The Predator is, of course, a cool classic, a simultaneous homage and critique of the hyper-male action films of the ’80s, and a professional course in suspense and monster filmmaking. With such a popular extraterrestrial game at the center of the franchise – complete with a popular design and a host of cool gadgets and tools – it’s no surprise that Predator has been the focus of many video games for over three decades now.
As with most sequels of ’80s classics, the Predator movie series was a mixed bag ranging from the great (Prey) to the terrible (The Predator), and video games pretty much followed suit. However, there was no complete disaster on par with Aliens: Colonial Marines, and there were already some fun concepts, so keep going for some great Predator experiences.
10 Predator (1987)
The Predator’s first hunt came into the video game world in 1987, and like many of the movie-based games of the time, it was hardly a revelation, and is a somewhat general side-scrolling action that loosely follows the film’s plot. However, there’s some new fun to have as you play a fractious Arnold Schwarzenegger as he strikes down scorpions, aliens, and other assorted villains who weren’t in the movie, between bouts of memorable bizarre boss fights with the Predator himself.
9 Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
The only Predator game on Sony’s beloved PlayStation mobile, Aliens Vs. The Predator Requiem was an adaptation of the film of the same name and would receive similarly negative critical reception. That said, the graphics were impressive for a 2007 portable console—including during the iconic thermal sight setup—and there were some fun ideas in implementing many of the Predator’s weapons. The game was also very easy, which can be a plus point for anyone who wants to fulfill their fantasies of a carefree alien killing spree.
8 Aliens vs. Predator (2010)
Rebellion, the developers who have worked on several Aliens vs. Predator in the ’90s, they’re back a decade later with a fairly solid reboot. The game now featured three interlocking campaigns focused on predators, aliens or humans, complete with Lance Henriksen returning to the franchise as a new member of the Weyland family, as well as a unique multiplayer mode where the three factions were released.
Although the game has some issues, this 2010 effort has some of the best Predator gameplay to date – heavily based on stealth, with players stalking their prey from treetops and having to switch tactically between three different visions depending on which enemy they’re on. They fight them. In honor of their cinematic debut, the Predators can also perform amazingly gruesome trophy kills including, yes, shredding thistles.
7 Predator: hunting grounds
As a concept, Predator: Hunting Grounds is one of the best games on this list as Yautja hunters are a perfect choice for an uneven multiplayer game, but unfortunately the game suffered from issues at launch including long matchmaking times, general Fireteam missions, and questionable graphics.
Fortunately, a series of updates have improved this somewhat, so if you can get past the steep learning curve (and manage to connect with your team!) this is a great game with many references to the movies, an expansion of knowledge, and some predator parkour mechanics Undoubtedly enjoyable.
6 Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction
A real-time strategy take on the Aliens Versus Predator franchise, this brutal version of Starcraft is an underrated entry in the series. To avoid the sometimes cumbersome base-building mechanics, Aliens Versus Predator: Extinction focuses on unit management and combat with three separate playable campaigns for each faction. There are some AI issues and disappointing short campaigns, but all three genres are fantastically executed – predators gain honor for every kill that can spawn new units, while aliens explode exponentially from enemies.
5 Predator: concrete jungle
An intriguing blend of Predator, Mafia, and Assassin’s Creed, Predator: Concrete Jungle attempted to do something different with a very original story set in mob-era Chicago, after a humiliating predator attempts to reclaim its place after it was stolen from its technology. The Concrete Jungle was a valiant attempt to expand the series’ lore, noting earlier films, comics, and even the then sensational links with Alien, leading to an emphasis on stealth rather than brutal murder.
While Predator: Concrete Jungle could have been a masterpiece, it was ultimately let down by poor controls, graphics, and cameras, not to mention bouts of sarcasm – but we’ll definitely take a godfather before mixing another alien.
4 Alien Vs Predator (1994) movie
Long before Alien vs Predator hit the big screen, the two iconic extraterrestrial entities were covering it up in the early 3D days of home gaming on the short-lived Atari Jaguar. Alien vs Predator might look a little dated these days, but what it lacks in graphics it more than makes up for in the thrill with a chilling soundtrack, some creepy enemy sounds and a dread-filled setting even before the complex fight scenes.
The Predator was the notable creature here, and the game would influence Alien and Predator games for decades to come.
3 alien vs. Predator (1994)
Not to be confused with Atari Jaguar released the same year, this arcade game from Capcom was the inevitable side-scrolling game featuring creatures. Fortunately, this was one of the best games of the ’90s, blending the visuals of the comic Dark Horse and Capcom Arcade games to deliver a very satisfying experience after two characters and two predators hack and slash through the Alien hordes.
Alien vs. Predator is on top hit lists, and is available on Capcom Home Arcade.
2 Aliens vs. Predator (1999)
Rebellion, the developers behind Atari Jaguar Alien vs. Predator, they rebooted their game with improved 3D technology to give us the 1999 PC version. Once again, you can either play as an alien, predator, or colonial marine as you battle your way through LV-426 and other familiar locations, recreating the urgency and carnage of James Cameron’s aliens.
Although there is not a lot of story in between the bouts of bloodshed, the game is well done with strong visuals, sound and atmosphere that are easy to go unnoticed.
1 Aliens vs. Predator 2 (2001)
Monolith Productions took over from Rebellion, which takes everything from the first game and updates it with better graphics, lighting, and weapons, along with actual plot. Set on the fictional planet LV-1201, once again there have been three campaigns already crossed during this time, rewarding fans with Easter eggs and providing a better Predator experience with smoother gameplay and more weapon options.
Alien Versus Predator 2 capitalized on the then-nascent online gaming industry, adding an expansion pack with more missions and a multiplayer mode that had been active for years.
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