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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. Oct 8, 2014
    10
    Great game so far. I have played about 4 hours of the game so far,and ill tell you that it keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. theGreat game so far. I have played about 4 hours of the game so far,and ill tell you that it keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. the Alien is not the only danger too, you have to watch out for rogue androids and other surviving crew members. The graphics are great for the XBOX 360 looking almost like next gen consoles. the game play is great adding features in the game from the DEAD SPACE series like the famous save stations and concepts from the horror game OUTLAST. the only issue so far is that sometimes the words do not always match the mouth. SEGA really improved from their last game ALIEN: COLONIAL MARINES. Expand
  2. Dec 12, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I have played and finished this game many times over, and I can officially say it is one of the best games I have had the pleasure of playing. After so many sequels, spinoffs, and terrible cheap remakes, you'd think it would be impossible to make the classic alien truly frightening, but Alien Isolation achieves this. The alien is an extremely oppressive and downright terrifying being, that will have you peeing your pants every time you hear the noise signalling it has dropped from a vent. The atmosphere also assists with not only making this game feel eerie, but also making you feel as though you have stepping into the Alien universe. Amanda is a wonderful protagonist, mirroring (but not copying) what made Ellen of the original such a great lead. The side characters are also wonderfully written, and I found myself screaming "Noooooooo" as each of them met their untimely end. So in the end, all these elements add up to make a fresh, and absolutely horrifying experience that will leave you clenching your controller with sweaty palms, and refusing to put it down until the credits start to roll. Expand
  3. Oct 19, 2014
    10
    Sega's reputation for the Alien series has been very patchy up to now, so I expected to be let down by this game - only to have my backsideSega's reputation for the Alien series has been very patchy up to now, so I expected to be let down by this game - only to have my backside kicked!!

    First, some really important details - the 360 version comes on two DVD's, the first one is the installation disc and the second one the game disc. You need to ensure that the 360 is connected to the network upon first running, as there is first a download patch of 896 megs, and following this 5.4 gigs of data is installed from the game disc onto the hard drive. I'm warning you of this, as it takes around 45 minutes to install, and with that you can clear drive space if you don't have much!!

    The presentation is largely wonderful - the graphics occasionally have a mite frame slip-up here and there, and occasionally have a slightly 'odd' texture, but they catch the atmosphere of the movie Alien down to a tee. The music is utterly wonderful, the new arrangements fitting seamlessly with Jerry Goldsmiths's classic score, and the sound effects are some of the best I've heard this year. May I say in the presentation stakes that the developers studied it seems not only Alien, but also elements from the other Alien movies (in terms of sound effects Alien 3 certainly) to painstaking detail, and it shows. There is a slight period of say 20-25 seconds to load between sections, but this doesn't take you too far out of the action.

    The gameplay is first-person survival horror, and there is one thing that you really need to get used to fast: you are going to die, a LOT!! From the off, the plot reveals multiple hazards along the way, in addition to the titular creature, you will come to find that death comes all too easy. Couple this with the lack of 'handholding' that the game provides and the fact that you really can only save at manual save points, you may think that this may seem really irritating (think the first time that people played Demon's Souls and realized what they were in for and you're close!!) but once you 'get' into the spirit of the game you come to realize that you aren't succombing to 'cheap' deaths, but in fact you need to get your head around things and understand where you are. This perhaps smacks of a weak tutorial to some, but it really doesn't take that long to find your bearings. Once learnt, the gameplay is truly satisfying in its depth, even if it does call for a lot of patience.

    With all of this then, its left to the last question - how is the Alien handled? Only one word can sum it up really - WOW. The Alien from the off is treated sparingly, but the scripting to its appearances are wonderful - again, the team that put the game together obviously are fans, and everything gels so well. The first time the creature appears your heart will be in your mouth, it is that good (and dare I say, vastly more effective than the entirety of Alien Resurrection and the Aliens vs Predator movies!!). Later encounters push the tension even more, and prove above all, that with true understanding of the subject matter, the desired result can be achieved.

    This will not appeal to all and I can see that many will hate the initially unfair nature of the game - this is not the game for them. But if you want something that's deep and atmospheric, and is more than just a tribute to a classic movie (although it does a stunning job of that too), then you should at the very least give this a try.

