Alien Vs Predator
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Average score: 83% (based on 30 ratings)
Average score: 4.0 out of 5 (based on 35 ratings with 4 reviews)
Before the popular PC "Alien Vs. Predator" games came out, Rebellion was also instrumental in creating one the best Jaguar titles ever. This was simply a classic title, and there was incentive for playing each of the main characters.
For the Marine, it was all about crawling through air ducts, blowing away hordes of Aliens and Predators, and the ever chill-inducing moment of walking into a seemingly empty room, only to hear a Predator taunt and realize that you're not alone.
The Predator was a walking arsenal, and the different modes of vision, the healing capabilities, and just walking into a room, weapons fully charged, made for a satisfying moment. The only real question was ever wondering which weapon would be used to clear out a hallway?
The Alien was a guilty pleasure. Fast, expendable, but it never got old laying eggs in downed Marine to ensure living again, or even just biting an enemy for food value. There was no larger goal, other than to survive.... and grow.
Sound-wise, there was no music, but I think that only succeeded in making the empty hallways that much more threatening. Machine gun blasts, Alien screams, the skittering of a face-hugger, Predator taunts, or even the hum of a ship's engine gave the feeling of being there, in the middle of a huge battle. This game relied heavily on atmosphere, and succeeded on the levels where it needed to.
The biggest appeal of the game was the fact that everything felt like one large inter-connected world. The space station and the Alien and Predator ships were all linked together, so it wasn't going from level to level. In a lot of ways, the backtracking was vital, and it just suited the overall "feel" of the game. Fortunately, the game handled well, better than most Jaguar titles. Again, this was a flagship for the system. The fact that there were no load times going from area to area just added to the overall atmosphere.
Even graphically, it was an amazing title. Lots of detail, plenty of places to go, diverse environments, detailed and recognizable enemies.... When I first saw this game, I honestly believed that the Jaguar had a chance to survive in the console market. Though "Doom" was the big game of the time, I felt that this surpassed the title in every aspect as an overall game. This game could scare you just by the tension alone.
With the advances in graphics, "Aliens Vs. Predator", probably wouldn't be the same experience in visuals, scaling and rotation, and I fear it would look "dated" by today's standards. But I have a feeling that the gameplay still remains as tight, responsive, and addictive, so the title may survive adequately enough on its own.
To reduce revealing the possibility of spoilers, I will say that in light of what the Marine had to go through, I think he deserved a better ending. But then, all the endings for the characters were short, regardless of what you had to go through.
The Bottom Line
If you were one of the few to own a Jaguar, there were two reasons to own the system: Tempest 2000 and Alien Vs. Predator. Rebellion got their start with the license here, and they came out of the gates with a roar, a hiss, and pulse rifles blasting. Gamers who enjoy the title characters, a good first-person shooter, or even just a good game in general should find some worth and value in this title. And for the lineup of Jaguar games, that's saying a lot. It's just a shame that they never made a sequel for the system. It might actually have kept the platform alive for a little longer.
Jaguar · by Guy Chapman (1746) · 2004
The gameplay was smooth and totally original. AVP for the jaguar was not just a game, but three of them. And I also think it was the first FPS involving the alien as well. Graphics were spectacular and still are for a game this old. Large environments to explore and plenty of carnage.
There are few problems this superb title but they do exist. One, some of the enemies didn't have images of them moving left or right or back. And there wern't enough various enemies making gameplay a tad boring after a while.
The Bottom Line
This is probably one of the greatest alien games to actually capture the atmosphere of the films and one of the few that make you get up and change your underwear after having the crap scared out of you repeatedly. A must for any aliens or FPS fans. Also recently, the rom image of this game has surfaced on the web. Go to edgeemu.com, register there, download and play it using project tempest 0.95
Jaguar · by KELLY FIRNEKAS (4) · 2005
Aliens vs. Predator (1994) is probably one of the few Atari Jaguar games actually worth playing. The graphics and sound demonstrate the hardware potential of the 64-bit (wink, wink) kitty and the game is actually fun to play. Fans of the films, will love the idea of being a Alien, Predator or a human marine.
Some of the limits imposed on the characters seemed a bit silly. For example, the Alien is unable to use elevators and the human is unable to store medical kits for later use.
The Bottom Line
In the 1990's the Atari Jaguar, like the 3D0, both attempted to break into the video game industry that was in a tight tug-a-war between Nintendo and Sega. Both home console systems failed for many reasons, but mostly because the games were not terribly good games. Alien Vs Predator was a rare exception for the Atari Jaguar. It is fun to play, demonstrates the hardware potential of the system and even offers up some action packed survival horror.
Jaguar · by ETJB (431) · 2010
With all the fast, unsuspenseful, first person, shoot em up games, a lot of people didn't understand why I like this slower paced, suspenseful game. This makes for a feeling of foreboding and the re-creation of how an AvP movie MIGHT be.
Note: Comparing this game to a fast-paced Doom of Wolfenstein clone is like comparing Mario and Sonic.
The only thing missing is network support via the network cable or CatBox.
The Bottom Line
Picture an Alien vs. Predator movie coming out in 1994, this is the perfect video game of that time to represent the movie in gameplay.
Jaguar · by bob maluga (1) · 2008
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