Forgotten Treasures – Alien Vs. Predator (Arcade)
Growing up, I did most of my gaming on my Famicom and SEGA Mega Drive. However, I’d occasionally go to the arcades with friends to play Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, TMNT, and even X-Men. They were great games no doubt, but none of them had me scrambling to get more quarters to avoid a game over. Once I died, I moved on to another game.
Then I discovered Alien Vs. Predator; a beat-em-up arcade game released by Capcom in 1994. This arcade game was so good and so addictive that I once spent my entire week’s allowance trying to beat it. Not only did the game allow me to play Dutch Schaefer (he’s based off of Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Linn Kurosawa (as Colonial Marines); Alien Vs. Predator also featured two kinds of playable Predators (Hunter and Warrior) ready to make a last stand against the invading Xenomorphs.
Learn more about Alien Vs. Predator (Arcade) after the break.
In the world of Alien Vs. Predator, California has been overrun by Xenomorphs. Human officers Dutch and Kurosawa lead a squad of Colonial Marines in a mission to the fallen city. Unfortunately for them, the California is crawling with Xenos and the entire squad is wiped out. The two would have been killed if it weren’t for the Predators who arrive in time to kill the attacking aliens. Understanding the severity of their situation, the humans and Predators forge an uneasy alliance on a mission to rid the city of the alien menace.
Like other beat-em-ups from that time, Alien Vs. Predator had players going from left to right beating the hell out of xenomorphs that stand in their way. The arcade cabinet employed a Joystick and three buttons; one to attack, one to jump, and one to shoot their standard and picked-up weapons. What made Alien Vs. Predator unique was the abilities and weapons of each of the characters.
Dutch is equipped with a cybernetic arm that he uses for both melee and long-range attacks (via an attached Smart Gun). He’s incredibly strong and resilient, however it comes at a price; he’s a lot slower compared to Linn and the predators.
Kurosawa is an incredibly fast cyborg who utilizes a sword and pistol combination to deal damage. Her speed also allows her to perform a longer string of combos and air attacks against the craftier Xenomorphs. Unfortunately, she also has the least amount of health in the group.
Predator Hunter is equipped with both a Japanese Naginata (bladed staff) and a wrist blade for melee attacks; as well, he utilizes a shoulder-mounted plasma cannon and the occasional smart-disc for long-range combat. His Naginata has a longer reach than the Warrior’s combistick and he oftentimes ends his combos with a Shoryuken-like uppercut.
Predator Warrior prefers to use the traditional combistick which allows him to perform air attacks, driving the spear down towards multiple xenomorph opponents. Warrior can also perform longer combinations; for example, he can do his traditional 4-hit combo, but can also add a forward jumping kick at the end. For many players, this forward jumping kick became a secret weapon against the more difficult Xenomorphs later in the game.
Players battle through seven stages that range from the streets of California, to sewers, forests, a Xenmorph hive, a Weyland-Yutani lab and a spaceship. In the beginning, players will have to battle a large number and variety of Xenos including the traditional Alien, the Chrysalis, Razor Claws, the Alien Queen and more. Later in the game though, players will also have to fight humans and predators alike. These include armed soldiers, ship power-loaders, and the occasional evil Predator. Note that the evil Predator doesn’t wear a helmet and is a lot stronger and faster than the Warrior and Hunter combined.
Alien Vs. Predator (Arcade) was never ported to home consoles, and the arcade cabinets are almost impossible to find. Those who take the time to look for it though will be able to get the CPS II cartridges on EBay and Amazon from time to time.
Here’s an example: CAPCOM CPS2 CPS II CARTRIDGE ALIEN VS PREDATOR (US $249.99)
Check out this Alien Vs. Predator gameplay footage below: