Aliens Vs. Predator 3
On October 28, 2010, io9 published an exclusive interview with the Brothers Strause in which they revealed that Alien vs. Predator 3 would have led directly into Alien. Greg Strause stated that, "The original ending for AVPR, that we pitched them, ended up on the Alien homeward [sic], and actually going from the Predator gun, that you see at the end, it was going to transition from that gun to a logo of a Weyland-Yutani spaceship that was heading to an alien planet. And then we were actually going to cut down to the surface [of the alien planet] and you were going to see a hunt going on. It was going to be a whole tribe of predators going against this creature that we called "King Alien." It's this huge giant winged alien thing. And that was going to be the lead-in, to show that the fact that the Predator gun [at the end of AVPR] is the impetus of all the technological advancements that allowed humans to travel in space. Which leads up to the Alien timeline."
Aliens vs. Predator 3
Aliens fight in close-quarters combat with their claws and tails, getting as close as possible to their prey as quickly as possible. Aliens have the ability to climb walls and jump from distances without much effort and can blend in with shadows, using darkness to their advantage. Within limited ranges, aliens can seek out prey through walls. These senses also allow Aliens to clearly observe cloaked Predators. In the single-player campaign, players have the opportunity to harvest "hosts". By pinning the host, nearby facehuggers are able to locate and latch on to them, thereby propagating the Hive. Throughout the game, the player also has the opportunity to perform "stealth kills".
As in the films, the Predator prefers to stalk its prey from the safety of treetops and the gameplay reflects this, the player leaping from branch to branch automatically with the help of a "focus jumping" game mechanic. The Predator has different vision modes, the most recognizable from the films being a thermal imaging scanner, but the player also has different vision modes for spotting Aliens (only accessible from a special mask the player picks up in-game) and viewing the world normally. For example, the Heat Vision mode allows the player to see Marines very clearly, while it renders Aliens nearly invisible; the Alien vision works in reverse, making aliens appear clearly and Marines nearly invisible. Regular vision allows one to see the environment and other Predators better than the former two visions, making battles between two or all three species a tactical juggle to prioritize enemies based on their threat to the player.
The Board noted that "the violence depicted in the game can be accommodated within the MA 15+ category as the violent scenes are not prolonged and are interspersed with longer non-violent sequences. The violence is fantastical in nature and justified by the context of the game, set in a futuristic science-fiction world, inhabited by aliens and predators. This context serves to lessen its impact. The more contentious violence is randomly generated and is not dependent on the player selection of specific moves."
How about the gameplay? I've been quite hard on Aliens vs. Predator, a game that I'll admit is an enjoyable diversion. I will say that the developers really nailed the spirit of the license through the use of shadows and lighting, providing a rich environment for both aliens and predators to stalk. No doubt marines will be doing a lot of nail biting. The aliens are particularly well-rendered, and it's hard not to be unsettled by the way they look when approaching you down a dimly-lit corridor. For a lot of people (myself included) the good parts of Aliens vs. Predator might be enough to keep you playing the three relatively short single-player campaigns, especially if you're a fan of the license.
To summarize, I'm enjoying Aliens vs. Predator enough to play through the marine campaign, I'll probably play through the predator campaign, and I just might play through the alien campaign. While the new game doesn't raise the bar like Rebellion's original did, it does make great use of the license. The multiplayer options can also be fun, but unfortunately the uninspired single-player levels and dumbed-down gameplay leave me wondering how much better the new Aliens vs. Predator could have been.
I can't see myself enjoying an Independence Day sequel, as I'm am not a fan of the original, but don't hate it either. The sequel would have to be really good. But if it's a predator film. Cast I don't know, some mix of CGI and props, good score and some mythology to explore, I'm all down for it.
