There is a lot of good in this title. The multiplayer (when I've been able to find matches) has been fun, but a little frustrating. The learning curve of each species is a bit rough, but fun once you get it. The controls were ok and the feel of the game was also pretty fair, but there were two things that killed me.
1: The ability to find and play multiplayer is horrid. I can browse friendly matches, but rarely can play because a game has started or the owner has left. Ranked matches are similar. They make you wait with one or 2 other people for 5 minutes until there is the minimum number that can play. Once the game starts, half the people leave and you end up playing 2 v 2 the whole time. It's aggravating that it is so difficult to join a game and get into the action.
2: The alien movement is difficult. Wallwalking and everything is fine, but the alien is always grabbing a surface. The biggest issue is the floors in pyamid have holes in them, which makes it almost impossible to get past them quickly without jumping. It's a bit nitpicky, but after playing tremulous on the PC I was having difficulty running across the ground surfaces.
All in all it's not a bad game. The issues come up when you want to get a match going and are unable to find one that exists or that is satisfying.
I don't know what the deal is here on gamefly but I think this game is great. A lot of these reviews have invalid complaints and ridiculously unjust low scores. All of the species are excellently balanced (I find I win most games no matter which one I pick). Whoever says the aliens are weak and the predators are the only one worth playing are bad. All species have their advantages and disadvantages. When playing as an alien, you have to be sneaky and evasive. You can't just run up and punch stuff (which I see a lot of people do and die over and over again as aliens.) I find playing as a marine almost like a first-person survival horror game. It's creepy, atmospheric, and satisfying to shoot aliens. As a predator (my lease favorite race, but still decent) you have to stealth and outsmart your enemies. Your stealth won't fool an observant human, and aliens can see through it. Both the alien and predator rely on speed and stealth to be successful. As a marine you have to be sharp and keep an eye on your motion sensor. In most battles a marines fire power will win if he spots an enemy first and is a decent shooter.
Online play aside, the campaigns are decent. I liked them but I know many people did not. If you're just looking for a creepy sci-fi campaign this is a great game to rent. If you're interested in the diversity and atmosphere of the online, I would consider buying the game (after trying it first, of course!). I, for one, cannot remember the last time I had so much fun playing competitive game online.
Well I ernted this game expecting it to be horrible but was suprised. The game has 3 story lines for you to play through. The predator, the alien and a human. The alien is pretty much just a mele character that can climb on walls, simple to use and pretty bland. Its story seemed short as it was quite fast and not a lot you can do with a character that can only mele. The predator has the technology and power combined. Its story was fun as it seemes you were out for everyone! Just blasting your wat through eveything and everyone. The human character was of course a soilder using guns and flares as seen in all the alien movies. I actually found some of the humans storyline to be a little spooky. Everytime a alien would start getting closer your motion dector would let off the noise familar to what you would hear in the aliens movie. Where the game drops off it the online multiplayer mode. I didnt like online at all and sent it back quickly after platying the story modes. A good renter if you are a fan of the movies.