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Hype: Aliens Vs. Predator


But what really depressed me about the game is that some of the hype had been true about the game - at times the atmosphere, the sense of being outnumbered and weak was there, it just got ruined five minutes later by something stupid. There's one bit in the game I really love, where you're forced inside the colony complex by the aliens and you bunker down with some marines, watching the shutters close overhead and the automatic sentries scan back and forth, only for those same marines to get brutally slaughtered moments later, leaving you all alone (sorry, spoiler!), but before this sense of isolation and oppression can be used to any real effect you're pushed on to a different level and it's lost.

Moments like that sort of crystallised everything that was wrong about the game for me: it was a series of shoddily constructed scenes strung together with a passable plot which sped past you before you had time to think or feel anything, leaving it feeling like a dull and rather flat gaming experience. Not to mention the fact that any time you might start to feel as though you were claustrophobically cooped up for segments of the game you'd suddenly get pushed back outside again, killing any tension that might have been building up.

The game just left me feeling sooo.... underwhelmed.

Replaying it now I feel a lot of the rage I had for the game dissipate, only to be replaced by an apathetic reaction of 'meh' to much of the game. It's no great icon of gaming but it's not terrible either, it's just a generic shooter, with a few cool bits to it (the monorail and the synthetic combat troops stick in my mind as pretty cool ideas.) Otherwise it's a waste of a game.

I went into the game expecting a homage to some pretty classic films, what I found instead was a multiplayer shooter with a tacked on singleplayer game that really felt like a waste of money.

I guess this is what you get for being too over eager, and believing in hype.
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About Panzadolphin56one of us since 9:54 AM on 05.06.2011

Oh hey!

I'm former male model and celebrity nutritionist Panzadolphin56. This is my blog. I write things here.

...in case the blog bit didn't give that away.

Anyway! To the left you'll find my latest blogs, and beneath this you'll find a fairly comprehensive list of most of what I've written over the years (unfortunately some stuff does eventually get bumped off the list.)

I like to write from a fairly critical standpoint about games, usually analysis or talking about issues that interest me, I also do retrospectives from time to time, talk about games I've been playing, write the funny things that come into my head, and very occasionally do some crappy art.

I hope you enjoy what you read!

I also do Lets Plays (mostly old horror games) so if that's your thing then click here:


Everyone who clicks will not win a million dollars!


A little about me:

I am mostly a story person, good mechanics are good mechanics but button pressing never does anything for me. I like Horror, I like Cyberpunk, I like Neo-Noir (especially crossed with Cyberpunk), I like good art and good writing, I like games that cut against the grain or choose to challenge social or industry norms in some way.

I don't have a single favourite game but I am a big fan of the MGS games, Snatcher, the Forbidden Siren series, Silent Hill 2, the old-school Resident Evils, Advance Wars and Power Dolls, among many, many others.


Critical Pieces:

How ugly should Horror really be?
Of Inventories and Horror Games
Crafting A Good Game of 'The Thing'
Alien(s), Creative license and Borrowed Ideas
Crossing from TV/Movie to Games
Scope and Depth in the world of gaming
Boss Battles - When do they ever make sense?
Survival Horror Essentials
Colonial Marines: Well, that kind of sucked...
Disability, Disease in Games
Blood 2 and Post-Modernism
Topics, Tropes and Atmosphere in Horror games
Realism Vs. Fantasy - Who Wins?
The gradual drift away from the mainstream
Is There Horror in The Ugly...?
The Fourth Wall and taking games seriously
Are You Always Online?
Hype: Aliens Vs. Predator
To shoot stuff or not to shoot stuff?
Character Design and Choice in Games
Culture Vs. Creativity: Where do Stories come from?
Where you go Isometric-Strategy Games?
What's the Point of Games?
Do Horror games even still exist...?
Why are Characters Always so White...?
Choice in Games: Heavy Rain

A Magical Dolphin Plays:

The King of the Wood


Resident Evil Remake
Aliens Vs Predator 2
Sweet Home
Forbidden Siren
System Shock 2

Pick up and Plays:

Call of Cthulhu and the Spectre of Good Horror
Story Books and Nightmares in Rule of Rose
B-Movie Bliss: Extermination
Along for the ride with Michigan: Report From Hell
Some thoughts on Wargame: European Escalation
Skyrim: Impressions

Funny/Less Critical Stuff:

Get Yo Summer Game On
Lazyblog: Box Art
Escaping into the Darkness of Hellnight
Diversity what what?!?: Black Mamba Edition
Why Do We Still Have Exploding Barrels...?


Dead Space 3, in a nut shell.
CROSSOVER: Mario X Siren
Boss: Learning the Tools of the Trade

Front Pages:
Tales from Skyrim: The skinhead shopkeep
Steam ID:Panzadolphin56
Mii code:This is a thing?


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