Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

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Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
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How the mighty have fallen...
Genre: Action-adventure
Platforms: PlayStation Portable
Release Date: November 13, 2007
Developer: Rebellion Developments
Publisher: Sierra Entertainment
Franchise: Alien vs. Predator


Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is a PSP action-adventure game developed by Rebellion Developments (known for making earlier AVP games and the Sniper Elite series) and published by Sierra Entertainment, based on the film of the same name.

Plot

A Predator ship crashes nearby Gunnison, Colorado. The Xenomorphs that are contained inside it begin to attack the town's population, prompting the arrival of the National Guard. An elite Predator, Wolf, has been sent to eliminate all of the Aliens, and a three-way battle ensues.

Why it Sucks

  1. You can only play as a Predator and not as an Alien or a human, unlike the previous AVP games.
  2. Feels like a poor man's version of Predator: Concrete Jungle, for reasons that will be elaborated below.
  3. Way too easy. Your health and energy regenerates way too fast. There are upgrades for your weapons and abilities, but they're pretty much pointless.
  4. Xenomorph acid blood somehow does not injure you!
  5. Lackluster story.
  6. Bland environments.
  7. Boring combat caused by a lack of special moves, God-awful AI, and as already pointed out above, your character is near-invincible.
  8. Final boss is unbelievably disappointing. Rather than fighting the Alien Queen, you fight... a military helicopter.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Graphics and sound design are at least decent by PSP standards.
  2. Unlike the movie, you can actually see the action going on in the screen!!!

Reception

Unlike the previous Rebellion-developed AVP games, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem received mostly negative reviews from critics, fans, and players, holding a score of 49/100 in Meta-critic. General consensus is that the game isn't exactly a terrible game but still lacking in many things.

Greg Miller of IGN wrote that the game "doesn't suck, but that isn't to say it's good." Ellie Gibson of Eurogamer similarly said that the game isn't badly made but "entirely lacking in imagination and innovation". Shaun McInnis of GameSpot wrote that "Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem "isn't a terrible game; it's just really mediocre". In GameFAQs, the game has a user rating of 2.77/5 and all of the reader reviews are negative with either 1/5 or 2/5 ratings.