Geplaatst: 25 december
Eight years ago, I played the living daylights out of AVP Classic on my old (and still working) Windows 98. I remember playing alot of Skirmish mode and being terrified of Facehuggers (they still make me panic when I can't see them but still hear them). But that was in 2006, when I was still a mere child, still unaware of what was in store for me in the future. The game's a good but mixed bag, really. The gameplay is good, the soundtrack is outstanding, and the weapons feel devastating (with the exception of the wrist blades which feel dreadful). The gameplay suits the race of the player character. There is no plot, just messages telling the player why the player character does what they do.
The Marine's campaign draws pretty much entirely from that well-known brilliant film Aliens, with the campaign having a tense horror atmoshpere dotted with frantic action. Sound effects are taken directly from the film. The maps are pretty much renames of locations from Aliens. You play as a generic white squarejaw marine who manages to sleep through a colony evacuation somehow and has to fight his way out of Totally-Not-Hadleys-Hope. Probably the only real other character other than the player character is this Commander bloke who pops up in FMV form to tell you to do stuff. I'm not sure what happens to both characters after the campaign is over.
The Alien's campaign is bonkers chaos, to say the least. To make some sort of Sanic reference here would be appropriate since you really do roll around at the speed of sound. The levels make Quake's mazes look like modern military shooter corridors. You can one-hit kill every enemy in the god damn game. There is literally no plot here. Nothing. The campagn is short, obtuse, confusing, annoying, nuts and just so damn fun.
The Predator's campaign is...meh. The levels were getting bland, the marines could always spot you, the, forget you, then spot you again, the weapons felt clumsy and THE PISTOL IS OVERPOWERED. Here's the plot: Pred kills a bunch of marines because they created a Predalien, then he goes to Fury 161 to unwind and kill a bunch of aliens, then he kills an Alien Queen. Wohoo. It's okay, but I would reccomend playing Pred in short bursts.
My biggest beef is probably the engine this game runs on. The movement feels rather rubbish (even doing something like walking up a RAMP feels awful), there is no viewbobbing and the viewmodel animations are rather strange. The graphics are fine, even though the Marine viewmodels get the Quake 2 syndrome of blocky hands and wobbling textures. The Aliens are fast and unpredictable, which I like, but thier animations are awfully slow compared to thier actions. I give the engine of this game alot of abuse but I absolutley adore the lighting effects and the working mirrors and Pred vision models are spectacles in their own rights. The AI is atrocious. Marines and Civs are either aimbot Rambos or humping walls.
I still reccomend this game, though. It's a bit like Skyrim or Never Let Me Down, just don't go picking for flaws and overlook the bigger ones to have a good time.
"11/10 would get married to the Alien Queen again" - Gamespot.