Aliens vs. Predator Hands-On

We get our claws on this alien action entry for the PSP.

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At Sierra's recent Palm Springs press event, we got a chance to briefly play Aliens vs. Predator, an upcoming PSP action game based on the approaching film of the same name. Although the movie's pedigree is dubious (the last Alien vs. Predator film met with mixed reviews), the game is in development at Rebellion Studios, the makers of the excellent Aliens vs. Predator PC game back in 1999. These guys know the difference between a plasma caster and a combi stick; they also know how to use them.

And you will too, after a few minutes in Alien vs. Predator. This game focuses on the Predator, so you'll be running, jumping, cloaking, and blasting rather than skittering or chest bursting, as you did in the PC title. Because the Predator has so many weapons and abilities at his disposal (at least, we assume it's a he), just about every button on the PSP has a use. But rather than get into nitty-gritty button layouts that are liable to change by the time the game ships, let's talk action.

A face only a gamer could love.

In the first level we played, we found ourselves in an outdoor jungle environment near what seemed to be a human-research facility. After nimbly hopping up some tree trunks and running through foliage from a close, third-person perspective, we spotted alien wreckage, as well as human targets. We slipped into stealth mode, stalked onto a branch, shifted into first-person mode, and obliterated our first human target with a bolt from our plasma caster (basically a nasty, shoulder-mounted cannon for you Predator neophytes). Then, we jumped down and finished his astonished friend with our wicked hand blades. We couldn't find the triumphant yell button, but that doesn't mean it wasn't there.

After that, we stalked into a base only to be attacked by two xenomorphs. Too fast to blast, we had to cut them down. From there, we went deeper into the facility and noticed a sneaky xenomorph hunting us from the ceiling. How quickly the hunter became the hunted as we used its slow approach to nail it with a plasma burst--like an alien Orkin man.

It may seem a foregone conclusion that virtual life as an all-powerful bug zapper would make for a thrilling PSP action/adventure, especially when the bugs are xenomorphs and the zappers are predators. Did we mention that you and a friend will be able to play cooperatively? Even Arnold would have been mince meat against two. But whether Aliens vs. Predator is worth buying for one will remain to be seen when it ships this November.

Discussion

57 comments
hellpolice
hellpolice

I want to be an "alien Orkin man" I like how this game start off the first level.

kriso_SLO
kriso_SLO

cant wait.. alienssssss wihhhhha

gibbi_1
gibbi_1

cnt wait for the day it comes out.i wonder if we can play as alien and humans too

andalore
andalore

co-op? cool now heres hoping the game doesnt suck

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

Looks great. I'll have to check it out.

ashawen
ashawen

This looks pretty sweet.

MarcoSnow06
MarcoSnow06

Seeing as Alien vs. Predator is being designed by the talented team that crafted the well-received series by the same name for the PC, it may actually manage to be half-decent. Playing devil's advocate for a moment, however, how many Alien/Predator/AVP games from recent memory can you honestly say were solid titles in their own right?

j5_james
j5_james

actually. the pc alien vs predator games were very good, especially the first one! u would not be wise to discount this game as being **** jus cos its a movie tie-in release, um like 'goldeneye' anyone??? need i say more! sierra produces good games

shadygamedealer
shadygamedealer

Any chance to play as the predator is a chance I'll take.

jordan1985221
jordan1985221

I just hope it's better than Aliens Versus Predator: Extinction which was such a let down.

Jokul
Jokul

I don't care what it scores, I love the Alien's series of movies and really like the Predator films so I'm getting this no matter the final score (which I hope will be good)

Joshua989
Joshua989

May I be the first to say that this game will be at BEST mediocre. I'm predicting a 4.0-5.5 max in a review.

