In an ideal world there would be no wars, no famines. There would be no terrorism, no natural calamities and Aliens versus Predator would have been an awesome game. Unfortunately the world we live in today is cold and bitter thus sealing the fate of developer Rebellion’s latest AVP game. Of course the world has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the game sucks purely because it was rushed or too ambitious for its own good. We’re gonna go with a bit of both.__STARTQUOTE__Trophy kills in AVP are undoubtedly the coolest things I’ve seen this year__ENDQUOTE__You see AVP is kind of awesome at places. There were times during my play through when I sensed tremendous potential. Sadly all of those moments were corroded away by either piss poor AI, broken gameplay or clunky controls. No matter how much I tried to like the game there was always something around the proverbial corner waiting to deprive me of that much needed entertainment.

Contrary to what the name suggests you actually play as three species instead of the two headlining the game. All three get their own single player campaigns that you can play in any order. Being a huge fan of the predator movies (GET TO THE CHOPPA NAO) I opted to go in for the predator’s campaign first expecting to play as the badass intergalactic bounty hunter. Instead I ended up feeling like a 60 year old woman plagued with arthritis.

Since the good stuff is a rare commodity in this game I’ll get that out of the way first. Trophy kills in AVP are undoubtedly the coolest things I’ve seen this year. Watching the facial expressions of your prey as you stab them in the face or rip their head off and stroke their spine never gets old. As cool as the Trophy kills sound they are a bit erratic to pull off as well. You have to be standing at just about the right distance for the prompt to pop up on screen. There were times when I had to literally jog around my opponent to trophy kill him/her.

Making matters ever worse is the fact that the AI in this game is the dumbest and I mean the DUMBEST I’ve encountered in a game since Judge Dredd. There are tons of examples that could convey this but I’ll sum it up with one encounter where I threw a proximity mine near a guard that didn’t kill him but instead of running around in panic trying to figure out where a proximity mine came from he just got up, dusted his pants off and stood in the same position. What’s worse is that his comrades who saw a bomb detonate in front of their eyes didn’t give two hoots either as they just stood their ground not bothering where a perfectly lethal proximity mine came from. And their only form of consolation to their comrade who narrowly escaped the clutches of death was repeating the line “Don't let your guard down Marine” over and over and over again. That’s hardcore!

Publish date: March 5, 2010 9:58 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 6:07 pm

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