Reviews for Aliens vs Predator Classic 2000
Succeeds Where So Many Have Failedm0thbanquet | June 20, 2014 | See all m0thbanquet's reviews »
Like any good horror movie, you might be tempted to look, point and subsequently laugh at Aliens versus Predator Classic 2000 whilst guffawing "get a load of those rubbish special effects, who'd be scared of that?". Well, if you do that, you are an ignorant fool. Notwithstanding this game introduced us to the first accurate representation of the Aliens genre, that being an experience that focused more on isolation, tension and near-blind encounters conducted at blinding speed, it was a step forward for games in general.
Harken back to the year 2000, if you can. If you're 14 or under, this whole paragraph is probably pointless. Polygonal shooters are ugly and cartoonish, with true dynamic lighting rare. You've obviously (and rightfully) seen underage screenings of both the Aliens and Predator movies and you excitedly boot up a demo disc containing a sliver of gameplay from the much-anticipated Aliens versus Predator Classic 2000 (back then it was just called Aliens versus Predator).
You begin in a pitch-dark APC, the same one seen in the seminal 1986 movie, and instantly you feel a giddy sense of anticipation. You clutch the USCM's weapon of choice, an M41A Pulse Rifle. You scream to yourself, or aloud if feeling bold or just have no consideration for those in the next room, "I am the ULTIMATE badass!". It's dark outside the APC but you don't care. You stride out, eager to pump your enemy full of white lead (not a euphemism) and then it begins. Your motion sensor bleeps. You grin at the sound - it's just like in the movie!
Then an alien shows up and you die.
Now, bear in mind at this point realism in games was restricted to Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six - which your childish mind was not prepared for in 1998 and the disc was subsequently left to reside somewhere under the bed - and you can understand the terror this Aliens versus Predator Classic 2000 (Aliens versus Predator back then) demo generated. Aliens and Predators, unless played on the Training difficulty, are fast and deadly. Light is scarcer and arguably more valuable than ammo. Your armour may stop a few bullets but against razor-sharp claws and shoulder cannons? Might as well wear Kleenex, mate.
The single-player campaign features six missions in three distinct flavours. The marine, despite having access to meaty weapons and a sharp haircut, is undoubtedly the most vulnerable of the three. Your xenomorph enemies move swiftly and often you've only got a couple of seconds to react - usually to a telltale hiss, scratch or bite to the head - before you become their food. Add to this the facehuggers, whose surprise one-hit kills have induced fear-comas in the stoutest gents, and you can see the developer's statement of intent. In this game, humans are the prey.
As a Predator, you have access to deliciously effective weapons and equipment. Injured? No sweat. Just whip out your pointy healy-sticks and one agonised scream later, you're ready to go. Naturally, your human opponents are just flimsy, sweaty meatbags in the face of your cloaking-device enhanced magnificence. Properly ambushed, you can exploded them with your shoulder cannon, impale them with your spear gun or give them a good old Carl Weathers-style send off with your wrist blades. Xenomorphs prove a slightly tougher challenge but with your enhanced vision modes (which, like the Mass Effect 3 ending, come in red, green and blue flavours), superior endurance and aforementioned healy-sticks, your chances are a sight better than as a marine. Facehuggers are still cheap, insta-killing little shits, though.
The true beauty of the game, however comes in the shape of the late H.R Giger's chillingly graceful alien killing machines. Or rather, taking control of one. My personal favourite game mode and a real change to the pace of the campaign, the Alien can dismember humans with the flick of a wrist, walk on any surface and providing it's sitting in darkness, can become near-invisible to enemies. While this is disorienting at first, there's a true pleasure in carving up everyone you come across before they can so much as react, or stalking that particularly annoying marine from the ceiling before dropping on him unawares.
