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GC 09: Gamescom's BIG games played

Aliens Vs Predator (360, PC, PS3)

Aliens Vs Predator is being shown behind closed doors at Gamescom in Cologne, demonstrating Alien gameplay for the first time. Here's what we thought.

Unlike the rather traditional-looking mercenary gameplay - which looks like Doom 3 with pulse rifles - the Alien side of things is looking very different.



Aesthetically, the game is much more stylised in this mode. The fish-eye lens effect, coupled with some neat discolouration and distortion effects make the game look just like you're seeing through the eyes of a xenomorph (we imagine). And every so often, after a quick change of direction, you'll catch a glimpse of your tail. You can't say that about many games.

The gameplay appears to be much more stealth-based than the survival horror feel of the mercs and it'll make for an interesting change to become the hunter. You'll spend your time craving civilians to harvest, which involves setting a face hugger free on your victim's face while you hold them still. Nice.

Of course, it's not that easy and you'll have to kill several human mercenaries along the way before you reach your undefended target. Each kill is rendered in gruesome detail and you'll see the whites of your prey's eyes for a second or so... until you gouge them out with a skeletal extremity. There's screaming, impalement, occasional vomit... and lots and lots of blood. This sure ain't for the squeamish.

In a novel twist, there's a punishment for failing to reach your target quickly. You might be obstructed by a door, which is breakable - but while you're busy prising it open, the civilian may manage to get hold of a gun and take the coward's way out. There's no harvesting when there's no face left to hug.

The game is fast-moving yet appears to control well from the hands-off demo we were shown. As an alien, you can crawl along the floor, walls or ceiling and, to avoid sticking to the wrong duct, you can now target your next crawlspace of choice and leap to it with the press of a single button.

The alien can also see through walls to some extent, using the electromagnetic field in its body to read living objects. This allows you to plan your next attack before you've even entered a room.

It all looks very promising, and the announcement that the game will feature not only 18-player multiplayer on all three formats (PS3, Xbox 360 and PC), was sweetened even more by the prospect of four-player co-op. There's even a Left 4 Dead-style four-player mode where a group of mercenaries must face an onslaught of aliens, which sounds brilliant.

The game will be released across the three platforms in February 2010 and the PC version will be available through Steam, complete with profile access from different PCs and the prospect of downloadable content.

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68 comments

  • Felixthecat - August 24, 2009 8:51 p.m.

    Im gonna sound like a noob here but, will Tekken 6 actually be released in Europe? I've checked everywhere for a release date, but it always come's up with American, Japanese and Australian dates.
  • FlamingChaos35 - August 24, 2009 6:01 a.m.

    MODERN WARFARE 2!!!!!!! CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!
  • ConkertheSquirrel - August 24, 2009 2:40 a.m.

    I was excited about MW2 but after seen AVP and the multiplayer i think im more pumped for that
  • kyleander - August 23, 2009 6:50 p.m.

    yeah great game what campaign do you think will be the hardest
  • gtakiller7 - August 22, 2009 9:21 a.m.

    wot is messed up? just buy mw2 and enjoy it
  • magicwalnuts0 - August 21, 2009 11:57 p.m.

    Oh wow, and they removed his comment, that's awesome. You people aren't gamers, you just have a boner for this one shooter, among many shooters. You couldn't give any less of a shit about how messed up this is.
  • magicwalnuts0 - August 21, 2009 10:08 p.m.

    Wow Xboxrules all I want to do right now is peel your skin off and use it for jerky. But besides that Infinity Ward doesn't have a reason to feel like shit that people are saying not to buy their game. They should feel like shit that Activision is trying to manipulate the market by using their game to raise PC game prices. I still can't believe nobody is outraged by this.
  • twosy - August 21, 2009 9:02 p.m.

    avp and mw2 look awsome cant wait 4 ever 2 come out
  • Eo1spy - August 21, 2009 5:54 p.m.

    What Aion was trying to say was that the price of MW2 has been raised by £10 (and the equivalent) everywhere in Europe and possibly everywhere else in the world on every platform(except the US of course, who get everything for a better deal) - Which is ridiculous, the RRP is now £55 ($90). Although a lot of retailers knock off £10 usually; £45 ($74 - and Americans complain about $60 games) for a video game is absolutely ludicrous. All this price-raise by Activision is going to do is get other major publishers to follow suit and release their games for £45 as well. Thus making gamers spend even more money on games when there is still a RECESSION on in a lot of countries. I guess all the people who have said "Quit your whining" etc. are American, therefore are seemingly not affected by this price raise... In short: I am not going to by MW2 on release, hopefully buying used later on in the year, so that Activision gets no money from me.
  • GMAN2 - August 21, 2009 4:53 p.m.

