Every Predator Video Game, Ranked From Worst To Best
By Mat Elfring | @ImMatElfring on
One of the coolest creatures in science-fiction has to be the Yautja, which is commonly more referred to as the Predator--which we'll call it from here on out. This alien species' culture revolves around hunting, and the better you are at hunting, the higher your standing within the race. Also, they have tons of cool gadgets.
Since the release of Predator in 1987, there have been fans of this alien race and the Predator has gone through a lot of changes. Additionally, ever since the first movie game out, there have been plenty of games based on the character. Sometimes, it's a cash-grab in order to pump out something fans will buy, and other times, you get a really solid video game.
From the 1987 Amiga game to 2010's AvP PC game, we're taking a look at all the games featuring this horrific extraterrestrial and ranking them. Many of these games are now hard to find and a few are on consoles even harder to acquire. We're strictly looking at the console, computer, and arcade games for this list.
Shane Black's installment in the franchise, The Predator, hits theaters on September 14. A Predator is headed back to Earth, and from the looks of the trailer it'll have to face something even bigger and badder. These hunters don't shy away from battle, even if it's against Batman. If you want to learn more about the upcoming film before you see it, check out everything we know about The Predator.
14. Predator 2: Amiga (1990)
Following the events of Predator 2, the Amiga sequel is a bizarre over-the-shoulder/side scrolling shooter. There is music, but no sound effects, so it just has a weird feeling to it. Eventually, you end up fighting an army of Predators, which differs from the ending of the actual movie a lot. This game feels exceptionally disjointed from its source material, probably because the movie wouldn't make a good game, unless you're playing from the Predator's point-of-view.
13. Alien vs. Predator: The Last of His Clan: GameBoy (1993)
An utterly awful game, you play as a Predator, and jump around a few levels fighting Xenomorphs. Sometimes, the gravity is weak, and you bounce around. Understandably, this was for Gameboy and there were limitations, but this may be one of the worst licensed Gameboy games.
12. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem: Playstation Portable (2007)
Playing as the Predator, you run around fighting Xenomorphs and the military, and you have to sneak around and not be detected by humans. The third-person portable game lacked imagination. While it's exciting to get to use the Predator's iconic weapons in a gaming setting, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem was repetitive, mediocre, and completely forgettable.
11. Predator: NES (1988)
In this game, you play as Dutch, running through the jungle, punching scorpions and guerillas. The platformer is essentially a marriage of Castlevania and Contra, except it was tedious and unenjoyable. Occasionally, you fight the Predator in these bizarre close-up levels, but overall, it's a game that is almost nothing like its source material, which was a totally normal thing for licensed NES games.
10. Predator 2: Sega Genesis (1991) & Game Gear (1992)
Both the Sega and Game Gear versions of Predator 2 have you play as Detective Harrigan--who Danny Glover played in the feature film. After shooting and killing your way through numerous levels, where you are taking down drug lords, you find yourself fighting a Predator. The ending of the game is very much like the ending of the movie. The Genesis and Game Gear versions are extremely similar, but the Game Gear version was more of an over-the-head side-scroller, while the Genesis version was a bit more free-roaming. However, this is a game very much of its time. The music and sound effects are abysmal, and overall, it just feels like a poor man's Smash T.V.
Sega version used for image.
9. Predator: Amiga (1987)
In this side-scrolling action/adventure game, you run through the jungles shooting birds and guerillas, and occasionally, you fist fight the Predator. At times, you'll find yourself in the crosshairs of the Predator, but none of that matters as the game ends with you exiting the jungle. There is no final boss battle, and it's anticlimactic. However, atmospherically, for its time, this is a pretty cool game. It's crazy to think that a late-80s Amiga game actually provides some cool horror elements.
8. Aliens vs. Predator: PC (2010)
The team that made the iconic Aliens vs. Predator game a decade prior tried to strike gold again, 12 years later. Like the original, in this first person shooter, you can play as a marine, Xenomorph, or Predator. However, unlike the original game or its 2001 sequel, Aliens vs. Predator was mediocre at best, adding nothing to the shooter franchise.
7. Alien vs. Predator: SNES (1994)
The SNES side-scrolling beat 'em up was merely a shadow of its arcade counterpart. You can only play as a Predator, but you get to use some of his sweet tools of destruction to take down the Xenomorphs. It's repetitive, tedious, and not very fun. The graphics are solid for an SNES game and the sound is fine, but many would rather just play the arcade game instead.
6. Predator: Concrete Jungle: PS2 & Xbox (2005)
Concrete Jungle was incredibly ambitious to say the least. It placed you in the role as a Predator, running the streets on Earth, using all of the weaponry of the alien species and its abilities. The game is actually quite a bit of fun; however, it's bogged down my a poor control setup--as every single button does something and can be a bit to remember--and the camera is simply the worst. Yes, it has a high learning curve, but this isn't a horrible game.
5. Aliens Versus Predator: Extinction: PS2 & Xbox (2003)
Conceptually, Aliens Versus Predator: Extinction is a fantastic idea. It's a little bit of Diablo and a little bit of Starcraft, taking the mythos of these aliens and putting it into a RTS format. You play as a team of Aliens, Predators, or Marines and try to be the dominant species. While the game's strategy element was lacking, as it was nothing more than "build fast and build quickly," it was a real innovative way to take the franchise.
4. Alien vs. Predator: Atari Jaguar (1994)
After Wolfenstein and Doom hit the PC world, there was a frenzy for first person shooters, and while there was plenty of garbage released around then, Alien vs. Predator for Jaguar was not one of them. In this game, you get to choose between playing as an Alien, Predator, or Marine, as you traverse a military base that's been taken over by Xenomorphs… and Predators. The game has a great atmosphere, and it paved the way for the greatest Predator game around.
3. Alien vs. Predator: Arcade (1994)
During the second renaissance of the arcade, side-scrolling beat 'em ups machines took over. Some were good and some were bad, and Capcom's Alien vs. Predator was one of the better ones, even though it's nowhere near as good as you remember it. It's a bit repetitive, but it's a really fun game. You get to choose between four characters--two humans and two Predators--and you have to beat up a bunch of aliens. It's the best of the Predator beat 'em up games.
2. Aliens vs. Predator: PC (1999)
In a sense, this is a remake. Rebellion Software, the developer behind the Atari Jaguar game of the same name basically remade the original but gave it a huge facelift in terms of graphics, sound, and gameplay. You still play as either a marine, Xenomorph, or Predator, and this game shines in how it engulfs you into this world without any real story tying anything together. Get in, kill things, find an elevator, and move on. That's the name of the game, but it's done exceptionally well.
1. Aliens vs. Predator 2: PC (2001)
Monolith took over from developer Rebellion, and improved on the first game. You can still play as a marine, Xenomorph, or Predator, but the game's single-player campaign added a story line, which all takes place on the same planet. At times, these stories cross over, which is a nice little Easter egg if you play all three campaigns. The Predator got a few new weapons as well, and AvP2 still stands out as a fantastic shooter.