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Friday, December 28, 2007

Who Wins in a Fight: Aliens or Predator?

ShowHype: hype it up!
In respect to the new Aliens vs Predator: Requiem movie, I thought I'd offer up a little analysis as to who I think would win in a fight. I'd also like your output as to who would win, especially from fans of the series! I have yet to see the new movie, but after reading this review over at Film School Rejects, I think I'm going to take some time out to see it!

Alright, lets set some background on our two ferocious foes, listing advantages and disadvantages for each.. then let the battle begin!

Aliens (Xenomorph)

Advantages:
  • Whip-like bladed tail, good extension in close combat.
  • Sharp claws and second jaw very useful in close ranged combat.
  • Can incapacitate from above due to height (7 feet+). Can run along walls and ceilings.
  • Acidic "Blood" can deal damage even if the Alien is hurt.
  • Very Stealthy.
  • Can spit acid (rarely shown)
Disadvantages:
  • Lack of technology
  • Can be distracted by green light, as shown in the novelization of the first Aliens movie.
  • Vulnerable to quick climate changes.
  • Vulnerable to small caliber weaponry.
It looks like we have a pretty formidable beast here, though it does have its weaknesses. My suggestion for a strategy for the Alien would be to use speed and agility to the best of its ability, trying to incapacitate the weaponry of the Predator (ie cut off his hands). Try sneaking around the walls and ceiling to somehow get behind it and get a headshot in using the second jaw or spit acid. The Alien could also use the tail to try to cut off some limbs or impale quickly, before the Predator has a chance to react. Make the Predator come into close range combat, where the advantage lies for the Alien.

Now onto our second competitor.

Predator

Advantages:
  • Extremely resilient, massive trauma may not phase them much at all.
  • Highly resilient against small arms fire and stabbing weapons (Uh Oh Alien Claws)
  • Very strong, quite agile and fast.
  • Ability to see in various modes, such as infrared. This could help in the detection of the Xenomorphs.
  • Advanced plasma blasters on their shoulders... great for long range targeting of prey.
  • Cloaking device. Need I say more?
Weaknesses
  • Vulnerable to prolonged exposure to our atmosphere. (See Below)
  • Infrared vision may not be extremely useful in our environment. (This might not be a weakness depending on where the battle is fought.)
  • Removal of mask makes vision much worse, as well as losing exposure to the atmosphere they are used to. The masks may also contain pain killers and adrenaline like substances, accounting for their high energy stores.
So it really looks like the Predator is pretty stacked. However, the Xenomorph, if it can remove the Predator's mask, still does stand a pretty good chance. But, it still needs to be very careful because of the large amount of weaponry that a Predator may carry. Predator, on the other hand, must be careful not to lose all of its weapons, as many are vulnerable to the Xenomorph blood. If they lose them all inflicting damage, it is possible for the Xenomorph to mount a comeback.

So who do I pick to win this fight?

I'm goin with my Boy. Predator for the win.


Of course, like I said, he still needs to be very careful, as a simple misstep can lead to disaster. It has been proven in Aliens v. Predator that Xenomorphs can take down Predators. Who do you think would win in a fight? Are there any advantages/disadvantages that I've missed? Feel free to comment!

3 Comments Posted!:

soundtrackgeek said...

Agreed! A Predator win for me as well. But in the movie world, they both lose badly I'm afraid.

Mariah said...

An alien usually wins when the pred doesnt use plasmacaster. The movies proved that. Therefore, preds are more deadly at range, but aliens are more deadly at close combat.

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