Posted: January 23
A game straight from my childhood. Even my avatar has ties to this game, which used a community called MPlayer for multiplayer. That's not important though.
AVP, AVP Gold, AVP Classic, whatever you call it, this game is what started the AVP multiplayer franchise. It is the original and the best. The single player campaign is not dissimilar to other shooters from the era, where you were given an objective at the beginning of the game and no true waypoints. You are left to explore the area and kill everything that moves. It has several references to the films, including the pilot ship from the original Alien/Aliens movie.
Multiplayer is a different beast. The multiplayer consumed my life for years and began my path to become a gamer. Super fast-paced action across dozens of maps ranging from Species Death Match and Death Match to Cooperative. Each species had its own perks, strengths to overpower your opponents and weaknesses you needed to minimize in order to not die. The whole game was fantastic, with brilliant maps from the Subway mimicing the Predator 2 movie, to the LV-426 complex and the Nostromo from the Alien franchise. Sounds ripped straight from the movies were used in the game making it feel more like the creatures from the movies.
- Fast-paced action
- Simple game modes
- Great map designs
- Easter eggs which reference the movies from both franchises
- Easily played even on old machines
- Can disable certain weapons if you don't want them used in Multiplayer
- Dated game, few players will be present for multiplayer if any at all
- May be too fast for modern gamers
- Dated graphics (This game was from 2000 after all, not really a true con, but may be a turn off to players)
- Almost no story
- Depends on local hosts, no servers