AvP vs. AvP
Can the original compare to the PC update?
By Gregory D. GeorgeMarch 1, 2001
vs. Predator is by far one of the best games for the Jaguar. Without
question, it was the reason I bought a Jaguar in the first place! I waited
almost a full year after the Jag was released just for this game.
The classic movie
monsters of the big screen face off!
the aliens explode in a shower of acid no matter how they are killed.
Yeah... Two Predators are a little much for me. Bye!"
Looks like I interrupted a little feeding party.
The following screenshots
courtesy of www.avpnews.com
something you want to meet in a dark corridor.
Queen is about to have herself a snack.
Predator can finally see his prey in the dark.
Get it off me man! Help!"
Well, time marches on and Rebellion has gone on to
greener pastures and have written a PC version of their smash
hit Jaguar game. When it was released, I was the first one in line for AvP
PC. And I absolutely loved it. But I also love the Jaguar version as well.
So, here is a breakdown of the Jaguar version versus the PC version.
When it was originally released, I was blown away
by the graphics in the Jaguar version. I had never seen Doom before and felt
that this was the pinnacle of video gaming. Looking back, I wish that the
creatures were 3D models instead of sprites. I always liked the close-up graphic (on your face) of the
facehugger! My favorite graphic is of the Queen. She's a bad mama
The PC version is *SUPER FAST*, and that was on a PII-300 with Voodoo I
card! Speed was probably the biggest complaint about Jaguar AvP. The graphics
are much more realistic in the PC version. The walls are at varying angles. You
can go outside into a rainstorm (just like in ALIENS). You get to see the ship
the aliens come from, complete with the dude from the chair. You see holes burned through the floors. You can shoot off limbs and watch acid
fly all over the place. And wounded aliens don't just rollover and die. They
you and will not give up until they are completely dead. It's just incredible!
Jaguar Music & Sound FX
The upside is that the Jaguar has some really great sound effects. The
downside is that there is no music whatsoever. However, that downside could
be an upside if you look at it from the perspective of: "Real life does
not have music, so Jag AvP is more realistic!" I love the alien screeching
and the Predator's roar! Both are superb on the Jaguar. I also get a laugh
every time I pick up a new weapon! I can't wait to hear what Lance will say!
"Bug Soup!" Heh heh heh... The motion tracker sound is dead on as
are the weapons. (7/10)
PC Music & Sound FX
The music is perfectly suited and remains true to the original. I mean, you get
a whole music CD with 15 tracks that match the movies perfectly! Great for
playing in the dark! The sounds are also fantastic. They're perfect for this game. More alien
screeching, growling, and even "swiping." The weapons also carry perfect signature sound effects. I love the smart gun!
The whole arsenal is here. But I was a little
disappointed in the marine's flame thrower and the pulse rifle is weaker than it
was in the movies. Especially since there is no
"pump-action grenade launcher." I actually use the shotgun more
than the pulse rifle. The smart gun is an absolute monster! It can drop an
alien in about a second! The predator's weapons are good, but they're more
for close range than the marine. I like the disc in the Jag version much better
than in the PC because you don't have to retrieve it. (5/10)
The pulse rifle finally kicks some major
hiney! Remember that pump action grenade launcher from the films? Well, it's BACK!
The smart gun will TRACK your enemies like
it always should have done. You can lay mines, shoot grenades... There's even a
mini-gun for true alien-soup.
One of the coolest things is when you get your hands on
the flame thrower! When you hit an alien with the flame, it runs around on fire before exploding in a shower of acid and fiery bits. It's totally
The Predator's weapons aren't as exciting. He's got
the shoulder-mounted Plasma gun, spears, his arm mounted knifes,
and, of course,
the disc. The disc's problem is that you have to retrieve it, which is a pain.
But guess what friends? The thermal imager is FINALLY USEFUL! As for the alien,
it has claws and its tail for attacks. I was hoping for more jaw-action,
but THAT comes when you feed. And feeding really makes you feel like and alien.
(8 of 10)
Bar none, this is, without a
doubt, the scariest game I've ever played. Maybe it's the lack of music, or
the fact that those buggers pop up behind you and scare you to death. Either
way, I've yet to play a game as intense as this. Try making it to the escape
pod in the time allotted to see what I mean. (9 of 10)
This game has more than it's
share of scary moments.
Aliens do a lot of screeching, so you can
sometimes tell they're coming. But not all the time! Playing the
"Skirmish" mode on the
"Stranded" level just OOZES intensity! In this mode, it's just you
versus and endless amount of of aliens. The aliens are everywhere!! I really
feel like I'm *IN* this game rather than just playing it!!
Playing as the alien is wild.... Especially when you see your jaw inch out
at cowering, crying, and screaming humans in anticipation of a meal... (7 of
Aside from the save feature (fixed with a patch) I cannot think of a single problem with PC AvP. I'm
not taking anything away from Jaguar AvP. It's one of the best on the
Jaguar and will always be one of my favorite games. BUT, it's also several
years old. I love the Jaguar version because of the tense atmosphere. The PC
version is basically what AvP2 would have been if it were on the Jag.
And for the price, AvP for the PC is cheap.
PC Score - 9 of 10
Jaguar Score - 10
This game is highly rated as a
Jaguar game. But Jag AvP looks dated next to it's PC counterpart.
As a Jaguar game, I'd give it a 9 of 10, but drops to a 7 next to the PC
Note: The score here represents AvP as a
Jaguar game not in comparison to PC AvP.
||Alien vs. Predator