Aliens vs. Predator
GamesCom 2009: Aliens vs Predator Preview - Through the Eyes of an Alien
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It feels like Aliens having been fighting Predators for years... what’s that? They have? Go figure. It seems like they’ll continue to do so as well if SEGA’s resurrection of the gaming franchise has anything to do with it. Shipping in February next year, which will be 11 years after their original AvP video game, Rebellion are looking to do it all over again by applying their successful formula –  three races (the Aliens, Predators and humans), three campaigns and plenty of frightening madness. Behind closed doors at this year’s GamesCom, Rebellion was keen to show off the finer sides of the Aliens campaign.

So how do the Aliens differ to the humans and Predators in AvP? Well, whilst the humans rely on their guns and wits, and the Predators rely on their gadgetry and pure awesomeness, the Aliens themselves will have to rely on speed, agility and stealth... and they have many tools at their disposal to do so. One of Rebellion’s goals with AvP was giving each campaign a different look and feel. With the Alien campaign, you’ll notice the fishbowl lens effect, the use of a different colour palette, the post processing effects and settings that use high dynamic lighting. They all combine to give the Alien campaign its own unique look and feel.

The Alien’s agility is obviously one of their strengths and the fact they can climb walls and other surfaces at speed, and jump ridiculous distances makes them a force to be reckoned with. Climbing walls may seem a little bit disorientating at first, and frankly it is, but thanks to a few environmental clues (such as dripping water and dangling chains) and a T shaped crosshair which indicates which way is down; Rebellion do enough to alleviate that concern. They also do a number of things to make travelling at speed that little bit easier. Firstly, there is the range finder, which will make surfaces glow on your HUD when you are close enough to jump to them. Secondly, you can use the Left Trigger which activates focus mode. Focus mode highlights interactive or victim elements in the world, but possibly more importantly, it places a small vortex effect around small openings and gaps that allows you to jump through/into once targeted by simply clicking jump; thus making it easier to move at speed through potentially awkward sections.

As an Alien, your objectives will be fairly simple and single minded, and will revolve around survival and procreation – so acquiring hosts and civilians to increase the number of the Alien species is how you’ll be spending your time. Of course, to get to your potential hosts you’ll need to get past a number of marines, and you’ll have to get to them relatively undetected as well because they would even go so far as to take their own life rather than be your host.
Obviously as an Alien your strength is your speed and agility, but utilising the dark will play just as big a part. Not only will you have a light indicator on your HUD but you’ll also be able to disable lights and cast darkness around you and your potential victims. Chances are that will encourage the marines to whip out their flamethrowers and fire them aimlessly, but it makes it easier to stalk your prey. Sticking to the dark and using the element of surprise to your advantage is key, because as an Alien, you can’t take that much gun fire, so just bear that in mind. You are brutally powerful up close and personal though, and when you are within touching distance, you can set up a gruesome kill sequence (of which there will be 10 in the final version) that will see you ripping off people’s heads or steering your tail through their stomach. Speaking of the tail, if you swing round fast enough you can actually see your tail... which I thought was a rather nice touch. Off topic, but worth a mention.

Staying in the dark is key yes, but so is taking your foes down alone because otherwise you will open yourself up to a ton of abuse, and most likely death. The Alien may have the ability to detect where the marines are by detecting the pheromones that they let off, but you can also use the Alien hiss to distract them, and lure them into your traps. Rebellion pointed out that although the marines and civilian AI starts out as scripted, they have a free flowing AI that reacts to any sort of interaction – so disturb them and they’ll leave the originally scripted AI paths behind to adopt a more responsive reactionary approach.

Seeing as there isn’t much to the Alien in terms of objectives, Rebellion have thrown in a few puzzles to break up the gameplay – whether it’s something simple like destroying a power supply to get down a certain path, or something more complex, like getting to a civilian host who is surrounded by guards before they take their own life. Just because you’re this all powerful, agile killing machine doesn’t mean that you can just pounce in without consequence, on the contrary. Chances are you’ll be thinking more in the Alien campaign than you will in the other two’s.

We managed to move away from the Alien campaign for a short while to talk about the game’s upcoming multiplayer modes. The game when it ships in February will feature 18 player multiplayer that pits three factions of six against one another. They’ve also thrown in the option to mix and match teams as well. A bit genre breaking, but Rebellion pointed out that they only added it in because it was serious fun – isn’t that what games should be about? Also expect to see a 4 player co-op horde style “survivor” mode as well, because apparently if you don’t have that in your game these days, you’re full of epic fail... or so the legend goes. When asked about balance, Rebellion stated that because they have the experiences of the original under their belt and that they aren’t starting from scratch, they can take what they learnt there and build on it. Each race will have its own advantages and disadvantages and they all will all even out to be a balanced affair, or so we’re told.

