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PC Reviews: Aliens Vs Predator 2


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Aliens Vs Predator 2 Primal Hunt
reviewed by
Andrew B
Review Date: 11 September 2002
Review Score: 8.5/10 
Distributor: Vivendi Universal

You've managed to eradicate a nest of aliens in Aliens VS Predator 2, you've terminated the Predator with extreme prejudice, it's time for your well earned vacation...its time to hunt again! It should be noted that this game is an expansion pack for Aliens VS Predator 2 and you will need this game in order to play Primal Hunt.

The Aliens, Predator and Marines are back in Aliens VS Predator 2 - Primal Hunt and things just got deadlier. The story revolves around an ancient artefact that is discovered by a Predator on a routine hunt to Planet LV1201. Unfortunately the Predator triggered a statis field when he tried to collect the artefact which instantly froze him in time. Nearly 500 years later, the Predator was unknowingly released by a human mercenary and all hell has broken lose. The Predator has escaped with the artefact that as legend has it, can control the minds of Aliens. A vicious hunt has begin for the ancient artefact and there can only be one winner. A strange hybrid alien called the PredAlien also seeks the artefact in order to protect his hive as well as the human mercenary called Dunya. When hunter becomes hunted, this is the tale of Primal Hunt.

Aliens VS Predator 2 - Primal Hunt contains three consecutive storylines that lets you play as the female mercenary Dunya, the warrior Predator and the deadliest hunter of them all, the PredAlien. Unlike its predecessor Aliens VS Predator II, Primal Hunt is an extremely difficult expansion pack and you will need all your wits and skills in order to succeed. There are no training levels for this game, from the minute you start, war has been declared and to quote Arnold Schwarzenegger from Predator "You've dropped us in the meat grinder!" If you're not a season first person shooter, then this game is going to be one hell of a ride as your finger is always on the shoot button.

The game contains a whole plethora of new weapons, skills and enemies. Dunya has access to dual armour piercing pistols, remote sentry guns, turret guns and the highly needed motion tracker. The Predator contains all the original weaponry, including a new energy flechette that is a low-powered rapid firing weapon that is mounted on the Predators right wrist.

The PredAlien is quite literally very lethal and has access to the facehugger, chestburster and the deadly PredAlien headbite. All characters start with basic weaponry but other weapons, such as those from Aliens VS Predator 2 can be ound litered around the gameplay world. Gameplay is virtually identical to Aliens VS Predator 2 and the game uses a combination of mouse and keyboard commands to control all characters. First person shooter fans will have no trouble picking up these controls but if this is your first venture into the world of first person shooters, then you may need some basic training. 

Apart from the single player campaign modes, the game also contains a multiplayer option for some high intensity gaming action.

The graphics of Primal Hunt are extremely nice and all characters are detailed which makes for some great graphics and gameplay on higher end computers. Even though this game uses the Lithtech engine, the developers have managed to push the engine to its full potential. Primal Hunt contains some amazing new gameplay areas that will leave you standing in awe but don't stand too long because you may end up dead.

The sound effects of Primal Hunt have all the right noises from the Aliens and Predator movies to give the game a real sense of atmosphere, not to mention those cool sounding pulse rifles from the Aliens 2 movie. The soundtrack of the game really suits the game and is a hybrid of music from the aliens and predator movies, even though it does sound a little too midi in some places.

If you loved Aliens VS Predator 2 or anything to do with the franchise than this game is for you. Apart from being sometimes impossibly hard in places, it's still quite a worthy addition to your game collection. Check it out!

- Andrew B


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