Aliens vs Predator Review
Presents a strikingly generic and repetitive campaign offset somewhat by a defective tri-species multiplayer.
Unfortunately at the time of writing the current multiplayer setup on the PC is depressing given the fun nature of some of the modes. Two weeks after launch there are barely working “beta” dedicated servers through a patch but only for non ranked games. Player counts across all the servers is fairly low and there are bugs like only one team existing in a two team match or disconnections during loading. Connection issues during matches reduce player numbers and pings can be erratic. Had the game shipped with a good dedicated server setup it may have held onto more players. Dedicated servers do help bring more players into games by finding games faster and allowing you to see what people are playing. If you suffer a connection problem you’ll be asked to start the server search again.
Ranked servers let you level up and unlock skins; these are purely cosmetic so there is no chance for imbalances for high ranked players. Matchmaking for ranked games can take a few minutes to find a server, if it does at all. Luckily the connection screen tells you the progress of the search, so you can give up early if there is no change and go play some player matches. The new patch also thankfully does not dump you back to the search menu again and lets you keep playing. There really is no reason to use the inferior matchmaking despite the ranking system.
The single player campaign in Aliens vs Predator isn’t good; it’s repetitive, dull and ignores many recent success stories in the first person shooter genre. The multiplayer is the only reason I’d recommend this game, and I would not without the inclusion of dedicated servers through a recent patch. Unfortunately as of right now the multiplayer side is unfinished, the dedicated servers are barely functional and in some cases the increased player numbers impact negatively on the online experience. There really isn’t enough quality in the huge meld of modes and maps to make it worth your while.
The game does impress visually, Rebellion have done a good job with the animation and design of each of the species. The levels are large and load very quickly with good detail. If you are a big Alien or Predator fan then you will get some enjoyment out of the best looking depiction yet. Shooter fans will more than likely be disappointed with the whole package. Franchise fans will continue to dream of something that doesn’t feel like it was released months before it should have been.
Our ratings for Aliens vs Predator on PC out of 100 (Ratings FAQ)
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