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Aliens versus Predator: Extinction - Xbox, PS2

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Rated: Teen

The Bottom Line

Everyone loves Aliens, Predators, and Space Marines, but even that's not enough. Poor controls, uninspiring story, and weak gameplay are a recipe for extinction. Should've been a PC game.
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Pros

  • Aliens vs Predator is a rich universe
  • Few console based RTS games out there

Cons

  • Uninspired gameplay
  • Awkward controls
  • Few console based RTS games out there for a reason

Description

  • Graphics: 3 Despite a zoomable camera characters are too small. Bland textures and boring terrain
  • Sound: 3.5 Music is fair, sound effects are fun, voice overs are too quiet
  • Concept: 2 A console based RTS is always a risk, and this one didn't pay off
  • Control: 1.5 I love my Dual Shock, but it simply wasn't meant to do this. Selecting units was a pain
  • Difficulty: 3 Not too bad, but you will have to repeat some levels
  • Replay: 2 Once was more than enough
  • All scores are out of 5. The overall rating is not an average of the above scores.

Guide Review - Aliens versus Predator: Extinction - Xbox, PS2

I would be dishonest if I said I didn't have some fun with Alien vs Predator. I don't care how bad the game is, if you can use a minigun to mow through those creepy Aliens, you have got something going for you.

Aliens versus Predator had a tough hill to climb. Real time strategy games tend not to work on consoles. This was no exception. The problem is scrolling and selecting units. Even with an analog controller it is difficult to control scroll speed, and almost impossible to select individual units, once they get bunched up together. But the real problem wasn't technical.

The game simply lacked a soul. There was no real unifying theme, and the missions felt like individual minigames rather than a campaign. Neat idea, poor execution.

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