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Aliens and Predators return to the small screen in Requiem, but the game doesn't match its predecessor's intensity.
Aliens and Predators return to the small screen in Requiem, but the game doesn't match its predecessor's intensity. (Sierra/ign.com)

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Friday, January 4, 2008

The Alien vs. Predator franchise was spawned in comics and lived on in gaming before making it to the big screen a few years ago. With the recent arrival in theaters of a sequel, the developer behind the bestselling and critically acclaimed Alien vs. Predator PC game has created a PSP title, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, based on the new movie.

In the PC shooter game, you can play an Alien soldier, Predator or human. In Requiem, players step into the combat boots of a large, cloaked Predator whose seeks to eliminate the Aliens unleashed by a crashed Predator ship on Earth. After the first level, the game branches into three paths (each takes about two hours to complete), each culminating at the final level, which is set in a hospital that serves as the Aliens nest.

Although you have access to six Predator weapons (including wrist knives, shoulder cannons and throwing discs), an invisible cloak and three types of vision, you can beat the game without using anything other than standard shoulder cannons. The game should have included levels that required the other weapons.

The game doesn't look bad, but it doesn't push the PSP's processing power either. Many of the levels are dark, and it's far too easy to get stuck in nooks and crannies while Aliens pummel you from outside your peripheral vision.

A skirmish mode, which can be played solo or with a friend, gives you five minutes to kill as many Aliens as possible, but there's no real reason to replay the game. The old PC game still offers a more intense and entertaining experience than this movie tie-in.

-- John Gaudiosi

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Teen; PSP ($40) Sierra/Rebellion Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Teen; PSP ($40) Sierra/Rebellion


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