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January 19 2010
Aliens Vs Predator - PS3 Preview
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An alien inflicts some pain!
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Aliens Vs Predator looks great.

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The predators look quite superb.
Recently I had the pleasure of watching Predator, Predator 2, AVP and AVP2: Requiem on Blu-Ray back-to-back to review the discs. While watching the movies I kept thinking that, hopefully, unlike some of these movies, this game from Sega and developers Rebellion would hopefully kick a lot of - or should that be a lot more - ass then the more recent movies which seem to be providing diminishing returns with each new film in terms of entertainment. This video game from Sega, and in development at Rebellion, promises quite a bit actually...

On planet BG-386 a colonist mining group discovers an ancient pyramid containing a dark and horrible secret. Across the stars a race of warriors is alerted to the discovery of their pyramid and a hunting party is dispatched to ensure that it remains sealed at all costs, whilst deep inside the ruined pyramid a malevolent intelligence awakes from centuries of dormancy.

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Watch out for the aliens claws!
Aliens Vs Predator will actually allow you to play three separate campaigns. The first campaign as a predator, the second as an alien, and a third as a marine. Obviously the latter will provide the most detailed storyline, but it's the gameplay that will really separate the three different campaigns with three very different game styles required.

As per the movies, the Predator is equipped with a variety of visual aides such as infra-red vision, but it's the weapons that set him apart with a large spear gun, glaive styled blades, and of course the shoulder mounted plasma cannon available. It is believed Rebellion are working on a system to ensure that the Predator isn't too powerful, with a recharge system for the cannon quite likely. Beyond that it's quite likely that the Predator campaign will be quite stealthy as he is in the movie - especially if the camouflage suit is included.

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Another great Aliens Vs Predator screen.
Moving on, the Alien campaign will be quite the opposite to the predator with his only method of attack being his spear-like tail.

Finally, we have the Marines who are equipped with human weaponry and will provide the most 'normal' FPS styled experience with a variety of guns and grenades available as well as a complex storyline, the details of which are yet to be revealed, but surviving an onslaught of Aliens and Predators is a certainty.

Unfortunately no details have been revealed as yet regarding multi-player but we would be mighty disappointed if Rebellion don't include some online modes. If they build something lag-free and comprehensive we can certainly see a large following for this game online. Time will tell...

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Inside a spaceship perhaps?
Visually this game looks quite superb, stunning even. Now we all know that more often then not "screenshots" provided for publications are often doctored to make the visuals look better then those in-game, but the footage we've seen of this game to date seems to indicate this game is on target. Impressively Sega have also announced that Lance Henriksen will appear in the game as Karl Bishop Weyland, a descendent of Charles Bishop Weyland, the founder of the infamous Weyland-Yutani corporation from the Aliens universe. He will lend his likeness and voice to the production.

As you may have been reading of late just prior to Christmas Aliens Vs Predator was Refused Classification at Australia's Ratings Board meaning it was not suitable for display or sale here. Rebellion responded confirming they would not edit the game for Australia, and we would just miss out but on December 18, 2009 Sega Australia successfully had the ban overturned with the game being awarded an MA15+ rating with the warning "Strong science fiction violence".

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As an alien, your weapon is your tail!
In addition to the Standard Edition of the game, Aliens vs Predator will be available as a Survivor Edition and Hunter Edition. The Survivor Edition is a steelbook version of the game and includes an unlock code for 4 exclusive multiplayer maps which will be available to download post-launch. The Hunter Edition also features the PDLC of 4 exclusive multiplayer maps, as well as a fully posable facehugger model, a Weyland Yutani sleeve badge and a 3D lenticular postcard.

With Valve's Aliens: Colonial Marines pushed back a considerable way (think at least 6 months, possibly a year) to make way for Aliens Vs Predator we can only hope that this game from Rebellion matches the stunning visuals you can see in these screenshots. Both the Alien and Predator universes are cherished the world over, and even with the fairly poor crossover movies, this game will still generate massive interest. Let's hope it all comes together when it hits shelves on February 18.