Aliens Vs. Predator Multiplayer Explained

Seven Modes to Satisfy Your Alien vs Predator vs Marine Fantasies

February 1, 2010 – Sega released an entry on their Europe blog today revealing and explaining all seven of the multiplayer modes that will be included in their upcoming game Aliens vs. Predator, which is due out in little over two weeks. A few of the modes, like “Infestation”, “Predator Hunt”, and “Survivor” have already been announced, but now we get some expanded explanation on those modes and the others. The full list of modes and an explanation of each are detailed below, as they appear on the Sega blog:

  • DEATH MATCH:If you love a game with frantic, brutal chaos then Death Match in AVP multiplayer is for you. It’s all about getting the most kills in the time limit set. Players can also win the match by hitting the target score before anyone else.

  • INFESTATION:For total over-whelming mayhem, nothing comes close to the tension and potential for pant-wetting scenarios than INFESTATION. One player starts the match as an Alien Hunter and their task is to kill the Marine prey. When a Marine player is killed they will join the Alien Hunter team and help to kill off any remaining Marines.

  • MIXED SPECIES DEATH MATCH:just like Death Match, but with mixed species. Two teams, made up from all three species fight to get the most kills in the set time limit or to reach the target score before the other team.

  • SURVIVOR:For the ultimate test of stamina, play Survivor Mode. Survivor allows for up to four players to enter an arena to fight waves of progressively stronger aliens. Each arena will be set up with two main areas. One will be a platform which is relatively easy to defend; the other will be an area where ambush by aliens is more likely. Supplies of health and ammo will re-spawn in this second area.

  • PREDATOR HUNT:If you’re after a more stealthy multiplayer game go for Predator Hunt. In this mode one player is selected to become the Predator Hunter, the rest of the players take the role of the Marine prey. The Hunter must use the Predator’s stealth abilities and advanced equipment to pick off the prey and score points. The Marines will need to defend themselves from this threat and if possible, to kill the Hunter.

  • SPECIES DEATH MATCH:Species Death Match pits a Marine team, Alien team and Predator team against each other in a race to get the most kills within the set time limit or to reach the target score before any of the other teams.

  • DOMINATION:Take capture the flag to a whole new level with Domination. In Domination two teams fight for ownership of Control Points around the level. Owning a Control Point gives the team a small and steady, stream of points. The more Control Points owned, the more that team scores. A team will win when their score has reached 100 points.

The species team specific variation of deathmatch could be a really fantastic mode, especially if you end up with three strong teams made of players who have put considerable time and effort into mastering their respective species. It should also serve as a nice area to practice with each species and maybe learn a bit from more experienced teammates.

I’m not entirely sure what to expect from Domination. Its definitely a mode that we see in some version or another in most first person shooters. Yet, the different species in this game don’t seem to be built for this mode as much as other games. The Aliens and Predators in particular are all about constant movement, lurking in the shadows, etc. Do we really want a mode that ends up with Alien players camping a control point in the dark corner?

Survivor mode might end up being the highlight of the multiplayer experience, as well as give all of us a reason to pick the Marines. The atmosphere in this mode looks like its going to be incredibly tense especially when you get to the more powerful groups of aliens or are trying to make a mad dash to the extra ammo.That’s something that AVP has over other games like ODST when it comes to their version of “Firefight”. Firefight is basically a sandbox mode, with various entry points for enemies and weapon drops. There isn’t a whole ton of built in atmosphere or tension there. Just point and shoot. AVP will certainly mix up what has been a successful formula for many games with its more varied lighting setups, the motion tracker, and the various cries of the aliens themselves. I am really looking forward to this mode.

One mode that is missing that I would have liked to see would be one that pits Aliens and Marines against each other with one or two roaming “neutral” Predators that can pick off either side. At the very least let’s hope that the deathmatch variants all have some level of customization to them to allow players to create their own tweaks. We’ll see how all of these modes mesh together and if the singleplayer experience delivers in just under two weeks, so get excited.

Source: Sega Europe