Extinction Was an Extremely Okay RTS
Staff, 2023-03-14 16:56:33,
I keep coming back to obscure video game releases of the 2000s because there truly was an unhinged “let’s try this and see how it goes” energy going on, especially with games based on big IPs. In an era of gaming that wasn’t market-researched to hell and back and during which development cycles still made sense, notable publishers such as EA took gambles with pitches that seemed exciting enough and at least guaranteed mining famous properties for quick money.
This philosophy led to a “gold rush” of AA releases that often was more exciting and memorable than objectively better-made games. One sizable IP that enjoyed a big boom in the early 2000s was Aliens vs. Predator, a Fox-captained crossover that had already made some noise in the gaming sphere – check out Capcom’s amazing arcade brawler – and took off thanks to Dark Horse’s fantastic comic books. The funny thing about the surge of AvP games in those years is that Fox’s first attempt at cracking the crossover on the big screen wouldn’t arrive until 2004, so this wasn’t some kind of huge transmedia push. Things simply lined up that way.
After making an acid splash on PC with two amazing first-person shooters – Rebellion’s Aliens Versus Predator (1999) and Monolith’s Aliens Versus Predator 2 (2001) – Fox Interactive turned to EA and offbeat developer Zono to handle Aliens Versus Predator: Extinction, an RTS (what) only for consoles (double what). Online information on the matter is…
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