Aliens vs. Predator Alien Gameplay Impressions

The Alien made its debut today in the rather un-scary venue of GamesCom, Cologne.

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Aliens vs. Predator made its debut at E3 in June, with both the marine and predator sections being shown in Los Angeles. However, developer Rebellion left out the alien gameplay until today, when it demoed some of the levels behind closed doors at GamesCom. We entered the darkness of publisher Sega's booth to find out more.

The main thing to note about the alien is how vulnerable it is when it's out in the open. As anyone who's seen the movies will know, aliens may have acid for blood, but marine gunfire will cut through them like butter. That said, aliens are deadly up close, as they're able to rip through flesh with similar ease. As a result of all this, you'll have to choose your battles carefully when playing as the alien, using the environment to your advantage and picking off enemies one by one.

As Rebellion points out, while the predator and marine characters are battle-hardened killers, the alien has far more primitive, animalistic instincts. Its main goal is to serve the hive, using humans to incubate new aliens and assimilating them as part of the nest. The game reflects this with regular goals to find humans to impregnate using facehuggers. However, you can't just attack the armoured marines--you have to hunt down civilians, such as scientists and workers, who have no such protection.

Ripping through the marine forces as an alien is a satisfyingly gory experience, as the alien has plenty of finishing moves at its disposal. If you approach enemies from behind, you can rip out their throat or puncture their chest with your tail, with blood spraying all over the walls as a result. If you approach them from the front, they'll wrestle with you, sometimes actually winning out and kicking you off before you can finish them off. However, if you're successful, you'll get a first-person view of you biting through their head. The potential harvest victims also put up a bit of a fight. In one section, they ran through a security area, and as we ripped through the door to try to catch them, they shot themselves in the head to resist being captured.

Of course, the one thing the alien really has going for it is its incredible agility. It can climb walls and run across ceilings at a breakneck pace, allowing it to get close enough to unleash its deadly melee attacks. Speaking to Rebellion reps, they commented on the challenges of wall running, especially as the level geometry has become so much more complex since the original Aliens vs. Predator. One feature they've implemented is the ability to quick jump to certain vents, which are highlighted in your vision with a kind of swirly vortex. If you look at something in the world with this vortex and press the jump button, you'll automatically leap to it, allowing you to get away from enemy fire.

While we didn't get to see the multiplayer in action, we couldn't pass up the chance to at least ask Rebellion about it. There'll be two main game modes--three-way and two-way, referring to the number of species involved. In both modes, there'll be support for up to 18 players online. There'll also be a four-player mode where you'll team up as marines and take on wave after wave of enemy--the team already compares it to Gears of War 2's Horde mode and Left 4 Dead.

The complete Aliens vs. Predator single-player game will offer 12 hours of gameplay, so expect a four-hour alien campaign. The game is set to launch in February 2010 on the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, and we've been promised a hands-on in the next couple of months. Watch this space for more details soon.

Discussion

203 comments
AscariBMW16
AscariBMW16

Hope this game is more emphasised on Single-Player (Never Mind the spelling)

deal266
deal266

*hiss hiss* *head chomp* ALIEN FTW!!!!

kyletm2003
kyletm2003

The 4 Hour campaign per race sounds just right. It will be a good way to get people used to the mechanics of the races and if played on harder modes (assuming there are multiple levels of difficulty) it should help players play a lot better online. I'd also assume that since the AI isn't set on a set path that the single player mode should offer some amount of replay-ability for those looking to just mess around (me). I'm looking forward to this game and i have already pre-ordered... and no its not for the skins, I actually want to play this game that much, over-night Shipping FTW! Ill be crawling on a wall near you on Feb 16th (or 17th depending on shipping) and looking to happily chew on your head-meats. om nom nom!

AVPfacehugger
AVPfacehugger

@hellpolice It's not off of the movies it takes place 20 years after the movie Alien 3

animekakashi
animekakashi

It's not, going to be batter then cod4 crapy game. I play Aliens vs. Predator 2 online a long time ago and now iam going to play it again. Online was really great and it was fun to play.

03240978
03240978

I hope this isn't another crappy cheesy PORT to PC lame ass game.

HellJumper
HellJumper

Wow, 4 hours for each race. That sounds awesome, can't wait!

