“If the repetition – the mother of learning, what is repetition” – the question of the British themselves Rebellion Studios, apparently, do not care. They continue to engage repetition, but in a large scale. Recently, Rebellion has released the third in 16 years with the name of the game Aliens vs. Predator.
We must pay tribute, of course, the British granted: But once they were at the origins of the expansion of aliens and predators in video games. In 1994 they created for the Atari Jaguar platform first shooter called Aliens vs. Predator, and five years later his remake released on PC – it is there laid the basic standards of the classic shooter about “aliens and predators.” After two years of Monolith studio, adding to these standards, a couple of original ideas and your own talent (which is the “Monolith” is clearly greater than that of Rebellion), made by far the best game in this universe – Aliens vs. Predator 2. So after nine years instead of a potential third part, which would continue the progressive development of the series and brought it to a new level, we have, by and large, got a remake of the first part of the authors thereof, as: new graphics and some simplifications in the gameplay.
Those who have played the previous games in the series, in Aliens vs. Predator 2010 immediately feel at home. Familiar everything to the last detail. The plot is still divided into three campaigns: for the marine, for strangers and predators. In each of them we are engaged in the usual chores. “Marine” in the tradition of wandering through the dark corridors of the abandoned ships and stations, frightened by the parties leads flashlight nervously listens to squeak hysterically motion sensor and firing in all directions, noticing jaw in front of the legendary Alien. And yet, as in Doom 3, it collects audio diaries, and regularly pushes levers somewhere supplies power. Strangers on a habit running across the ceiling and walls (it makes no difference), whitefish in the ventilation pipe, jump out at people and kill them a couple of blows paws or tail. And, of course, they never give up something or someone (who again does not matter) to eat … Finally, the Predator as previously professed the most intelligent, but the most brutal style of warfare. He prefers to hunt down prey, sitting unseen anywhere on the roof or on the tree, and then jump off quietly behind her and literally tear the head, often with half of the spine. And you can not get their hands dirty: in the arsenal Predator still have habitual ranged weapons, including the spear, homing laser and throwing discs, boomerangs, which can maim several goals.
In general, all this is implemented soundly enough, but again at the first part of 1999. There is, of course, the atmosphere, there is tension in this game is quite true transmits a unique experience when you play at each of the three characters and allows famously, tasteful use their features. In Predator has several modes of vision and invisibility, a stranger – jaw and nose, the “marina” – sticky fear and run on the walls lantern, complete with a grenade launcher and smartgun. While playing for the infantryman you’ll actually feel persecuted victim – here the authors skillfully playing on our nerves, making the game almost in horror. Playing as the Alien is already the other senses: fun on the background of a constant vertigo running across the ceiling and walls. Well, Predator still allows you to feel high-tech maniac.
In short, his share of pleasure from the Aliens vs. Predator 2010, you can get. Especially since there good it sold weapons in the presence of great graphics (though not always optimized properly) and elegant sound. And yet, the game has a couple of inconvenient questions. Firstly, fierce advocates of the PC (and the first two parts of Aliens vs. Predator came out only on computers) are clearly dissatisfied with the signs popular series. Management is now focused on the gamepad, forcing us to press extra buttons to perform an action, for example, to jump into the ventilation or climb over a wall. Plus pop pointers to all that is possible: to specify the purposes for kits, scattered through the levels in place to jump, etc. Gameplay places too much simplified: spears Predator never come to an end, he disappeared from his arsenal of web and some modes of view. And now you do not need Stranger fussy eating their victims to receive medical treatment: health is restored itself. That is, there are fewer realism hardcore. On the other hand, complain about it today is simply ridiculous: Aliens vs. Predator 2010 as the most modern shooters, which was originally positioned as a multi-platform project. It is fortunate that the authors have tried to find a compromise between hardcore and casual, increased, in particular, the persistence of strangers.
Where frightening complete lack of new ideas in Aliens vs. Predator 2010. Not only that, the game does not offer anything new, so it also makes a significant step backwards compared with the second part that concerns the scenario and its submission. In Aliens vs. Predator 2 was a really exciting story, where over two dozen missions authors carefully injected tension and intrigue, whimsical characters and alternating events, arranging encounters us and unpleasant discoveries. And in the new game Rebellion we have no history, but some sluggish scrap: several missions per campaign, relating foul intrigue and artless directing leave a deep sense of bewilderment. Caught, thank God, and really bright, memorable event (such as a fight with the Queen Alien or battle with lizards in a nightclub), but for the rest of the game once or twice a handful …
But here a great multiplayer. It was he – the main reason for the acquisition of Aliens vs. Predator 2010. The basis for bright, nothing on similar online battle was laid in the second part, and in his new game Rebellion competently use this legacy. The unique tactics for each of the three characters (and in multiplayer you can play for any of them) is converted to a battle between the real players in real fun. But the multiplayer too lacking in scope and new ideas: it is felt that its potential is not disclosed and a half. Perhaps then it is worth to focus on multiplayer and turn Aliens vs. Predator 2010 sprawling and diverse network gunman level of Left 4 Dead?