We’ve come a long way since 1994, when Rebellion launched their first Aliens vs. Predator game on the Atari Jaguar. The franchise saw further success for them in 1999 on PC, being well received by press and gamers alike. So here we are in 2010 with their latest vision of the classic Sci-fi shooter.
Here’s a selection of reviews.
IGN UK (8.5/10):
“The three species set-up feels generous even at a time when people demand so much of their games, but it’s a premise that dates back to Rebellion’s first Aliens vs. Predator in 1994. While much has changed it still feels a little rusty – this isn’t as slick as a Modern Warfare or Halo and its production values feel like they’re from a different age, with poor textures and the occasional unimaginative set-piece belying the fact that underneath the HD dazzle is a core idea that’s changed little in over 15 years.”
“The online portion is enough, at least, to rescue the overall package from the utter mediocrity of the rest of the game but it remains, on balance, a deeply disappointing effort. Scrappy where it needed to be polished, clumsy where it needed to be nimble, the game wears its iconic characters as a shield, happy to serve up scripted shocks but offering nothing that might actually surprise.”
“It’s the little things that really drag the game down. Aliens vs. Predator seems to be a well-meaning attempt at reinvigorating a languishing series, but grotesque kills and some entertaining multiplayer moments don’t cut it–not when so many slick and exciting shooters are on store shelves, vying for your time. The attention to detail, the well-considered level design, and the sense of momentum that characterize the finest shooters are missing here. Aliens vs. Predator is sometimes enjoyable but never escapes an overwhelming sense of carelessness, so while it may remind you of the good old days, it fails to recapture them.”
“The problem is that Rebellion’s shooters haven’t come very far in the last 10 years, and their latest creation belongs squarely in the tradition of linear slogs through corridors devoid of personality. This is the way shooters were made in the olden days when all you needed was a good engine, but minus the good engine part.”
Aliens vs. Predator is now available on PC, 360 & PS3 in the U.K.