AI Appreciation day.
Playing again the singleplayer has earned me new respect for the AI, which isn't groundbreaking or anything like that, so if you wish to come here nitpicking or doing the boring old "nothing new, nothing special" tropes, then go ahead, but we've heard it all before. (I apologise for my negative tone in the beginning, just so many negative commenters around as well.)
I'll paint two scenes for you:
I was playing as the marine, in the Colony, where the few marines were still alive for a second. The aliens had just come over the barricades and killed most of the marines off. It was only me and one other left. We were looking in the dark, a few aliens had already come at us, but then things became silent for a while. I could have sworn that for a second my tracker showed something, but then nothing. So I went to investigate. It was a dark part of the large hall, finally my flashlight traced on a corner, and there it was, had been sitting, not seemingly stuck or anything, because in an instant, as it was made (by my light) it leaped upon me. Was kind of scary but not that much. That wasn't the point, it behaved in a stalking way.
Here's my other scenario. I was playing as the predator. I'd reached the ancient combat arena, where the praetorian attacks you. The assaults of the praetorian were brutal, and I barely managed to jump out to safety (as it kept knocking me over with each blow). I leaped up to one of the platforms, and noticed that the praetorian couldn't climb after me. What it did, however, felt very cool; gave the illusion of intelligence, and that it were a creature, alive, and had a goal, to kill me of course. It circled me, patiently, like the queen in the end of Aliens, breathing heavily and looking at me all the time, then it seemed like it grew impatient, started spitting acid on me, and then roared, which attracted more drones.
Little things which are basically tricks, and cheap at times, but still can create a vivid illusion of an animated creature, and you behaving with it. The aliens keep jumping, leaping to cover, or darkness, to flank you, I can get disoriented while not playing as an alien, because keeping track of their movements is hard enough most of the times. I havent played multiplayer, but from what I read in another topic, seems like the AI fights more variedly, tactically, and thoughtfully than many people online. Hell, in a mission with an AI marine buddy on my side, he can fight more cleverly than me - Like leaving me to be bait and taking cover.
Anyway, feel free to share your own experiences with the AI or whatnot.
Last edited by Nathan
Mar 21, 2014 @ 3:30pm