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AvP: Alien vs. Predator vs. Marine - Who's the best in multiplayer?

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Don't mistake Aliens vs. Predator for just another licensed shooter. And certainly don't confuse it with the goddawful recent movies. Rebellion Developments' original 1999 AvP game was, and still is, one of the finest games ever to be based upon phallic, rib-troubling monsters and dreadlocked space hunters. And Rebellion is making this one too.

Aliens, Predators and humans all get their own separate stories in campaign mode, so to properly settle the fight, we recently took it to the game's multiplayer and tried out all three factions against each other. Who's the best? Read on.


The Alien

Playing as the Alien is one hell of a fast-moving experience. Seriously. We’re talking Quake III fast here. And it needs to be. With no long-range death-making facilities at its disposal, AvP multiplayer might just as easily be called Aliens on Toast if the Xenomorph wasn’t so finely-tuned for hit-and-run tactics. 

As fast and fluid as greased-up mercury, the Alien can assail almost any surface, wall, tree or ceiling at lightning speed to attack from any angle. While this manoeuvrability takes some definite concentration to stay on top of at first – even after mastering it, we feel the Alien could do with the option of switching to 3rd person, or at least a wider viewing angle for easier orientation – with some practice it becomes one hell of a combat tool. Able to descend upon prey, hit, and then scarper away again within just a few seconds, the Alien is a dangerously kinetic threat that can happily rove the map, killing at will like the unseen demon from the Evil Dead series.

It’s remarkably easy to score fast kills, particularly given that the Alien (and Predator for that matter) can stun an opponent with melee hits before triggering a context-sensitive, one-button insta-kill. Sneaking up behind an enemy can set one up as well, and given the Alien’s speed, sneaking up can be a gleefully spur-of-the-moment, opportunistic action.

That said though, we found the Alien most effective when using a ‘hide-and-strike’ approach. Given the multitude of obscurely angled nooks and crannies it can reach, it’s both easy and satisfying to crawl into a shadow or piece of cover way up at the top of the level and wait for quarry to pass nearby. A swift plummet later and the effect is like dropping a bomb on your unsuspecting opponents. A bomb filled with teeth and claws and acid.

It wasn’t until we started putting this approach into action that we really started to score big with the Alien. The “find shadow, leap from shadow, kill, scuttle away to next shadow” tactic helped us rack up a massive kill streak, augmented in no small way by the Alien’s severely powerful melee attacks. If anything, things can perhaps become a little too easy, and certainly a tad repetitive, once this method comes into play, stationary Aliens seemingly impossible for other players to spot, and their speed and ‘go anywhere’ agility making escape and evasion a pretty simple process should things go wrong. Being the only class with regenerative health only compounds the Alien’s hidey-stalky prowess. 

Admittedly, the issue could just be that we were playing against inexperienced fellow journos, who hadn’t yet trained themselves into the obsessive “check every corner” mentality needed when fighting these things. But at the same time, we can imagine that a couple of Xeno players working together could be a pretty unstoppable force.

It’s also currently a bit of a worry that the Alien’s speed and manoeuvrability make it a little easy to score by combining circle-strafing claw-spam with the insta-kill button. Here’s hoping this is tweaked out in the coming months.

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45 comments

  • PiscesIscariot - February 16, 2010 10:05 p.m.

    Awesome! I didn't even know about all this excellent other stuff, now I'm psyched!
  • bonkon - January 14, 2010 9:34 p.m.

    AND IF YOUR OVER 20 POSTING A COMMENT YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED , LOOK YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR AND SAY IM THE SADDEST PERSON I KNOW ,, HAHAHA
  • bonkon - January 14, 2010 9:30 p.m.

    OMG IT LOOKS AWSOME HAHAHA I CANT WAIT FOR IT TO COME OUT ,,, COMON YOU FREAKS ITS ONLY A GAME STOP GETTING A MASSIVE STIFFY BONKON , YEAH IT LOOKS GOOD BUT DONT LET IT TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE , ACTUALLY I HOPE ITS TOTAL CRAP JUST TO SEE THE LOOK ON SILLY FACES , GIRLFRIEND ANYONE
  • eee - December 4, 2009 7:04 p.m.

    F@#$ that the alien kicks everyone's ass i want to go dark monster ninja on those bit%$ marines and make some facehugger love to a predators face!!!!
  • Mar27w - December 4, 2009 3:01 p.m.

    hope it turns out better than rebellions last two efforts Shellshock2 and Rogue Warrior which are both woeful
  • joker4592 - November 11, 2009 9:26 p.m.

    I always loved watching the predator kick the aliens butt!!! they are way cooler! but will you get to play as one???
  • ryacer - November 6, 2009 10:26 p.m.

    Im a huge predator fan so I cant wait to get this one. Aliens can suck shoulder cannon.
  • AA95mp - November 4, 2009 8:05 p.m.

    the alien sounds a bit like the spy from tf2
  • Hellhunter97 - November 4, 2009 1:04 a.m.

    The aliens look awesome. cant wait to climb up stuff then kill the stupid marines. the preds dont look to bad either. The marines look like crap. i hate relying on a team
  • XBLsponge - November 1, 2009 4:58 p.m.

    this article could be summed up to which do you prefer: 300lb nija of death : lightning fast creature of suprise : or paranoid gun totting blood bag
  • maddmadAt0m - October 31, 2009 7:39 p.m.

    The Alien sounds awsome. But I'm not going to buy this game 'till I find out if the Pred has the speargun, 2 impale foes 2 walls like AVP2, that was sick, which I didn't like save for the Pred's story
  • w40kfanatic - October 31, 2009 2:05 a.m.

    @GamesRadarDavidHoughton thanks! i shall now cryo-sleep until february. if youll excuse me...
  • TreeWhale - October 30, 2009 11:31 p.m.

    I am a Whale Me is going to like this game
  • Samael - October 29, 2009 2:37 a.m.

    @TestDDs Ha. Good fanboy/troll impression. If they don't fix the balance of the races, I'll be disappointed, as I'd be going Pred all the way.
  • UndyingReaver - October 29, 2009 12:40 a.m.

    Excellent! Predator's Unite! :P
  • cosker - October 28, 2009 3:31 p.m.

    it looks great cant wait to play it!
  • GamerTagsSuck - October 28, 2009 10:56 a.m.

    OH MY GOD. ALL MY BASE ARE BELONG TO THIS GAME.
  • boondocks50 - October 28, 2009 12:31 a.m.

    great artice definetly gettin this game. aliens all the way!
  • TestDDs - October 27, 2009 10:53 p.m.

    i am so going to get this game i am going to get it for both xbox 360 and ps3 i don't care if it is good or bad i am having it I notice Survival mode seems all most like halo odst firefight mode. This is going to be the best game ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • thelonewolf501 - October 27, 2009 10:01 p.m.

    game of the year cool im sure of it

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