    For this man though, its brilliant, and worth the tension.
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  4. Jan 9, 2015
    9
    I had been looking forward to Alien Isolation even before i saw the first two films in the Alien series. the game looked absolutely terrifyingI had been looking forward to Alien Isolation even before i saw the first two films in the Alien series. the game looked absolutely terrifying from what i saw in press videos and demos, so i was highly anticipating it. though, at the same time, i was a bit skeptical, since most Alien games beforehand didn't get good reception at all, especially Colonial Marines almost two years ago. I can safely say, however, that Alien Isolation is one of the best horror games I've ever played. From the moment I started the game, i knew i was in for a great experience, from the beginning to see how barren and atmospheric the Sevastopol station was, to my first encounter with the Alien. The gameplay is top-notch here. The atmosphere is nailed perfectly and captures the mood of the original Alien film effortlessly, not to mention its art design is absolutely perfect as well, and looks exactly like the style of the original films. The thought of having limited supplies was dreadful to me, as i had to constantly stockpile items in fear that i'd lose them. I was always afraid i'd have to use them on other humans to get rid of them, waste even more to fight working Joes, but worst of all, ward off the Xenomorph that can't be killed. The Alien creature in this game is easily the best part of the game. Its A.I. is incredibly smart, constantly on the lookout, and you never know when it'll strike next. I can't count how many times i hid in the same spot for nearly 20 minutes just so i didn't have to look at the alien. Each level became a tense experience for me because i never knew when anything was going to find me or going to strike at me. Combine this with excellent lighting effects, slick graphics, and its already established atmosphere, and you're in for one of the most dreadful games you'll ever play. The story, while entertaining, isn't much to write home about. The writing can be pretty good at times, but there's times where i felt the story dragged a bit. And some scenes felt like they were only put in there for fanservice, which is nice for Alien fans like me, but can still pad out game time. And the ending isn't all that great either. Even without knowing what really happens to Amanda Ripley in the extended version of Aliens, the game ends very abruptly, and i couldn't believe it had just ended right there. However, the ending isn't the worst aspect of Alien: Isolation- the worst part is the save system. this game doesn't auto save, and there are not that many save stations available at your disposal. On one hand, this adds to the tension, as you really don't want to start a whole section over, but at the same time, this adds frustration to the game, and can really take away from the experience. This issue aside, i can't deny that Alien Isolation is an excellent game. It has a great atmosphere, amazing A.I., great lighting and graphics, a good story, and excellent horror gameplay. Expand
  5. Jan 10, 2015
    9
    Alien: Isolation is true triumph for Sega, Creative Assembly and the Alien franchise!

    This game is tense, frightening, exciting and
    Alien: Isolation is true triumph for Sega, Creative Assembly and the Alien franchise!

    This game is tense, frightening, exciting and certainly not for the faint of heart as much of the game demands you hold your nerve to the last second of each encounter with the alien. Alien: Isolation pulls you in from the word 'Go' and doesn't let you go until well after the game has ended.

    Alien: Isolation has benefited hugely from support from 20th century fox which has been faithfully interpreted and delivered by Creative Assembly.
    The game looks authentic with a well rendered and cleverly lit yet dark environment which has been based upon original conceptual art work and records of sets built for the original Alien movie.
    The musical score and sound staging have been enriched with 20th century fox's library of sounds from the original movie and are instrumental in bringing this game to its zenith with atmospheric music which interacts with the alien's AI and intensifies as it draws nearer.
    The Alien's AI is terrifyingly clever and learns from previous encounters, often not falling for the same trick twice which forces you to be creative in surviving. Thinking fast quickly becomes a survival by-word.

    However, as you sneak and dart your way through the last of the levels of the Sevastopol Station you can't help but shake the feeling of a little repetition which is normally forgotten after 30 seconds as surviving the Alien's hunt quickly becomes your primary concern. With no place to hide and no zones that are truly declared as being 'safe' the intensity and tension of the game can become a little unbearable which is non-stop beginning to end. These things are only small criticisms though and in no way detracted from my enjoyment of this game and are all part of the challenge Alien: Isolation invites you to take.

    My 1 true disappointment was the ending. It was simply not a big enough reward for all that you have gone through to complete this game. Maybe, we are to appreciate that simply surviving is the reward. I can only hope that the this game has been left open for a follow-up in the near future.

    These elements help make this game all the more personal and you aren't as much drawn in as dragged into the vent system and devoured by this game. 9/10 is richly deserved as is the title 'Best game for 2014'.
    This is the game the Aliens franchise has deserved and we have been hoping for for so many years and we are not left wanting. Manicparrot signing off.
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  6. Jan 16, 2015
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I have a few scary games in my collection; Resident Evil & Alan Wake being among them. Turns out that they weren't so scary after all....
    In terms of frights and sheer heart-pumping adrenaline gaming, Alien Isolation is pretty much perfection. Set between the events of the original Alien film and the sequel Aliens, it involves taking control of heroine Ellen Ripley's daughter Amanda Ripley, who has decided to travel into outer space to a far off space station who have captured a black box recording from her mother's ship, the Nostromo.
    Of course, all is not what it seems and she soon finds herself alone, marooned and face to face with her mother's worst nightmare, the Alien.
    What makes the game so great is the way that the Alien has been so faithfully recreated. Like in the 1979 film, it's ruthless, remorseless and the perfect killing machine. You'll spend many gaming hours dodging it, hiding from it and very often not succeeding. And it's because of this that the game is so terrifying to play; If you make a mistake, you'll be likely to pay for it with your life.
    The game is of course not completely perfect. It is extremely frustrating to play and times, and makes no attempt to give the player a fair break just for the sake of it. But this is also part of the game's charm, it has to be said. It can also get a bit repetitive after a while. There are only so many times you can wander down spaceship corridors, or encounter annoying humans or androids without feeling just a little bored. But one thing's for sure; whenever the Alien shows up, boredom flies out of the window and you'll be hooked and on the edge of your seat.
    One of the best games of it's genre in a long time.
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  7. Oct 8, 2014
    1
    Played the game for a while, really didn't like it. Not enough action for me.
    I especially didn't like the fact that there are no guns to
    Played the game for a while, really didn't like it. Not enough action for me.
    I especially didn't like the fact that there are no guns to shoot the aliens.
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