    Activision is stupid, but Infinity Ward isn't. They put hours and hours of hard work into Modern Warfare 2, making new changes and listening to our feedback, and now people are saying not to buy it. How do you think that would make them feel? Like shit.
  • OddWoN ER - August 21, 2009 3:32 p.m.

    uh dude, wtf are you talking about? they charge 60 bucks for the game same as most other games..... if you dont feel like shellin out the cash, thats your choice... but many of us CoD fans like seeing the improvement between each CoD game... if you havent noticed CoD4 has incredible improvements over its successors. CoD5 while not entirely improving anything...brought good ideas to the table. such as its nazi zombie mode. with modern warfare 2 we have and are already seeing improvements...built around the game play we all love and know from CoD so if you cant realize that gameplay is what makes CoD, then your mistaken in your judgement. we buy the next iteration of CoD to add a little spice and keep play something new but familiar.. but there is no law saying you have to buy it. if some one doesnt want too buy it. they wont. for those of us who do. will.
  • kyleander - August 21, 2009 1:20 p.m.

    AvP IS GONNA BE PRETTY SCARY AS A MARINE
  • magicwalnuts0 - August 21, 2009 7 a.m.

    Yeah I don't know what the fuck you guys are talking about with all this collectors edition bullshit but the PC version of MW2 is 60 fucking bucks. Now nobody seems to agree with Aion here but I sure as hell do. 60 bucks for a PC game? That's fucking ridiculous, I'm not even going to look at this trailer because I know I'm not going to buy it, as good as it is. I'm not going to risk having to pay 60 bucks for every PC game I buy because greedy ass Activision doesn't think they're making enough money off of the PC. Most importantly however is the fact that Aliens Vs. Predator was and will be one of the best multiplayer games ever made and that I'm crazy excited for a modern iteration of such an awesome series of games.
  • Zeipher - August 21, 2009 2:54 a.m.

    That's crazy, because Gamestop.com has MW2 listed for $59.99. Any idea what other games cost that amount? Here's a short list: Assassin's Creed 2, Madden 10, Batman: AA, Guitar Hero 5, Capcom Ultimate Alliance, etc. Its wild...it seems as if when a game first comes out...its always the same base price. It's obvious you have access to the internet, so I must assume you are within driving/horseback riding/covered wagon distance of a Gamestop. So maybe break out the ol' Conestoga and put your conspiracies to rest.
  • DignifiedTick - August 21, 2009 2:14 a.m.

    I love Celine Dion, she has an amazing voice. But, her lyrics are really stupid. Look, if you listen to her songs for the first time and can finish the sentence before she does, it's not really smart. So, I decided to not buy her CD's. OUCH! Honestly, aion7, shush. As if Activision will go down in sales because people won't buy from them. You do that, but millions of people still lean on Activision. (: Good luck with that, dear.
  • may.be.vital - August 21, 2009 12:45 a.m.

    ASSASINS CREED 2!!!!! ... Woah, sorry about the my mind turned to jelly =P
  • aion7 - August 21, 2009 12:28 a.m.

    Were some people really so stupid that they thought I was talking about the special edition? I, and others were talking about the normal version of the game, which costs more than every other normal game in many regions.
  • Zeipher - August 20, 2009 11:24 p.m.

    Lolz @ Samael Sucks not being able to play online on easy mode, huh? n00b And @ aion Your idealistic "fight the powers that be" speech is pretty damn weak. As every other logical user has pointed out, you don't have to buy the $160 version...but you have the option, and options = good business practice. Yeah, maybe I'd play Counter-Strike...if it was 2003. Next you're gonna tell me that I'm gonna get "Explosive single player" from Doom.
  • Cwf2008 - August 20, 2009 11:12 p.m.

    Well modern warfare 2 looks pretty awesome. I dont give a crap what you dumbasses (im looking at you aion7) say about not getting it, im getting it. If you dont want to get it, your loss
  • doomdoomdoom - August 20, 2009 10:54 p.m.

    Alien Vs Predator best mother fucking game very bitches This one is a Buy Mother fuckers I am buy this sht even if it is good or bad Shit yes! AVP MOTHER FUCKERS YEAH!!!

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