Alien vs. Predator: Requiem Hands-On Impressions

We fire up the shoulder cannon and get hands-on with the latest addition to the Alien vs. Predator franchise.

We last had a look at Alien vs. Predator: Requiem back in August this year at a Sierra press event in Palm Springs. This week we received an updated build of the PlayStation Portable title, and for those who were already amped at the thought of slaughtering aliens as the Predator, good news--this game is for you.

For those who haven't been following its development, Alien vs. Predator: Requiem is a third-person action tie-in game designed to go on sale alongside the cinematic release of the film in the later part of this year. In the game you'll take on the role of a lone Predator, with the sole purpose of wiping out aliens and their remains in Gunnison, Colorado.

Our hands-on code included part of the single-player campaign, multiplayer, and a five-locale skirmish mode for quick play. The single-player in our code was broken up into a flat-view branching level system, allowing you to choose the location of your next chapter from several options. After a little alien spring cleaning at an alien crash site, you'll move on to areas like forests complete with farms, sewers, a high school, and a cemetery.

Each location offers challenges specific to the area. For example, in the sewer zones you'll need to find and activate power substations to pump water out of walkways in order to continue along your path--in addition to fighting off waves of aliens, of course. Completing tasks is as simple as approaching an objective and then interacting with it by hitting the X button to get things moving. You'll spend a lot of time walking around looking for tasks, but once you find and complete them you'll just need to backtrack to continue on your merry way to the end of the level.

Developer Rebellion is no stranger to the Alien vs. Predator concept, having created the well-received 1999 AVP title. While this current game is a handheld exclusive with only the Predator playable, it retains some of the original's charm. Your Predator character features a variety of weapons and abilities, including the token hand blades, spear, shoulder cannons, and throwing disc. But you'll also need to use his other skills to advance, namely the thermal, alien, and technology vision modes to spot prey, find remains, and solve basic environmental puzzles, such as downed power cables.

We'll reserve final judgment until the game is finished and on shelves, but currently it looks about on par with the visuals of other PSP games. The character models are reasonably detailed, and the environments are varied. It does look like a modern-day graduate of the Quake School of Colour Palette Creation, relying largely on browns, olives, and darker colours, which makes it difficult to see, if you're playing in a well-lit place.

The game uses a floating over-the-shoulder-style camera, which in itself is not a problem, but unfortunately it's not a fixed perspective, meaning that as you turn you'll need to manually adjust it with the left and right triggers on the PSP or tap both at the same time to snap back to centre. The system becomes particularly frustrating when you're attacked from behind by aliens, and while you can attack straight away by pivoting with the analog stick, you leave yourself open to attack on your blind side.

Due out before the end of the year, Alien vs. Predator: Requiem may be a tie-in game, but camera system shortcomings aside, it's shaping up to be a fun third-person action romp if you've been hankering for another game based on the popular sci-fi universe.

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Discussion

30 comments
stoppp
stoppp

so im like i cant wait for AVP games to come out and then there all rated m acept for 2 games so not neet

stoppp
stoppp

AVP is so my kind of game

stoppp
stoppp

aaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssssoooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmm

stoppp
stoppp

yo x-7 they have a AVP for pc but it is so rare so good luck

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

game looks to be interesting, but what I really want is another true AVP game. The first one was excellent and AVP 2 did improve upon that quite a bit, however I still like AVP1 more than 2 because the 2nd one was a bit too ... cartoony? They need to bring this franchise back on like the unreal 3 engine .. or the crysis engine.

thedragon99
thedragon99

At last, i have played the games on the PC, and it for the PSP there will some problems with the controls but then again, the same thing can be said for other games, oh BTW predators rock, aliens are sneakt and us humans are the bait lol

Mackey18
Mackey18

No i don't know what happened when predator went free roaming kratos could you tell me please

Kratos1235
Kratos1235

sweet. and to answer your question joshsta, no i don't think it's free roaming. beside, we all remember how predator has done in the free roaming world. do we?

snakes2solid
snakes2solid

i love Aliens and Predators so i'll give this one a go!!.... and FPS work well on ps3 and 360..basically consoles are fine with Fps.... i've played a few great ones on console... Call of duty 2, Black, Call of duty 4 , Halo, 007, and many more that i'm forgetting right now.... i'm happy with the console versions.... and i play on pc also, so i have mouse /keyboard experience....

PHeMoX
PHeMoX

'PS3 and Xbox360 aren't suited for FPS games' is actually no argument. As long as developers invest enough time into fine-tuning the control schemes and making sure the game becomes playable .. there's really no excuse why FPS games wouldn't be just as great on a console as they are on a PC. I think Gears of War, Halo, B.L.A.C.K and so on have already shown a long time ago that console controls don't necessarily mean FPS games will suck and be unplayable on consoles.

MrCooler
MrCooler

In my opinion, PC is still best with FPS', and that kind of games should stick with it (I know, that there are some exceptions). Alien vs. Predator were two of the finest FPS' I've EVER played. So... I'm waiting for AvP3 PC!

breakdown84
breakdown84

Why the heck does everyone want AVP or the other aformentioned Alien games that are in the works(hopefully) to be on the PC? Why not give the PS3 and 360 a piece of the action?

RockaWuzHur
RockaWuzHur

This is just one of the mant PSP games I will be getting

blacksupra
blacksupra

Whats a psp?..anyway bring out a third pc version please i want to practice my skull biting with some nice new animated heads. Long live teh alien!

DragonBossk
DragonBossk

I loved all the AVP games. Hell I and many others still play AVP2 on pc, and it still feels great! They are def making 2 new alien games using the u3 engine, and there have been rumors that a new AVP pc game is in the works...

X-7
X-7

I wish they would make a T rated AVP for PC. I wanna be a Marine kicking alien butt. (Rated T because I am not allowed to have M games.)

hornycorny69
hornycorny69

pred is where it's at. only alien i could never kill was flying around the sky shooting rockets at everyone .. . (avp2)

darkPSPfan
darkPSPfan

Dirty_Rabz, i want to be pred. and i hope im not the only one

Dirty_Rabz
Dirty_Rabz

Who wants to be the predator? I love the aliens, loved the PC AVP when you could crack open the marines skulls and suck their brains out.

SpazH3d
SpazH3d

PSP for the not win. ;(

Warlypwnage
Warlypwnage

WE WANT AVP3 FOR PC!!!! and not, NOT based on recent avp "movies"

Pastehunter
Pastehunter

... well it sound good , except the control sistem :?

CreatureRising
CreatureRising

i am a Huge AVP fan loved the PC games i would to like a AVP3 but they hardly make AVP games anymore i guess i will play it (hey if its bad i will give it to my friend who i know whould love the game lol)

Rob_101
Rob_101

Ya wake me up when we get AvP 3 for PC

gtarmanrob
gtarmanrob

PSP .. pffff we want AvP 3 for PC!

The_Tay-Man
The_Tay-Man

Matbe it would of had potential if it was on current gen systems. But on the psp? Another one bites the dust.

Spotswoode
Spotswoode

hmm looks decent.. but then again all movie games have turned out dodgy with a few exceptions