Sitrep: Aliens games may suck, but Predator games are… hrm. Wait.

Aliens vs. Predator

By on July 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm

So we have established that with the exception of a wildcard Nintendo DS effort purchased only by the developer’s mums, most Aliens games are worser than bad. For whatever reason (IT’S A SICK IDEA BRO), the Predator franchise has so often been partnered with Aliens that the two have seemingly become synonymous.

Predator too is a place ripe for the gamering: Big lobster man in suit full of Gizmodo wet dreams jumps through trees/urban decay Sub Zeroing people and then explodes self. Compared to the sheer weight of Aliens games that’ve come out – many of them like a wandering facehugger that screams “HUGS!” before launching itself at your thorax and ruining your life – the number of Predator ones is fewer but their success rate is just as… damn it.

There are about 20, and weirdly most of them are Aliens vs. Predator combo attacks. The ones specific to the license are so bad I once mistook my copy of Predator: Concrete Jungle for a bowel movement I’d recently completed. There were a ton of Predator games put out on mobile devices for some reason and Aliens: Infestation did surprise and delight, so let’s take a look at thos- Nope. Nope. Nope.

The crossover stuff with Ridley’s xenomorphs is where it’s at, insofar as it is at anywhere you would conceivably want to be for anything other than nurturing post-modern malaise. These double acts are the better ones, and the same can even be said of Aliens. Maybe, in a severely meta turn of events, one needs the other in order to thrive – much like a huggyfacehugger requires your face and then your makeshift womb to produce the most phallic rape symbology ever to go over the heads of movie-goers everywhere.

I have stupid-vivid memories of spending all of someone else’s pocket money on Aliens vs. Predator at the arcade. You know, the scrolling beat ‘em up one, not the millions of other ones with exactly the same name. It is the most badass thing. You could even play as budget Arnold Schwarzenegger:

Or an actual predator, if for some reason that was your jam (IT WAS EVERYONE’S JAM). The fights we had over who got to be the lobster man in the brown armour who had a bigger killing stick than the other lobster man in white. This is the only time I can ever remember being remotely into a Predator game and, really, this thinghas nothing at all to do with the license at all. It’s pretty much Final Fight in a Predator onesie.

Maybe that is also the key. Aliens and Predator are such powerful aesthetics. Their respective narratives receive only the most intense grooming in terms of epic one-liners that may be handed down from dork lord to son of dork lord. In the case of the latter, said narratives are just about ancillary. Really, they just need to look and feel right.

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That Arcade game was awesome, loved the shit out of it as a kid, anyone know if it’s possible to get a version of that running on a modern pc at all? For umm, science, yeah, science.

 

You’re right, the concept of the Alien and Predators on their own sound perfect for some great games. Most movie and game lovers tend to enjoy them in some way or another. I stand firm that its mostly the companies who has licenses to these games are a bit too incompetent to ensure to utilize their full potential.

The last AvP, I would of been happy it if was practically a complete clone of AvP2 with modern graphics and some added mechanics (I do like trophy kills, if they weren’t to be exploited). I can forsee the Predator have a Crysis game to its own, possibly better.

 

makena:
That Arcade game was awesome, loved the shit out of it as a kid, anyone know if it’s possible to get a version of that running on a modern pc at all? For umm, science, yeah, science.

depends on how you feel about emulators and piracy :P

 

spooler: depends on how you feel about emulators and piracy:P

Well then, obviously entirely against that and I won’t look into it when I get home from work!

 

makena:
That Arcade game was awesome, loved the shit out of it as a kid, anyone know if it’s possible to get a version of that running on a modern pc at all? For umm, science, yeah, science.

Wish it was released on Xbox Live arcade like TMNT, The Simpsons, X-men.

Otherwise, like Spooler is hinting at ;)

 

makena:
That Arcade game was awesome, loved the shit out of it as a kid, anyone know if it’s possible to get a version of that running on a modern pc at all? For umm, science, yeah, science.

My “friend” told me that you definitely “can” and that it’s still “awesome”.

 

timmytim:
I can forsee the Predator have a Crysis game to its own, possibly better.

like anyone with a clue, theres ideas, and even talent to make actually good games from either franchise. but fox owns it. dont count on it.

 

I don’t know about them “all being bad”, i can only think of 1-2 alien or predator games that werent reasonably fun. Not everything can be a Halflife or a Halo on launch.

 

makena:
That Arcade game was awesome, loved the shit out of it as a kid, anyone know if it’s possible to get a version of that running on a modern pc at all? For umm, science, yeah, science.

My friends used to play it with online multiplayer using Kawaks. Of course I abstained and preached to them about the harm their actions were doing to the historic arcade game sales industry.

 

AvP and AvP 2 were incredible games especially for their time. AvP 3 had me bored right from the start tho.

 

Hmm all I know is that AvP1 and AvP2 for PC where pretty awesome. (AvP3 was a bit duller but still ok)

In fact me and my friends still play a few rounds of AvP2 everytime we set up a LAN party. The game is brilliant for that.

