Alien vs. Predator (Capcom)

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Alien vs. Predator (Capcom)
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"Time to hunt."
Protagonist: Predator Warrior
Linn Kurosawa
"Dutch" Schaefer
Predator Hunter
Genre: Beat 'em up
Platforms: Arcade
Release Date: 1994
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Franchise: Alien vs. Predator

Alien vs. Predator (エイリアンVSプレデター Eirian VS Puredetā) is an arcade beat-em-up game by Capcom, released in 1994. It runs on the CPS-2 system, and is based on both the Alien and Predator franchises. This game is not to be confused with another Alien vs. Predator SNES beat-em-up game that came out the year before, but was developed and published by different companies. A port for the Sega 32X was announced for a 1995 release, but ultimately canceled.

The game's characters and stages would eventually be (unofficially) ported to the fighting game maker program, M.U.G.E.N..

Plot

The city of San Drad, California, gets overrun by a Xenomorph horde; the city was soon evacuated and the Colonial Marines that were trying to defend the city have pulled out, leaving behind two of their men; the cyborgs Lieutenant Linn Kurosawa and Major "Dutch" Schaefer. Just before the two Marines are overwhelmed by the Xenomorphs, they are saved by a group of Predators who have arrived on Earth to hunt the Xenomorphs. The Predators and the cyborg Marines then form a temporary alliance to eliminate the Xenomorphs from Earth once and for all.

Why It Rocks

  1. Four characters to choose from, each with their own unique traits, namely two Predators and two Marines (Kurosawa and Schaefer).
  2. Fast paced gameplay.
  3. Plenty of combos and maneuvers.
  4. Does a much better job in showing an "Alien vs. Predator on Earth" storyline than Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.
  5. Excellent graphics by 1994 standards.
  6. A large enemy roster consisting not only of multiple Xenomorph variants, including ones that are unique to this game, but also Xenomorph-infected zombies and rogue Colonial Marines.
  7. Lots of weapons to use. Three of the characters start the game already equipped with melee weapons, and all four of them have default ranged weapons. However, you can also pick up other weapons from both James Cameron's Aliens and the Predator films, such as a Pulse Rifle, a Smartgun, and a Smart Disc.
  8. Great soundtrack courtesy of Hideki Okugawa.
  9. Offers a good challenge.
  10. Large replayability value.