AIRWALKTDK666
AIRWALKTDK666

can any one imagine the screams in multi player as you bite some noob in the face?

hellpolice
hellpolice

I hope is not based on the movies but on the comics. and the original snes game that's the true alien experience.

edvart0
edvart0

4 hours for all 3 classes sounds good to me

dono14
dono14

this sounds very good

bigjones0578
bigjones0578

First off the AVP franchise were not started with the movie series.... it was in Comic Book form so whomever said that they were in separate universes YOUR WRONG.... two some people think that the movies were not good... your entitled to your opinion but it was not the story line that was good it was the fact it was the first time anyone has put them together in movie form the action was nice.... As far as the gameplay hours for the single player they say 4 hours is the time for each race's campaign but thats if you blow through it without taking your time, fooling around, searching for different things. So calm down. Most games these days dont have the longest singleplayer campaigns because more is dumped into the multiplayer (which in my eyes will be amazing). If you dont have something good to say at least go to the games your looking forward to and post on them. Dont come and bash a game you have most likely seen 5-20 mins of gameplay of. Good day, move along

Liquidiron321
Liquidiron321

AVP on ps3 that a hell to play i mean the predator look at their gagets there so cool i can barely slap them on head anyway i can't wait to try it.

cyanide345
cyanide345

The old game was good. Can't wait for this one! I'll definitely be playing marines.

zuljin11
zuljin11

The original was pretty good. Glad they kept the wall running. Venom- I always thought the numbers of people playing each species worked out okay. Few playing the predator as there aren't many, a modest amount playing marines which in groups could be quite effective, and lots of aliens as they breed constantly. Aliens were a bit over-powered thinking about it but it sounds like they're to be made more vulnerable. I do hope you get rewarded with better alien forms the larger the colony created.

_Venom_Project_
_Venom_Project_

Lol, there are going to be so many people playing as aliens... I

tat2pap
tat2pap

long time sega vnt came up with good release , may they do their best this time.

tat2pap
tat2pap

hmmm, feb 2010 , long w8 for the game. anyways, last movie was not good, hope this game keeps up.

tat2pap
tat2pap

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stewarty77
stewarty77

I loved the first AVP, the 2nd one was a bit of a disappointment. Hope there is DLC available to expand single player & multiplayer!

wars45
wars45

yer they never eny good hope this 1 is

Sev117
Sev117

OMFG.... Finally. Can't wait but will. Stupid movies. Glad AVP is goin back to the old days with rebellion and no movie to game conversion crap. And YES the AVP movies did suck.

Glokwerk
Glokwerk

Could it be.... A good AVP game!!!! Awesome! I really hope they don't blow it, The first one was alright but not very good.

maverick_76
maverick_76

Man this looks awesome, I loved the original game on the PC, hopefully this takes the same direction.

Pelm
Pelm

nice i can't wait to get my hands on this incredible game, looks good looks very good. but i'll probably play as the predator he's better then alien.

BigDaddy973
BigDaddy973

This game is looking and sounding very good! I am excited to get my hands on it!

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

The original AvP and its sequel AvP2 were amazing games. I hope this one can live up to the high expectations.

mcafeevsd
mcafeevsd

The complete Aliens vs. Predator single-player game will offer 12 hours of gameplay, so expect a four-hour alien campaign. How dumb is that?

flesh19no
flesh19no

I am glad that Rebellion is behind this game again. Its been 10 years now since Aliens vs predator 1. I only hope that the aliens spawsn randomly like they did in AvP1. I hated when Monolith made the sequal all scripted.

Erik729
Erik729

chinchillables, watch Predator; don't bother with that AVP bulls***.

chinchillables2
chinchillables2

Looks pretty tight! I hope it's got a lot of shock factor like the movies! Predater is 200% badass in all senses of the word. (except on movie AvP 1 where he met the chick... that was total B.S., but AvP2 was NICE)

HellsKing
HellsKing

Looks bad, as in a bad movie. Not a bad movie that really means cool, but bad...just bad...real real bad...

Korrupt_Soul
Korrupt_Soul

I'm sure it'll be a great game but I don't see what other people see. Graphics hasn't improved much since avp2 imo. I expected better.

GondorMage
GondorMage

i think the game sounds pretty goood

Adept24
Adept24

Im glad that alien vs predator got away from being a movie/game like Batman Arkam Asylum thats how how games made from movies can be better!

reachTr8per
reachTr8per

im sure that this game will be more playable then halo 3 on xbox live,looks cool!

YoungDab
YoungDab

The graphics for this game is damn there insane.

xm41
xm41

i agree with forhekset

forhekset
forhekset

So there's no Predator Hunt or Alien Survival? :(

forhekset
forhekset

Shooting yourself instead of being captured? That's the best thing I ever heard!

forhekset
forhekset

12 is a bigger number than 8, which is the normal average time of a FPS.

Vasot
Vasot

Well the single player part of the game sounds small... :(

lBravolASTALKER
lBravolASTALKER

Only 4 hours for each campaign? Not nearly long enough in my honest opinion. Oh well, future DLC and the multiplayer should keep me occupied once the SP's done and dusted.

ositoPERU
ositoPERU

definitely a must-get, i reckon... hope to see more footage and a demo to be sure. kinda strange it's releasing almost together with the other Aliens game...