Tuesday Mar 16, 2010
Major League Gaming and Gamebattles are launching an 4v4 online tournament to prove who is the best in the Aliens vs Predator galaxy! The competition is for all Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 players who are looking to prove their worth in the online game. Along with fame and glory, you’ll also be walking away with a piece of the $5,000 prize being offered. Here’s the full scoop from Gamebattles:
You can sign up for the ladder on the GameBattles website and play in Ladder play until April 1st. As noted, the tournament runs in a 4v4 format across Jungle, Pyramid, Refinery, and Temple maps in both Domination and Species Deathmatch modes. Don’t hesitate to join up and play, you’ll get to compete with the best of the best and have a chance to walk away with some easy money, just for playing AVP – not bad at all!
Thursday Feb 18, 2010
As part of an interesting advertising promotion for Aliens vs Predator, I recently found myself in Las Vegas to participate in the UFC #109 fight. Random? Perhaps, but after the weekend, I can’t think of a better fit for Aliens vs Predator.
In Las Vegas, no one can hear you scream …
The weekend could not be more appropriate than staying at the Luxor, essentially a giant pyramid. A perfect setting for Aliens vs. predator and a great introduction into the size and scope of Las Vegas, complete with larger than life Egyptian themed statues and hieroglyphic markings. If you strip out all that casino stuff, you could end up with a mighty fine Aliens vs Predator map full of places to ambush, wall crawl, and sneak around in.
Pre Fight Meet and Greet
While running around Vegas has it’s own appeal, the real weekend fun kicked off on Saturday in preparation for UFC 109. If you aren’t familiar, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has been around since 1993 and started as a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition to award the title based on purely your fighting style and skill. Unlike other fighting leagues, the original UFC had less strict rules, such as no specific weight classes for fighters. They’ve since readjusted to have some tighter rules, weight classes, somewhat padded gloves, and a much bigger distribution through cable and internet.
Our trip to the UFC 109 event kicked off in a very special way. Right before the fight we met with some of the fighters and had a some Aliens vs Predator time, nice. When we arrived in our room, we were treated to the Bayonetta logo from the UFC 108 mat, complete with blood splatter. Epic. The good people at UFC actually cut the mat from the event and dropped it into a beautiful frame. I can’t wait until we get this into our lobby; the detail is amazing and is actually hand drawn and not a reprint – one of a kind.
We were then greeted by former Light Heavyweight champion, Rashad Evans. This was quite a treat, Rashad is a really nice guy and was happy to get some hands on time with Aliens vs. Predator. As pointed out by our PR man Denny, Rashad was completely unassuming considering he’d be able to snap us like a twig without much effort. Rashad was really genuine and a good guy, we had fun talking briefly before jumping into some Aliens vs Predator.
Being an established fighter, Rashad took to the Predator quite quickly and was dropping aliens with trophy kills, light and heavy attacks. Unfortunately, our time was brief and we were moving on to the main event. Big thanks to Rashad for coming out and meeting our teams and giving us a really unique look at the UFC event.
I will Break You …
Official program with AvP and a pre-fight warmup…
Next we grouped up to catch the UFC 109 fight and see what it’s like to watch a MMA fight. I’m not going to go into the play by play of how it all went down, I’ll leave that up to the news sites that covered the event, but I will give a sense of the atmosphere – which was awesome. Our seats were really great, and gave us a chance to view the fighters as they walked in, and a good view of the ring. While a lot of attention was spent looking at the jumbo-trons, mainly because of the expert camera angles, there’s definitely something to be said for being at an event of this type. Hearing a punch connect or being a part of the stadium wide, “Ooooooooooh” is a thrill. And there were plenty of “Ooooooh”s to go around.
