The Final Word game review
Choose from Alien, Predator, or Marine in this action packed, first-person perspective, combat game. Atari's Alien Vs. Predator is for play on the Atari Jaguar.
This game has taken a long time to come out, however it was definitely worth the wait. I couldn't believe this game was on a cartridge -- the graphics were excellent. There really was no music in the game, which for some might be a downer, however I thought it added to the suspense of the game. There's nothing like a whispered "Come on" from the Predator to send a shiver down your spine. The gameplay was pretty good, the only problem I had was that I thought the Predator and Marine moved a bit too slow. As to longevity, I think this game will definitely keep you busy for awhile. Definitely one of the Jaguar's best games out.
So, you bought your Jag in '93 with the promise that AvP would be out before Christmas. Christmas passed and you broke down and bought Raiden (ugh!). April 10th came around (supposed release date) and no AvP. Finally on October 17th 1994, it makes it to the shelf. Was it worth it? Yes and no. No, in that Atari should never have promised that their biggest liscensed property would be released before the new year knowing that it was hardly finished. Now to the good stuff; this is definitely one of the most spectacular games ever released for a console! Take a run of the mill blast-fest, add famously brutal enemies digitized from models, sample chilling sound effects straight from the movies, utilize digitized backgrounds, and what do you get? One of the scariest games to ever grace a home system. This is the first game to scare the crap out of me. Some people will complain that there is no music, but after playing it for a few minutes you will realize that no music could have done this game justice. There just wouldn't be the suspense of walking down a hall with an errie mechanical drone in the background, and seeing an Alien around a corner, meanwhile another sneaks up behind you and lets out a startling shriek as it tears your body to pieces. The brilliant use of sound effects really make this game stand out among others in the crowded 3-D "search and destroy" genre. As you play, a story of infestation unfolds adding to the RPGish personality of the game. Aliens, searching for available hosts, dock with the military base "Golgotha" (hmmm...) and proceded to cocoon many of the humans. A distress call was sent out and a tribe of Predators answered, much to thier surprise the base was crawling with Aliens (Aliens are big prey among Predator tribes). You may choose to become an Alien, a Predator, or the last surviving Marine. The longest, and most difficult, mission belongs to the Marine. He must search for equipment and key-cards to gain access to restricted areas. The Alien must save the imprisoned Queen, and the Predator must claim the head of the Alien Queen. One of the most impressive games released in the past few years, AvP stands as a must-buy for all Jag players.
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