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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: 29 out of 317
  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 11, 2014
    10
    This game is a (terrifying) love letter to any person who prefers the original Alien movie to its also fantastic sequel. Even players whoThis game is a (terrifying) love letter to any person who prefers the original Alien movie to its also fantastic sequel. Even players who don't usually like horror games will feel compelled to go on and explore the picture-perfect recreation of the dark, low-high-tech sci-fi vision of the 1979's movie, filled with CRT screens, mechanical computers and steam vents.

    This is not a shooter, so be prepared to hide, crouch through vents, and peer in horror at your motion detector as the beeping green blip comes closer and closer to you while you try to hold your breath and not make a noise.

    The game is difficult, occasionally unfair, and has a checkpoint save system that reminds me of Dark Souls' bonfires. It all works great to build an incredible level of tension and fear, but it will also be frustrating to players who don't want to try something different to modern straightforward shooters with quicksave systems.

    Technically, the game is a wonder. Graphics are the best I've ever seen, and they feel very well optimized for PC. Sound is even better. Every mechanical noise will bring you back to the original movie, and the music feels dynamic and oppressive, including some cues from the original movie soundtrack. The surround audio is also brilliant, and it's just as useful as your motion detector when trying to guess where the creature is.

    I can't recommend this game highly enough for fans of the first Alien movie, OR fans of horror games. For everyone else, it will probably not be their cup of tea.
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  4. Dec 22, 2014
    9
    This is an excellent Alien game and a tribute to Ridley Scott's masterpiece. Being relentlessly hunted by the alien in Sebastopol is reallyThis is an excellent Alien game and a tribute to Ridley Scott's masterpiece. Being relentlessly hunted by the alien in Sebastopol is really scary and takes its toll. Saving system is great. Sound effects and really good actor voices add to the atmosphere. So, I would say that the game mechanics is close to perfect. Now, the writers really did not do a good job of following through the narrative in the spirit of Alien. As mentioned by other reviewers a lot of the build up breaks down in the last few hours of the game, like the producers threw out the windows "Alien" and brought back the awful "Aliens" with multiple monster bashing and repetitive blue-collar work where the exhausted player has to turn on and off switches across the stations long after the climax of the game has been reached. Other than that, the first 80% of the game are so great that its worth it. Expand
  5. Oct 8, 2014
    9
    From the moment you step foot aboard the Nostromo, you know you are going to be in for the fight of your life. To stand a chance at survival,From the moment you step foot aboard the Nostromo, you know you are going to be in for the fight of your life. To stand a chance at survival, you will have to use every bit of what you learn throughout the game and think outside the box more often than not. The story here is well written, and I found myself fully immersed in the claustrophobic environment Alien: Isolation provides.

    The visuals are well done (even if it appears every character is sweating in the same places on their faces the whole time), and the core mechanics of the game are easy to comprehend and intuitive. For me personally, the game's sound is what makes this title shine. I absolutely recommend playing with headphones if you have a decent pair because within the first half an hour to an hour, I found myself jumping at things that I probably wouldn't have otherwise and the timing of the sound effects and minimalist music is almost flawlessly weaved together in a way that proves most unsettling. The lighting is also executed in a manner that causes heart pounding moments that are again woven in with well timed sound effects and musical pieces.

    Once the Alien (and other threats) make its / their presence known, this game really takes off, as does your heart rate. It is not for the faint of heart. I also recommend playing the game at its hardest difficulty right from the start because it really does become that much more terrifying, and I've always believed that if you play at the hardest setting from the beginning, there is nothing to compare it to and you will find ways to adapt. The game takes cues from other games such as Amnesia and Outlast in the "hiding" mechanic, but it works even better than those games for the most part. I also got Bioshock vibes from the station as I'd compare it to Rapture in terms of how the ship itself feels.

    The only thing preventing this game from earning a perfect score, oddly for me at least, echoes something I've read elsewhere and that is it is a tad too long. Towards the end of your time on this ship that makes the Ishamura look like a space paradise, the scares do tend to become less intense because you've dealt with them for so long. However, the varied enemies (of which there are more than a handful) does keep it somewhat fresh up until that point. Had they shaved about an hour or so off of the entire thing, it would have been perfect. Having said that, it's a small complaint to say the game is too much of a good thing because even then, it's not like I felt as though the game wore out its welcome. The scares just weren't as panic inducing as they were earlier and perhaps that's a good thing anyway because there are plenty to be had.

    Running and gunning is not the primary object of this game. Doing either of those things can and will cause you to start over from your last save point. Dying in this game happens often, but it never felt frustrating for me. The bottom line here though is this is the Aliens game fans have been waiting for. I never was a true fan of the films, but that's a testament to how good this game truly is. If you enjoy the series, survival horror, space related games, or even stealth games, then this should be on your list of must have titles for this year. With DLC, multiple play styles and modes to keep things truly fresh, the game does indeed have tremendous replay value as well. For me, the whole experience was incredible and "Isolation" is a truly fitting title and I hope its success allows them to give fans more in the future.
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  6. Dec 27, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Scary, for sure. Atmospheric, indeed. You're on what looks like the Nostromo from the outside, only this time, it's a space station. Even on the Torrens, the atmosphere is thick, and you'll find yourself looking up into the vents just to be sure that our 'friend' isn't hiding up there. Once on board the Sevastapol, you're immediately thrust into the unsure position of 'where is it hiding, and when will it attack me'. I have not yet met the Alien, aside from a cut scene video where you see a companion slain, and even then you only see it's tail as it is thrust through your comanpions torso, but I am playing at the novice level. I have heard it's telltale signs of being near, such as the music and some vent noises, and I was quick to hide or remain silent when that happened. It's quite the tense experience, and I'm taking my time, because I don't feel that this experience is something I need to rush. I also don't want to have a heart attack! I don't much care fro the save system, as you have no choices of save games, and the inventory system leaves much to be desired, so I took away two stars for those inadequacies. Other than that, it's a fine suspense experience, and you will likely be terrified at the prospect of meeting your demise at the 'hands' of the Alien. Expand
  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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