There are 3 distinct campaigns in Aliens versus Predator: the Alien, Colonial Marines, and Predator. Each one plays very differently, offering different play styles, different levels, and weapons.
When playing as the Alien the perspective is that of a fish eye lens. This is to give the visual effect of what the Alien sees. The Alien fights with its claws and tail. It can also climb walls.
The Colonial Marine
This is the most familiar of the 3 campaigns, the Colonial Marine plays like a traditional FPS. Most of the weapons from the Alien films are available, you can use an image enhancer which works as night vision, and you also have flares that help you see in dark places.
As the Predator you can use most of the weapons from the Predator films that include the wrist blades, a throwing disc, and a shoulder mounted cannon. You have several different modes of vision including infrared and you have the ability to cloak.
AvP included several different bonus levels that allowed you to play as different characters in different levels. To allow the Marines to progress through the Alien levels you were given a jetpack. To allow the Predator to progress through the Alien levels you were given a grappling hook.
There are also different gameplay modes including a "Supergore" mode that enhances the blood and gore, "Pigsticker" mode that gives the Predators speargun a higher rate of fire, a "John Woo" mode where the action slows down, and a "Sniper Munch" mode where the Alien can use its jaw attack from any distance.
Millennium Expansion Pack
It added two new weapons and the ability to save your game in a level (although it was limited) softening the difficulty of having to replay an entire level if killed.
In the year 2000 AvP was re-released as the Gold Edition. It included everything in the Millennium Expansion Pack, nine new multiplayer maps added onto the previous 16, and a strategy guide.
In 2010 Aliens versus Predator was re-released on Steam
(Valve's digital distribution service), as Aliens versus Predator Classic 2000. It was enhanced to run on modern PCs using DirectX 9, true widescreen support, support for the Xbox 360 Controller, updated mouse support, the option for unlimited saves, and the option to lock the frame rate. At first it did not support multiplayer but has since been updated to support it using your Steam ID and friends list. Multiplayer is P2P as there are no dedicated servers.
It includes everything from the Millennium expansion and everything from the Gold Edition release.
|Original Release||Classic 2000 Release|
- OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7
- Processor: 200Mhz Processor
- Processor: Pentium II 400MMX Processor
- Graphics Card: DirectX 6.0 Compatible
- Graphics and Sound Cards: DirectX 9.0c Compatible