The Alien campaign of AvP is shaping up pretty well, not just from a visual standpoint, but Rebellion seemed to have captured the mood perfectly as well. Offering three chiefly different campaigns, with three vastly different gameplay elements all under one roof, is looking like it’s going to be a successful formula once again. The game as it stands looks beautiful, has a great lighting system, is supremely gruesome, and is looking to offer gamers plenty of variety with 3 campaigns (around 12 hours total), multiplayer and co-op. We’re interested to see how the balance really shapes up in the multiplayer arena, but until we go hands on with it, we’ll have to take Rebellion’s word for it.

Aliens vs. Predator is coming to the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in February 2010.


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Comment #1 by Link0913
Sunday, August 30, 2009 @ 11:00:31 PM
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hmm looks kinda good, never been big on AvP but i might get this

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Comment #2 by Dejected Santa
Sunday, August 30, 2009 @ 11:02:14 PM
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Love this series. This one looks to be the best so far

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Comment #3 by L1E
Sunday, August 30, 2009 @ 11:17:11 PM
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Looks like the game could be really fun. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on it.

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Comment #4 by NaughtyNinja74
Sunday, August 30, 2009 @ 11:44:07 PM
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Looks pretty tight still...still can't wait to be the Predator

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Comment #5 by Atroxx70
Sunday, August 30, 2009 @ 11:44:35 PM
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I was hoping for a video. I'm not too crazy about the idea of a fish-eye lens filter for the Aliens, but I'm keeping an open mind on the subject. I can't wait for the 18 man 6-on-6-on-6 multiplayer though.

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Comment #6 by Fafner
Sunday, August 30, 2009 @ 11:45:15 PM
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Can't wait, and damn it's been eleven years since AvP.

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Comment #7 by HybridPK
Sunday, August 30, 2009 @ 11:59:11 PM
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I remember playing AvsP2 on the PC a long time ago. It had the three seperate campaigns for each race and was pretty damn fun online. I'm glad this game is shaping up nicely; the xenomorphs sound awesome to play as. I have to question, though, if Aliens online will have to start out as the Facehugger or not.

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Comment #8 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 12:32:15 AM
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@#5 - The fishbowl lens is a lot like Master Chief's visor in Halo 3. Subtle and not too over bearing. Chances are you'll hardly notice it.

@#7 - Rebellion did state you follow the Alien through a life cycle in the SP campaign. No specifics though, just thought I'd mention that.

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Comment #9 by Homicidal_inc
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 12:36:58 AM
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Sure the hell ganna get this game!

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Comment #10 by Eurion
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 01:28:36 AM
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Looks that it's shaping up very nicely! This is one I'm looking forward too :)

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Comment #11 by HybridPK
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 01:48:28 AM
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@#8 - Yeah, I read that and I think that's awesome, but I am curious to know if, when in MP matches, will Alien players have to go through the life cycle, or if that'll be an option that can be toggled.

I'm also wondering about the Queen and the Predalien making appearances now. Hmm.

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Comment #13 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 01:57:38 AM
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@#11 As far as I know, the Alien is fully grown in MP (I mean it must be).

And the Queen is there... that's who you get your orders off to acquire hosts.

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Comment #14 by Jmashed
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 02:29:01 AM
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I loved the PC ones, bring this soon, I want to play this now!

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Comment #15 by DeadlyCobraz
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 02:51:07 AM
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If this game is done right, it will be an awesome multiplayer experience..

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Comment #16 by Grijpwijk
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 03:07:33 AM
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In AvP I always preferred playing the Marine, it really made you feel like you were Bill "Game over man!" Paxton from the movies. I love that nerve-wrecking motion tracker!

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Comment #17 by Aussiegore
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 03:12:02 AM
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I just cum a little. I remember AVP and AVP2 So this just makes me so fucking happy.

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Comment #18 by l.maciver
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 04:06:23 AM
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Comment #19 by antares
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 04:15:37 AM
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AVP was released in 1994 on the Atari Jaguar so that will be 16 years in 2010 not 11.

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Comment #20 by CDurrant
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 04:19:26 AM
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sounds good, im wondering if they'll add in a mechanic for the aliens blood.

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Comment #21 by Raddish117
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 05:06:17 AM
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@19 Rebellion are on about the 1999 PC Avp not the Atari Jaguar one.

