Alien vs. Predator: (http://www.foxinteractive.com/previews/avp.html) / YonmaN
Alien Vs. Predator
Movie Theme, Atmosphere 3D shooter.
Assesment - Fast, Deadly and scarey as hell.
This.. Game.. For lack of a better word, sets you in the universe
of both the dealiest and bloodiest Alien species ever invented and
created in film - The Alien and The Predator.
yep, the softy humans are up against creatures that far surpass our
universal food chain ranking and are far better refined in evolutional
terms (ever seen a predator with a back ache ? me neither !). These
facts kinda squeeze us as primate predators to the very uncomftrable niche
of ... Prey ?
My first game as a Human marine shotoff with my runnning through the level
spraying bullets at fleeing shadows, screaming at the top of my lungs
"I'm GOING TO DIIIIEEEEE !!!!" untill some gracious alien put a stop to
my wriggling and killed me. Wow, What a rush.
In that single game, I must admit - I have been scared out
of my wits. The game is so immersing, it draws you in and explodes in your face
with blood, gore and alien acid-blood spraying all over you.
Yuck.. What's this white stuff smeared on the wall ?..
Behind the sheer terror this game induces, it introduces a new level
of computer AI, with Aliens that initiate their moves, crawl on walls,
call out to one another, attack in packs, and make advance and faint
moves with their superior numbers. Aliens are also quick and agile,
leaping at you from surprising distances and move with alarming speed.
This means a new style of play, one of quick bursts of fire (ammo as
rare as pigmese in a basketball team), fast dodging manuevers and lots of
Aliens also make suicide rushes at you heaving their bodies at you
while blocking your line of fire to their brothers (?), just as seen
in the movies.
The toys ?
All weapons are easily recognised from Alien 2 and the Predator's
Weapons are the clasics we can so easily love - nothing quite like
those triple lasers on his shoulder.. eh ?
Another human toy is a low-light amplifier, nicknamed in hebrew
"Little Rabbit" (Shfanfan) because of the silly way you look when
you lift the visor off your eyes :) from my experience, this is
the most realistically created low light goggles I've seen in a game.
Very nicely done to prevent you from seeing in lighted areas (the
goggles simply blind from the overload).
The last and I think, the most ingenious touch to the game is the
motion scanner that was a major element of terror in both the first
Alien Movies. The scanner blips softly when empty and emits a very
disconcerting beep! when it covers a target. The analogy to your
heart beat that accelrates just as your own does when you see a white blip
start moving fast towards you is inevitable and I think.. The whole idea
about the scanner.. Creepy :)
As in the film Alien 2, the damned thing doesn't show you the *height* of the target..
The drip drip drip of blood ...
Overall - Wow - Get it with any means possible !
This is a great game and it holds some really interesting multiplayer
BTW - for maximum effect, play in the dark with headphones -
you won't get any sleep ... you've been warned :)
And remember some words of wisdom - "Short bursts ! Controlled fire !"
Official FOX preview - http://www.foxinteractive.com/previews/avp.html
Unofficial support site - http://avp.telefragged.com/
3 demos (29MB, 22MB, 22MB) plus 3 trailers (26MB, 20MB 34MB) - http://www.gamespot.com/action/avp/index.html