Alien: Isolation PC

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  • Summary: Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game which captures the fear and tension evoked by Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic film. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in theAlien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game which captures the fear and tension evoked by Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic film. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in the shadows. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Nov 1, 2014
    100
    Quite possibly as good as it gets when it comes to sci-fi horror. [Nov 2014, p.48]
  2. Oct 3, 2014
    90
    Inspired by the first movie of the Alien saga, this FPS survival horror is simply the best homage to Ridley Scott's movie. It will haunt you, it will scare you and it will make you jump... and you'll like it.
  3. Oct 14, 2014
    90
    A stealth game that is not a disgrace to the Alien movie, and both its fan and a gamer who has not been kissed by its teeth will enjoy this, if they do wink at the game's story.
  4. Oct 21, 2014
    83
    Players get frustrated, scared and upset, and it all feels very convincing because they also get outsmarted by an AI and there are few games that can make such a claim these days. Creative Assembly gets a huge plus for enhancing the fear factor in this one.
  5. Oct 3, 2014
    80
    Unlike every other Alien game to date, the alien in Alien: Isolation is an unpredictable enemy. It's off-rails, unscripted and behaves pretty much however it pleases. Like a mad Tamagotchi, the alien is powered by some clever AI routines that allow it to hunt and kill using a bunch of different senses.
  6. Oct 15, 2014
    78
    The details of the visual and ludic design, then, do more than keep the terror fresh—they create within the player a demand for more.
  7. Oct 3, 2014
    59
    It may seem strange to complain that a game’s too long, but when the genuine scares of being hunted by an unstoppable predator are so diluted by repetition and padding, Isolation’s epic length really does work against it.

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  1. Negative: 31 out of 351
  1. Oct 7, 2014
    10
    Visually beautiful, creates a sense of actually being in the Nostromo due to all the fine detail. I would recommend this game to any alienVisually beautiful, creates a sense of actually being in the Nostromo due to all the fine detail. I would recommend this game to any alien fan. Player beware can be very hard! Expand
  2. Feb 13, 2015
    10
    Classic alien spaceshippery horror stuff, dripping with atmosphere. The graphics are really good and true to the films. Playing this with anClassic alien spaceshippery horror stuff, dripping with atmosphere. The graphics are really good and true to the films. Playing this with an Oculus Rift is probably the closest I've got to having a heart attack. Expand
  3. Oct 27, 2014
    10
    There really is absolutely nothing wrong with this game whatsoever.
    What DOES help, though, is if you have at least - at LEAST - seen Aliens
    There really is absolutely nothing wrong with this game whatsoever.
    What DOES help, though, is if you have at least - at LEAST - seen Aliens (of the sigourney Weaver kind not the Area 51 kind). It gives you a good kind of benchmark with which to compare how it looks in the film and how things look in the game, and the two are pretty damn close.
    The alien is well crafted, from initial encounter it is easy to see how well detailed it is. The music is well done, the architecture of the craft is bang on, including all the added extras like the really old on board computers to the old cassette/radio players.
    I think anyone who really gets the Alien series will love this game. It's got the right look to it, the right feel to it, basically, it's definitely the bees knees for this kind of game.
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  4. Jan 7, 2015
    9
    Alien Isolation is a beautiful and thrilling experience. The developers did a fantastic job at emulating Ridley Scott's original masterpieceAlien Isolation is a beautiful and thrilling experience. The developers did a fantastic job at emulating Ridley Scott's original masterpiece film. This game is a survival horror not a FPS, and the use of different tools and environment interactions can make or break your survival! This game at times will be frustrating, unbelievably tense and will require you at times hit the TAB button to plan out your next move! Expand
  5. Nov 25, 2014
    9
    To start let me preface that I don't like horror, survival, or anything that makes you jump in fear. I also never liked any of the AlienTo start let me preface that I don't like horror, survival, or anything that makes you jump in fear. I also never liked any of the Alien movies including the first classic which this game is based on. But I find that when you do a game right, any genre even those that you don't usually go for can be enjoyable. The atmosphere, the graphics, the art and level design are all great. Reminds me a of "The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay" which I really liked years back. What's great about Alien: Isolation is that its got great pacing. It feels like several games because the type of game play changes several times during the game. I recommend this game even if you don't like the Aliens franchise. Expand
  6. Apr 5, 2015
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Alien Isolation is the best horror game I've played since around 1998, with the Resident Evil titles. It has everything from unsettling silence, hiding while fearing for your life, running for your life, jump scares, fear from threats of man, machine, and alien. Its an incredibly long game for a triple-A story-based title, and while I don't necessarily see that as a good thing, its not nearly taxing. In fact, since there are basically no games that do the 'hiding from intelligent hunter' mechanic, at least this well from a single hunter, the gameplay length is definitely welcome.

    However, the story rarely has any context, and the actual ending is precipitated by one tease after another, where the goalpost is completely obliterated before you in ways that are usually anti-climatic and invoke Murphy's law in an almost comical way.

    The ending itself is horribly uneventful, makes no real sense, and is just there for a sequel placeholder. Alien: Isolation was enough on its own. We don't need another 25 hours of this, thank you. We certainly don't need another Alien heiress getting in one earth-shattering pickle after another. Back on topic, the ending is so poorly thought out that most of it is done with TWO-DIMENSIONAL ANIMATION. What? The rest of the game used 3D cutscenes. They must have run out of budget by the 24th time your escape didn't work out.
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  7. Jan 27, 2015
    0
    Story was fine the Cut scenes are fine, it's a boring game when you figure out the alien it becomes waiting and balancing simulator.Story was fine the Cut scenes are fine, it's a boring game when you figure out the alien it becomes waiting and balancing simulator. a Expand

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