Aliens vs Predator allows us to visit several familiar sights from the original movies, such as the Atmospheric Processor from 1986ís ĎAliensí, or the less memorable prison colony from ĎAliens 3í. Itís the combination of familiar areas, foes, weapons and sounds ripped right from the films that give this game that cinematic feel, although most of the time it plays like a fast-paced and really brutal survival horror, minus the plot. There is none, actually, nor any real purpose to the game beyond eliminating the opposition.
You have a choice of playing as an Alien, Predator or Colonial Marine, essentially wrapping up three distinct playing styles into one. All three campaigns field six missions plus several bonus levels, adding up to a total of some 32 levels accessible through any order. So you can temporarily leave the Marine campaign on hold while having a go at the Alien campaign, or vice versa. In effect, each side has a vague storyline stringing the levels together, but its barely noticeable and completely disposable. The Alien, for instance, wakes as its hive becomes invaded by pesky humans, so you (the Alien) must kill the intruders and seal the hive. A follow-up level involves you hitch a ride on a Nostromo-like spaceship, with bloody results for the occupants.