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Aliens vs. Predator
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
MSRP: $59.99 (console), $49.99 (PC)
ESRB Rating: Mature
What kind of game is it?
Aliens vs. Predator is a high-intensity first-person shooter that lets players experience the brutal world of AvP through the eyes of three warring species: humans, aliens and predators. Each faction offers unique gameplay opportunities, but in the end, it’s all about disposing of enemies in the most vicious ways possible. Pro tip: if you hear hissing, run.
Who's the developer?
Rebellion has been at the whole “game developer” thing for a while now. Interestingly enough, the developer’s breakthrough title was Alien vs. Predator for the Atari Jaguar back in 1995. Their next big title was, you guessed it, Aliens vs. Predator in 1999. After that, Rebellion delivered a number of sequels and ports of popular franchises including Medal of Honor, Call of Duty, and Rainbow Six. Last year, they released Star Wars: Battlefront: Elite Squadron for PSP and the comically bad Rogue Warrior.
What's the story?
The three-way narrative centers on a mysterious and ancient pyramid that a group of colonial miners stumble upon while doing whatever it is colonial miners do in the future. After awaking the pyramid’s previously dormant evil, alien, predator and human collide for an interstellar, interspecies battle royal for survival.
The marines have big guns, the Aliens have acid blood and baby-alien tongues, and the Predators have arm blades and love the way your spine feels in their hands; what more do you really need to know?
What'd we say?
Sega sent us the game rather late. We received copies just a few days ago, so we should have a review up by the end of the week, after we've put single-player and multiplayer through their proper paces. Stay tuned!
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