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Aliens vs Predator Demo Impressions |

I know I’m late at getting this up, but I didn’t get a chance to really play the demo enough until yesterday. First off the predator only has 4 weapons?! Maybe he’ll have more in the full game, but I somehow doubt it. There are only 4 slots for weapons in the demo for the predator, marine too.

The Predator has 10 weapons in the old AVP 2 Primal Hunt version of the game. The video below shows off 8 of them. The 2 not showed in the video are the Energy Flechette & Self-Destruct. Which is as awesome as it sounds! Your health has to be at or below 10% in order to use it. Once you choose to Self-Destruct you start to do the classic Predator laugh and about 4 seconds later you explode. The blast from this is huge. If you don’t find something to hide behind your toast. Works best in open levels.

I was a melee Predator in AVP 2. I usually used the combstick and the netgun for the most part. But I liked the speargun too. Which is the predator’s version of a sniper rifle. You can pin heads to walls with it, and collect the heads afterward. The predator had a lot of varied weapons to pick from. Why no head collecting in multiplayer btw??

Some fun things from AVP 2 was that you could morph into a Alien Queen after so many kills. I want to say 10, but I’m not sure. It’s very tuff to stop a queen too. Plus you can play as a facehugger, if the host enables it. Then the marines can actually get into a exo-suit, if enabled. Makes it a very interesting match.

Anyway I can go on and on about all the good times from the AVP 2 PC days. Here are the things I liked and disliked about the new AVP Demo.

  • Graphics look pretty good
  • I like the predator plasma cannon, lock on animation is great
  • Stealth Kills: Fun addition, but can get annoying. I was in a 4 way stealth kill train once. I stealth killed a alien, alien got the alien that killed me, alien got the alien, etc.
  • You can only throw the Predator’s Combistick? Lame.
  • To regain the Predator’s health/energy. You are forced to use energy panels scattered across the level. I can see this turning into prime camping spots. In AVP you can regain your health/energy wherever you wanted. You where still vulnerable while doing this, but at least you can hide somewhat.
  • Playing as an alien is pretty fun. I don’t like how you have to “lock on” before you can pounce on somebody. AVP 2 you can do that whenever, but it was never locked on, so it took more skill.
  • The marine motion tracking is a great tool and always keeps you paranoid of everything around you.
  • The taunts didn’t always work for me. How can I scare my enemies without my predator clicking or growling?

The more I played the demo the more I wanted to pull out my old copy of AVP 2. Overall I think they are dumbing this game down to much. This is coming from a hardcore fan of the old AVP 2 PC game, so take that as you will. I’m sure the single player will be great fun, but I’m not so sure about the multiplayer right now ..

  • JimmyMagnum

    I thought it was OK. Used the predator’s Combstick after figuring that out lol. Pierced it through an alien’s head at point blank range haha.

    my favorite class is alien, though, and I prefer it much better having auto-transition turned on (makes for very quick getaways). How do you pounce on enemies BTW?

    • You hold L2 and when you “lock on” you press the light attack button. Same goes for the Predator.

  • JimmyMagnum

    omg, I was wondering what the focus mode did haha. I seen it highlight people when I played as Predator, but I didn’t know how to use it haha.

    Played it earlier and got 28 kills in a round as the Alien, mostly because of that haha, thx

  • Sinlock

    I’m still planing to get this, but I don’t plan to pay full price. I’ll wait for a sale or get it used after a few months

  • Sinlock: Yea,
    I’m still planing to get this, but I don’t plan to pay full price. I’ll wait for a sale or get it used after a few months  

    That’s my plan for the moment.

  • AJ

    How did I miss this demo? Will download it tonight.