Even though it's just a simple mobile game, I thought some people would still like to share their thoughts on it. To start off, here are mine.
First off, let me be clear; I was looking forward to this game. I really was. I was more excited for it than I should have been, considering it's just an app. But what I ended up paying $5 for is essentially just that. An app. Because, as much as it pains me to say it, Alien vs Predator: Evolution is just barely a game.
Upon starting the game for the first time, you are only able to select "Play" or "Options". Selecting Play gives you the choice between two species. I chose the Alien, the Xenomorph, personally. You are given a loading screen introducing the first stage of the game: The Queen's Chamber. After that, you tap the screen to start, and a short cutscene plays...
...and in most cases, that's it. Because the game tends to crash here. It finally worked on my third attempt, in which I could finally take control of a Xenomorph. The mission was to protect the Queen from the attacking Super Predators. They cannot be killed by just running up and using a combo, as they attack much faster than you. Your best option is to counter. When you block an attack, the attacker gains a few brief moments of vulnerability, just enough for you to strike. And vice versa, of course. The problem here is that after deflecting an attack from the Predators, the game gets hung up, lags, and doesn't register you tried to attack back, and you end up being tossed around by the Predator worse than the Xenomorphs in AvP:R.
I had to replay this level MANY times, and I still haven't beaten it. And I don't plan to at this point. The game doesn't even have a proper Game Over screen...or maybe it does, honestly I don't know. It crashes whenever I die and I have to load everything back up again. Gameplay wise, this is a mess.
I addressed this game as an app earlier for one reason- the Store and the Customization works perfectly. You can unlock different parts of different Xenomorphs throughout the years, and mix and match the head, body, and tail to create your own customized Xeno. Admittingly, I haven't unlocked anything past a typical drone because...well...read above. But I can still look, and the parts are fairly accurate(aside from maybe the Resurrection Warrior), and are pretty cool looking.
The sound in this game is also pretty decent, and very reminiscent of the old AvP games. But, sadly, this is as far as the positives go.
In short, AVP Evolution is not worth the $5. It's not even worth it for free. It's horribly broken, laggy, and it tends to crash at every opportunity, I've even had it crash while loading the main menu once or twice. Customization would be neat, VERY neat, if I could play the game to even UNLOCK what it offers. As much as it pains me to say this, AVP Evolution, even taking into consideration that it's an app, is worse than Colonial Marines. And I mean that. I mean, CM was bad. Really bad. But atleast it ran properly. Sort of. Evolution feels sloppy and rushed, and I honestly felt like I was playing a rough prototype of a game posing as a finished product, ala Sonic '06.
Again, as much as this pains me, Version 1 of AVP Evolution gets nothing more than a 2/10, and that's ONLY because of customization and sound design.