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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

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  1. Positive: 32 out of 41
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  1. PC PowerPlay
    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: 35 out of 380
  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. Sep 25, 2015
    10
    Reviews for this game vary from 5/10 on some sites to 9.5/10 on others, I guess it is one of those "you-love-it-or-you-hate-it" games. For meReviews for this game vary from 5/10 on some sites to 9.5/10 on others, I guess it is one of those "you-love-it-or-you-hate-it" games. For me personally, this should win Game of the year by a landslide! I adore absolutely everything about this game, yes, even the chapters where you just deal with the robot-joe's.
    I perceive the dip this causes in the suspense and pacing of the game to be totally intentional by the devs.
    By doing this the player's attention span and edginess lowers quite a bit, almost to the point of feeling empowered. This is where the brilliance shines, because just at the moment where you start feeling safe and strong, the game just tears you a new hole, and you can't even be mad about it, because you just blew your old one... If you like the atmosphere of the original film, don't mind investing a lot of time in a game, and dealing with some slow parts in the game, GO AND GET THIS GAME, it is awesome! And people talking about the Alien A.I. being unfair? I call hogwash! I finished the entire game without dying ONCE (my third playthrough) And no, you can't just learn the Alien's patterns, because it doesn't have any scripted patterns, it reacts to YOUR behaviour. AWESOME GAME 10/10!
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  3. Oct 14, 2014
    10
    Alien Isolation is a brilliant tribute to the Alien(s) franchise, in particular the 1979 Ridley Scott movie. The game perfectly renders theAlien Isolation is a brilliant tribute to the Alien(s) franchise, in particular the 1979 Ridley Scott movie. The game perfectly renders the oppressing science-fi horror atmosphere for which this movie became famous for. Gorgeous visuals, beautiful lighting effects, an inspired retro science-fi artistic design. countless nods to the original Alien movie and a killer soundtrack will give you the impression that you are actually playing a sequel to the movie. The star of the game. the Alien, is every bit as cunning and devious as the one encountered by the Nostromo crew, a terrifying alpha predator from whom you have to run if you want to stay alive. I found this game to be a perfectly paced mix of exploration, stealth and combat (yes, you can confront foes other than the Alien, if you wish or if you must). And there are puzzles to solve, doors to hack (through a number of cute mini-games) and a crafting system. But you'll have to figure things mostly by yourself, as the game doesn't take you by the hand. The checkpoint (and auto) save feature only adds to the tension: there are times when reaching a save checkpoint really feels like an accomplishment.

    To sum it up: this game is an absolute must have for any fan of the Alien franchise, but could definitively stand on its own as a thrilling science-fi horror masterpiece.
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  4. Jan 17, 2015
    9
    This game's attention to detail is insane. I hesitated for a long time to buy this for fear it would be another colonial marines joke. ButThis game's attention to detail is insane. I hesitated for a long time to buy this for fear it would be another colonial marines joke. But this game is a true aliens game. The story is great, the voice acting is very well done, the gameplay itself is terrifying and unforgiving, the graphics and design choices are next to perfect.

    Now if only we could get a predator game with as much love, then I'd truly be satisfied. If you like aliens, and you like the survival horror genre, this game is about as good as you will ever get.
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  5. Nov 21, 2014
    9
    FINALLY, the game the series deserved
    The graphics are weird, i have to say, it fells like everything is like rubber and the alien struts
    FINALLY, the game the series deserved
    The graphics are weird, i have to say, it fells like everything is like rubber and the alien struts around the corridors like "sup, just passing by" and the save checkpoints are a tad frustrating and that kinda (KINDA) gives people and excuse to give this game a bad score but these people will die never enjoying a game, every game has flaws, even if it is one scene where the textures take a split second to load and Alien: Isolation has its flaws but very few of them

    For the first time the game gives you a feel of how would it be to live the movie, on the easier difficulties..not much since the alien is quite dumb but, put the game on hard and you will be scared like a baby because any noise or small mistake is enough for the alien to get you, the AI is just AMAZING, if you analise the behaviour of the alien, it switches patterns all the time and focus more where he thinks you are, you feel like being hunted by a predator even if the predator usually struts around corridors amnesia style (on hard/normal mode, on easy it feels like playing the early metal gears, dodging the enemy's patrol pattern)

    Some things that really got my attention were
    1 - The lack of a more present soundtrack
    I personally believe that a soundtrack is the soul of the game feel (as an indie game sound developer) and Alien: Isolation has a good one but if it could be more present it would be PERFECT, you get some tense music in some parts of the game wich is great for survival/horror but more would really deliver a lot more fun in my opinion

    2 - The Alien
    He made me rage, give up, play again, give up again, run in circles, rage again then give up only to keep me playing after hahahaha instead of the other games where tons of aliens pop up and you just *pew pew pew* the sh!t out of them cowa duty style, now there is only one alien, the AI is pretty good, something rare on games today..and if it finds you, no use in fighting back, you will die instantly 90% of the times the alien finds you, 5% of the times you will hide but he will still find you and you got 5% chance of getting lucky, HOWEVER, when you're in hiding places or entering them, you become a ninja, the alien rarely sees you entering a locker but that at least gives you a temporary safety

    3 - The movie experience
    It fells like the movie, you feel like ripley, you see almost what ripley saw, you feel what she felt and that is what makes this game interesting and innovative

    So, the game has it's flaws like every other game but it really is a blast, do NOT expect a point and blast FPS or action, and do NOT expect an easy trip on normal or hard modes
    It's hard, it's scary, it's pretty fun and gives a new feel and a whole new experience

    tip: play on hard, fear the alien, love the flamethrower
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  6. May 11, 2015
    8
    "Alien: Isolation" is a delight for Alien and horror games fans alike. In the middle of an industry filled with FPS, which the franchise got"Alien: Isolation" is a delight for Alien and horror games fans alike. In the middle of an industry filled with FPS, which the franchise got into before in the troubled "Alien: Colonial Marines", Isolation takes away the action-powered gameplay and the irrelevancy the three playable characters had in "Alien vs. Predator" and "Colonial Marines" and keeps real to the survival-horror genre, following the examples of "Amnesia" and "Outlast."

    Most of the story, just like many first-person games, is told by Amanda Ripley's eyes, save for some cutscenes. As the game progresses, you get involved in the mysteries concerning the Sevastopol, its crew and survivors, and Amanda's mother fate. You get anxious and nervous every time you see the alien, but the fear easily goes away once you get the flamethrower. You're going to want to finish the game fast, since there are many long and tedious objectives, but you'll also get nervous and exhilarated when the alien shows up and when other climax scenes occur. The story also serves as an entree to newcomers, and also a reminder for enthusiasts to watch the movies.

    Following horror games should follow Alien's example and create an involving atmosphere and a sense of anticipation. The Creative Assembly managed to redeem the franchise in video games and also serves as an example for other games. Alien: Isolation was definitely the biggest surprise of 2014 and will always be an unforgettable experience.
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  7. Nov 8, 2015
    0
    Bugs and more bugs. 1st day 3 times crashed.
    Another console port that burn your GPU.
    The graphics are good for an indie game, but cann't
    Bugs and more bugs. 1st day 3 times crashed.
    Another console port that burn your GPU.
    The graphics are good for an indie game, but cann't compare it with an AAA.
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