that makes the three campaigns tie together rather well.

Each of the species has very different characteristics and technology, requiring distinctly different tactics to be employed for each one. The marines, for example, are not as physically strong as the Aliens or Predators, but this doesn't mean you're going to get slaughtered the moment you step into the research complex. The marines have access to a wide range of weaponry including the pulse rifle, which you begin the game with, a shotgun, pistol and enemy tracking smart gun, all featured in the Aliens movies. Plus you get your hands on some other unseen weaponry, comprised of the usual FPS assortment: sniper rifle, rocket launcher, grenade launcher, and mini-gun - the marine campaign requires you to be fleet of foot and fast of trigger finger - as in most 3D shooters.

If, on the other hand, you're more of a Thief fan or chose to root for the dreadlocked one in the two Predator movies, then the Predator campaign will probably be your first stop (although you'd be a fool not to have a crack at all three campaigns). As the Predator, you pick up various weapons as you go through the game, including a net gun, a shoulder mounted cannon, a flying disc weapon and a pistol, but you start off with only a couple at your disposal - your claws and a spear gun. But your primary strength as the Predator is your stealth - your cloaking device keeps you perfectly hidden from humans and synthetics, your vision device makes your foes stand out against the background and you have a zoom facility that lets you take out targets from a distance - the disc and shoulder cannon even home in automatically, making you a formidable foe.

And then there's the Alien campaign. While you might think playing as a lone Alien would require huge amounts of stealth, this isn't the case. Speed and cunning is more important - the latter is required to find alternate routes round the automated sentry guns that can cut you to pieces in seconds, while the former lets you get close to your opponents and take them out, especially with no long range weapons at your disposal. A little disappointingly, enemies do tend to see you if even if you're hanging from the ceiling in a dark corner - in single player, at least. Multiplayer is a different story, since human players actually have to remember to look up.

Unlike the previous game or the Aliens movie, Aliens vs Predator 2 doesn't solely take place in the corridors of a deserted colony or an Alien hive. True, you do get to visit those locations, but you also get to wander around alien jungles as the Predator or through the corridors of the research complex and pods as all three species. The level design is pretty damn good and convincing. In fact, the game has a lot in common with the Aliens comics, which often centre around the dodgy activities of those attempting to exploit the Alien as a bio-weapon. Such attempts usually end in tears and much tearing of flesh and Aliens vs Predator 2 is no different.

Aliens vs Predator 2 has to be the scariest game I've played in ages - the programmers have gone out of their way to shock you at every opportunity. And when you're not being shocked, there's the almost unbearably enduring fear that something's about to come around the corner and take your head off. The atmosphere in Aliens vs Predator 2 is so thick, you could cut it with a chainsaw. Granted, most of the occurrences in the game are scripted and the enemy AI really does very little, but it adds tremendously to the atmosphere to be standing around a corner or crawling through a vent and hear characters nearby crying, "Oh god, oh god" when they catch sight of you. Or watch them fleeing when you release Facehugger specimens into the room - chaos has never been so enjoyable.

It's really hard to find anything wrong with this game. My only gripe would be that there hasn't been an third game in the series, and it's been four or so years since AVP2 was originally released. But if you're looking for something a little different, or a fan of the movies, AVP2 fits the bill nicely. And with it being on budget, you really can't go wrong.

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