NeverToBe5
NeverToBe5

My first PC Game was Aliens Vs. Predator and its been one of my all time favorites. I hope the psp turns out just as good and also can we use the Marines and Aliens? I hated that the Marines weren't in the first movie hope they show up in the 2nd

hawk-hunter
hawk-hunter

Hopefully the game and the movie will do the franchises justice. None of this PG-13 junk food. I want an R-rated experience!

rogue81
rogue81

I did find it very strange that nearly everyone on the research team was packing heat in the movie... and that one of the researchers had enough foresight to start his stopwatch at the first building shift... and that the incubation period for the chest-bursters had dropped from a couple days in the first "Alien" movie, to 20min in AvP... and that a movie called "Alien versus Predator" had two major fight scenes and was centered around a predator and his pet human... bleh. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Anyway, I had heard the AvP movie was being edited all the way to it's release. Here's hoping the game devs don't pull the same all nighters.

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

RE:KnightsofRound This game sounds pretty sweet so far. I just hope the movie it's based on actually has good actors this time instead of no-name nobodies. __________________ The acting was not the only thing that killed that movie... I don’t have enough space here to list them all... but the directing & weighting played a big part... I seemed like that movie was written by a bunch of 5th graders... Also why would anyone need a gun in Antarctica? Are they afraid that penguins are going to start dancing and singing?

Mehfuz
Mehfuz

played this game on PC, one of the fav game. and i want to see online multiplayer, without that it will be another mediocre game

denaz
denaz

Hmm hope this is good

SpYdEr_VeNoM
SpYdEr_VeNoM

I love the movie!!! I hope the game is not rated M because Predator Con Jungle made me sick.

KnightsofRound
KnightsofRound

This game sounds pretty sweet so far. I just hope the movie it's based on actually has good actors this time instead of no-name nobodies.

grey_SUN
grey_SUN

eh it sucks ur only a pred and fight aliens, i thought it was gonna be like the PC games where u can be pred,human and aliens, and play online, thatd be better

never-named
never-named

Actually this game is based on the upcoming sequel, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.

killpop13
killpop13

ya well i dont know how any of u dont like the movie i thought it was great concerding that it did not have a lot of high profile actors but was a good movie and the game should be good and hope it does not run like the Xbox game that came out

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

I have mixed reactions about this game... The movie was the worst piece of crap ever created... but Rebellion Studios first avp game is still one of my favorite games of all time... so I don't know to want this game or to hate this game...

valcrist09
valcrist09

lol if it is based off the Movie then this game will suck .

Dea7htrap
Dea7htrap

I hope its not rated M. Parents have rules on rated M games :P. If it is teen, then it will be awesome

camzoo
camzoo

YESSSSSS!!! I really liked Predator Concrete Jungle-it werent great... but it was Predator. This looks good, a perfect psp title. Long live AVP

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

I love it! The screens look really nice for a PSP game! :D

Dbzhbk0073
Dbzhbk0073

ugh why do they even bother calling this "aliens" vs predator,I mean what made avp and avp2 so much fun was that you could be 3 completely unique species they may as well call this game predator concrete jungle 2 with aliens!!!!!. sorry rebellion come back whenever you make avp3 oh and I mean a true avp game.

_AbBaNdOn
_AbBaNdOn

Dude that pic in the article looks like a Predator runt or one thats anarexic....

choasfreak
choasfreak

The screen shots look very nice i hope it ends up to be a great game in the long run.

steff3121
steff3121

I agree with sundweller... that would be cool.

sundweller
sundweller

The PC version was bad -ass. We'll see about this one on the PSP. Unfortunetely it doesn't sound like you can play as a Marine. It would be cool to hear ominous beeping pulses of a motion tracker once again...

psp100thNOOB
psp100thNOOB

at last.. the wait is over... yahoooooooo

acej2000
acej2000

wow I got excited when i saw AvP, and then I saw PsP next to it..

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Is that a Spider Splicer in that screenshot?.... God, I've been playing too much BioShock.

Lonelynight
Lonelynight

Hope they make a AVP 3 game on the PC

INoX-AiC
INoX-AiC

Well i can't really say much "Alien vs Predator" was a very good game in its time but now for the PsP..... Would be nice if they could come back to the pc at some stage.