Aliens vs Predator Gold

Aliens vs Predator Gold
3.5
Platforms: PC
Publisher: Fox Interactive
Developer: Rebellion Development
Genres: 3D Shooter / First-Person Shooter
Release Date: March 28, 2000
Game Modes: Singleplayer / Multiplayer

13Two classics stitched into one.

Ever since James Cameron’s Aliens and John McTiernan’s Predator, people have salivated liberally at the possibilities for games based on both. Then came the classic wherein you portrayed either an Alien, a Predator, or a human Marine stalking your way or madly fleeing through deselate space stations, or mines, or what have you, all in first-person perspective. The environment was the same for all of the character choices, but the play style for each was quite different.

Aliens vs Predator allows us to visit several familiar sights from the original movies, such as the Atmospheric Processor from 1986’s ‘Aliens’, or the less memorable prison colony from ‘Aliens 3’. It’s the combination of familiar areas, foes, weapons and sounds ripped right from the films that give this game that cinematic feel, although most of the time it plays like a fast-paced and really brutal survival horror, minus the plot. There is none, actually, nor any real purpose to the game beyond eliminating the opposition.

You have a choice of playing as an Alien, Predator or Colonial Marine, essentially wrapping up three distinct playing styles into one. All three campaigns field six missions plus several bonus levels, adding up to a total of some 32 levels accessible through any order. So you can temporarily leave the Marine campaign on hold while having a go at the Alien campaign, or vice versa. In effect, each side has a vague storyline stringing the levels together, but its barely noticeable and completely disposable. The Alien, for instance, wakes as its hive becomes invaded by pesky humans, so you (the Alien) must kill the intruders and seal the hive. A follow-up level involves you hitch a ride on a Nostromo-like spaceship, with bloody results for the occupants.

Depending on which side you play as, you’ll face swarms of aliens that move with lightning speed, drones that kill you with one shot or Predators that¬† take several mags and still fight back. Combat is fast and brutal, but that same sort of havoc is what gives Aliens vs Predator that scary, frantic edge – like in the movie, it’s damn terrifying fighting off waves of super-fast aliens, especially with the game’s limited save option. The original lacked this option completely (you had to complete each mission in one run) but this Gold edition implements a savegame feature halfheartedly.

Rebellion tried as much, but couldn’t completely get all three sides properly balanced out, leaving the Marine too vulnerable and the Predator too overpowered. Colonial Marines compensate for their fragile bodies and limited vision modes with some terrific firepower, including the all-purpose Pulse Rifle and the auto-aiming Smartgun. Aliens go for lightning quick attacks while Predators posses the most specialized killing kit of all three. But the addition of a portable medkit and ample hitpoints and ammo make the Predator the most effective combat unit of them all.

1The pallet of enemies is thin. You’ll mostly face only one or two variations of randomly spawned foes that repeat on and on throughout each level – this randomizing effect is a mixed blessing. Two new weapons are included with the Gold edition, neither of them incredibly impressive.¬† Joining the SADAR in the “big, slow-loading, projectile weapon” category is the Skeeter, which throws out a disc that targets enemies, and throws bolts at them. Lastly there’s the pistol, which you can dual wield. Sounds cool, but neither are very useful in combat against either species.

Try this game if you enjoy the movies – you’ll find several bits that will take you back. But know that the action is very tough. The limited saving and randomized monsters can generate a surprising amount tension as the Marine, which is easily the most frightening and most fun character to play as. The other two are interesting for being different, but skip out on much of the suspense, and playing as the Alien is downright nauseating at times. AvsP has its flaws and frustrations, yet few first-person shooters have managed to recreate this level of pure tension with such a simple formula.


