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

The Colonial Marine

Trapped between two brutal and stealthy alien species with naught but a few guns, grenades and a motion tracker to hand, you’d expect that the humans would be the main ingredient in this heady death stew. And you’d be right. Compared to the Xenmorphs and Predators pound-for-pound, the Marine’s greatest skill pretty much seems to be dying.

Massively limited by his (lack of) environmental mastery in comparison to the other two classes, the Marine is really up against it. Whereas his extraterrestrial enemies can cover pretty much any area of a map’s verticality, he is obviously limited by the presence of staircases and his own, very human, jumping distance. Even with a motion tracker, death can come for him from anywhere, swiftly and with very little warning warning. Also, he’s not terribly fast.

From our experience of the game’s basic deathmatch mode, it will take a skilled Marine player indeed to dominate in an every-man-for-himself free-for-all. With some consistently focused and meticulously paranoid play, it’s certainly possible to stay on top of things for a while, and even heavily armoured Alien players can be taken down one-on-one with a pulse rifle and some keen aim. But when outnumbered by even just one or two? In an enclosed environment? Bad news indeed.

 

The Marine also lacks the Alien and Predator’s close-up insta-kill moves, but does have a more reserved trick up his sleeve to combat them. When set upon with melee attacks, he can parry them with his own in a weak-beats-strong, ‘Scissors, Paper, Stone’ mechanic. Successful parries mean stunned aliens, which gives him just long enough to squeeze off a headshot. It’s not much, but it can very easily be the difference between life and death.

The thing is, while this all makes him sound like AvP’s Mr. Neverplayed, his limitations actually give him a very important bonus. Whereas Aliens and Predators are more than capable of cleaning up on their own, survival as a Marine very much promotes tight co-operative play. And that’s a very good thing.

AvP’s multiplayer understands this, and is set up to provide for Weakass McBulletboy with several tailored game modes. The aforementioned Predator Hunt mode is obviously geared up for paranoid tactical team-play, essentially condensing the first Predator movie into a single game mode. Then there’s Infestation, which is basically Halo 3’s zombie mode but with Aliens. A single, player-controlled Alien attacks a team of Marines, and every Marine killed switches sides, right up to a frantic last-man-standing battle against inevitable dismemberment.

And finally there’s Survivor mode, in which four Marines face off against wave upon wave of Aliens. Yes, it’s Horde/Nazi Zombies given an H.R. Giger paint job, and as such will actually probably be the most long-lasting of all of AvP’s multiplayer modes. Doesn’t sound like such a worthless third wheel now, does he? 

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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