After watching the fight, I cannot think of a better fit for Aliens vs Predator than to be associated with the UFC or any MMA fight. Being a mixed martial arts tournament from the start should give you a bit of an indication of where I’m going with this, but the real difference is in the way Aliens vs Predator actually plays out. If you’ve played the full release or the Demo, then you know that the game is largely based around the melee system. No matter the situation, be it Marine vs Alien, Predator vs Alien, or any combination there of, the combat system can be intense, disorienting, and incredibly exhilarating – all of the things I watched happen at the UFC 109 event, many times over.
Massive AvP trailer across the Jumbo-tron - if only we had a chance to play on it…
After the fight completed, we were off to the after party, sponsored by Aliens vs. Predator! The party, which could be an entire blog on it’s own, was a ton of fun and in the Las Vagas theme, absolutely massive and excessive. Good dj, good drinks, a private VIP area, and a chance to rub elbows with some celebrities (my Flava Flav photos didn’t turn out, boo). Quite a night and something I’ll remember for a long time.
The fight overall was a treat, something I definitely wouldn’t have seen myself attending without this special opportunity and I’m walking away a fan; I’m hooked. It helps that our producer, Omar and Media & Events manager, Teri, are huge into UFC and was providing an extensive amount of background on every fight, fighter, strategy, and series history overall. Big thanks to Teri for being awesome and letting us check out the fight, meet Rashad Evans, and be a part of the experience. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to play some more AvP…
Tuesday Jan 26, 2010
Yep, that’s right, we have a unique opportunity for those that live in or around the San Francisco Bay Area (or beyond, it’s up to you) – come play Aliens vs Predator this Thursday at a special community event. We’re showing off the remaining online modes for Aliens vs Predator and even have Tim Jones of Rebellion on hand to give you the full scoop on the game. The event will be a chance to play through all remaining multiplayer maps, modes, and grill Tim Jones about all the details you’ve been craving to hear more about.
The event will be on January 28th, from 12pm to 3pm (or so), so schedule accordingly if you can attend. We would love if we could get everyone into the event, but unfortunately we only have 8 spots available. We’re reaching out to our Sega community, across the blogs, forums, twitter, and Facebook – tell us if you can attend and we’ll lock you in to play some Aliens vs Predator!
If you are interested and can make the event, please post to the blogs and let us know you can make it! We’ll use the email address you post under to contact you about the event, so be sure this information is accurate! Good luck,we hope to see you this Thursday!
Thursday Jan 14, 2010
We just got back from the unusually cold Orlando (seriously, 30 degrees and snow flurries?) and are back in SF to a warmer climate. Orlando was our destination for the Major League Gaming event and our chance to run a competition of our own for Aliens vs Predator. The event was a blast and we had a great time showing off a newer, sleeker version of Aliens vs Predator the MLG community as well as the AvP community.
Speaking of Aliens community, I have to give a nod to our friends at AliensLegacy.com for being awesome sending over some movie perfect Colonial Marines. This site hosts costumed Aliens, Predators and Marines and were on hand to help us spread the word at the MLG event. The Colonial Marine group looked absolutely pro with some movie authentic gear including an actual Smartgun, complete with chestplate attachment. Very big thanks to Angie, Chris and Sean for coming out and making Aliens vs Predator a great experience for everyone (especially us!).
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!
Major League Gaming plays host to some of the best competitive players in all of gaming, so we thought it was an ideal spot to debut Aliens vs Predator in a competitive format. We opted to hold a tournament with a classic Deathmatch gametype. We had 8 rounds and 8 winners, all of whom returned for second round with one winner walking away with an Astro A40 headset. Rounds started with a five minute preview to give everyone a chance to learn controls, learn the maps, and form a strategy followed by a 15 minute final round with a single winner.
The classic deathmatch format was absolutely the way to go, while we did think it a bit weird to see aliens hunting aliens or marines gunning down marines, the format allowed anyone to jump in and get comfortable with their preferred species and playstyle. Being a shooter focused event, not surprisingly there were a lot of Marines showing up to prove their worth. Given the prize, I think a lot of players didn’t stray to far from their comfort zones and we had a lot of really strong Marines in the matches two of whom walked away with the Astros.
