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Written by Shigamoto   
Tuesday, 14 November 2006
Have you ever wondered what would happen if three races who never met would rendezvous on a far away planet?

Weird stuff is taking place on planet LV1201, after contact is lost with a human colony the Colonial Marines are brought in to straighten the place out. If you choose to play as Alien or Predator you will get another angle of the story, which is a bit special.

If you play as a marine you will instantly recognize much of the storyline from the Alien movies. Monolith Productions managed to capture the scary feeling most people had when watching the movies. Personally Alien vs Predator 2 managed to scare the crap out of me during early stages of the game. But when you have finally met the different races it isn’t that scary anymore. The interesting part is that the experience of the game will be quite different depending on which race you choose.

Each of the races in the game has different characteristics and interfaces. The Marines basically have standard weapons with some futuristic enhancements while the Predator has some sort of spear. A pretty cool feature is the radar detecting alien activity, it beeps just as in the Alien movies. Another one is that the Predator doesn’t use ammo, instead the creature recharges automatically.

Alien vs Predator 2 is a very dark game, there are open spaces but they are often murky as well, if you play as marine you have a flashlight and light sticks to your help. Overall the level design is perfectly ok, but sometimes it gets a bit predictable. The large door that you need to open is of course always locked and you always have to find a way around. Each level has a goal, it could be getting a power plant up and running or obtain something. As you complete each level the story progress, and yes you can pretty much predict what will happen.

When looking at the graphics you can tell that a lot has happened since 2001. The graphics are far from ugly but they don’t measure up that well. A lot of the gory stuff in the game would have been more frightening if the graphics were better.

Another really annoying part of the game is that it automatically changes weapon when you begin a new level. So if you run into a new level with a pulse rifle you will get there with the knife, and you have to change it back.

Compared to the original Alien vs Predator the game series has taken a big leap forward. Pretty much everything is better in this version from graphics to story and level design.
However Monolith wasn’t exactly first with the concept of hunting aliens on far away planets and much of the features have been lifted directly from the Alien movies. In a sense Alien vs Predator 2 isn’t that creative because the game play is too repetitive, it conveys some scariness though.


Related: Quake, Doom, Alien Arena 2006
Developer: Monolith Productions
Website for Game: http://www.lith.com/games.asp?id=7
Publisher: Fox Interactive
O/S: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
Year of Release: 2001

Requirements:
Pentium III 450 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 16 MB VRAM
Tested on:
AMD Athlon 64 2.2 GHz, 2x512 MB RAM, Geforce 4 64 MB, Windows XP.



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