System Requirements: 200 Mhz CPU, 64 MB RAM, 16 MB Video, 250 MB HDD, Win 95/98

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14 Comments

  1. man from pl says:

    thank u for that game.Im looking 10 yr avp 1.Man from poland.I play alien and so do kids hehe nice thank you all

  2. OrdoNovusSeclorum says:

    The BIN file in CD2 is corrupted? I tried running cue straight and converting the bin to iso format….it gives me a ”unkonwn or corrupt image file” error

    Please help

  3. Try mounting with power iso and let us know if it works.

  4. OrdoNovusSeclorum says:

    Thank you for the fast reply. Let me explain in more detail. Running CD1 cue with WinCDEmu (my mounter of choice) gives an error “The file type being saved or retrieved has been blocked”. Running CD2 cue gives a “Unknown or corrupt image file” error.
    With PowerISO the CD1 bin is successfully mounted (thou when trying to mount the cue file it gives “The file format is invalid or unsupported”) and as for CD2 both files can be mounted successfully.

    In short with PowerISO i managed to mount both images however when running the installer it asks for CD2 (for verification). I tried with both discs mounted and one-at-a-time (mounting CD1,launching installer and during CD2 request unmount CD1 and mount CD2 in it’s place) and in both cases it gives me a “CD verification failed!” error.

    So now I have a problem with installing. I’ve searched online for a solution with no success.
    Please help.

    Kind regards,
    David

  5. Some old game installers crash and burn on modern Windows 7/8/10, but run fine on XP,. 98, etc. It could be that.

    Maybe try changing the virtual drive letter to your first CD drive.
    (so essentially your virtual drive comes right after your hard drives)

    This is because old installers sometimes look for the game CD on your first drive letter.

  6. OrdoNovusSeclorum says:

    I’m running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.
    I’ve tried changing my VD to ‘G’ (I have C,D,E and F as HDD partitions) but it still doesn’t work…
    This is no longer so much ”i really want to play this game” as it is ”why doesnt this work?” frustration. I don’t understand why the installer fails to verify CD2 even when it’s clearly mounted…

    I’m thinking of giving up,I don’t know how anybody can install this…Could you try to install it on your end and tell me if it works?

  7. As I thought, it crashes on Windows 7 (like you said) but when I try to install on XP I get no issues.

    It passes the check and I can install and play the game.

    Sorry to sound like a broken record ( I say this a lot) but it’s much better to play these old games on an old PC or an xp virtual machine.

    Or maybe burning an Audio CD with the CD2 tracks might work as a last resort?

  8. OrdoNovusSeclorum says:

    I’ve always been a fan of good coding. I don’t know if they had future-proofing in mind when designing games in 1999 but this one fails on many levels unfortunately. I found a copy of the standard edition of the game which doesn’t verify disc 2 but when trying to start a level from the main menu it tells me that my 3D hardware doesn’t have enough memory for the resolution or bit-depth selected….wow…

    In any case,all these fixes seem like too much effort just to be able to play this game. So for now I will leave it and maybe some day in the future I will try again through a XP VM.
    I am sure that this is the answer. Anyways thanks for your help and thanks for keeping old games available.

    As always:kind regards,
    David

  9. Nuttawet says:

    In this version does you get special character?

  10. Nuttawet says:

    Aliens vs Predator 2 you don’t get special character but in Aliens vs Predator Gold you get special character?

  11. Krapoulos says:

    Hi,

    I’ve met the same problem than OrdoNovuSeclorum (can’t reach CD2 at installation), I could solve it by using DaemonTool and not PowerISO.

    Once the game installed and launched, there are so many bugs that I cannot play even a second. Here are a few ones :
    – Sound gets blocked and repeats (just annoying but come on AvP needs to be played with sound :p)
    – When I launch a campaign (no matter which one), or the game crashes, or (if I’m lucky) it all freezes.

    To put it in a nutshell, thank you for sharing this old game but it still needs a lot of bug fixes before we can enjoy it !

    Btw, I’m using Windows 10 on AsusRoG.

  12. Not really bug fixes but compatibility issues. These games weren’t designed for modern computers, which is why I wouldn’t even bother running them on new hardware. Some work fine, most have issues or won’t even install

  13. david says:

    Need a virtual machine to play or does it work right on windows 7?

  14. Try reading the comments above

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