One Paragraph Review: Aliens vs. Predator

by nmeunier

Few gaming experiences have made me as crawl-out-of-my-skin uncomfortable as the first 15 minutes of the Colonial Marine campaign in Aliens vs. Predator. To the developers’ credit, every nuance of those first dark, oppressive corridors, and the tense moments leading to the first encounter with the horrifying Xenomorphic flavor of alien, is honed to a fine point. Those initial feelings of unease and dread wore off as AVP’s three short campaigns devolved into a grueling exercise in predictability and uninspired game design. The impressive, authentic visual style and subtle fine details applied to each of the playable races makes the fact the gameplay itself just isn’t all that fun all the more disappointing.