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AvP: Alien vs. Predator vs. Marine - Who's the best in multiplayer?

The Predator

Essentially a 300lb ninja with shades of Batman, the Predator should be ludicrously satisfying to use in multiplayer. In the game’s current state, the potential is clear, but the realisation is only halfway there. And comparisons with the aforementioned vigilante of vengeance are part of the problem.

It’s not that the Predator is crap. On the contrary, his weapon-set is all kinds of kickass and his up-close brutality is a beautifully visceral sight to behold. It’s just that with the ultra-slick gameplay of Rocksteady’s Arkham Asylum already having an aerial-focused, stalk-and-strike angle similar to AvP’s Predator, old claw-face feels a little on the stiff side.

While his cursor-targeted jumping theoretically provides the same sort of environmental navigation as Batman’s grapple gun, the current twitchiness of its lock-on and a vague lack of clarity over which platforms should be in range make the process a little cumbersome. Throw in a just-too-long delay between landing and regaining control, and the athletic brutaliser starts to feel a tad awkward.

But while his physicality feels a little too clunky to be fully enjoyable in multiplayer, the fact remains that he is the Predator, and thus has an awesomely cool repertoire of killing. His iconic shoulder-mounted laser cannon is a pyrotechnic death-joy provided you can hold your target long enough for a full lock-on (though you can fire it freely for a weaker shot), and the throwing disc can be steered with mid-air after touch for a good long while, to turn tight bottlenecks full of enemies into quivering piles of steak.

As such, mixing up surprise melee attacks with sniping currently seems to be the best and most satisfying approach. The Predator’s invisibility cloak deactivates with every attack made and must be switched back on after every kill, but far from being an annoyance (except to forgetful players), this actually adds a nicely methodical “set-up and execute” pace to using him.

This becomes particularly apparent when playing the Predator Hunt game mode, in which one designated Predator stalks a team of marines, with regular kills necessary to avoid the role being passed on to another player. The experience is similar to Arkham Asylum’s stealth challenge rooms, only over a much wider area and against human prey. Remaining cloaked and moving around the treetops in search of lone targets to shoot down or pounce upon certainly evokes the same sense of stealthy empowerment, made all the more interesting by the need to balance a pacey kill streak with a calculated strike and safe getaway. It’s almost rhythmic at times.

If pressed we’d currently question whether the invisibility cloak may be a little too effective while active – at one point we freely ran around amongst a tightly packed group of Marines without a hint of detection – but this could again be a symptom of crap human opposition rather than unbalanced abilities. Provided that’s the case and Marine players develop some solid squad tactics, this mode could be a definite hit online.

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45 comments

  • PiscesIscariot - February 16, 2010 10:05 p.m.

    Awesome! I didn't even know about all this excellent other stuff, now I'm psyched!
  • bonkon - January 14, 2010 9:34 p.m.

    AND IF YOUR OVER 20 POSTING A COMMENT YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED , LOOK YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR AND SAY IM THE SADDEST PERSON I KNOW ,, HAHAHA
  • bonkon - January 14, 2010 9:30 p.m.

    OMG IT LOOKS AWSOME HAHAHA I CANT WAIT FOR IT TO COME OUT ,,, COMON YOU FREAKS ITS ONLY A GAME STOP GETTING A MASSIVE STIFFY BONKON , YEAH IT LOOKS GOOD BUT DONT LET IT TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE , ACTUALLY I HOPE ITS TOTAL CRAP JUST TO SEE THE LOOK ON SILLY FACES , GIRLFRIEND ANYONE
  • eee - December 4, 2009 7:04 p.m.

    F@#$ that the alien kicks everyone's ass i want to go dark monster ninja on those bit%$ marines and make some facehugger love to a predators face!!!!
  • Mar27w - December 4, 2009 3:01 p.m.

    hope it turns out better than rebellions last two efforts Shellshock2 and Rogue Warrior which are both woeful
  • joker4592 - November 11, 2009 9:26 p.m.

    I always loved watching the predator kick the aliens butt!!! they are way cooler! but will you get to play as one???
  • ryacer - November 6, 2009 10:26 p.m.

    Im a huge predator fan so I cant wait to get this one. Aliens can suck shoulder cannon.
  • AA95mp - November 4, 2009 8:05 p.m.

    the alien sounds a bit like the spy from tf2
  • Hellhunter97 - November 4, 2009 1:04 a.m.

    The aliens look awesome. cant wait to climb up stuff then kill the stupid marines. the preds dont look to bad either. The marines look like crap. i hate relying on a team
  • XBLsponge - November 1, 2009 4:58 p.m.

    this article could be summed up to which do you prefer: 300lb nija of death : lightning fast creature of suprise : or paranoid gun totting blood bag
  • maddmadAt0m - October 31, 2009 7:39 p.m.

    The Alien sounds awsome. But I'm not going to buy this game 'till I find out if the Pred has the speargun, 2 impale foes 2 walls like AVP2, that was sick, which I didn't like save for the Pred's story
  • w40kfanatic - October 31, 2009 2:05 a.m.

    @GamesRadarDavidHoughton thanks! i shall now cryo-sleep until february. if youll excuse me...
  • TreeWhale - October 30, 2009 11:31 p.m.

    I am a Whale Me is going to like this game
  • Samael - October 29, 2009 2:37 a.m.

    @TestDDs Ha. Good fanboy/troll impression. If they don't fix the balance of the races, I'll be disappointed, as I'd be going Pred all the way.
  • UndyingReaver - October 29, 2009 12:40 a.m.

    Excellent! Predator's Unite! :P
  • cosker - October 28, 2009 3:31 p.m.

    it looks great cant wait to play it!
  • GamerTagsSuck - October 28, 2009 10:56 a.m.

    OH MY GOD. ALL MY BASE ARE BELONG TO THIS GAME.
  • boondocks50 - October 28, 2009 12:31 a.m.

    great artice definetly gettin this game. aliens all the way!
  • TestDDs - October 27, 2009 10:53 p.m.

    i am so going to get this game i am going to get it for both xbox 360 and ps3 i don't care if it is good or bad i am having it I notice Survival mode seems all most like halo odst firefight mode. This is going to be the best game ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • thelonewolf501 - October 27, 2009 10:01 p.m.

    game of the year cool im sure of it

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