Developer: Third Law Interactive
AvP2: Primal Hunt is the expansion pack to the highly successful Aliens
vs Predator 2, which was released around a year ago by Sierra.
Unlike many other expansion packs, the storyline for AvP2: Primal Hunt
does not carry on from the original game, but follows a different set of
events taking place at around the same time period, as well as 500 years
About 500 years before the current time setting of AvP2 (around the
year 2230), a predator on a routine hunt finds a powerful artifact with
the ability to control the Aliens. The predator then becomes trapped in
a stasis field, until now, 500 years later when a human corporate mercenary
unwittingly frees him and sets off with the artifact.
Now the mercenary must escape to safety, while the aliens seek to destroy
the artifact to preserve the hive.
The gameplay of AvP2: Primal Hunt is virtually identical to the original
AvP2, with the game running on the same graphics engine. The interface,
controls and features have all remained unchanged, as well as the lengthy
load times for slower machines :) The AI is once again very well done, in the way that both friendly and enemy units will
reach based on your movements.
Primal Hunt has 9 single player missions (3 per race) - around 1/3 the length of
the original. One good point however, is that the expansion pack will throw
you straight into intense and deadly firefights with the enemy. For example; in the human campaign, you will have access to the entire weapon arsenal
after about 15 minutes into the game. In the original, some weapons only
become available at the very end of the campaign, for instance you pick
up the sniper rifle about 2 minutes completing the human mission for AvP2.
With Primal Hunt, you will be fully immersed into the gameplay early on
in the game, which helps to make up for the short gameplay time.
The way the storyline runs for each race is surprisingly similar to
AvP2. As the human, you are soon separated from your team and must find
your own way to safety. The Predator is initially there for a routine hunt
when things start happening, drawing the player into a deepening plot.
The alien initially starts off as the facehugger and must mutate its way
through its life cycle before becoming a fully-grown Predalien.
As with any expansion pack, AvP2: Primal Hunt boasts additional weapons
from the original. While they are fun to use, the variety is unfortunately
quite limited. The humans now have dual pistols, which basically offer
twice the firepower of the single pistol with either HP or AP bullets.
There is also the remote sentry gun, which serves as a portable defense
system, as well as a turret gun, which is a static rapid firing minigun.
The hacking tool and welding torch from AvP2 have been removed, while a
360 degree motion sensor has been introduced – a very handy improvement
from AvP2 whereby the sensor could be completely quiet and all of a sudden
the screen will flashing red from an attacking Alien which somehow managed
to creep up from behind.
The predator campaign takes place 500 years in the past, but the only
difference is a slightly different HUD, and the addition of an extra weapon
– the Energy Flechette. This is a low powered rapid-fire energy weapon,
which seems to have been designed more in mind for multi player as it has
the ability to damage multiple enemies at once.
As for the Alien side, you will be playing as the Predalien, previously
only available in multiplayer for AvP2. The only difference from the original
is that the Predalien in Primal Hunt has the ability to “headbite” in order
to gain health.
The graphics and sound have remained virtually unchanged from AvP2.
The environments are very similar, from indoor caverns and structures to large exotic
landscapes. This is one aspect that could have been improved, as there
is essentially no difference in the textures for the terrain and environments
from AvP2. There are however some new models such as new animal and plant
The sound and music effects are again superbly done, and make a great
accompaniment to the suspense and atmosphere for the game. The music matches
well with the settings, and will quickly race to a fast tempo with increased
volume when danger lurks closeby.
Multiplayer is another aspect of the game that will run similarly to
the original AvP2, with a few added options. Games can now be set to allow only specific
classes to join, and specific weapons can be disallowed from a game. The new weapon
arsenal, including a predator self destruct option adds a new twist to
the battle arenas.
For a more detailed look into the gameplay, AI or graphics/sound I would
recommend reading our previous AvP2 review, as most of these aspects are
essentially the same.
For those who found AvP2 to be exciting and gripping, and are aching
for more of the same action, AvP2: Primal Hunt is a must have, featuring
added hours of gameplay and several new toys to play with. For those who may have
bored stiff as they were completing the original campaigns, or simply disliked
the game, the expansion pack will simply carry on that trend. Personally, although I really enjoyed the original,
the expansion pack did not feature enough new variety to make it worthwhile to purchase. Rather than
taking the opportunity to add many innovations to the game, the developers have
decided to simply extend the gameplay of AvP2. It is up to the
player to decide whether or not it has been the correct decision.
Final Score: 72%
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