Alien vs. Predator is an arcade-only Beat 'em Up by Capcom released in 1994. (Other, not directly related Alien vs. Predator games share this title, including one released the same year for the Atari Jaguar.)A shuttle crashes in the city of San Drad, California, carrying with it a deadly cargo of Xenomorphs. Two cyborg soldiers are trapped while fighting their way to the central hive, only to be rescued by a group of Predators. They decide to work together to rip the heart out of the infestation.Up to three players select from four playable characters. The Predators provide a warrior and a hunter, while the humans are represented by two cyborgs: Major Dutch Schaeffer (the hero of Predator) and Lieutenant Linn Kurosawa (who has several Lawyer Friendly Cameos in later Capcom games). Together they wield a wide variety of weapons for fighting the Aliens invading Earth in great numbers.
This videogame provides examples of:
Adventure Duo: Dutch Schaeffer and Linn Kurosawa, before teaming up with the Predators.
Bait-and-Switch Boss: The Corrupt General. After fighting his squad of mooks, you come face to face with him... and then he is impaled and ripped into half by the Not Quite Dead Alien Queen.
Beware My Stinger Tail: The Alien Queen impales the General with this before killing him. She can use this on you in the final battle if you're not careful when she jumps above the ceiling.
Blade on a Stick: Each Predator wields one. And Dutch and Linn can pick up those.
Book Ends: In multiplayer, at the start of Stage 1, the human characters ask the Predator Warrior why the predators are helping them, to which he responds that if they survive this, he will tell them. Cue the ending, where the humans repeat the question, to which they get a cryptic "You'll know."
Expy: In addition to the eponymous characters on the title, there's even protagonists that share similarities from the films they're based on. Dutch Schaeffer is the more obvious reference (mixed with the strength of the T-800), while Linn Kurosawa is based off of Ripley's cunning (thus the high "skill" stat) and Sigourney Weaver's black belt. Okay, the last one was blowing smoke, but still.
Shout-Out: The arcade game contains a few Shout Outs to Konami's earlier AliensArcade Game, particularly the Chrysalis aliens and "Infectoid" blue-skinned chestburster-infected zombies.
The Predator Hunter uses a Tiger Uppercut as his anti air move. The Predator characters are also fond of Blanka's spinning rolls. Major Schaeffer seems to have learned several grapples from Mayor Mike Haggar.
The Unfought: The Corrupt General, due to being ripped in half by the Alien Queen.
Unexpected Gameplay Change: A small one in the third stage, where the game becomes something akin to a Shoot 'em Up and you have to aim to shoot the aliens. Thankfully, you have no cooldown meter!
Use Your Head: The green Xenomorphs (Smashers) will try to headbutt the player.
Weak, but Skilled: Three stats are shown when selecting characters: Speed, Power and Skill. Linn Kurosawa, the Fragile Speedster character of the game, has the lowest power and the highest skill rating of the four characters. She also has the largest amount of moves out of the four.