Aliens Versus Predator Classic 2000

As a Xenomorph, eliminate your enemies silently, swiftly and from any direction. As a marine, pick up whatever weapons you can find and take down your foes. Or, be a Predator and hunt with your specialist equipment. Aliens Versus Predator Classic 2000 is the first first-person shooter that allows you to play as all three entities from the Alien and Predator movies.

Release Date

April 1999.

Pros

The game is just as I remembered it back in 2000, except this time I get to play multiplayer and it works very well with GOG Galaxy. Not many people play it, but the odd game here and there is fun.

The sounds in the game sound just like the movies. Everything from the motion tracker beeps to the predator’s snarl (or whatever that clickity-clackity sound it makes) sound just like the movies.

The graphics look old by today’s standards, but it is good enough to give the game the awesome movie atmosphere.

After all these years the face hugger still freaks me out.

The music is very well done. It does not always play, but it does play at the right time, adding to the great atmosphere.

Variety is a very strong point for Aliens vs Predator Classic 2000. You get to play as an alien, a marine, and a predator. Each species has different abilities, their own single player episodes and plays very differently.

Cons

There is no LAN option for multiplayer.

Cooperative multiplayer involves you and your mates running around as marines or predators, trying to mow down an endless horde of aliens. There are no special cooperative maps with end points and you cannot cycle maps either. It gets boring very quick and seems completely pointless as a game mode.

Other Points

The game moves very fast, both in single player and multiplayer. This also means that marines and aliens tend to die very quickly, just like in the movies! Unlike the movies, the predator also dies pretty quickly. Well, the predator dies quickly when I use it.

I am not sure whether it is just me, but I get lost a lot. Maybe the game is too dark, but I seem to go around in circles quite a lot and other times I miss the switch that needed activation. The objectives are not clearly highlighted either. When they say destroy this, I had to really look at what kind of stuff can be destroyed. Despite getting lost a lot, I do think the levels are very well designed.

There are three difficulty levels: training, realistic and director’s cut. If you play realistic or director’s cut, there are target objectives that if met, will provide you with cheat options. The developers called them cheat options, but all they do is allow you to play certain completed levels with some “cheat” type abilities. For example, a predator with unlimited ammo for the spear gun and shoots like a shotgun.

According to the manual, when you finish the standard levels, bonus levels are unlocked. The higher difficulty of standard levels completed also means more bonus levels unlocked.

The difficulty levels also determine how many times you can save the game on each level. For those that like unlimited saves, the save limits can be turned off quite easily.

Biases

Reviewed GOG.com version of the game.

I played this when it was still called Aliens Versus Predator. This was way back in 2000. Never completed it though.

I really liked Aliens Versus Predator Classic 2000 many years ago and I still like the game today.

I also like Alien, Aliens and Predator movies. The rest were a bit of a let down.

This is the only AvP game I have played so far… except for the arcade beat’em up.

I have not completed all the standard episodes yet.

DRM

The GOG.com version of the game is DRM free, but if you want to play multiplayer then you must login with a GOG Galaxy account.

Minimum Requirements (as stated on GOG.com)

  • Windows: Windows XP (XP 64bit is NOT supported) / Vista / 7 / 8
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Graphics: DirectX compatible graphics card
  • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
  • Hard Drive:500MB
  • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card

Computer Played On

  • Windows 7 64 bit.
  • Intel Core i5 2.3GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M 1GB RAM
  • Conexant SmartAudio with egg speakers or earphones.
  • Graphics settings are set to whatever I feel comfortable with playing on this PC. They are usually not set to the highest settings. All screenshots are taken with my settings.

Handy Tips

To enable unlimited save games, create a shortcut for the file AvP_Classic.exe and add the parameter -unlimitedsaves.

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