In an effort to mix things up we had our last tournament play with only Aliens and Predators, still within Deathmatch rules, but in a more vertical map that was not only bigger, but also allowed for stronger stalking and ambushing opportunities. This was the most interesting of all the tournaments we ran, with all players performing in a new space and environment. Pretty quickly we weeded out some very power players with both Aliens and Predators and had a final showdown that drew some pretty amazing kills and tense moments. Our final winner won as a Predator with some beautifully executed kills with the spear and disc.
A special congratulations to our winners! We hope you enjoy the Astro’s and look forward to facing you online when the game hits this February!
1st Tournament Winner: Carroll W. aka Taur1ne
2nd Tournament Winner: Jeff A. aka Killjoy
3rd Tournament Winner: Scott P. aka Bobo the Great
After all was said and done, we had to pack up and head out. I met a lot of great people at the event and had a lot of fun showing off Aliens vs Predator to the competitive world of gaming. Please enjoy the photos (especially of the Marines) and feel free to ask away if anyone has any questions on anything I missed!
Tuesday Jan 05, 2010
We are out this week to sunny Orlando, FL to show of Aliens vs Predator at the upcoming Major League Gaming finals and want to get you in on the action if you can attend. AVP will be playable in full multiplayer form and we’ll be running a bit of a tournament to find the best Alien, Predator, or Marine and award them with some Astro 5.1 Gaming Headphones. Much like AvP, these headphones are serious business and a welcome addition to anyone’s multiplayer kit. We’ll have three pairs to giveaway during the event, so don’t hesitate to jump and show us how good you are! And of course, if competition isn’t your thing, we’ll have some free multi-play available to get some extended hands on with some different modes and play styles.
The event is running this weekend from January 8th to the 10th and tickets can be picked up across the MLG website. The event is in Orlando Florida at the Gaylord Palms Resort, more info can be found across the MLG website! We’d love to see you at the event and give you a chance to get a leg up on the competition when the game launches this February.
Thursday Nov 05, 2009
Are you in the LA or surrounding areas and looking for something to do on the upcoming weekend? Come on out and see us at the Major League Gaming event in Anaheim and get some hands on time with the some of the multiplayer modes in our upcoming Aliens vs Predator!
Not only that, I’ll be on hand with some Sega friends to support the event and pass out some limited quantity Weyland-Yutani Lanyards. We’ll be posted at various times of the day, so drop by asking for a Sega rep and you could pick up one of the limited availability lanyards! Hope to see some of you out at the event!
Tuesday Jun 02, 2009
I know that lots of you are excited about Aliens vs. Predator, so here’s the lowdown on what we’re showing and talking about in the booth.
You can play as the Colonial Marine, Alien or Predator in the game. Each of these are different single-player campaigns that intersect and interweave at different points through the game. You can use any of these factions as you play with online multi-player.
The Predator is the master of stealth. You’ll have several different vision modes to help you locate your prey. You can also use the Predator’s cloaking ability to stay hidden and sneak in a gruesome trophy kill. Trophy kills involve using your writs blades to rip the spine and head out of an unsuspecting enemy. You can also use the plasma caster to take out long-range targets.
The Alien is the ultimate instinctual killing machine, and you have methods you can use to maim and kill. The Alien can crawl anywhere in the game, including walls, ceilings, up trees, etc. This allows you to tail-impale Marines and ambush Predators for head bite kills.
Teamwork is the cornerstone of survival for the Marines. Use aggressive battle tactics, motion trackers, pulse rifles and smart turrets to survive.
In addition to the strong single-player campaigns, there is great online multi-player. You can play online as any of the three factions, and all play against each other online. Each race brings different tactics and weapons to the battle, which makes for fun and exciting play.
I hoe you’re as excited about Aliens vs. Predator as I am! We’ll have more AvP goodness in the coming months. If you like what you see, let us know here or head to our Forums!
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