On the show floor itself we got to see a tiny part of the Predator single player campaign (hands-off unfortunately) as our favorite alien sport hunter found itself in a jungle portion of the planet ready to infiltrate a compound filled with armed Colonial Marines. The Predator in the game had all of the abilities of its move counterparts; camouflage; heat vision and the laser mounted on his shoulder. You can even listen in on conversations and then "throw" their voices as distractions, yet another elements from the Predator movies.
Gallery: Aliens vs Predator
At the end of the Predator E3 demo we got to see the hybrid "Predalien" and those of you who saw the movie AVP Requiem know what we are talking about. This creature mix will likely be a big part of the final game.
Over at Sega's meeting room we got to see a behind-closed doors AVP demo that was all about the Colonial Marines. The scene seemed to be a kind of remake of James Cameron's Aliens in that it took place entirely in a human compound that looked like the base in that classic 1986 movie. You and a squad of Marines have to defend themselves against a horde of xenomorphs that are all over the base. You have your slightly modified pulse rifle along with a shotgun (other weapons are supposed to be revealed later) to defend yourself.
Visually the game looked terrific in both demo with the Aliens getting the best treatment; their modeling and animations were spot-on with what we have seen in all of the films. Level design and visual effects, all from Rebellion's own in-house engine, were right in line with the movie franchises.
Rebellion and Sega are keeping the Alien single player campaign a secret and are also saying little about the game's multiplayer features. However the demos of the first two single player campaigns were certainly a lot of fun to watch and Rebellion's previous experience with the franchise is also a plus. Hopefully we will get a chance to play a more complete version of the game before its scheduled ship date of early 2010.