Initial Review Before Bedtime(tm). Also: Ask Me Anything.
1. Graphics and audio seem very nice indeed. My system is a little older so I had to take a couple of things down a notch but overall the signs are promising. That lovely sound the Marines motion tracker uses is perfect.
2. Menu system. A bit sketchy so far - it's all very clean and easy to understand but so far there aren't many configurations for searching for servers (you can't, it seems to be a matching system so it's entirely random). That said this is a demo so I'm anticipating improvements in the finished product.
3. No single player in this demo. Sorry folks but it's online only. Not even any commands for hosting your own LAN map just to check things out. You have to go online with this or you won't get to play it.
4. Right. Gameplay.
Initially I was outraged at how overpowered the Aliens / Preds seemed against a lone Marine. Then I had a little reality check and realised that this was just how it's supposed to be. I've only played as the Marine so far but if you're caught off-guard you are ****ed. The Marines best style of play ATM seems to be spray and pray - which is pretty true to the films. You stand a good chance of surviving if you simply chuck ordinance in the direction you're scared you might die from...
...the only problem being, Aliens and Preds are designed to leave you clueless in this respect. I found myself avoiding dark areas because my suit-torch gave me away and I was scared of what might be lurking in the shadows.
That said, and I don't mean to boast here, I played two rounds of Marine - came last in the first round and then top of the board by a considerable margin in the second so I guess I found my stride or got lucky. It can be done at least so there's hope for Marine players. I'll need to muck about with Pred and Alien tomorrow.
So far though? Well worth the 1.2GB download to get it. Really very atmospheric and I wish I had a beefier computer to play it in all its glory. Can't wait to see what the single player is like.
As I said before, now I've got it if anyone has any questions - please feel free to ask and I'll try and sort you out with an answer