In space, Rebellion can't hear you scream... the studio is too busy making you scream louder the next time around. Developer of the original 1999 action-horror classic, Aliens vs Predator, returns to PC and high-definition consoles.
But this is no remake. This is re-invented, Colonial Marine versus Predator versus Alien madness. Taking control of any particular one of these species sucks you into a very different single-player story experience, where you must use various skills to overcome unique obstacles. Of course, the stories of the three species will cross over, allowing for some rather manic showdowns.
The story itself follows the premise of the original film - an ancient pyramid is discovered on planet BG-386 containing a dark secret, while a race of warriors arrive intent on keeping the structure sealed at all costs. Then all hell breaks loose.
Each species has its own abilities, weaknesses and strengths - the Colonial Marine isn't as agile or well-armoured as its enemies, but it makes up for this in raw fire-power and map scanning technology. Predators have the benefit of stealth and melee attacks, but can be scuppered by long-range assaults and co-ordinated ambushes. Aliens are the fastest of the three, and can run along walls and kill their enemies before they've even noticed what's happened, but it comes at the cost of any real health or power.
Online, the fight is something unique in a first person shooter in that it's not all about the weaponry and agility you have, but how you use one species' abilities to overcome another's weakness. Three-way species battles allow for Aliens, Predators and Marines to fight a battle of brains and brawn to become the deadliest in the universe.