XBox 360 Reviews
Aliens vs. Predator Review (Xbox 360)
By Hector Cortez Apr 2, 2010, 11:07 GMT
Aliens vs Predator allows players to take the role of each of the three infamous species; the Colonial Marine, the Predator and the Alien.
Review by Daniel Nasserian
Recently, Aliens Vs. Predator (AvP) made it’s way onto the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. I had the opportunity to play through the game on the Xbox 360 and was left with mixed feelings.
The nice thing about AvP is instead of one long drawn out story, you get to experience three separate storylines as seen through the eyes of three characters, which definitely helps keep the game fresh.
The first thing I noticed about AvP is its difficulty level. As someone who has been playing games for over 20 years, I found the learning curve a bit too much for the average gamer and it took me a couple of hours to get used to the controls. Also, some of the game mechanics take a would-be amazing game and make it frustrating. For instance, playing through the Alien campaign allows you to defy the laws of physics by climbing on walls at fast speeds; however those speeds deny the user the controls necessary to enjoy being able to successfully execute those moves.
Another production flaw I found with the game is that the levels are poorly designed, with the game's camera not being help much either. A few more months of polish, addressing these issues that plague the programming and design end of the game, would have been appreciated and definitely would have led to an overall more solid game.
On the plus side, some of these mistakes are compensated for in the multiplayer aspect of the game. Giving you the ability to play as an Alien, Predator or Marine creates a nice diversity in modes like team death match. It is safe to say that the multiplayer saves this game from being completely mediocre. With 6 different game modes, AvP is a pretty fun game when played with your friends.
Overall, AvP has a lot of potential but it’s the small things on the production end that get in the way of me recommending people to run out and buy it. If you have some friends committed to getting it, it may be worth the price of admission. If you are looking for a single player game that will capture the movie nostalgia, you might want to give this a rental.