After a lengthy hiatus, we are back with another video edition of Co-Op Classics. I've been looking forward to featuring this pairing of games for a long time, and as the release of Aliens: Colonial Marines looms, it's finally time. Come celebrate two arcade classics from the golden age of the brawler, all featuring the famous xenomorphs of the Alien movies: Aliens and Alien vs. Predator.
The arcade adaptation of Aliens is a mixed bag. On the one hand, there is a very cinematic feel, with many references to the film, like the motion sensor, the appearance of Newt, and using the Power Loader as a weapon. On the other hand, there are some downright bizarre elements, with odd Alien varieties, ranging from the acceptable (winged Aliens) to outright strange (long-necked Alien bosses who shoot balls of energy when decapitated). All in all, though, a very solid co-op side scroller.
Alien Vs. Predator
Have there ever been two more game-friendly movie series than the Alien and Predator franchises? Perhaps, but the combination of the two made for some of the most fantastic side scrolling action ever. Two humans and joined by a pair of predators in a battle against an overwhelming horde of Alien xenomorphs. A strong blend of melee brawling with a dash of shooting blended in coupled with a fun, fan-friendly story made Alien Vs. Predator one of the most memorable games of its time.