Being from the year 2000 (the flashback to that year ended a few paragraphs ago), the game does look its age. Polygons are smooth but the textures are a little muddy, but the Steam version runs well on Windows 7 and at resolutions we'd never thought possible 14 years ago. There are even an additional 5 or 6 missions for each character to be unlocked after finishing the game on each difficulty. The sounds are all accurate and pertaining to their franchises, though for atmospheric purposes I'd recommend turning the music off altogether for the marine missions.
The only truly inexcusable issue relates to the truly awful in-game cinematics. While the original release had a modestly-budgeted yet competently acted cut-scenes of a marine who was black yelling at you (or about you, in the case of the ETs), at some point they re-released the game with vids of fully costumed men who are white, with possibly the worst American accents this side of Gerard Butler. Yes, they look prettier but...well, just don't exit to desktop the first time you hear 'Lissen up Prahvat".
In summary, for anyone who knew and loved this game back in the days before bloom lighting and other graphical terms I can't be bothered to Google, pick it up and see for yourself how easy and forgiving modern games are. For everyone else, just pick it up and receive a masterclass in how an Aliens game should be done, i.e. with darkness, quick deaths and loud, piercing yelps of fear and shock.
Simply the best Alien game so farAkiMatti | March 21, 2014 | See all AkiMatti's reviews »
The graphics will feel very dated to gamers nowadays but the core of the game is solid.
Intense marine campaign where you never encounter an alien lightly, awesome alien campaign where you really feel like you are a fast and deadly killing machine and finally the predator campaign where you really are the hunter and ready to kick ass.
Words cannot do justice to this game. You just have to experience it. The beeping sound of the echolocator. The horror of the dark corridors. The nerve-wrecking sound of the facehugger being in the same room...
If you can stand the old graphics, you won't be disappointed if you like fps games at all.
Decent action horror titleGmen | Jan. 4, 2014 | See all Gmen's reviews »
Very few games based on the epic Aliens series have ever been good, and the same can be said about the -- very limited by comparison -- games based on the Predator franchise.
Each species in the game has its strengths and weaknesses, forcing you do adopt different playstyles. Very few FPS titles can boast this, even today.
The most fun is to be had in the Alien campaign, which is a bit of a cakewalk, frankly. You have unmatched agility, and have no problem taking on the far inferior colonial marines using sheer stealth and speed to outwit them, although you are best off picking them off one by one. The Colonial Marine campaign is no doubt the hardest and most atmospheric, and if you want to experience what Jim Cameron’s Aliens is like, with a bunch of killer Xenomorphs hunting you down, then this is the challenge for you. The predator campaign is much like the alien campaign – it’s not going to be much of a challenge, unless you come up against a lot of resistance.
Graphically the game hasn’t aged that well, but to play the game and listen to sounds that are taken straight from the films and be absorbed into the lore of the AVP franchise is worth the price of admission.
I would say that this is the ultimate AVP title to own, but the lack of multiplayer, something the original version of the game was noted for, is absent.
one of the best in the franchiseXGOUKI | Dec. 28, 2013 | See all XGOUKI's reviews »
Desplite the lack of multiplayer, the game is very fun. The graphics while dated they still get the job done, and the enviroments really immerse you into the game (specially in the marine campain.)
I really wish the multiplayer was still included with this release, but as it stands AVP2000 is still worth your coin and gameplaywise it still has what it takes to entertain.
Great TitleNeonSKennedy | Nov. 12, 2013 | See all NeonSKennedy's reviews »
I had bought this game knowing nothing about it, but after playing it with low expectations, I can tell you that you can go into this game knowing it's fantastic. The game is a bit similar to Doom or Quake. So if you like an old school shooter, you should do yourself a favor and buy this game without even thinking about it. The graphics are a bit like Half Life's, so if you don't get a headache from Half Life's graphics then this game's visuals shouldn't bother you at all. I recommend playing the marine's campaign first, as it gives you the best experience.
Great Game - NO MULTIPLAYERBrandeX | Nov. 10, 2013 | See all BrandeX's reviews »
The rest of the comments from other users are correct, but several people posted the reviews without actually buying this game here on GMG.
