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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 416
  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. Jan 10, 2016
    10
    It was a perfect game from the beginning to the end!! The best Alien and horror game that I've ever played!! It could be hard at times but IIt was a perfect game from the beginning to the end!! The best Alien and horror game that I've ever played!! It could be hard at times but I guess that's how should be played a survival horror game! Expand
  3. Oct 12, 2014
    10
    First of all - BRAVO Creative Assembly! BRAVO! This is the TRUE Alien game that fans have been waiting since AVP games era. Absolutely geniusFirst of all - BRAVO Creative Assembly! BRAVO! This is the TRUE Alien game that fans have been waiting since AVP games era. Absolutely genius work... The Atmosphere, Visuals and Music are so top notch, it just screams Ridley Scott's ALIEN! Gameplay is just as good, you feel like you are really being stalked by a perfect killing machine, insead of beying Rambo dude. All in all this game is the BEST Alien game to date. Can't wait to see what CA will do next with this amazing franchise. Expand
  4. Dec 6, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Any Alien fan should have this game! Beautifully designed, incorporating Rob Cobb's designs from the Nostomo into Sevastopol, it truly is a gorgeous game. But the setting is also scary: creaky, full of murderous androids and humans, falling apart, dead bodies and graffiti everywhere. Yet nothing is quite as terrifying as the Alien. Simply hearing the soon-to-be common sound of him coming out of the vent system nearby sets my heart rate soaring. There are so many tense and scary moments; you have to be dead careful and on your toes at all times, even on easy. And, even on easy, the Alien's A.I. will pick up on things (such as where you hide the most, it'll investigate where things come from if you throw enough distractions its way, etc). In fact, I'd call it 'not-so-easy' to be honest. The med-bay escape, trap, reactor area, and the ending are all full-throttle, palm sweating, teeth clenching, heart-racing, head-spinning sections which make this game my absolute favorite I've played so far. Congrats C.A. on such a wonderful game, I feel it will (as many critics also do) revitalize the now venerable series....who knows, maybe a sequel will be on the horizon? Cheers to a great game! Expand
  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. Jan 14, 2016
    8
    Undeniably great and worthy, atmosphere and sound are phenomenal, graphics are stella, and the tension is real. I'd have liked it more if itUndeniably great and worthy, atmosphere and sound are phenomenal, graphics are stella, and the tension is real. I'd have liked it more if it was half as long as it is though as large segments are tedious, lots of backtracking and repetitive gameplay. Still worthwhile. 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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