Through translation of the pyramids hieroglyphs, the explorers learn that the Predators are a "warrior race" that have been visiting Earth for thousands of years. It was they who taught early human civilizations (the Sumerians, Egyptians, Mayans, Thai, Khmer, among others) to build pyramids and they were worshiped as gods by the humans. Every century, they would visit Earth to take part in a rite of passage in which several humans would sacrifice themselves as hosts for the Aliens (called serpents), creating the "ultimate prey" for the Predators to hunt. If overwhelmed, the Predators would activate their self-destruct nuclear weapons to eliminate the Aliens along with themselves, and destroying the civilizations in the process. They deduce that this is why the current Predators are here, to hunt the Aliens again. The survivors further reason that the heat bloom from the pyramid was given off to attract humans for the purposes of making new aliens to hunt and the items from the casket were their weapons. Lex decides to find the Predator and return the weapons to him, Sebastian hesitates, but realizes the Predators must be allowed to succeed in their hunt so that the Aliens do not spread to the rest of Earth.
Aliens vs. Predator is one of those concepts you're probably not supposed to think too much about, especially not the title. Surely they're both aliens, and come to think of it they're both predators, too. Perhaps a more explanatory title is necessary, like Big Dribbly Black Thing That Likes Eating Lance Henriksen and Has a Head That Makes You Wonder About What Sort of Relationship H. R. Giger Had With His Father vs. Big Clicky Invisible Thing with a Crab for a Face That Always Seems to End Up Getting Beaten Up By Big Stupid Lads Wearing Dirty Pants.
As for the Predator's campaign, it's pretty fun, too. It's also very stealth-focused, as again you can't seem to take much machine gun fire. I guess all that expensive Predator armor is about as much use as hanging tea cups on your nipples. When humans are around, you just have to Batman Arkham Asylum their fat arses by using distracting noises, since they're all as thick as asphalt milkshakes. When Aliens are around--that is, the other kind of aliens--it plays like a hack-and-slasher that was designed by a pilchard. Knocking them down with light and heavy swipes and pressing X to finish them off sounds straightforward enough, but the Predator is nothing if not a massive drama queen who insists on taking his sweet time with his fancy, overlong finishers, leaving you exposed and immobile for several seconds while every other monster in the room queues up to bite off your combi-stick.
The Predator ship has come to Earth. They go to the Alien base. A predator with silver mask goes in with 2 other predators. They find aliens. The Aliens attack back. Also some eggs appear and open. A facehugger appears out of it and jumps on one of the Predators head. More Aliens appear. The Predator with silver mask sees he is in minority. They both try to escape. Another alien escapes at the gate. He grabs with his tail the other predator and kills him. The Predator with silver mask escapes. The other predator with facehugger later opens and predalien jumps out of him. The Predalien is taken hostage by the Aliens. The Predator with silver mask sees it and escapes. The Aliens put the Predalien is a cage. The cage opens at the under side and he comes in a room with hundreds of Predaliens.
Back in Italy, Liam is walking at the river. A Predalien jumps out of the river and stabs his tail in him. He tries to fight back he is poisoned by him. At their home, Zoë is anxious because Liam didn't return. Her friend Jane is with her. Predators are watching them. The Predator with silver mask is also there. They get message that aliens are in the city. They go to the sewer where they find them. But it isn't an alien, it is a Predalien. The Predalien fights back and kills 2 Predators. The Predator with silver mask gets his knife and cuts of his head. They follow the sewer further where they find a whole base. They also see a Predalien Queen. She is making facehuggers eggs. The Predator goes back to their ship and tell it to the others.
The next night, Zoë and Liam are with each other. They are kissing and fall on betd. They later have sex. During that the Predator with silver mask is watching. He goes to the house and waits. The next morning Liam is death. Zoë is very sad. She watches and sees that his belly is open. Then she hears something under her bed. The predator with silver masl goes in het room and he sees the thing under her betd. He is shocked and don't know what do. Some other predators go in. The thing shows himself. It is a Alien, Predator and human. The thing wants to escape. He pulls The predator with the silver mask away. The other predators fight back but are killed by the thing. Zoë is shocked and doesn't know what to do. The Predator walks to her and kidnaps her. When she wakes up, she is in a cell.
Meanwhile the Hybridamorph is in a aliem cave. The other aliens attack hik but are killed. The aliens run away and escape. The hybridamorphs walks to the queen and kills her with his slime. He eats some facehuggers and leaves. The other aliens see it and think the Predators did it. They plan to attack them. 041b061a72