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Alright, just like I said for the original Predator game on the NES,
you have to put these games into the proper perspective. We are spoiled
these days by the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. When this game came
out, the graphics and game-play were pretty good. While I wouldn't say
it was the absolute best thing out there, for the time it was one of
the more fun games out there. The story strayed very far from the movie
itself, but back then most movie-based games did (remember Top Gun?).
Predator 2 is a side-scroller which follows the same basic formula of
every other game released at the time. Run forward, shoot misc. bad
guys, jump, run forward, view weird little cut-scene prior to a boss
fight, kill said boss. You cannot view this game from the perspective
of the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 generations, there is absolutely no
possible way for the game to compete with 3D graphics, free-roaming
game-play and all the post Mortal Kombat blood and gore. This game did
a good job of stretching the available technology to its limit. I can't
say that the story really made any sense, but I don't think games from
the era ever did. (All your base are belong to us!) My point here is
simple, if you are looking to do some serious retro-gaming, this is one
of the better games to pick up. If you think you are wanting to do some
serious retro-gaming and you then compare the game to something like
Mass Effect or Predator: Concrete Jungle, prepare to be disappointed.
Fans of the Predator universe like myself will accept the Predator in
any form and just accept that it took awhile for the games to evolve.
It's like Star Wars in a way. I am a total Star Wars geek although I
don't dress up like a Jedi or go to conventions, and I can accept the
evolution of Star Wars games, from the old Atari 2600 games, on to
the NES games, step up to the SNES series, throw in a little N64 and
march straight on to the Xbox and later into some Force Unleashed®,
all the while accepting that each game was the best they could do with
the technology available. I encourage people to pick this game up if
they have a way to play it, then as I said, start working up the ladder
until you get to the modern Predator games, and there is a new AVP
game launching early next year for the current generation consoles.
This game is a lot of fun. Be prepared for the old ways of button mashing and a little frustration (no hard drive, no memory cards, no save system beyond a system of complex codes that you have to enter every single time). Keep it in perspective and enjoy one of the best games for the time it came out, I just can't stress enough, don't play a Sega Genesis title and expect to get Playstation 3 performance. I wish you happy gaming and may we all aspire to win that final boss battle in the sky!
I had the Predator 2 video game on the Commodore 64. The graphics were
horrible, but the side-scrolling first-person shooter gameplay was
involving if far inferior to the likes of Operation Wolf. I never made
it to the end.
The Sega Genesis version is an isometric platformer that has almost nothing to do with the film. Once again you play as Mike Harrigan, Danny Glover's character in the film, and you run about killing drug dealers and rescuing hostages. It's only 4 levels long and it gets very boring very quickly. Plus, it's quite easy. To charge £39.99 for a game like this back in the day is robbery.
Only serious fans of the film should bother to check out these games. If the Genesis had been an upgraded version of the Commodore 64 approach to the game then it would have been much better. As it is, both games are tepid and inoffensively average.
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