Aliens VS. Predator: Requiem
Just before the release of the next Aliens
vs. Predator movie, Requiem, the game has beat the movie out by just a
few weeks in Australia. The story line of Requiem is based on the
upcoming movie (with some creative license) where gamers take the role
of the Predator who has been sent to Earth to ensure that a crashed
Predator spaceship remains out of human hands. To compound the
situation, the ship also carried some Alien facehuggers which only you can
The single player mode
begins at the Predator crash site and eventually moves its way to the
cities. The story is masterfully told in three segments as you use a
variety of Predator items and weaponry to hunt these nasty creatures
before they devastate the planet. A new key concept to the genre is that your
Predator is awarded honour points which are awarded for honorary
fighting and you lose points for harming humans
and the more points you have, the more upgrades you can ensure for your
Although the control
system is quite apt on the PlayStation Portable with the battles,
environments and items that you access, what really effects the gameplay
is your prey as they are extremely docile creatures which can be easily
dispatched. If you do find yourself being harmed, your predator can heal
himself (ala the original Predator movie) and even when there are more
than one aliens around, they generally attack in twos. There are some
puzzles and challenges in the game but most gamers will easily be able
to complete this title.
Graphically, Requiem is
a rather good looking on the PlayStation Portable, especially the
Predator and alien models. The humans are a little lackluster as are
some of the gaming environments but in the end, it's quite decent. The
developers also make use of good lighting and special effects.
Musically, the title
matches the gameplay as do the sound effects and that famous "clicking"
Predator sound and Alien " hiss". The game also contains some voice
acting which is surprising for a PSP game and is a little forced and
contrived in some places. Think clichéd!
In conclusion, Aliens
vs. Predator: Requiem is one of those made for console games based on a
unfortunately misses the mark. The cool characters are there, even the
graphics but when it comes to challenging gameplay, this Predator warrior will
walk through the park like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando.