Alien: Isolation PlayStation 4

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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: 39 out of 50
  2. Negative: 1 out of 50
  1. Nov 8, 2014
    90
    Alien: Isolation represents a strong return to form for an ailing franchise.
  2. Oct 7, 2014
    90
    While it has a few rough patches and may prove too slow and drawn-out for some players, Isolation does an amazing job of capturing the essence of a classic film and recasting it as a video game. It can be a little too easy to see the man behind the curtain at times, but this is nevertheless one of the finest film-to-game adaptations ever... and a fantastic stealth adventure in its own right.
  3. Oct 19, 2014
    86
    Alien: Isolation will make you scream in both frustration and euphoria but succeeds where many games of this franchise have failed.
  4. Oct 7, 2014
    80
    Alien Isolation does not make all the dreams of the franchise fans come true, but makes a huge step in that direction.
  5. 80
    There have been a handful of Alien games over the years, but none have delivered an experience so close to the intent of the films as Isolation. With visuals authentic enough to have been ripped right from the movies and a terrifyingly intelligent monster as the primary antagonist, Alien: Isolation makes for a memorable experience, and clear proof that Colonial Marines was the fault of the developer and not the material.
  6. Oct 3, 2014
    78
    Unlike its titular organism, Alien: Isolation is decidedly imperfect. The story falls flat, your objectives lack a sense of accomplishment, and the campaign drags on longer than it should. When the gameplay is at its best, however, Isolation delivers the thrill of being in the Alien universe, something fans like me have waited a long time to properly experience.
  7. Oct 13, 2014
    40
    It’s a bad sign that the weakest parts of Alien: Isolation are the parts with the alien. You’d think getting that right would be a priority. Instead, the best parts of the game involve running around space corridors and turning space handles and flipping space switches and pressing space buttons and getting through space doors and turning on space generators. But then an alien comes along and forces you to play something else entirely.

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  1. Negative: 15 out of 210
  1. Apr 9, 2015
    10
    This game really exceeded all my expectations. i absolutely love this game, it's even better when you play it in the dark with no lights onThis game really exceeded all my expectations. i absolutely love this game, it's even better when you play it in the dark with no lights on and curtains drawn. This is my second most favourite survival game i have ever played as this really delivers on SEGA's promises. But my favourite part of this game is the story as players immerse themselves into the world of Alien. I would say this game is a definate buy for all survival fans, horror fans, even for the players who are looking for a great game to play through. Expand
  2. Nov 13, 2014
    10
    If you like stealth games, and you like the Alien franchise, GET THIS GAME NOW! For you, this will absolutely be a 10/10 experience. At it'sIf you like stealth games, and you like the Alien franchise, GET THIS GAME NOW! For you, this will absolutely be a 10/10 experience. At it's roots, this is a (fantastic) stealth game, and not a survival horror game.

    If you're really not into stealth games, you probably wont have as much fun as I had with this.
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  3. Oct 7, 2014
    10
    Alien Isolation delivers one of the most harrowing and unnerving survival horror experiences in years. Capturing the vibe of the first filmAlien Isolation delivers one of the most harrowing and unnerving survival horror experiences in years. Capturing the vibe of the first film with absolute precision.

    the sound design and presentation is impeccable, the alien an unstoppable force whose unpredictable nature makes every second of the game feel nauseating. The voice acting is sublime and it is a universe to get lost in (no pun intended)

    Creative Assembly have not only created one of the best survival games in years, but one of the best alien franchise experiences since James Cameron's sequel in the 80's.

    it is claustrophobic, violent, heart stopping and you will die over and over again.

    the ride will be worth it.
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  4. Jan 24, 2017
    9
    Alien: Isolation is a horror game based off the original Alien film created by Creative Assembly and published by Sega. Alien: Isolation isAlien: Isolation is a horror game based off the original Alien film created by Creative Assembly and published by Sega. Alien: Isolation is one of the best horror games I have ever played. The game is not perfect and suffers from a few flaws but is overall an excellent experience that should not be missed by fans of the survival horror genre and fans of the original Alien film. Alien: Isolation is the first real AAA horror game to have come out in years that focuses on pure horror over constant combat and empowerment. Alien: Isolation breaks the convention of traditional horror games by including less combat than even the original masters of survival horror such as the Resident Evil and Silent Hill franchises. The graphics are stunningly detailed and look almost photo-realistic at times. The fog and light effects are impeccably designed and really help add to the game’s amazing atmosphere. The alien model is well designed and so are its animations which really help intimidate the player. The setting of the game Sevastopol is well designed and full of detail that makes it look truly lived in and real. I found the character models in the game especially corpses looking wonky compared to the game’s detailed setting. The lip syncing is also bad during cutscenes and in gameplay. Luckily they are not a lot of human characters in the game so this did take that much away from the experience. The excellent lighting makes up with this issue times making the character models look better. The androids that chase you out throughout the station are excellently designed as cheap knock offs of the ones in the films. The sound design is first-rate and really adds to the games uncomfortable claustrophobic atmosphere. The noise on the 80’s tech is loud and booming and so is the score. The noises the Alien’s makes are quite horrifying from the thud of its clompy feet to the heavy breathing of the alien and pounding of your character’s heart make the atmosphere thickly repulsive. Alien: Isolation tells a good narrative that stays true to the original movie but suffers from some pacing problems. The game stars Amanda Ripley the daughter of the protagonist of first movie Ellen Ripley. I recommend that it is best to see the original film before playing this game because the narrative expects that most players have seen the movie at times. The narrative is slow paced just like the original film. The game does not suffer from the same ludonarrative dissonance that a lot games suffer from where there is a conflict between the story and gameplay. Amanda Ripley is a simple engineer and is not a powerful fighter and there is next to no combat in the game to tell that story accurately. I enjoyed every minute of the game but I felt the story was too long and drawn out than was necessary and had a bad cliffhanger ending. I found the gameplay focus on evasion over combat an excellent design choice. Alien: Isolation decides to give the player some weapons including a pistol and shotgun for androids and human enemies but are best not used at all because they often attract the alien which can one hit kill you. To stay true to your character most of the gameplay consists of doing repair work to the station to find a way off. The game has hacking mini games for unlocking doors and computer terminals and superb crafting system. The beginning is tense and only introduces the alien only a few hours in than having it appear right at the beginning. Encounters with the alien are tense and uncomfortable and make the player feel vulnerable due to the Alien’s advanced A.I. The game uses a checkpoint save system where players go to phone booths to save which added to the game’s tension. The player is given a motion tracker that can track the alien and enemies in the area which makes encounters even more horrifying. I liked that the game has many difficulty selections for the player to choose. The Alien can be cheap sometimes. Later in the game a flamethrower is introduced that cannot kill the alien but if used can scare it away which balances the difficulty. The human A.I. on the other hand is extremely dumb. The humans in the game seem to have no self preservation skills and summon the alien killing them and you. The androids which I found at first creepy slowly became a nuisance throughout my playthrough and will often grab and stun the player forcing the player into a QTE event. The game at one point skid the line of ludonarrative desidense by throwing a few hordes of androids at the player. One complaint people have told me about the game is the backtracking which I did not mind because it made me feel familiar with the station and allowed me to see the changes I have caused to the station. Alien: Isolation is an overall excellent game. The game has a few flaws that hold it back but Alien: Isolation’s model for survival horror should be used by all horror games coming out in the future.
    9/10: Excellent
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  5. Oct 24, 2014
    8
    -Atmosphere is fantastic
    -Packed with tense moments full of stressful delight
    -At times can be quite unforgiving (Pro and a Con) -Framerate
    -Atmosphere is fantastic
    -Packed with tense moments full of stressful delight
    -At times can be quite unforgiving (Pro and a Con)
    -Framerate is not very stable in cut scenes
    -Worth the buy for survival horror fans, even more for Alien fans
    -Needs to be played with headset for best experience
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  6. Nov 30, 2015
    8
    This game is scary! Yet, it isn't as scary as how terrible games like Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes, Shadow the Hedgehog,This game is scary! Yet, it isn't as scary as how terrible games like Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes, Shadow the Hedgehog, and Sonic Unleashed are. Expand
  7. Oct 13, 2014
    0
    This game is amazing and terrifying. This game can get too difficult at times, but its usually under control. This game is great for peopleThis game is amazing and terrifying. This game can get too difficult at times, but its usually under control. This game is great for people who want a great lasting horror game with unscripted A.I. and force you to keep on your toe Expand

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