This version on AvP 2000 does NOT HAVE MULTIPLAYER. Forget the comments regarding how fun or exciting the multi-player is, you will not be getting it with this version. This is a single player game only! Only the version released on Steam has multiplayer. I own the GMG version and can confirm, you have been warned.( I mean it - no LAN either, so no tunngle, hamachi, etc. as well.) If you want this game for the multiplayer, this is not the version you are looking for, only the one directly sold on Steam has that.
Rating 75/100 only because the multiplayer has been removed form this version.
One of the best of 2000imasquare | Nov. 9, 2013 | See all imasquare's reviews »
This is one of my favourite old school FPS shooters that I purchased many years ago. It's a well balanced, well thought out game with moments of greatness that surpass it's successors. The alien campaign was probably my favourite of the three, starting out life as a chest burster you eat your way out of a poor saps chest one bite at a time then work your way up.
The marine campaign was excellent, fun and at times making me jump from my chair and fire wildly.
The predator campaign is deliciously fun but still challenging with an array of dominating weapons to slice, dice, electrocute and detonate your foes.
I really enjoyed all three campaigns, the way they weave through each other is smart and interesting.
Although the graphics are dated by today's standards, it has volumetric explosions that I have not seen in many other games since it was released and is eye opening when you see it in the right situation.
Then there is multiplayer which is fast paced and more fun than some produced in 2013!
Put this on your list of games you MUST buy.
greatAvesomeofthat13 | Aug. 8, 2013 | See all Avesomeofthat13's reviews »
From the verity 'game for games sake' Aliens vs Predator 2 is one of the best, it has it all, 3 species, many, many weapons and lethal ways to kill, an attractive story line, somewhat straight forward but very entertaining missions and for the first time a game which scared the hell out of me! But Aliens vs Predator 2 is not just a game for me, the reason i hold it in such high esteem is because it has stayed so faithful to the films. The movement of aliens, predators and marines is all very well structured, the graphics are impeccable, and the sound is incredible. All sound in the game, across all 3 species are EXACTLY the same as off the films, the pulse rifle, motion sensor, hissing of the alien and the strange sounds of the predators machinery have been mastered perfectly to fit the game.
The single player is great, the marine is incredible, its like your thrown straight into the film, from beginning to end you will catch yourself hugging the walls and topping your clip up in the (frequent) event that the corridors will fill with Xenomorphs and predators, it is simply thrilling and is an experience which is truly great, especially if you are a film lover.
The aliens single player is interesting as much as entertaining, be an alien, from face hugger to chest burster to a fully grown perfect killing machine! You can run at super human speed, leap across the screen to an innocent marines throat, and scale the walls and ceilings of the game to find the perfect alien behaviour, something which has kept youths pondering through and since the alien trilogy (+ resurection). Finally the predators single player mode is very fun, his main weapon is that he can cloak and attack with surprise, he battles against his former foe Rykov, a mad ex marine and his army of corporates to retrieve his lost mask, and ultimately to claim his bare skull, into his collection.
The multiplayer truly is a great experience, barricade tunnels with marines equipped with mini guns and flame throwers or patrol the overhanging air vents with a xenomorph, there is so much scope for creativity when playing with 3 species and up to 20 players across many multi player maps that it is made the best game currently for the PC. Not as scary as the single player but way more entertaining, make friends and fight to see which is the superior of the three species.
All in all a GREAT game, my favourite for the past year, the choice of three species across single and multiplayer gaming will keep you entertained for a long, long time, i guarantee, for game lovers a must, for the film lovers it is epic.
Awesome Action Horror Which Aged Wellnightrunner227 | Aug. 8, 2013 | See all nightrunner227's reviews »
Forget the graphics. They may be outdated, but they do the job well enough. What makes this game shine is everything else. The atmosphere is great. Everywhere is super dark, forcing you to use your fuzzy night-vision half the time. Combine that with enemies that literally come out of nowhere, and you've got a game that keeps you on edge while you blast anything that moves. Really the only downside to this game is the lack of a story, but compared to some really botched story-based horror games, that may not be a real downside.
