Video Game: Alien vs. Predator (Capcom)

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.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: The player characters and human soldiers are all right-handed. However, this is not the case when they're facing left. Dutch Schaeffer is the most blatant example since he has a cybernetic right arm.
  • Animesque
  • Arm Cannon: Schaffer has a cybernetic arm with a Smartgun mounted on it.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Subverted. The Corporal enemies are stronger than the Sergeants, despite the latter having a higher rank.
  • 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."
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The Mad Predator, due to being infected with a chestburster like those infectoids.
  • Colony Drop: The heroes destroy the alien hive in the city by making the Big Bad's ship crash into it.
  • Competitive Balance
  • Cyborg: Dutch has a huge mechanical arm. The only reason you can tell Linn's a cyborg is when she starts slinging Xenomorphs around.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One funny moment of this in the Japanese version on the malfunctioning elevator:
    Dutch: "Jeez, stuck again. What a rickety old junk..."
    Predator Warrior: "You mean yourself?"
  • Degraded Boss: The Chrysalis and Power Loader bosses return (in pairs) during the final stage.
  • Duel Boss: The Mad Predator, who is fought alone without any mooks helping it (in 1-player mode). If you have two or three players, this becomes a…
  • Elite Mooks: The uncommon Royal Guards (seemingly based on the Praetorian aliens) serve this role.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: The mutated infested soldiers.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Guess what the Corrupt General wants to do with the Xenomorphs?
  • 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.
  • Flunky Boss: All the bosses come with some Mooks during the fight, with the exception being the Duel Boss/Dual Boss above. In particular is the final fight against the Alien Queen, she summons Degraded Bosses and Elite Mooks midway through the fight!
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Predators Warrior and Hunter fit this as they fight aliens while on Dutch's side.
  • Hyperactive Metabolism: Touching food regenerates your health.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice/Half the Man He Used to Be: Just before the Final Boss fight, the Queen impales the Corrupt General and then rips him in two in direct homage to a similar scene in Aliens.
    • The Queen can also impale you with her tail as one of her moves, and it is very painful.
  • Inferred Holocaust: To destroy the alien hive in California, Lt. Kurosawa sets the spaceship's autopilot to crash into the hive. She initiated a Colony Drop in order to Nuke 'em only a few dozen miles from human population. Then again, it's better than letting the Xenomorphs breed...
  • It's a Wonderful Failure: In the continue screens, humans characters get an Alien creeping upon them, while the Predators start their Self-Destruct Mechanism.
  • It's Personal: The Predators after killing their infected comrade.
  • Kamehame Hadoken / Ki Attacks: Linn Kurosawa has one special move where she charges, then unleashes Ki.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Linn Kurosawa carries one into battle. It's so much better, in fact, that it doesn't melt on contact with Alien Blood.
  • Kung-Fu Proof Mook: The blue Xenomorphs have an annoying habit of blocking your attacks; grab them or use an unblockable move to hurt them.
  • Lag Cancel: Believe it or not, Overheating your gun has its advantages.
  • Mini-Game: The "Break the elevator before it hits the ceiling" sequence.
  • Not Quite Dead: The Alien Queen.
  • Optional Character Scene: Depending on number of players and chosen characters: Example (based on Japanese version) at the start of stage 5, when the human soldiers are attacking the party:
    Linn: "There can't be any other military units besides us!"
    Dutch: "We were disposable!"
    Predator Hunter: "So you're the cyborgs they abandoned."
    Linn: "Shut Up! We're humans not machines!!"
  • Percussive Maintenance: Our heroes arrive at the malfunctioning cargo elevator.
    Dutch: "I know how to handle this." (punches the terminal, elevator starts moving) "See? American Know-How."
    • And when it stops, it is done again on the other console.
    • Lampshaded in the multiplayer:
    Linn: "You guys do nothing but smash..."
  • Personal Space Invader: Face Huggers and Chest Bursters will attempt to grab onto you and drain your health away. Smash the buttons to get them off.
  • Rolling Attack: The Chrysalis uses this on you. Both Predators also have an aerial/bouncing version.
  • Sir Not Appearing In This Game: In the cutscenes, there are three Predators. We never learn the deal with the third.
    • Possibly the Mad Predator?
  • Shoulder Cannon: Both Predators wield shoulder-mounted plasma cannons.
  • Shout-Out: The arcade game contains a few Shout Outs to Konami's earlier Aliens Arcade 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.
    • Linn Kurosawa.
  • Spin Attack: Major Schaeffer's electric arm spin, Linn Kurosawa's Senpuuzan, Predator Warrior's spear twirl, and Predator Hunter's disc blades.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Either the Predator characters can talk, or they've prepared a lot of vocal clips for playback for every conceivable situation.
  • 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.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The infectoids are instantly killed if they are knocked down at all.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Schaefer and the Predators use wrestling moves. Linn inverted this because her only throw must be performed in the air.
    • And the Power Loaders can backdrop you.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: You kill the Alien Queen on stage 4. Happy end? No, there is the matter of the evil army trying to kill you.
  • Zerg Rush: Most of the weaker Xenomorphs attack in this fashion.