Things like sneaking up on one of your friends (as an alien), waiting till he turns around and then biting his head off are great. Even more so when you’re on a LAN and actually able to hear his reaction to that…

Or the sheer panic that breaks out when one of the alien-players manages to evolve into a queen and comes stomping through the map.

I also love the broad selection of different multiplayer gamemodes in AvP. Especially the “survivor” mode is good fun.

 

jme: Of course I abstained and preached to them about the harm their actions were doing to the historic arcade game sales industry.

Good to see so many people in this thread so fond of intellectual property rights… even when they are so old they’re redundant ;) lol

 

ralphwiggum: Wish it was released on XboxLive arcade like TMNT, The Simpsons, X-men.

Yeah, despite the CPS2 hardware having been emulated over a decade ago, I’d love to get this on PSN with online + local combo support. Would gladly buy a copy like I did the Mega Drive Collection for Streets of Rage 2.

Would love to see Capcom’s AvP it with all 4 characters played simultaneously (pretty sure the max was 3 players).

Sadly, licensing issues will stop it from being released again (but the recent Chronicles of Mystara gives me some hope).

 

In my opinion one of the problems with Aliens games when you’re a human is… the health bar.

An Alien game really needs to be piss hard, and if they’re within range of you… you simply die in a horrifying way, perhaps a cinematic from the dying soldier’s POV. Something horrid, gory and quite scary.

For me the worst part about Colonial Marines was just that… Super scary alien closes the distance and looks like my cat when she’s attacking my foot, that turned the Aliens into less than kitties.

Sure this would be superbly hard to do, but that would be what it takes for me to make a true Alien game. Ditto for Predator, sorta, but this post is already way too long.

 

spooler,

Of course, nobody who has posted in this thread could possibly even have the slightest outside chance of having that rom on their system right now. Nope. Excuse me, I’m going back to playing…errr something that isn’t AVP the arcade game. Because for all you know I don’t have it.

 

dassquid:
In my opinion one of the problems with Aliens games when you’re a human is… the health bar.

An Alien game really needs to be piss hard, and if they’re within range of you… you simply die in a horrifying way, perhaps a cinematic from the dying soldier’s POV. Something horrid, gory and quite scary.

For me the worst part about Colonial Marines was just that… Super scary alien closes the distance and looks like my cat when she’s attacking my foot, that turned the Aliens into less than kitties.

Sure this would be superbly hard to do, but that would be what it takes for me to make a true Alien game. Ditto for Predator, sorta, but this post is already way too long.

Dead right.

In aliens we see that a few drops of acid blood are almost fatal – Hicks gets severely injured by this.

Yet in most of the Alien-related games, you are able to shotgun xenomorphs from half a metre away with acid spraying everywhere and all is well.

And as you say, in the movies if one of these things gets anywhere near you you are basically dead.

 

Another sign that games companies just don’t get it with the Alien franchise is their continual insistence on adding new types of non-canon enemies.

Alien has one facehugger and one alien, and is still tense and exciting.

Aliens has more facehuggers, the same alien, and the queen.

Alien 3 has a few relatively minor variations on the same basic xenomorph.

Yet in the games we always get these dramatically different enemies with random super powers designed to make the game more exciting and varied.

All that is in my mind is an attempt to compensate for gameplay which misses the point of the movies (tension/fear/unknown things out there somewhere in the darkness).

Basically many of these games have been made as action games, when they really need to be survival/horror games.

 

caitsith01,

Boom, couldn’t agree more.

My assumption is that they introduce these new ridiculous enemies because the standard aliens… ‘aren’t enough’ when they bloody well should be. Also thoroughly agree with the previous post too. I recoiled a bit at the ACM preview when the player was shotgunning a xeno in the face, and a splash of acid with no consequences.

The transition from preview to game I think that people were disappointed in the atmosphere as well as all of the other obvious failings. I recall in the preview footage of the room where the marines are assaulted… motion turrets going off… EVERYONE BEING HORRIBLY MURDERED and you just escape with your scrote still attached because all of the aliens were busy eviscerating your team mates. That heart pounding, ‘Oh fuck, oh fuck, oh fuck…’ … THAT was what ACM screwed up the most.

 

Would make for an interesting game mechanic if you have to fundamentally make sure that your primary concern aside from progressing in the game is to make sure that none of the aliens gets within a few feet of you.

No health bar, just death. I like it.

 

tacitus42:
Would make for an interesting game mechanic if you have to fundamentally make sure that your primary concern aside from progressing in the game is to make sure that none of the aliens gets within a few feet of you.

No health bar, just death. I like it.

IMHO not enough games have “instadeath”. I mean, in real life, you get shot, you pretty much fall over and die a lot of the time.

Goldeneye with one-hit kills was one of the best, and most intense, gaming experiences ever. Slow paced movement, cover and timing absolutely critical, choice of weapon absolutely critical, because one mistake and bam, you’re dead.

 
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