NA: July 30, 2003
EU: August 8, 2003
Publisher: Electronic Arts / Fox Interactive
Formats: Playstation 2, X-Box
Genre: Real-Time Strategy
Aliens versus Predator Extinction is a 2003 video game developed by Zono and published by Electronic Arts and Fox Interactive for Playstation 2 and X-Box consoles. It received a mixed reaction from the press, praising how well they’ve transferred the license to a RTS genre but criticised the lack of content once you’d finished the campaigns.
For the first time on the next generation console systems, play as Aliens, Predators, or Colonial Marines in this tactical squad-based strategy game based on the Aliens versus Predator universe. On a cold, distant planet, the war against extinction is on and your command skills will determine its outcome. Control an Alien hive, direct a Predator clan, or lead an elite squad of Colonial Marines and fight for the survival of your race. Experience the Aliens versus Predator universe from the perspective of the Aliens, the Predators, or the Colonial Marines in 7 unique missions customized for each race. Control never-before-seen Aliens, Predators, or Marines and upgrade your weapons and abilities to gain a tactical advantage. Do you have what it takes to win this ultimate battle of the species?
- There are 21 single player missions: seven Marine, seven Alien, and seven Predator.
- The game is played as one of three different races and each race comes with its own characteristics and abilities.
- You can control and upgrade up to 10 different unit types of various races including new and never before seen units such as the Predator Hydra or the Alien Ravager.
- There are 21 unique maps across environments spanning from jungles to deserts.
- Dozens of weapons including Pulse Rifles, Spearguns, Blazer Cannons, and the Exosuit.
- Also there are many upgrades such as the Marine Commtech’s orbit launched air-strike.
Aliens versus Predator Extinction is a real-time strategy that is focused on unit management instead of base-building. You can play as one of three species: Marines, Aliens and Predators and you have a campaign for each one compromising of seven missions. Each faction has a single resource that can be used to be used summon or upgrade units. You can only a limited number of units for each faction. In each mission, you have some specific objectives as well as some optional objectives such as killing certain enemies or repairing an object.
The Colonial Marines species can receive credits by killing enemies and repairing atmospheric processors. Credits can then be spent on upgrading existing units or calling in new ones via a dropship. You have a range of different units with different weapons as well as a Commtech unit for calling in more units and a Medic for healing units.
Predators gain resources by killing enemies via a honor system. As more honor is gained, more units can be deployed via drop pods. Predators can heal themselves as well as a cloak but decreases their energy level. You have a Predator shrine which improves the rate of energy regeneration.
Aliens gain ‘Infestation points’ by killing or capturing enemies which can be used to upgrade existing units. Aliens can’t summon units directly and instead, must bring the host species to their hive. Aliens have a Queen which can generate eggs which produces Facehuggers which can be used to infect hosts.
Development on AvP Extinction began in early 2000 and took about three years. At the start of the project, the game was known as Aliens versus Predator: Natural Selection. There was discussion whether or not to add online play to the game but at the time of development, there was no PS2 online adaptor or what specifications it would have. So the developers decided not to risk development time on something that may or may not come out.
When AvP Extinction was released, it received a mixed reaction from critics. Positives were aimed at how the developed managed to transfer the Alien vs Predator license to a RTS genre as well the differences between the three races. Some reviewers mentioned the poor AI, graphics and control scheme and the fact there wasn’t enough content in the game once you had done the campaigns. IGN scored the game 6.1/10 saying “For fans of the Alien and Predator franchises, however, there could be enough appeal via presentation and curiosity-factor to warrant a likely weekend rental or perhaps even a hesitant purchase.”
While Gamespot scored it 7.2/10 saying “Unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot to AVP Extinction beyond the three single-player campaigns. That’s a shame, because there was clearly enough thought put into the mechanics of the gameplay that the replay value would have been extended considerably by a skirmish mode or perhaps even multiplayer online support.”
Darkness reviewed AvP Extinction for AvPGalaxy giving it 6/10: “AvP Extinction overall seems a little rushed. The gameplay mechanics are well thought out but it suffers because there’s a lack of a skirmish mode or even online multiplayer support.”
AvP Extinction Videos Pack (17MB)
Includes a trailer, four gameplay videos and a parody advert.
AvPGalaxy Forum – AvP Extinction – AvPGalaxy’s forum for the game.