I am getting this pre-ordered as a Christmas present.

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Comment #22 by Dark Seraphim77
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 05:15:59 AM
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I have to have this game. I hope it comes in a ridiculously over the top Collectors Edition :)

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Comment #23 by WiredHEaDsHoT
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 06:06:39 AM
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cant wait for this, i used to love the one on pc

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Comment #24 by danny hampson
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 06:07:59 AM
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over the top collectors edition would be welcomed nicely

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Comment #25 by Medaking
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 06:32:37 AM
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I want this game to be freaking awesome but they made Shellshock 2 which puts a little doubt in my mind :(

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Comment #26 by typahl21
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 06:42:53 AM
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i want to be a face hugger! :)

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Comment #27 by griftercjn
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 07:39:27 AM
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@20- good point. Definitely would be a nice addition to have the acid blood if a marine shoots u point blank!

Webb- anything on the blood?

Getting this one, had it pre-ordered for awhile now. Nice article Webb!

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Comment #28 by TwiceAzzNice
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 07:45:35 AM
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Looks alright i guess.

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Comment #29 by MLG=Most Likely Gay
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 07:58:31 AM
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I want to be the bull alien thing. lol

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Comment #30 by Jimbo76
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 08:20:02 AM
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This game looks awesome. hope it plays as good as it looks.

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Comment #31 by Delboy06eu
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 08:41:05 AM
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The most highly anticipated title ever perhaps??

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Comment #32 by hiden
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 09:14:55 AM
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when i clicked the link i was expecting a video but this worked just as nicely.

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Comment #33 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 09:28:22 AM
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@#27 - I never saw anything of the sort. That doesn't mean it's definitely not there though... just that we never saw it.

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Comment #34 by MrDudeTheFirst
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 10:21:51 AM
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Mr. Nice Guy. - 20G

Hug Humzes
Tough Love - 20G

Hug Predator while he is in Stealth mode.


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Comment #35 by MTW NL
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 11:06:12 AM
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it looks like that maybe this game can bring something new to the multiplayer as we know it now....
cause it just sounds sooo fun! =D i mean, 6 v 6 v 6? all different species? woaw!. If you love the series (which i think nearly everybody does) than your automatically going to buy this game. It also brings a different feeling then to the normal shooters (like COD & Battlefield)

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Comment #36 by adbailey18
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 11:12:56 AM
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Soo can't wait for this, if they make it anything like AvP2 was on pc I will be damn happy!!

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Comment #37 by EntropyChaos1990
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 11:40:10 AM
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Oh shit yeah... but no cheesy collector's edition please, that's only good for titles such as Halo 3 and Gears... AND Modern Warfare 2 :)

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Comment #38 by Dr Bob
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 11:51:54 AM
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Can't wait to nom nom some people as an Alien.

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Comment #39 by BransonGT65
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 11:57:32 AM
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I loved AvP 1 and 2, so I have high expectations for this one. I just hope its great!! but it looks fantastic! so that's good too! The aliens were awesome to play as.

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Comment #40 by STONE DEVIL
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 12:10:01 PM
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I just hope they do the Predator justice as well.

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Comment #41 by Battosai343
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 01:35:34 PM
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This sounds like it's shaping up to be incredibly awesome. I hope it doesn't turn out to be like so many other games that sound cool, but upon release it turns out to be a suckfest.

I do have to say the multiplayer sounds SWEET!!

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Comment #42 by Akumario
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 02:43:36 PM
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a sounds and a look nice, but the same thing happend with batman , i like it alittle not as much i thought, i thing of all games like this, assassin creed beat them all

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Comment #43 by oRedBull
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 03:32:46 PM
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whats not to like about 3 way multiplayer online as either technologically armed marines, aliens with incredible agility and an invisble predetor that lurks in the shadows.

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Comment #44 by Jmashed
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 04:17:10 PM
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I'm assuming in Horde you play as humans or Predators, one where you play as the aliens would be nice. Anyone who says a horde mode is a rip off of gears is wrong (Serious Sam or Invaders anyone?), but they did make it popular again so I guess in that sense...

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Comment #45 by STZ513
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 06:38:10 PM
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Definite buy after Bioshock 2. Hopefully Dead Rising 2 won't release too early cause then I'd have to wait longer to get this.

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Comment #46 by CheesyToast111
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 06:41:29 PM
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Can't wait for this, and Alien Colonel Marines.

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Comment #47 by Dredgon
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 07:51:55 PM
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Looks sick, can't wait, have it pre-ordered for a couple of months now!!!!!