Great Alien gamemalagchonga | July 6, 2013 | See all malagchonga's reviews »
This game was great when it came out in the 1990s now its old but the gameplay is addictive, each race is different and the missions are greatly made. To be honest the newer Aliens Vs predator is better but this is and oldie everybody should try whos eyes arent bleeding cause of the old texture. it gets 100 points for story and gameplay, but its an old game not even remastered, only programmed to run on new system specs. so its a 70% only
One of the Greatest Horror Gamesthegaminglyfe | June 18, 2013 | See all thegaminglyfe's reviews »
When this game came out, it was truly revolutionary and one of the best games when it came out. And no doubt about it, it's still very fun to play through today. Playing as the Alien or Predator is incredibly fun to stalk your prey and use your unique abilities to take them down. But playing as a marine is when the horror starts. There aren't many light sources, flares, flashlights, nightvision etc. And the worst part is that you know something is following you as you play through the mission which is absolutely terrifying. The game has aged incredibly well and I recommend it for any action or horror fan. Especially if you feel that in modern horror games, it's boring always playing the victim.
Old School FPS-Horror gamejazzelmejor | June 9, 2013 | See all jazzelmejor's reviews »
This game was, and is, one of the best games in his era. This is not a FPS game with action and explosions, this is a horror game. Playing as a marine was even more scarier than playing amnesia. Why? You don't have a lot of light in the map, so you need to use flares, the flashlight from your rifle or the nightvision. And not only that, you have aliens that jump to you in darker places. You can play as the alien, where you need to kill stealthy and faster. Or as the predator, where you have a lot of guns and things to hunt your enemies.
A must-buy to every FPS fan.
Best in the seriesFreeMan85 | May 1, 2013 | See all FreeMan85's reviews »
AVP Classic 2000 is the updated version of the original AVP and AVP Gold games, containing all of it's content and has a few new maps too. And most importantly, it's updated to run today systems and OSs. The game also has a fully functional multiplayer, it's peer-to-peer, but works. Comparing to other AVP/Aliens games, this one which is truly scary. Doesn't matter you play as Marines, Alien or Predator you will be hunted by the other species. And all the time, as a Marine the motion-tracker will drive you crazy! And you never safe, you can never clear an area! You must keep moving and running, if you wanna survive. The game doesn't had a plot or story, it's mostly concentrate to suspense and action. Wide arrange of weapons, dark and tight corridors, dark atmosphere. Multiple type of Aliens, like the Preatorian or the PredAlien will you face, battle android and Alien Queen, Colonial Mrines and of course the Facehuggers! But in this, if it's catch it's game over, man! The multiplayer is still working, if you lucky to find a match. You can play DM, TDM or Survivor. Survivor is a horde mode, infinite number of various Aliens will attack you, you can choose your load out and species Marine or Predator and fight alongside against the waves of Alie hordes. This mode can be played alone.
If you looking a truly scary Alien games, pick up this. The graphics been outdated, but the atmosphere is the best. And it's a still for that price.
Nostalgia is greatShepcon | April 19, 2013 | See all Shepcon's reviews »
This game was revolutionary when it first came out, and it still has a uniquely balanced combat system to this day. There are tense moments when you play as a marine, hearing the tone of Aliens swarming in on you or the distant roar of a Predator. As the Alien, it's a fantastic feeling to crawl along the ceiling of a dark hallway while you stalk your prey. Or to strategically rush in and out of combat with a Predator, using your intelligence as much as your tail and claws. My personal favourite was the Predator though, with multiple vision modes specialised for the different species you were hunting. Sending a spear through a marines skull and pinning it to the wall was repeatedly my favourite moment in this game. And if you play with friends, all the species are balanced and stand a chance against each other in combat.