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Aliens Versus Predator (Windows)

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Description

Aliens Versus Predator is a sci-fi first-person shooter based on the associated two film franchises. The game has three playable species, and each has its own single-player campaign with different missions and plotlines.
  • Aliens... Their only weapons are their own body parts: claws for close combat, their deadly tail, and their inner mouth that can crack through an enemy's skull (for an instant kill) if close enough. They are deadly at close range, and can heal by eating corpses or the heads of unsuspecting enemies. They can't be hurt through falls, and an alternate vision mode allows them to see clearly ahead through darkness. Their strength lies in flexibility and speed, and an ability to cling to walls and run along any surface - allowing a skilled player to escape or ambush from literally any 3D direction.

  • Humans... U.S. Marines, as portrayed by Michael Biehn in the film 'Aliens'. Marines have strong firepower that ranges from the self-tracking SmartGun, all the way to rocket launchers and devistating six-barrel miniguns (as seen in 'Predator'). The Marines are the most familiar species to play as, with the gameplay style of typical FPS hero. However, their frailty at close range, and missions that leave them stranded, alone, surrounded by bloodthirsty extraterrestrials, make their experience closer to survival horror.

  • Predators... Their power is their strength, and their sight. They have at least four ways of seeing the environment - standard vision, heat vision (highlighting Marines), electromagnetic vision (highlighting Aliens), and "Pred-Tech" (for highlighting fellow Predators and their technology). Their weapons are the most precise, deadly, and ranged of those in the game, being ideally suited to stealth-based gameplay. Predators also have the ability to zoom their view in and out when seeking someone, thus allowing them to snipe from afar. Their cloaking ability also renders them nearly invisible to enemy Marines.
There are several multiplayer modes. For a difficult game, you can pit all the players against the horde of computer creatures (which includes experimental robotic Aliens and tough Predalien hybrids). Alternatively, players can choose their favorite species and face each other in an arena-style deathmatch.

Screenshots

Aliens Versus Predator Windows Guess the humans don't take prisoners
Aliens Versus Predator Windows Hey, no fair! That Xenoborg is un-armed
Aliens Versus Predator Windows predator - this view is best for manhunt
Aliens Versus Predator Windows Just hold still. This won't hurt... much

Alternate Titles

  • "异形对铁血战士" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "AVP" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Aliens vs. Predator" -- Informal shortened title
  • "Aliens versus Predator Classic 2000" -- Steam title

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User Reviews

One of the scariest and most atmospheric games ever made Lumpi (197) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
A truly pulse-pounding gaming experience. Steelysama (106) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Great capture of each movie's feel, but get the sequel if you want a solid game. Zovni (9384) unrated
Get past the message-boardish title, and you'll find possibly the best movie-to-game conversion ever. Ben Swan (3) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Near Great FPS Terrence Bosky (5237) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

The Press Says

Game Vortex 1999 90 out of 100 90
Game Over Online May 25, 1999 90 out of 100 90
Svenska PC Gamer Apr, 1999 90 out of 100 90
GameSpot Jun 07, 1999 8.3 out of 10 83
FiringSquad Jun 09, 1999 80 out of 100 80
ESC Magazine Jun 15, 1999 8 out of 10 80
Game.EXE Jun, 1999 4 out of 5 80
GameStar (Germany) Apr, 1999 79 out of 100 79
Gaming Entertainment Monthly Jun 10, 1999 79 out of 100 79
PC Gamer Aug, 1999 79 out of 100 79

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Trivia

Demos

There were three different demos released for the game before it was released, a seperate demo for each of the three species.

German Version

Banned in Germany for extreme violence.

Multiplayer

Unlike most First person Shooters at the time, Aliens vs. Predator uses a peer to peer system for multiplayer instead of a client / server system. This particularity has been known to cause quite a lot of problem with online gaming, even if the game played fine on a LAN.

Predator Vision

The game's system for the predator's multiple vision modes, where they can see humans or aliens but not both at the same time, was eventually adopted into the feature film Alien vs. Predator.

Soundtrack

The second, "soundtrack" disc of AvP is actually an expanded version of James Horner's soundtrack for the movie Aliens. In addition to several unreleased pieces, there are also alternate and extended versions of tracks that are on the official movie soundtrack. The full listing for AvP disc 2 is:

1) Main Title (4:01)
2) Bad Dreams (5:28)
3) Dark Discovery/Newt's Horror (4:10)
4) LV-426 (5:11)
5) Combat Drop (5:03)
6) The Complex (4:45)
7) Atmosphere Station (4:33)
8) Med. Lab (5:42)
9) Newt (4:17)
10) Sub-Level 3 (3:56)
11) Ripley's Rescue (5:33)
12) Face Huggers (3:45)
13) Futile Escape (5:39)
14) Newt is Taken (5:11)
15) Going After Newt (4:35)

Information also contributed by ClydeFrog, Cochonou, Kalirion and phlux

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MAT (66286) added Aliens Versus Predator (Windows) on Mar 23, 2000