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Comment #48 by MakoBallistic
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 11:33:18 PM
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this will be so amazing, just like the first two, roll on febuary!

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Comment #49 by crunchb3rry
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 02:14:16 AM
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"And the Queen is there... that's who you get your orders off to acquire hosts."

In multiplayer? Is it like an objective mode? Aliens have to kill certain targets before the targets take down the queen? If that's not a mode in the game, it damn well should be.

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Comment #50 by SN1P3RSTU113
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 06:24:22 AM
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loved the aliens campaing on avp2 where you start off as a face hugger then you go on to grow up to an alien :D

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Comment #51 by Epilogue of Euphoria
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 06:51:40 AM
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Looks incredible and sounds awesome, with Rebellion's name stamped on it, I'm not going to get my hopes up too high.

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Comment #52 by Shade of Diablo
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 11:28:00 AM
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I cant wait. 6v6v6 will be the dawn of new MP online. They should also add in, if they havent yet, a Online/Offline Co-op Survival mode, to see how long you can go without getting killed/Spotted.

Now that would be something very interesting.

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Comment #53 by antares
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 04:27:08 PM
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@21 FYI the original Jaguar game was developed by Rebellion Software and published by Atari. After that Rebellion made the less known Skyhammer for the Jaguar before moving on the PC market.

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Comment #54 by TrUe BoSs03
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 05:18:58 PM
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This looks like a game thats worth 60 bucks hmmmmm.

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Comment #55 by Webb [STAFF]
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 01:07:32 AM
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@#49 - That comment was in regard to the single player campaign. Not sure how it works online. I presume there will be no Queen though.

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Comment #56 by mejimmeh45
Thursday, September 03, 2009 @ 01:02:54 AM
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This game looks pure awsome!

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Comment #57 by Krisko Disko
Thursday, September 03, 2009 @ 10:34:44 PM
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I'll wait for more news on this (and the almost inevitable release delays) before I make a verdict, but it initially looks quite entertaining.

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Comment #58 by B4D JESTER
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 03:55:37 AM
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This could be one of the best multiplayer experiences on xbox so far. I just hope that its fun playing as the marines too. On games which have had different teams against each other such as splinter cell and left 4 dead, everyone always prefers the stealthier option, as far as i know.

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Comment #59 by navvy626
Saturday, September 05, 2009 @ 06:37:23 AM
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omg omg omg i sooo cant wait 4 this game avp movies not so good but this game seems to be pushin those thoughts away

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Comment #60 by ENDO DA DREDD
Saturday, September 05, 2009 @ 07:36:38 PM
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alsome can not wait

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Comment #61 by djnaps
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 07:41:27 AM
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i think this could be my best game on the 360 wish i had a pc back in the day so i could have played the old games :(

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Comment #62 by djnaps
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 07:42:50 AM
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there coming out of the god dam walls!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Comment #63 by TomWilliams118
Thursday, September 10, 2009 @ 08:34:29 AM
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AvP have got to be one of the best games that Rebellion brought out, i did play the pc version it was awesome, because of all the 3 different campaigns that could of been played, i did prefer the marines in that game, but in the last couple of years i taken a strong liking too the Aliens, because how they acheive goals etc

Should Be An Amazing Game ! !
Looking Forward To It! ! !

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Comment #64 by rick'ed
Saturday, September 12, 2009 @ 01:23:19 PM
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i wonder if they will add mirror play so you can have aliens vs aliens vs aliens or have it so you can do 2 teams of nine instead

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Comment #65 by josalofopot
Saturday, September 12, 2009 @ 05:16:17 PM
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I'm just wondering what it'll be like if you can work with other aliens?
for example: your buddy sticks his head round the corner and does that creepy hiss to distract a guy so u can run up and munch on his head from behind (nom nom nom)
multiplayer sounds sik aswell

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Comment #66 by K4M1K4Z3
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 03:23:49 AM
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another one for my collection :p

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Comment #67 by IIIHitman 48III
Monday, September 14, 2009 @ 07:30:40 AM
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Will def get this game, looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Comment #68 by Blue Thunder28
Friday, October 16, 2009 @ 05:48:12 PM
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Multiplayer in this will hopefully be a much more intense/less annoying version of the good old Splinter Cells... I loved being Mercs in those.. man I want this.

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Comment #69 by L3th41 Sh0t
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 @ 10:14:15 AM
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Saw a preview of this last month in the Official Xbox Magazine, really gory. Can't wait :)

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