Played some multi-player AvP again...
I'm really not terribly happy with the whole game joining mechanism. I went looking for a Species Team Deathmatch game and got thrown into the game before I had time to pick my species or skin. As soon as it found the right number of players, I was in-game. No time at all spent in the lobby.
This meant that I wound up playing a Species Team Deathmatch game on the "Jungle" map I mentioned the other day... I was playing as a marine along with two other marines, a couple aliens, and a couple predators.
If you can get a few marines backed into a corner, they're very hard to dislodge. Three pulse rifles do a lot of damage very quickly. The motion tracker gives ample warning when somebody is incoming. And even if you've got a predator sniping you... They'll only take out a single marine before getting gunned down.
We were doing well enough that some of the non-marine players left the game. We started out with multiple aliens and predators, but we were down to just one of each by the end of the game.
The pulse rifle is rapidly becoming my favorite weapon in the game. It's certainly my favorite marine weapon... But I'm starting to think it's even better than the predator's gear.
99 rounds in a magazine... Good damage... Good accuracy... Fast rate of fire... Quick to reload... And occasionally you'll have grenades available on your secondary fire. Very nice. Puts out a lot of damage in a very short amount of time.
The smartgun is very nice. It does good damage and also gives you an idea of where the enemies are. It's absolutely devastating against predators as it can see right through their cloak. But you can't carry a second rifle when you've got the smartgun... And you can't sprint... And it comes with very little ammo... So it isn't nearly as useful as it could be.
The biggest problem we had was acid spray. We'd get an alien in amongst us... We'd all start shooting at it... And somebody would die from acid spray.
Generally speaking the three of us were able to keep the aliens at bay... But if one got in close it was basically all over. Even if you managed to block and counter a melee attack or two, you're probably dead from the acid. And frequently they get in behind you and you've got no chance to block or counter anything.
The predators were a real mixed bag... When they stood off and sniped from range they'd usually get a single kill before being mowed down. When they moved in close the motion tracker would alert us to their presence and it was usually possible to find them, despite the cloak, if you know where to look.
Most of the times I died to a predator was while I was busy doing something else... I'd be busy shooting at an alien that was getting too close, and suddenly I'd have a couple wristblades sticking out of my chest.
I suspect that an Infestation, Predator Hunt, or Survival game - with a big ol' swarm of marines - could be a lot of fun. I'm going to have to give that a try.