Alien vs Predator (Arcade)

 Alien vs Predator (Arcade)

Alien vs Predator

Platform: System II Arcade
Release Date: May 20, 1994
Genre: Beat ’em up
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom

Alien vs Predator is a 1994 beat ’em up game developed and published by Capcom for Arcades. It was actually released several months after the SNES Alien vs Predator. They’re similar side-scrolling beat ’em ups but the Arcade version is superior in many ways. The game was well-received by players and media outlets and has become a classic in the beat ’em up genre.

Official Description

Choose either a marine or a Predator as you fight your way through the various stages, wiping out the Aliens as you go. The game is a very up-to-date version of Final Fight with wonderful graphics. The game has four selectable player characters: Predator Hunter, Lt. Linn Kurosawa, Predator Warrior, and Major Dutch Schaefer.

Gameplay

Aliens vs Predator is a side-scrolling beat ’em up and the arcade machine features a joystick which can be moved in eight directions. You have three button which can either attack, jump or shoot. The main cabinet can accommodate three players but there were some smaller cabinets with only two joysticks.

You can play as one of four characters: Major Dutch Schaefer and Lieutenant Linn Kurosawa who are two cyborgs, or two Predators: a Hunter and a Warrior. Linn has a katana weapon, the Hunter has a naginata staff while the Warrior has a extendable spear. Dutch doesn’t really have a melee wepaon but he can hit enemies with his cynernetic arm and can also pickup weapons dropped by other characters and swing them.

All four characters have a ranged weapon: Linn has a handgun while Dutch has a smartgun as part of his cybernetic arm. Both Predators have their signature weapons, the shoulder cannon. The amount of ammunition is displayed at the bottom of your screen and once it’s empty, you’re unable to fire again until it’s refilled. Linn’s meter refills the fastest but she’s vulnerable to attacks while Dutch and the Predators can still fight while their meters refill. Apart from Linn’s, the other characters’ meters refill by themselves when you’re not firing. Other weapons like grenade launchers and flamethrowers can be picked up but you only have so much ammunition. You’ll also find food or medicine along the levels to restore health and jewels to get bonus points.

Development

This game is based on a early script for an Alien vs Predator movie that was based on the original Dark Horse comic series. The script was later rejected but by this point, the game had been completed and Capcom released it as a standalone title. Aliens vs Predator was going to be ported for the Sega 32X for a 1995 release but it was never released. Alien vs Predator was later released on Capcom’s Home Arcade machine in 2019.

Trivia

  • Lieutenant Linn Kurosawa made a cameo appearance in the background of Ken’s stage in “Street Fighter Alpha 2”.
  • Chad Johnson holds the record for this game with 3,074,408 points.
  • Out of all the games in Capcom’s catalogue, Alien vs Predator is the most requested game that fans ask for a HD remake.

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Screenshots

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Gameplay Footage

Reception

The game was widely appreciated by fans and media publications alike and is still highly regarded even today. Gamepro scored it 5/5 in all categories praising the controls, graphics and sound: “Don’t mistake this game for a simple walkie-sockie, though. There are tons of different moves, and the only way to find them is sinking your quarters in and practising. If fighting hordes of alien intruders sounds like a job you’d
enjoy, then Capcom has your work cut out for you. ” EGM said it’s “All of these aspects make this one of the best side-scrolling action games, regardless of the fact that it is somewhat like the other Final Fight games in the arcade. You’ll enjoy this game a whole lot.” 

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  1. Capcom USA ‘ s Chris Kramer was asked about AVP and Dark Stalkers coming to the Sega 32X in 1994..His reply:

    There are going to be a couple Capcom games on the 32X. I’m not
    at liberty to discuss either titles or availability, but I can
    tell you that we won’t have any titles out until the middle of
    next year at the earliest. Thanks for the interest.

    Then after the 1995 E3 Press release by Capcom USA didn’t feature the 32X at all..he was asked just what Capcom had planned for the 32X and why it hadn’t been included on the list of formats Capcom were supporting.

    He replied that as of that point in time, Capcom had NO FIRM PLANS for 32X they just remained a licensed developer.


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