Tuesday, 19 January 2010

A Blast from the Past: The Original Aliens Vs Predator on Steam!

What a nice surprise for the weekend - the original Aliens Vs Predator turning up for a mere £3 on Steam. Like most people I view the past with a much higher regard than the present or future, especially the games that are on offer. So I went ahead and snapped this up with barely a thought!

Does it stand the test of time?

Unfortunately not for me, I don't know whether it was like this back then or if it's because it's running on a much faster PC now but it feels like it plays at twice the speed that it used to. I'm not discounting the possibility that I'm just getting old however! But you need super-twitch skills to be able to even shoot a single alien, let alone a bunch of them. Also I felt like the marine was on some kind of super movement enhancing drug because of the speed he was walking everywhere! I kept getting stuck on scenery because you only had to tap the forward key and you'd end up walking more than 5 scale metres and examining the texture art on the opposite wall.

Looking at some gameplay vids I'm pretty sure this is just me and if you're a fan of the series it's probably worth the £3 for the nostalgia trip anyway. Even if the acting from the marines is pretty awful!

Anyway, take a look at this gameplay vid which is the closest you'll get for a demo if you needed one!

Egh, face huggers...a nasty way to go. Of course all of this is in preparation for the release of the new Aliens Vs Predator game that's coming out in about a month.

I know a lot of people who are looking forward to this! Here's the "story" trailer if you've not yet seen it:

Edit: Looks like a patch has sorted out AVP gold speed issues! Glad to see it wasn't just me!!

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