Alien games are based off of the “Alien” movie franchise. “Alien” was a hit movie released in 1979 and was followed up by the film “Aliens” in 1986. Due to the success of the movies series, many more films were released and were considered commercial successful. “Aliens 3” was released in 1992, even though there was no actual “Aliens 2”, since “Aliens” was considered the 2nd of the series. This was followed up by “Aliens resurrection” in 1997 which was the last of the Aliens movies set in the future.
Fans had a long time to wait until the Alien's series was again active and when it was it was set during modern times and featured the Alien's against the Predators, with “Aliens vs Predator”(AVP for short) coming out in 2004, which was followed up by a lackluster sequel called “Aliens vs Predator: Requiem” in 2007. What was unique about this movie series is that the Alien vs Predator game series started out with the game Alien vs Predator in 1993 for the super Nintendo and a completely different game by that name for the arcade in 1994 by Capcom.
The Alien vs Predator game series really took off in 1999 with the release of the first person shooter by that name. The game was a blockbuster hit on PC and received an IGN score of 8.5 out of 10. What made the game so unique was that you could play separate campaigns for each of the species. You were able to play from the Aliens, marines and Predator’s standpoint while a main story emerged. This game was quickly followed up by Aliens vs Predator 2 by Monolith Production in 2001. This again was a commercial success and an expansion pack titled Aliens vs Predator 2: Primal Hunt was released in 2002. These games build a solid fan base and made it possible for the Movie series to take off, but because of the sub-par quality of the movies(especially the second AVP), the movie series disappointed.
In 2010 the team behind the original first person shooter Alien vs Predators that was made in 1999 released Alien's vs Predator under the development name of Rebellion. This was released for consoles and PC and essentially was a graphically updated version on their original game. Although the graphics were stunning the game failed to bring anything new to the table and was given a 64% rating by Metacritic and it was not considered a commercial success.
Upcoming releases feature “Aliens:Colonial Marines”. This Alien game could be considered vaporware, as it has been in production for numerous years with the 2002 planned released canceled in 2002 along with another game by that name in 2009. It is not quite to the level of vaporware that “Duke Nukem” achieved, but one must wonder if the planned 2012 release will see the light of day.
The Alien vs Predator series is dominated by the first person shooter series, however there have been some other lesser known, but notable “Alien games” released such as Predator: Concrete Jungle in 2005 for the PlayStation and Xbox and Alien vs Predator Requiem in 2007 for the play station portable. However most of these games were sub-par and mainly looked to cash in on the series large fan base.